I’m not always Type A, but when I decide to commit to something, I go all in.
Maybe “all in” isn’t the term I’m looking for… more like obsessed? It’s like I can’t stop my brain from trying to plan for the future. What’s funny is that I’m really not all that obsessive about small details. So I don’t stress about things like what day an event is, how I’m going to there, or what time I need to be there (this drives my husband insane), but I do like to have a general perspective on what’s going on during the week, month, year, etc. I’m a big picture person and I like to set goals and accomplish them. Sometimes.
And by perspective I mean – spend hours and hours doing research. Obsessive, research. And I love every minute of it.
Truthfully, I love doing research, especially comparative research. It’s partially why I love my career – and also why I love Google so much. I will Google the crap out of anything. Sidenote: Need something Googled? Let me know.
The best part? My love for research carries over into running.
In fact, even though training for Chicago doesn’t start until June/July – I am totally geeking out over here researching training plans.
Kinda like Jimmy Fallon and this
lamb goat. Well, not really — I just really wanted to share this gif. Edited: Kara informed that it’s actually a GOAT. Derp.
I don’t know what my time goal is going to be (OK, I’m lying – my goal is sub 4:15 – but I would be happy with a sub-4:30 because… PR), and I don’t know what kind of speed work I want to incorporate. I SO know that I want to try a 4-day running schedule (like time I did 3 days) – with at least one day of cross training, if not two.
So these are some of the training schedule I’m currently looking into:
- Runkeeper - sub-4:00 Plan (modified for my time goals)
- Hal Higdon Intermediate Plan
- Chicago Marathon Set a New PR Plan (not sure I can do 5 days of running a week)
- Runner’s World 16-Week Plan (I’m not opposed to paying for a plan!)
- Garmin 15-Week Intermediate Plan
I’m actually NOT opposed to hiring a coach – because isn’t it GREAT to have someone hold you accountable???
I am also mentally trying to easy my way into “training season.” I think my biggest challenge is going to be waking up EARLY on a Sunday without a running group. I also want to do at least one longer run during the week (7-9 miles), so I’m going to try to figure out which morning works best.
So, as you can see, I am pre-planning planning.
What makes you nerd out??? Any marathon plans or maybe a coach you can recommend??