Turn it ON, Turn it OFF
I thrive on a training plan. I usually write out my plan for the entire year (including daily mileage) sometime in December. I admittedly make some adjustments throughout the year, but I stay pretty on path. When I have miles on the plan, I'm pretty good about sticking to them. Without a plan, I tend to flounder. I tend to lose motivation. Excuses are easier to come by.
Regardless, I decided to turn the training plan OFF for a few weeks after San Diego - for both the mental and physical break. Being the planner I am, I still have miles written down as a "wish" plan, but I'm not holding myself to it. My AC went out Monday, so I didn't run. Tuesday... well, it just didn't happen then either. I know I'll run Thursday because I'm meeting up with a friend, but I really wanted some miles today... I wanted that feeling... that "accomplished" feeling. I didn't have a lot of time, so I bought my confidence back by pushing myself on the treadmill... I only did 3 miles, but I pushed away from my normal 11 min/mile training run and went for 9:50 min/mile. Sure, I can run that fast in a race, no problem... but I have a lot of trouble keeping that pace in training, especially at home and on the treadmill, where I always feel a little heavier. Now I'm ready to attack tomorrow when I hit the pavement with Robin W.
I'm excited that although I'm allowing myself to stay "off plan" for the next 4 weeks, that I've made plans to run with friends at least twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday) before the rooster crows. It will surely keep me moving. I'm a social runner, so I rarely turn down the opportunity to run with friends... so this time I went begging to find the friend support I need to get through the summer (which is always a tough time for me because my "normal" workout routine no longer works)... and I found it. Yeah!!! So yeah, even when I don't have a plan, I still have a plan. Sad, I know... it's the engineer in me.