|Well there goes the calendar!|
Step 2 - Adjust your goals. Depending on how much time you missed and when, you may need to come to terms with finishing and having fun being your only goal. For me, I joked that "survival" became my marathon goal. If you didn't miss that much, you may need a smaller adjustment or consider making an A, B, and C goal for race day.
Step 3 - Plan how to ramp back up. You likely won't be able to jump back into your calendar as though you didn't have a break. Ramping up too fast can lead to injuries (and I mean serious injuries, like bad ones). I didn't get to do all of my long runs for New York - including my 20 miler - but with my adjusted goal, I put in a really solid 16 miler that built my confidence and a mini taper to feel prepared.
|Warmer weather options on the left, cooler options on the right.|
Step 5 - Run your race, enjoy it, appreciate your body for carrying you through it, and plan for your next race! If you take it really easy, you might even be able to do a "make up" race sooner than you think. Reflect on how thing went and consider what adjustments you might want to make the next time around. We are ALL constantly learning, making mistakes, and getting better.
In the end, New York went great - it was fun and memorable despite my training mishap (and I didn't get injured)! I'm going to do some things differently next time ... and yes, I have a sneaky feeling there will be a next time :)
I'm linking up with the Friday Five 2.0! Thank you to Fairytales and Fitness and Running On Happy for being fabulous hosts!
What do you do when your training goes awry?