Always wondered Dean, if you had started out with a HM of 1:55 and after a year of training had managed to get it down to 1:40, would you have bothered? If your eyeballs out 1500m had been a 5:15 or your 800m a 2:35, then what?
i wouldnt have bothered...but the reason i would have that attitude is because i wouldnt have tapped out at that level. so it would never have been enough.
I dont like training, its dull. there is nothing fun about a 15m long slow run around stoke on trent on a rainy sunday morning. but i do love track sessions. and i love competition and races to test myself. I used to like taking exams but was bored by the revision....same thing as running for me. i like the challenge but the graft is just a necessary evil i need to do to do my best at the challenge.
Ric - 5 years ago you could have been saying that about me. a very fast youngster who quit and was never seen again. Certainly not on Po10. but the fact is i was off playing another sport to a national level for 15 yrs. we are all different but i would rather have 3 yrs at the top than 30 years in the middle. i know many others will be opposite to that.
At england schools level there was one chap i always raced and he was lightning. one of the few i rarely beat over 800m as a kid. he disappeared at 18 beause he had a kid and worked in a factory on shifts. it made being a top class runner near impossible for him. his was a waste of talent but he found life get in the way. he breifly flickered back to life for one season and made the AAA's racing and getting beat by Cram. but then life got in the way again. If he had a bit more luck with life he would have been a household name over middle distance.
wasnt it daley thompson who says he trained on xmas day because his rivals didnt.
Whilst i wont be doing that (i have 3 kids under 11) i treated this summer as any missed sessions would mean another day that my competion moved ahead of me & another step back for me being able to compete for a medal in lyon, so not going out because i didnt fancy it was not an option.
i had to improve, so i had to follow the plan. I even bought a top end treadmill so i could still do sessions if i got in from work too late or had to look after the kids and couldnt leave the house.
however i get the fact that say ric, bus and Phils motivation will be different to mine. they have been around a lot longer than me, have different goals so a missed session is not the end of the world.
agree with scott the purpose of a well made plan is that easy days follow hard days and you are fresh for the quality. if you start moving things around then that is compromised. i followed a 12 week plan religiously in the summer to peak for the 1500m. every session on every day had a purpose. of course if there was a reason a session would be compromised then you looked at it and tried to rearrange for example one of my track speed sessions the weather was biblical. and it would have been a poor session. so i swapped the days around but only worked becausei dropped a steady session to a easy session to fit in recovery.