So this week is a busy week for me. I’m just getting settled in my new job, so I have some ongoing things like getting the right keys to my office, getting my different computer accounts actually working, figuring out who to ask about. . . well, anything. I’m also technically “off” from that job this week, despite all that, because it’s the annual week-long intensive session for my PhD program. So let’s just say the days are packed. 10-minute bathroom break? I have to return three phone calls! (Is it gross to listen to your VM while you pee if you aren’t actually talking to someone?) Of course, I’m also doing a traning program with Yammy for an 8-k in early October, where she will no doubt leave me in the dust. So how the heck am I supposed to fit in training runs, and more importantly, why??
Actually, I think the busiest times are the times we benefit most from the structure of something like a training program. When you have lots of flexibility, you can do whatever workout you feel like, whenever you want. You don’t have to plan it tightly. You can do what you feel. I actually LOVE this scenario, and I work out to my heart’s content— I know some people flounder here, but this is my natural state.
When you’re wall-to-wall crap, though, you have to plan, and you can’t “do it later.” If I have to do my 6×400 repeats today because it’s wednesday, it’s going to have to be at 6:30 AM. There’s no other time. And if I didn’t have the program telling me to do it, I’d blow it off, because who wants to do that before a long day of meetings? But Hal (and Yammy) say so, so the shower shoes are packed, the ipod is loaded, and no one notices you didn’t wash your hair if you put on lipstick on the way out of the locker room.
Of course, there are limits. This isn’t the time to train for a marathon (think of the time for a long run!) But the 8-k? A great chocie! It’s short enough that I could finish if the race were tomorrow, but if I want to run it fast, I need to train. The longest run in the training program is 7 miles— A little over an hour for me, and that’s on a weekend. The every-day workouts are doable.
Is it the structure? Is it the accountability? A little of both? I don’t know, but it’s a reminder to me that training gives us a message— that we can do more than we thought.