It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for another Wednesday Word linkup, hosted by Debbie from DebRuns. Click on the button below to see who else is linking up and to join in!
This week’s word is stability. In regard to running and training, when I think if stability I think of having a training plan and a workout routine.
Usually following a training plan gives me a sense of stability with my running. It gives my running purpose as I prepare for a goal race. Everything is planned out and all I have to do is follow the plan. As I train for my first ultramarathon, I find myself feeling like I have an utter lack of stability, despite having a training plan to follow. This is the first time I’ve ever felt like this while following a training plan.
I am on week eight of training, so lets call that about two months worth of following a plan. Why do I feel like I have no stability? A big reason is that I have yet to follow a single week of training as written. I’m still getting in all of my mileage, except for one run here and there, just not in the planned order. I think that is making me feel out of whack and like my training is sporadic, even though it’s not.
There’s also a lot of unknown factors this time around. The distance I’m training for is totally new for me and theories on how to train for a distance vary widely. In writing my plan, I did my best to choose what would work for me while following some generally accepted strategies (i.e. back to back long runs, hill workouts, etc.). Come race day, I don’t know for sure I can do it. But that’s kind of the point in taking on a new challenge, right?
I would like to have a week of training where I follow my written plan to the letter. I think that would probably make me feel better. But underneath it all, I’m feeling uneasy because of the unknown. And the only way to answer that question will be to toe the line on April 9 and see what happens. I’m steadfast in my goal to finish and I’m very determined, and I hope that will be a big factor on race day.
How do you bring stability to your workout routine or daily life?
What was the last goal you had that was daunting? How did you keep your doubts in check?
I also have some sad news to share today. Yesterday, our 12-year-old dog Simon, who lives with my Dad and sister and is the last of my childhood dogs, passed away. He had recently become sick and ended up passing much quicker than expected.
I’m glad I got to see him one last time the weekend before last, when I was in town. In a way, I kind of said my goodbyes then, just in case, although I didn’t think he would go so soon. Any thoughts or prayers sent our way would be appreciated. Particularly for my dad and sister, as this was especially tough on them.