It's time to have a rebellion against "the programme". Time to run just for the fun of it. Time to enjoy, rather than colect miles, minutes and seconds. If not for fun, then why?
For the last 6 weeks I've been following "the programme" strictly. Monday is a tempo run to build stamina. Tuesday is a recovery run to errr... recover. Thursday is speed sessions to build speed. Saturday is a long run to build endurance and get me in "the zone" for the half marathon in a month's time. Week 5 and 10 are gentle weeks with shorter runs.
The program is working. I'm stronger since I started it, and I can run further. But it's also somewhat mechanical, and as the date for the HM is fixed, I've been planning my days around it. When we went caravaning I got up early on Saturday to get the long run in. Tuesday this week I didn't get to the shops until 7 pm as I had to go out running first, so dinner was late.
But enough with the tyrany of the diary! I started work early today and can flex my working day. So I'll take an extra hour lunchbreak and go on my long run today, and then on Saturday when I've got a train to catch I'll do the speed work which only takes half an hour.
It's crazy, but I do feel like quite the rebel for breaking the routine and going outside the programme. Maybe I need to get a life one of these days?!