My topic today is: Why Run Without a Plan
I have mentioned often that I rarely have a plan. I run whatever and wherever and run longer (sometimes) on the weekend.
Many things impact my runs – how I feel, what other family/work/social obligations I have, the weather, where I want to run, how much time I have, whom I am running with, etc.
For these reasons and others, I do not use a PLAN.
So here are my reasons why you too may want to try running without a plan:
1. Run with Others
It is hard to find a running partner who will run the same number of miles unless you are training for the same race. Without a plan, you can be flexible on how many miles you run or if the run is easy or hard. Running with friends is the the most enjoyable way to run.
2. Run more Races
Running races on the weekend often does not fit into a plan. Running races is motivating and fun way to squeeze in a speed workout. You just sign up and not worry about how is the 5K going to match what is on your plan.
3. No Guilt
If your plan says run 6 miles and you only run 3. You make excuses. If your plan says 8 X 400m repeats and you do an easy run. You feel guilty, right? Without a plan, you run whatever feels comfortable for you on any given day. You can enjoy your runs.
4. Freedom to Try New Routes
You can run on trail without worrying that you have to run long or do a tempo run. You can choose a scenic hilly route. You definitely have more options when you don’t follow a plan.
5. Reduce Injuries.
With a plan, you may feel compelled to run when you should be resting or you may run with pain. I mean, the plan says 7 miles today or the plan says hill repeats. So you run them. Without a plan, you are more likely to listen to your body. Listening to your body helps you stay injury-free (or close to it.)
So yeah, I may be justifying my lack of running with a plan.
Does it make me less of a serious runner? Hopefully not.
Not having a plan does not impact how often I run, how fast I run or how long I will continue running. In fact, I think it helps.
(Don’t hate me, all you running coaches out there…)
Happy Running! Do you always have a running plan?