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At some point, we all shower, get dressed for work, make coffee and then realize it is a Saturday, when we don’t work on Saturdays.  Or, we go through our Thursday schedule and somewhere around 2pm realize it is only Tuesday.  And my personal favorite is when we go about a Monday morning like it’s Sunday—whoops, late for work.  But what happens when you lose track of your training schedule?  Jumping back into your schedule where you left off may not be the healthiest route and, if you’re like me, it’s a mental debacle.

January has been rough for my marathon training.  I moved, I got the flu followed by some food poisoning, and I’ve just been out-of-running spirits.  (Not to mention the -19 wind-chill outside).  But who said marathon training wouldn’t come with obstacles, right?  There is no giving up—I am conquering this feat with my feet—and if there was ever a time when I need a goal like this, it is now.  So my plan to get back on track begins with a look at where I jumped the rails and how I should’ve handled barriers.  And then, how I will handle them now.

1. Moving: run to pack and pack to run

Everything about moving is stressful: packing boxes, cleaning, packing the uhaul, driving 15 hours (with dogs), and then, of course, unpacking.  As you can imagine, it gets even more difficult to get out and run when you have packed your running clothes and shoes in various boxes.  Lesson 1: pack a small bag with all your running gear and leave it far away from your boxes.

2.  Flu: too sick to run and then sick of running

The flu wiped me out for 6 days—a big schedule interrupter.  But the worst part about it was that when I was feeling better I lost my drive to run.  Being on the couch for a week made me into a couch potato.  And for someone who is not normally a couch potato, it was nice.  Lesson 2: force yourself into a recovery jog just to remind yourself of why you like to run.

Sarah, left above, forced me on a 4 mile run once I recovered from the flu.

3.  Winter-blues: wimpy is as wimpy does

As I’ve mentioned before, winter-running can be awful, and awfully slippery.  But winter even without the running can bring all sorts of woes, and I have found that once winter brings my spirits down my running falls flat too.  Lesson 3:  do fun winter-only activities to remember that winter ‘aint so bad.

A little snowshoeing in a winter-wonderland helps you appreciate winter.

My new schedule:

Rather than following my schedule this month, I have been running whenever I feel up to it.  Bad idea.  Knowing that this mentality is nothing but a lazy way of staying in shape, I’ve re-written my schedule and did a priority check on my lifestyle.  Running had fallen below moving, writing, cooking, and sleeping.  It needs to crawl back up and claim its spot under “waking up.”  So, in attempt to regain my strength and schedule, I’m posting my new marathon training schedule beginning tomorrow.  And this time I mean it.

1 2 miles 3 miles Xtrain 30 min 3 miles 6 miles
2 Yoga 4 miles Xtrain 30 min 4 miles 8 miles
3 Yoga 4 miles Xtrain 30 min 4 miles 9 miles
4 Yoga 4 miles Xtrain 30 min 4 miles 8 miles
5 Yoga 5 miles Xtrain 30 min 5 miles 10 miles
6 Yoga 5 miles Xtrain 30 min 6 miles 11 miles
7 Yoga 5 miles Xtrain 30 min 5 miles 10 miles
8 Yoga 6 miles Xtrain 30 min 6 miles 12 miles
9 Yoga 6 miles Xtrain 45 min 7 miles 14 miles
10 5 miles Xtrain 30 min 4 miles 9 miles
11 Yoga 5 miles Xtrain 30 min 6 miles 16 miles
12 5 miles Xtrain 45 min 5 miles 11 miles
13 Yoga 6 miles Xtrain 30 min 7 miles 18 miles
14 5 miles Xtrain 39 min 5 miles 10 miles
15 Yoga 6 miles Xtrain 45 min 7 miles 15 miles
16 Yoga 7 miles Xtrain 45 min 7 miles 20 miles
17 5 miles Xtrain 30 min 5 miles 10 miles
18 Yoga 5 miles Xtrain 45 min 4 miles 8 miles
19 Yoga 4 miles Xtrain 30 min 3 miles 6 miles
20 Yoga 3 miles 2 miles RACE DAY!
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