QT: Stick to the Plan; Don’t Worry About What Others are Doing!

I love the online running community.

I hope that is obvious.

Love You Guys

Love You Guys

For the most part, the online running community is awesome! It’s supportive. It is non-judgemental. It’s inclusive.

But for all of the good that I see, there is one area where I think that our community can often be a bad thing.

Global Running Day

Global Running Day 2017

Earlier this week was Global Running Day.

On one hand, I suppose Global Running Day could be considered a good thing.

It’s a chance for running to be in the news and it might encourage a few people to run for the first time in awhile.

But on the other hand, how many runners do you know that need a recognized day to go running?

Not many.

That said, lots of runners made sure to get at least a few miles in yesterday so they could take part in our holiday.

So, is Global Running Day a good thing?

Stick to the Plan

Global Running Day

I didn’t run on Global Running Day.

I wasn’t trying to make some kind of statement or be some sort of rebel for not running on the day we are all supposed to lace ’em up for a few miles.

Not even close.

The reason I didn’t run was simple: Wednesday is a cross training/yoga day for me.

Global Running Day was on Wednesday.

There was never a question in my mind whether or not I’d run on Global Running Day.

My plan said to ride the bike and do some yoga.

Stick to the plan. Done and done.

You Do You Boo

Stick to the plan.

It sounds so simple, but it can be really hard to do.

When everyone around you is doing something that you kind of wish you were doing, it’s human nature to think about veering off course and joining them.

Stick to the plan.

When you miss a day or two of training because of life, it’s tempting to try to do a little extra to make up for lost time.

Stick to the plan.

If you’re working with a coach, there is a method to the madness. The rest days are there for a reason. The speed days are there for a reason. So are the easy days.

When you choose to go rogue and do your own thing, that could negatively impact the other days of your training.

Seriously. No Going Rogue...

Seriously. No Going Rogue…

It may not, but it could.

So why take the chance?

Stick to the plan.


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2 replies
  1. Katie
    Katie says:

    I’m curious what the other three days of your week typically include for exercise/training if Wed is your rest day and Thurs through Saturday are your run days…

    • Denny
      Denny says:

      Sorry if I wasn’t clear on this one Katie. I run Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri/Sat. Sunday is pretty much complete rest, at least no organized exercise unless I’m racing, and Wednesday is Cardio Cross Training (usually the spin bike) + yoga. So I’m doing something 6 days per week, with 5 being running.


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