I am excited to be heading off on a two week trip to help in an orphanage in Haiti. I have done this kind of thing before and each time it is an amazing experience. However for my running addiction (and marathon training plan) this is hardly ideal. I rarely get much exercise while I am there. We tend to work too hard and long and the weather is too hot and humid for there to be much energy left at the end of the day. So I end up swimming a little but rarely running much.
So my only partly successful remedy is to try to cram in a couple extra run sessions before and after I come back so as not to lose too much fitness.
Today I ran twice and both were hard runs. ,A couple days earlier, Saturday and Sunday, I did some tough runs too. When I come back I plan in a long run in the first day or two as long as my catch-up-with-life to-do list allows it.
So my theory is that as long as I don’t injure myself and I can jump back into my training plan without too much difficulty I can crank it up a bit for a few days to make up for missed key runs.
It is probably a good thing I don’t have a coach because I can’t imagine they would agree to this approach but as long as I don’t get carried away, it seems to work.
We are now off to the airport in a few hours. My legs will be happy for the break. And hopefully they will jump back in the game when I get back.