I received an email from my McMillan running coach sorta chastising me for not following her training plan. I’ve kind of been doing a hybrid of her plan and one from Runner’s World. I just felt like the time on my feet in her plan was too low for what I’ve been running.
It’s a sign of rank amateur on my part to be doing this. Rationally, I’m observing myself and thinking, “what makes you think you know better?” while the anxious runner in me is thinking, “most of the other marathon plans you’ve seen have way more mileage and speed work than what your coach is giving you. You’ll never BQ or finish a marathon at the rate she’s got you.”
Meanwhile, I’m also wanting to join a local running group sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports, which is training for the Providence Marathon in May. Really, I’m considering taking on three separate training plans — McMillan, Runner’s World and the one by my local Fleet Feet.
Can you say unwise?
I think what I should do is maybe try out the local group and see how it fits, then decide among these three which one to stick with. Not try to do all three. I’m asking to get hurt. Or burnt out.
This is fairly typical behavior for me. Overachiever or something. I also like to try to tackle things that scare me, but perhaps this is just being the dumb girl in the horror movie who checks out the weird noise in the basement while wearing skimpy clothing.
I’m not sure my behavior is terribly healthy. It would probably be worth my while to figure out why I do this to myself.