You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe and trust. Let go and see what happens.
I’m a planner, especially when it comes to workouts. I’ll admit, I’ve got the excel spreadsheet going and it details everything up through August 2nd (Boulder Ironman). Sure, there might be alterations made along the way — workout boxes move around or an extra rest day thrown in due to scheduling or body needs, but it’s a pretty rigid plan.
In the past two weeks though, I’ve been struggling. I’ve fit all my workouts in but they, particularly the runs, haven’t gone so well. My hips just aren’t having it. I have a marathon coming up in 3 weeks (well 2 weeks and 6 days now.) I love this race and want it to be a good one. I’m beginning to realize though, it may not happen. I’m in pain when I run and I’m not doing myself any good right now.
I’m not quite ready to give up just yet — nor to give myself a time table for giving up. In fact, I don’t have plan on how to handle this at all. I might just very well start running and if I can’t run the whole way, walk it — make it a PW (personal worst). Perhaps I’ll drop down to the half. Maybe I’ll just go up to the race and take photos of my friends. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll take a few days off and feel okay in these last taper weeks. I may stay home and wallow in a bottle of wine (unlikely, I’ll just swim and ride my bike).
I’m just gonna trust my body to tell me what to do. (And get massages, dry needling, chiropractic adjustments, take fish oil and tumeric, eat an anti-inflammatory diet, take a bunch of advil and do yoga. I’m not THAT willing to let go.)
On a lighter note, stay tuned for tomorrow’s new post: Tasty Tuesdays! Just like mantra Monday, this will become a regular feature.