Old Habits Die Hard

Lately I have fallen back into an old habit. The phrase ‘old habit’ typically has a negative connotation, so you’re probably thinking I’ve begun an old, bad habit. But that’s not the case. This is a good habit, and I’m happy to have fallen back into it because it means I’ve earned my shirt!

Brooks Essential LS 1/2 zip top

Still don’t know what I’m talking about? I’m talking about finally getting back into a consistent running/workout routine. Specifically, I’ve started following a training structure similar to what I followed for my first half marathon, which subsequently was when I started running. It’s the same structure I’ve used for the past 7 years of running, except when I trained for my two full marathons. It feels good to be back in this routine, like putting on a pair of well-worn shoes.

Beautiful, muddy ones.
Beautiful, muddy ones.

This training pattern involves cross training on Mondays, running Tuesday through Thursday, a long run on Saturday, and rest days on Friday and Sunday. The only difference this time around is that I’m also including a short to mid-distance trail run on most Sundays as well.

Hanson’s training really skewed my view on running and training. It made me feel like anything under 30 miles a week, and anything less than 6 days of running per week, wasn’t enough. Somehow that translated into my doing little to no running instead. If anyone can figure out that logic, please explain it to me.

But I’m back to my old ways now, and am running 15 to 30 miles per week. Although I liked the training process for a marathon, and the weeks of hard work, it’s not a schedule I can keep regularly. This old schedule keeps me in shape for races, keeps running fun, and is a good fit for me overall. It’s the style of training that has carried me through seventeen half marathons.


You know what they say: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Do you have a standard workout pattern that you follow each week?

10 thoughts on “Old Habits Die Hard”

  1. Your logic about Hanson’s makes sense to me. I am an all or nothing person…if I can’t do it all, I often do nothing. It’s taken me awhile to learn moderation of all things. Glad you’re back to your old habits!

  2. Stuck inside on the treadmill and with the bowflex. Can’t wait for the weather to sweeten up and I can get back to mixing in some biking!


  3. ‘Atta girl! It can be hard to get out of a running slump, even when it’s caused by weather or other factors. Sometimes back to basics is really best. I usually run 4 days a week with yoga/core strength on Mon & Wed, with true rest on Saturdays. I recently started a new training program that had me doing circuit training Mon & Sat, run Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sun, and some kind of core/general strength/leg strength routines almost daily. I think it’s a bit much! I was exhausted after my first full week, so I think I’m going to cut out one of the circuit training days.

    That got long! Anyway, congrats on earning your shirt!

    1. Thanks 🙂 Back to basics definitely fits like a glove. Hope you’ve got a good balance figured out with your new training program!

  4. Glad you’re back at it!

    I have a usual exercise schedule, but it’s not set in stone & changes slightly based on what I’m training for.

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