Picking a Training Plan Is Like Naming a Baby

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This post originally appeared on www.saltyrunning.com.

Hanson? No. Daniels? No. Galloway? No. Pfitzinger? Definitely no!

Lately, I’ve been reminded about the ways that choosing a training plan is similar to the indecisiveness I had about choosing names for my children. Thankfully, this decision doesn’t need to be put on a legal document or stick with me for life. I don’t have to wonder what future classmates or employers will make of my choice. But still, a whole season of running is on the line and that, my friends, raises the stakes on choosing the correct training plan almost as high as ensuring your baby’s name does not rhyme with genitalia.

Here are the 5 ways that choosing a training plan is like choosing a name for a new human being.

1. Some people just know. They can see their baby and know the right name and some runners can eyeball a plan and be deadset on it without further thought. I never had this moment with baby names or race plans. There was no moment when I just knew… just the moment when time was up and I thought, “Seriously. This is ridiculous. Just decide!
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Definitely Jack Daniels types. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Some people might be into crazy combinations. “If I add another 20 mile run and move long runs to Saturday and add more cross-training, this plan would be perfect,” sounds eerily similar to “If there was an ‘a’ instead of an ‘e’ or if we could add a ‘belle’ at the end.”

3. Some honestly don’t care or get off easy. You probably know that girl who had no plan or typed in “marathon training plan” and went with the first Google hit. Or, there is the girl whose husband/brother/sister/best friend is running a race and she is going to do what he/she does. This is also the person who picked the first baby name out of the book or got off with [family name] III.

4. Some have lots and lots of experience. Whether it’s your first race or first baby, most people are pretty intimidated by this most important of decisions. You haven’t had the chance to try things out. But veterans either know what they like and what works for them

5. For all it probably doesn’t really matter. Almost any name you pick will end up fitting your kid and most likely any training plan you pick will help you get fitter as long as you stick with it.

How do you approach choosing a training plan (or naming a kid)?

This post was written by Catherine aka Lemongrass who is a runner mom and middle school English teacher whose students often believe you can’t do anything cool with reading and writing and who is relishing the opportunity to prove them wrong.

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