don't follow someone else's training plan | the bookish athlete

Let’s say you recently signed up for a race. You get back into a weekly training schedule – running, going to the gym. Things are good.

And then a little voice speaks up.

  • Is this really what you want to be doing?
  • Why would you sign up for that race? You said last time, “No more races.”
  • Are you even having any fun?

Despite this voice, you keep going. Sometimes, you can ignore the voice. It does try to talk you out of a lot of things – except the couch and Netflix.

But still, other times, it’s harder to ignore the voice. You keep training but find yourself wondering if it’s really what you want to do. Or is there something to what that voice is saying? Are you only doing these workouts because it’s what you’ve always done?

After a while, it can start to feel like you’re following someone else’s training plan. So then what happens?

you get injured.

When you end up following someone else’s training plan, you can get injured. It might start with little stuff. Hip pain that keeps you from running for about a week. Knee pain that is just bad enough to stick to flat roads instead of hilly trails. Probably most common is you end up so sore that I can’t even walk down the stairs without grabbing onto the railing. Not that you’ve done that recently.

or, you get burned out and lose motivation.

In the past, you might’ve jumpstarted a consistent workout habit by signing up for a race. That date on the calendar was the one thing that would get you out of bed and into your running shoes. But the tricking thing is, when you train based on a date or finish line, the motivation comes from something external. Long-term habits flourish with internal motivation.

how to follow your training plan

The first step in following your own training plan and no one else’s is to ask yourself why. Why is training important to you? And, why do you continue this yo-yo pattern that isn’t making you happy?

Then, new plan! The new plan is figuring out how to train and be healthy without the pressure of signing up for a race. Unless you really want to, and not because you feel like you have to. That is how you follow your own training plan.

Do you need a coach to help you follow your own training plan? Send me a message, and let me know what you’re struggling with.