Planning Makes Perfect
One of my favorite parts about training for the NYC Marathon this past fall was receiving my team’s “Weekly Workout” email every Sunday night. Sure, I would cringe when those daunting words “20 mile training run” would appear in my inbox, but for the most part I would feel a sense of calm and control knowing that if I followed the prescribed plan I’d be ready for race day.
Because I am not training for any races currently, the rigor of my running and exercise routines are based on how hard I feel like pushing myself on a given day rather than on a weekly mileage requirement. Though I enjoy the freedom of running for pleasure, I also find that I do not accomplish all of my fitness goals by simply winging my workouts.
This evening I put a small dent in this week’s CommitComplete challenge. (Click the link to join in!) Fueled by my first iced coffee of the season, I ran 3 easy miles around the Central Park reservoir. The weather was gorgeous as promised and the run was the perfect way to wind down after a long Monday.
To make sure that I stay on track with my training and the CommitComplete challenge, I have decided to create my own “Weekly Workout” schedule for the rest of the week:
Tuesday: 3 mile run (Central Park Reservoir)
Wednesday: 6 mile run (Central Park Reservoir)
Thursday: 1 hour elliptical (gym)
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 5 mile run (East River)
Sunday: 3 mile run (East River)
Do you schedule your workouts or do you sweat as you please?
What steps are you taking to complete the challenge?