Next week might feel closer to normal?
I hope so! On the plus side, today was a total rest day – I am loving these. I ‘sleep in’ until ~5:30-6 AM. I used to do strength on my non-running days but the coach I am working with would prefer I do them on easy run days so that I get a total rest day. Yesterday I did my strength workout (30 min lower body) at 6 pm which is something I previously told myself I “couldn’t” do.
I do see the benefit, even if some of it is mental!
Other things I have been doing differently as a result of having a coach:
- More fueling on long runs
- Routine 12+ mi runs most weekends. Making runs this length a matter of routine even if I’m not specifically training for something
- Running more by feel than trying to hit specific paces (or heart rates – thank goodness because my running heart rates tend to be much higher than the perceived exertion would suggest)
- Long runs on SATURDAY not Sunday – okay really this is my preference rather than the coach but I greatly prefer having it done early in the weekend! This makes Saturday nights more relaxing and I have more energy to spare on Sundays.
On that note, here are some really small things I am trying lately:
- Still using my blank Stalogy rather than any sort of dedicated daily planner (using Sterling Ink for weekly). Really loving the increased flexibility
- Creating a dedicated weekly list in my Stalogy so I don’t lose track of anything
- Working on creating some decent-sized margins on my non-clinical days. Transition time! I need it. If I have a meeting from 1p – 2p, I avoid offering the 2p slot to anyone and instead offer times starting at 2:30. Definitely makes a difference in avoiding that harried feeling AND provides processing time that is valuable right after a meeting or session.
- The Yay! playlist on Apple Music on the drive to school. The kid like it, I like it, and less fighting about who is choosing songs!
Anyone else have random tiny little tweaks that have been helpful lately?
I am prepping an “Ask Me Anything” style episode for BLP! Send me your questions – planning related or not – via email, leave a comment, or text to (305) 697-7189 — that’s a Google voice number not my actual cell phone #, don’t worry!