Running Without a Plan, For Now…

As previously mentioned, my next marathon will be the Philadelphia Marathon on November 20. Most of my upcoming training over the summer months will be geared toward getting ready for that race.

Since I had some success with Bart Yasso’s 16 week training plan for hard-core runners, and since I enjoyed the variety of speedwork sessions his plan calls for, I am planning on using this plan again to prepare for Philly.

I just entered my scheduled runs into Google Calendar tonight and 16 weeks before Philly and I will be starting my marathon training program the last week of July. This leaves me with approximately a month and a half of running without a plan. 

The next race I am actually scheduled to run is the Perth Kilt Run on July 2.  Since this one is just an 8 km race I won’t run a specific training plan for it. I plan on continuing my regular schedule of running 6 days per week with at least one tempo run mixed in and a long run on Sundays with the distance depending on how I feel and how much time I have to devote to a longer run that day.

My plan is to continue that routine to keep myself going until I start my training plan to get myself ready for Philly.

Do you ever find yourself running without a plan? How do you keep yourself motivated to keep going?

2 thoughts on “Running Without a Plan, For Now…”

  1. I’ve recently had some “running without a plan” time. I treated myself to some fun stuff that I wouldn’t do during training, such as doing an adventure race or entering for a trail race or barefoot race on a whim.

  2. Sounds like a good plan.

    I am going to do a trail race in mid-August. Have not tried barefoot running yet though.

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