Training plans are the best. All you have to do is look at the day on the calendar and do what the training plan says. I don’t know about you, but I take a lot of pride in logging week after week of perfect training, nailing all my training plan’s workout paces and weekly mileage goals. I find that the more perfect training weeks I have the more I push myself to hit all my targets and to maintain that perfection for the entire training cycle. Who doesn’t need a little extra motivation every now and then?
But there’s an ugly side to training log perfection.You must be thinking I’m crazy. What could be wrong with nailing an entire season of training?! Now is where I ask you to take a step back and answer this question:
What is the point of training? Is it to log perfect workouts and nice round weekly mileage numbers? Or is it to get faster and nail your goals on race day?
Now I’m not saying we don’t need to work hard. We do. However, we tend to think of training as more is better, even when we know better. And that perfect training log thing suckers us, especially the type-A among us. In some ways, going for perfection even past the point of jumping the shark to the point of overtraining, even when continuing to run ourselves straight on into the ground is easier than smart effective training. With training log perfection there is only one rule: GET. IT. DONE.
But when it comes to smart effective training, it’s more complicated.