Once when I was in high school I auditioned for a play without reading the script to the end. That wasn't like me. I usually researched, studied, read, and read again.
But ONE time, I went out on a whim to a casting call that included a part for a 20something year old and performed a remembered monologue. Why not? I mean, I looked close enough to 20, and I had some decent material.
My Drama Coach scolded me severely. He felt I had wasted my audition. I mean, Where in the world did I get off on thinking that I knew enough about the part of Vera, the 20something year old token dumb girl, if I didn't even know how her story ended? He was outraged.
Even more so when I got the part.
What is the point of that story?
Well. I don't know exactly.
It just occurred to me the other day as I was out on an unplanned unscheduled Tempo run that I'm not sure I'm following the script. And then another day, Mustang Sally asked for company on a 4 miler and I thought, "why the heck not?"
Never mind that I've already run this morning, done a particularly intense Team Adrenaline workout complete with dry heaves, and that it's 80something degrees with about 80% humidity. I didn't say, "have a nice run", I said, "Give me a few minutes and I'll join you."
Then I bailed on my long run and rescheduled it for another day because it wasn't going all that well, and hello, what's the harm in just running it another day? Then I joined the Advanced Team for a few awesome & inspiring miles. (many people on this team will finish their marathons in sub 3 hours). Um. I have an UBER goal that gets me within an hour of that... give or take.
So. It's confession time.
Lately... I have not been following my training schedule. ~ GASP ~
Before you panic, let me lay some fears to rest. I have been running consistently 4 -5 days a week, carefully monitoring a 10% increase in miles each week, cross training X1 day & resting X1 day, and thanks to that nasty virus I even had a week where I stepped back and took it easy.
But as far as the plan that I had tattooed on my husband's forehead (so I can carefully study it while pretending to listen to his every word)... well... I haven't been following it.
I haven't even looked at it in days. Maybe a week or more. um.
I know about how long my "long" run needs to be every week, but that's all I know. I tend to run a schedule - easy Tuesday, Speed (Adrenaline) Wedneday, Long Thursday, Hilly effort Saturday, HMRP Sunday... but that's not really on any kind of paper or scheduled plan...
It's like I took the SCRIPTED DRAMA out of my life and the result is that I feel amazing. My long run this week was epic. Even with the blistering four mile start with Black Team.
EPIC aside, this whole "non-schedule" thing, it's out of character. Is this the beginning of burn out? Is it summer laziness? Or is it a runner without pain for the first time in a long time out enjoying the moment and savoring the run without worrying about the race looming on the horizon?
And if that IS it, is it a good thing? or Not?
What about you? Do you always "Run The Plan"? or do you ever just "Run in The Moment"?
~ savor the run ~