By 8AM this morning I had filled in my paper monthly calendars with various types of training days…Hills, Speed Work, Cross Training, Long Runs, Races, and Rest Days, oh my! In the past I’ve used apps, note card sized calendars, full size calendars, iPhone app calendars, even writing on actual calendars, online tools, nothing, scattered notes, spreadsheets and thoughts in my head.
I have come to the conclusion that I enjoy planning, scheduling, color coding, and putting my training schedule on paper. It must be my internal designer (maybe design training) and OCD kicking in. Having it all on paper makes it feel more real, allows me to see weeks (and months) at once, makes it easier to adjust via crossing something off and or moving it around with arrows and lets me chart projected mileage versus actual mileage. Plus I have a slight obsession with highlighters and don’t get you use them nearly enough.
So… do you schedule your training in advance? Do you plan out runs for days? weeks? months? or years? Do you keep track on paper? in spreadsheet? through an app? on the wall? in your phone? in a folder? in your head? I’m curious, fill me in.