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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

No Plan

After finishing a race, my next thought is usually: What's next? But after finishing Colfax, I know that my next planned race isn't until October (the Army 10 Miler), so instead of thinking about gearing up for another upcoming race, I'm thinking of taking advantage of a light summer race schedule and giving myself a bit of a breaky-break.

I'm not saying I'm not gonna run; I'm saying that I'm not gonna specifically "train." I'm gonna run what feels comfortable each week, and maintain a base, but I'm not going to follow any schedules. In Florida, it's a good time to scale back on running -- it just gets so hot here in the summer that training can be miserable (ie, read the entire summer of posts from 2007 when I was training for Chicago). So, while many of you are gearing up for the fall race calendar, I think I am going to gear down.

Maybe I should take up swimming. That would be a good summer activity, wouldn't it?

20 comments:

MissAllycat said...

I'm dying for a no-plan plan. Embrace the freedom!!

MN Mom said...

Swiming would be cooler-that's for sure!
Enjoy the c a l m.

keith said...

Swimming...In the ocean? I'm far too much of a sissy for that. I go no place where anything can eat me.

ws said...

great job on the HM...how was it running at altitude. Good luck with the no plan-plan - I enjoyed it quite a bit. Swimming is nice, but most pools are so hot this time of year it is hardly even refreshing. Gotta love Florida summers.

Marcy said...

If you take up swimming, then the next thing you know you'll take up biking, and then you'll want to be a triathlete :P Don't leave me *sniff* *sniff* They're all leaving me LOL

nwgdc said...

would you be ocean swimming? sounds exciting but also scary...

chia said...

I can't imagine training in that kind of heat. Makes me almost thankful to live in this shithole.

Swimming is way too hardcore for me. You're going to be uber hawt by end of summer :-P

L*I*S*A said...

I absolutely agree that swimming is a good idea. I'll ramp up my training and run for YOU this summer as I prepare for my Sept marathon. :)

AnthonyP said...

I think it is a great idea to just take things as they come in the summer time. I was in Orlando last weekend and struggled in the heat.

Wes said...

swimming AND cycling are great for the summer :-)

Kevin said...

Have a great time with to no-plan plan. That summer heat can be brutal

D10 said...

I think it is the perfect time of year to be taking a break, especially in Florida. Taking up another activity is also a good idea, the cross training will help with running. Maybe tri's are in your future. Are you still playing soccer?

P.O.M. said...

Ha ha. Sounds familiar. I'm enjoying NOT being in training for a while. My next race isn't until October and I'm all about just chillin' like a villian for a while. (But of course I'm still running)

sRod said...

Swimming? That's crazy talk. Only people looking to do a triathlon talk like---wait a second! You're not thinking of...becoming a triathlete?? Damn it, we lose another one.

David said...

*cough*swim-bike-run*cough*

June said...

the only way I am ramping up is if I get into NYC.

otherwise, being here in hotter than hell houston, texas, we just survive.

we run, but only what we have to and at a pace that wont kill us, but keep us at a good base.

whatever the hell that means.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

It's actually the perfect time to get serious about your drinking!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

When it's too hot or too cold to go outside. That's the pefect time for swimming (at an indoor gym pool) in my opinion!!

MOF said...

Blogger is hating on me again. I tried leaving a comment, of course, it was a long one, and Blogger ate it. I love the no-plan plan and have been on one for quite a while. I'll get back to it, but not wanting to do it in our weather either.

On another note, do you have any tips for me re: indoor painting? We're going to try to paint our master bath and bedroom over the holiday weekend and I've never done it before. Any brushes you recommend? Paint? I'm going to use Pratt & Lambert for the bedroom, but may not go as expensive for the bathroom. Do you use a paint pan or put one of those things in the can?

Thanks!
Margo

J~Mom said...

For the next 8 weeks I plan to exercise based on hours on not a specific exercise. I will just do whatever feels right for that day.