…being flexible (and I don’t mean lithe!!)
My scheduled run for Wednesday was an interval session – 6 x 1km with 75 second recoveries – and I had planned to do that at 2pm in the afternoon, just before school pick-up. The littlest person in the house had other ideas! He wanted to nap at 2pm, so I had to reschedule – not an unusual occurence these days!! Now, it gets dark at about 4.30pm at the moment and I didn’t want to risk turning my ankle in one of the many potholes that our recent bad weather has left us with, so I swapped my interval sessions for my Thursday ‘steady’ run. I figured this would be ok because I wasn’t putting 2 hard sessions back-to-back. (I’m glad I did this as my feet ended up in many potholes that night – a sprained ankle waiting to happen!)
Thursday dawned and I planned to do my rescheduled interval session at 2pm. How foolish! The littlest person in the house intervened again – he had obviously changed his schedule temporarily (to keep me on my toes, obviously!) Yes – he needed to nap at 2pm AGAIN!!! Hmmm – I was slightly relieved to be honest. This same session went really well at the weekend, and I didn’t want to ‘spoil’ it by doing not-so-well today. I rang my husband and explained that I wouldn’t be dropping off Baby C at 1.55pm but would run in the evening. He offered to do the school run so that I could run at 3pm and I was thrown – I declined. (I’m not very good at changing plans without 3 weeks written notice!) However, it made sense, so I called him back to see if the offer still stood- luckily it did.
Great decision! I had a fantastic session and felt really good afterwards. Every one of my 6 kilometres was comfortably under 4 minutes, despite having shorter recoveries – plus, I was able to tick off one of my scheduled sessions. I had Friday to recover and could do another hard session, and my long run over the weekend. Another busy mum’s training week successfully negotiated!