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020: The Negatives of a Training Plan

podcast running Jan 18, 2018



A few episodes ago, we talked about the benefits of a training plan, and there are a lot!  However, today we look at the other side.  Are there negatives of following a training plan, and if so, what are they?  

Well, the first is that training plans don't always take into account our real life.  Stuff happens.  We are under a lot of stress, we get sick, kids get sick, family drama, lack of sleep - you name it.  At any given time, there are tons of things that can derail our training.  

As runners, we are so committed to our sport, that sometimes we forget that we are also human.  Some days, our body can't do what our training plan tells us to do, and that's ok!!  

There are also those times that we might need to take a rest day, even if we don't want to.  Sometimes, with all we have going on in our lives, rest can be more important than one more run. No, really, we're serious! :)

In this episode we talk about: 

  • Some common things that can derail our training, like stress, sickness, or life events
  • How stress affects us physically
  • What to do when we miss part of our training schedule 
  • When to alter a training schedule
  • How to alter a training plan to account for life getting in the way
  • The importance of understanding your training plan, including the cycle that you are in and the point of each workout to allow you to make these changes
  • Ways to tell if you are overtraining or need a rest day
  • What to do if your body needs a rest day
  • What this all means for our real life outside of running

We know that this is something that has happened to all of us, so we really hope you enjoy this one!

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