So, my 60 miles for last week didn’t work out so well. Yeah, I am more than a little disappointed and ill about my compartment syndrome showing up in full force again. In all honesty, I absolutely know that I should cut back my miles to whatever amount produces no symptoms and slowly work my mileage up, but I just about can’t hold myself back from running as far as I can once I am running and in the zone. I don’t really have a strategy yet this week for pulling my miles up injury free and probably will do one of two things: A) run as much as I can again until my shins stop me, B) replace some runs this week with Insanity workouts. Both are appealing options to me at least, though not necessarily the smartest choices.
As for training for the Pensacola Marathon in November… I really wish I could be completely sure that I’m going to be able to make it down there to run. Regardless, I am going to train for it. I’m going to be running anyway, so why not? Now, how do I want to train for it? I’m almost leaning towards an unorthodox approach. Not surprising, huh? I really like going against the rules 😉
So hypothetically, what if I don’t follow some training plan with its tyrannical schedules and structured runs? What if I just run and train however my body tells me. I know what I need to work on, be it hills, speed, endurance… Wouldn’t it really make more sense to work on the unique aspects of MY running and MY progress and gauge what needs to be done on a daily basis by my own performance? This just sounds like a little common sense to me. But what do I know? I mean, training plans are proven methods of marathon prep. What about self-awareness though? Training plans can’t know what your weak areas are, and maybe you end up running less distance or hills or whatever than you personally needed to meet your maximum potential. Why does so much of everything we do in life follow a dictated method in a one-size-fits-all fashion? Are we so afraid to think for ourselves? And what if I don’t make a BQ at Pensacola after doing my own style of “marathon training?” At least if I trained my way, I would know that I really did everything I felt I could to prepare and did my best. I like my way more every second that I consider that route! (Besides, that is kinda my style of doing things!) Just run, damnit!