Sometimes you need to step back and re-evaluate your plan.

I recently had to face the music and change my marathon plan. I had been doing a plan which included speed work. I love doing speed work but it was becoming too hard in the summer heat and humidity. I struggled to hit paces, walk or stand to recover, and not want to go out for those runs.

Which is not like me. 

I usually look forward to going out for speed workouts (well, except tempo runs but that’s another story) and knew something was wrong since I was dreading them. Even my favorite, 400-meter intervals. 

I thought about switching plans and discussed it with my best running friend. She thought switching to the Just Finish plan for August was a great idea. I also did an Instagram poll that said it was determined I should drop the speed work and go with the Just Finish plan.

So that’s what I did.

It’s not my first choice because I would love to finish a marathon in under five hours. But my main goal is to just finish a marathon so it makes the most sense. I still plan to try for under five hours.

I set aside some time and updated my running binder* with the new plan for August, September, and October. I also plan to find a way to get more strength training and yoga in. I want to do two days of strength and one of yoga. I will probably add yoga to Sunday after my long run. I like getting an extra stretch in after.

I’m struggling with strength though. I need an actual plan I can follow. But all the plans I have are for four or five days, not two. I don’t want to adapt a plan to two days a week. I’ve done that and right now I need something like “two day strength training for dummies”. 

Does that exist?

Do you have a strength program that is set up for twice a week? Drop it in the comments! I have dumbbells, bands, and a bench at home so I can do a lot (or find similar exercises).

Have you ever had to switch up your training plans? Why? And how did you handle it?

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Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.