• Bryan Stoneking

What's the Plan?

If you want to be successful at something you've never done, it's only natural to put a plan together to figure out the best way to accomplish it. If you're cooking a meal you've never

made before you follow a recipe. If you're driving somewhere you've never been you follow your GPS. If you're building a house you follow the blueprint. You get the idea. It's best to have a plan to do something you've never done.

The image is my training plan leading up to my first Half-Marathon which takes place tomorrow. This 13.1 mile race will be the longest distance I've ever run in my life, and prior to signing up for it I had run as far as 10 miles only once. My usual running workouts range from 3-6 miles and prior to 2021 happened only about once every 2 weeks or so.

This year I made a commitment to do more running. I also decided that I needed to complete a marathon. With the pandemic still in effect, but dwindling down, races are still limited within my geographical area. When the opportunity came for the John Wayne Grit Series Half-Marathon I jumped on the chance. It's merely a stepping stone to what the real goal is but it proved to be a nice test of planning and preparation for the event which is outside of my realm of "normal" running.

I formulated a week plan to get myself ready. As you can see by the check marks I stayed true to the plan. There were days that it was the last thing I wanted to do. There were a couple of times when the weather made it less than desireable to go running. I did it anyway. I can't remember who said it, but I once heard the best way to be successful at something new is "plan your work, then work your plan". That was something I kept in mind everyday when I knew running was on my schedule. I refused to deviate from the plan and now I'm ready. Tomorrow morning I will run the longest distance of my life, for the 4th week in a row.

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