Pretty much any direction I run in from my new house runs into, or by, a portion of Lake Minnetonka. Today I ran by this sort of channel area that had cars parked on both sides of the road, and then a bunch of cars parked on the ice. And people were walking out a little ways to ice houses and/or just had buckets set up on the ice and they were sitting there – ice fishing. It’s been packed with cars every time I’ve run by it for the past week. So today I did my 8 mile run and as I was passing the same spot, and same people, 70 minutes later – still ice fishing – I thought to myself “My God, what is wrong with these people? Don’t they have jobs? Don’t they have ANYTHING better to do with their time than sit and watch a hole and wait for a fish to come?? How BORING!” Then it occurred to me that there is a decent chance these people saw me run by them twice and were thinking, “What the hell is wrong with that woman? Doesn’t she have a job? Doesn’t she have ANYTHING better to do with her time than run for over an hour through the streets of Orono?? How BORING!”
You couldn’t pay me enough to sit on a bucket and ice fish. And my guess is you couldn’t pay the fisher dudes enough to run for 8 miles. (I’m sure I COULD fish, if I wanted to; Doubtful that the fisher dudes could jog a mile, even if they wanted to. But I digress . . .)
To each his own.
Same goes with training. It’s interesting for me to be watching people (in real life and on blogs that I stalk) train for spring marathons. Everyone’s training is so different. And it’s easy to get caught up in thinking that the person who is doing some off the wall training plan is crazy or doing it wrong or setting himself up for failure or totally gonna get injured. But just because it’s different from what I’m doing or what works for me, doesn’t mean it’s not right. I have tried at least 1/2 a dozen different training plans for my 10 marathons (low heart rate, Daniels, Pfitz 12, Pftiz 16, Lifetime’s plan, and combinations of these). Were any of them The Right One? I don’t know. Maybe. With marathons it’s hard to say what the right sort of training is – because not only does it vary for each person (one person may only be able to run 3 days and have to cross train the rest; another person may be able to handle high mileage and run 6 or 7 days a week), but SO much of the marathon boils down to race day itself. You can have a fabulous training cycle and then have shitty weather or cramp up or just be off on race day. So instead of calling someone who is following a different training plan than what you are for your spring marathon crazy, just do what I ended up doing when I passed the
crazy ice fisher dudes for a second time today. Just smile and wave and think to yourself, “To each his own.”