Those that know me, by now, most likely have a sneaking suspicion that I am not a Type-A personality. Some would call it scatter brained, others may use the term dirtbag. Whatever moniker you go with, I tend to focus on fun & interesting things (i.e. running, fishing, nature, beer, laughing, etc.) and let the important things that society deems crucial (i.e. clean/nice vehicle, nice clothes, organization and regimented schedules, etc), fall by the wayside. This is lack of organization and careful planning/implementation is true to some extent but........
Every year at this time, I get really excited for July and August and this June/end of the school year is no different. Despite the fact that I'm totally NOT into schedules -- my career revolves around a ridiculously punctual schedule filled with acronyms that is second only to the military in orderliness--, I've once again printed out blank calendars for the summer months and have begun planning my training. I swear the planning is almost as much fun and exciting as the actual running. This time I've gone a step further, thanks in part to an article in the newest issue of Running Times, re: variations/doing away with the standard Lydiard Pyramid plan. In particular, I've become fascinated by the Brad Hudson "plan" (or lack there of). Essentially, it simply emphasizes muscular development and endurace/base building at the same time. Two other exciting components are 1.) variation and 2.) individualization. Basically, loosey-goosey yet still relatively structured (but not really). Kind of like my life.....
|A basic Hudson "plan" -- think sideways pyramid.|
With this in mind, my schedule/calendar is written in pencil with crossouts, question marks, a few off days written in here and there, some races in yellow highlighter (i.e. Camire's Four on the 4th and Blessing of the Fleet 10 Miler). Organized yet what may work into a total sh*t show. Yet again, just like me life.
I've also tried to make sure that I have three quality workouts/harder efforts every 7-10 days--one emphasizing strength/speed, one endurance, and one longer(ish) run. The rest is gravy and fun exploration (read: work off beer and food calories). Several of my running partners have expressed interest in some weekly, early morning routines at the track to aid me (it's all about ME!).
So, I've dubbed this my "Wet Hot American Summer". I hate running in temps over 70 degrees or in any high humidity conditions. Any time the air is thicker and more intolerable than Paula Deen's mouth, I find running very difficult. Who doesn't? Give me a 30-40 degree temps and I'm in running nirvana. However, it is summer (right, Mike B?) and that does mean more free time, thus more running.
It's going to be really wet and really hot.