Sometimes, just like Forrest Gump observed after stomping a dog turd, SHIT HAPPENS. I know that ultrarunners love to use plans. Training plans, fuel plans, hydration plans…. always a goddamn plan for everything. The difference between success and failure lies in how well you can manage to sidestep, block or catch the unplanned bullshit that comes flying in your direction. After all, that’s what running an ultra is all about.
Be flexible! All week, Candi and I had planned on capping a nice solid training week with a brisk 20 mile run. Low and behold, my eldest spawn reminds me on Friday that I had committed 6 months ago to assist with a school tourney on Saturday from 7:45 to about noon. FUUUUUUCCCKKKKK! Some planner I am… should have added that to the calendar months ago. Having afternoon plans pretty much nuked our chances for getting our scheduled workout in -AS PLANNED.
Fortunately, we did as we do… we got creative. Nobody wants to get up at 3:30 am to run on their day off, but somehow 5:30am seemed perfectly acceptable. We decided to simply split our run into 2 separate 10 milers – one before the tourney, and one immediately after. Simple. BE FLEXIBLE. To add a little bonus, or possibly self-punishment, for my piss poor planning – it was also decided that since we would have to break it up, we would do both at a faster pace. The result was 2 very solid runs that totaled our goal – faster than goal speed. Success.
Whether it is a training run getting interrupted because of a birthday party, a workout cancelled because Globogym was installing new Tug Toners or Shake Weights, or because you drank too many white wine spritzers last night to do speedwork at the track – DON’T PANIC! Missing a single workout isn’t the end of the world and will not cause an automatic DNF at your 50 miler in two months. Chill the fuck out, be creative, find a new time (or substitute) and BE FLEXIBLE!