Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Do You Wanna Build a "Program?"

Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life.--Confucius

I've been waking up at 4:00am for years to get my runs in. I designed a 20 week program to prepare for the 12 marathons I'm  running in 2016. I've logged hundreds of miles over the past few months and the whole point of me telling this story is because I've done it with such enthusiasm.

I find joy in reading about running. I love to get out there and run. I enjoy long runs and although speed work may be my least favorite part of running, I know in the back of my head I'm getting better at my favorite hobby. I constantly check the weather to plan whether or not I need gloves and a hat or just a headband. I try not to do very long runs in the rain so Sunday I will likely take off or do something relatively short.

I find joy in spending time with my family. Just recently we went to Legoland and planning the trip alone was a blast. The place itself didn't disappoint either. Planning to do something with those you love most in this world can be filled with such excitement but the logistics of it all can be painstaking. Between finding rooms that can house parents as well as a 2 and 5 year old is difficult. Driving 15 hours to New Jersey from Atlanta is a task. You may ask yourself why am I telling this story. The reason is that it doesn't matter how much goes into the trip or how long the drive is, the time with the family cannot be duplicated or substituted.

I think back on all of the time I spent building my training program to prep for 2016. I don't ever recall getting pissed off at the Excel spreadsheet with 20 weeks of data. I love building the plan and researching different types of speed work like tempo run, interval, Fartlek and others. I've downloaded Journal articles my excitement in the design of he program and the increase of enthusiasm when I started the program is absolutely worth the effort.

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