No plan is the working plan, for now

running road arrowAs I look ahead to running the Blue Ridge Marathon next year, I'm already thinking about what I want to do for training. Plan or no plan or the in between. Generally speaking, I do best when my exact mileage isn't on paper or an Excel file. When I have a mileage range for each run or week, I don't have any major problems. When I do have exact plans, I do OK for 2 weeks, then I get overwhelmed when I look at it and then change all my plans.

That, however, doesn't mean I'm not open-minded about trying it again.

That, then, leads me to what I want to do the rest of 2013. This week is a perfect example of how not planning things has worked out to my advantage. While each day I've been anticipating possibly being thrown off for a long time with my second son, I got in 4 good runs, 3 short bike rides, and a solid amount of push-ups and sit-ups for my monthly goal.

If I can do that in a week filled with a lot of life's stresses, then surely I can build a solid base through the rest of the year, run a decent Richmond Half Marathon and Surf 'n' Santa 10 Miler, and be ready for winter training for Blue Ridge.

Whether that's on paper or an app or my own file or nothing at all is something I'll do a lot of thinking about in the next few months. ...