Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Off the wagon

I have sort of fallen off the wagon this week. While this should be my highest mileage week for this training plan, a series of events have created a perfect storm and provided with an easy excuse to put my training aside. There is not much I can do about the amount of work that I have to do and the extra hours that I'm putting in while this is busy season at my department. I also have little control over my dad's health and wanting to be there by his side to support him. The wet and snowy weather does put a damper on any outside run but I could have toughed it out or just found a treadmill, indoor track or gym somewhere to fill in while the street is not appealing. Truth be told I did not have the dedication to get back out there and pound the pavement after an almost perfect 12 weeks streak of training. I welcomed the excuses with open arms.

The comforting factor in all this? It's only been 3 days without a serious workout and I feel guilty as hell. Guilty enough to write this entry, kick myself in the butt and find the motivation to salvage this week while there is still time. The 38k long run this weekend won't run itself and it will be real painful if I don't get a few short runs in between to loosen up.


  1. Hey, it happens to the best of us. But 3 days is not really that bad. Just don't let it become 6 ;-)

  2. Sometimes life gets in the way and sometimes we just plain need a break! This won't hurt you in the long run... hope you can fit in that next run!

  3. I hope your dad is doing well. Don't worry! All the real important work is behind you. Just get back out there when you can and you'll be fine! I think as runners we get really neurotic about following our training plans. In reality, they are really just guidelines and I've learned recently that your body has an amazing memory for work you've already done.