Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Trust the Plan. Resist Temptation.

Like many of you, I tend to push myself a little too hard or a little too far at times.  It's only natural to want to do this.  Well, my Jack Daniels Run SMART training plan has been going incredibly well.  I have felt huge gains with my running and I feel as though I am getting back to exactly where I was pre-injury. 

So I decided to e-mail my coach at the Run SMART Project.  I told him I wanted to increase my weekly mileage and throw a 20 miler in there (since there isn't one on the plan).  Vince, the co-founder of the Run SMART Program and my "coach", e-mailed me back with such sound advice, I know I have to  take it:

I'm really happy to hear things are going well! Under normal circumstances I would think about slipping in that 20 miler and getting the mileage up. In this case I went back and reviewed that last email you sent me... If you're healthy and running strong, my gut tells me you should continue to follow the plan for 3 or 4 more weeks before we make any changes. I would rather be safe than sorry. Hitting that extra 2 miles on the long run presents a lot of risk for the potential fitness gain and I want to make sure you don't wind up injured again. The same is true of the added mileage. Would you be willing to give it a few more weeks and check back in? I feel like that would give us a little insurance.

Vince Sherry
Co-founder, The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project, LLC.
Okay, Vince, you got me.  I know he knows his stuff and of course my biggest concern is remaining injury-free.  It is just so difficult to hold back when you feel so great.  Last night I was supposed to run 5 miles and I ran 7.  I bet Vince wouldn't be too happy about that.  I better stick to the plan even if it means <40 miles a week from time to time.  I so badly want to be hitting 50 though! 

Do you always stick to your training plan? 
Or do you slip extra miles in there?

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