Often times, if we try to follow a training guide too rigidly, other things in our lives tend to suffer. Training guides should be a complement to our lifestyles, which includes running on a regular basis. As humans, we must be able to accommodate the day to day changes that can occur in our lives. Some of these changes are within our control, while others, like weather, are outside our control. Changes outside of our control may force us to react and alter our day to day habits, which may not be easy.
If you have found that you are spending less time with family or friends in order to spend more time with your training schedule, use the break in your training schedule to thank them for their support and spend some extra time with them. Try to relax in the air conditioning at home or treat your family to a cool atmosphere setting...like a movie theatre. Another idea is to shopping at your grocery store and continues to search out proper foods and nutrients to fuel you before and after your workout s or get yourself fitted for a new pair of running shoes at the specialty running store in your area.
Instead of dropping your schedule completely for the week, you may want to focus on cardio vascular cross training methods or spend some time in the pool. If you are still planning to run, try running early in the morning. Cut back a little on your mileage for the week and your normal pace. It is okay to stop and take walking breaks. You have permission.
Getting in a 3 mile run in the morning is better than trying to get in a 5 mile run after work when it is 90 degrees outside. Find a tread mill and run indoors, or go to the mall and walk laps for an hour. Whatever you do, make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids and try to stay out of the heat and excessive activity.
For more information visit the Running Club portion of the IMT Des Moines Marathon website at desmoines.marathon.com.