Changing Up My Routine

February 22, 2011

I am a creature of habit, but since changing my long run from Saturday to Sunday, my routine has changed a little bit, and it has been a breath of fresh air. 🙂

This is my picture representing “a breath of fresh air.” (I didn’t know how else to capture it.)

This is a picture of Craig and I hiking last summer. . . . and, yes, we have to wear winter hats and multiple layers in the summer. It is sad, I know, but one day I will live where I can wear shorts and tank tops again!

What my weekend schedule used to look like:


– A short 4 mile run in the morning to prep for my long run the next day.


– Wake up (between 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.).

– Eat breakfast (right away).

– Then wait 1.5 – 2 hours (or until the sun came up) before heading out for a run.

– Get back from my run between 11 a.m. – noon, stretch, eat, and shower. I was pretty much out of commission for doing anything the rest of the day since my long run usually wipes me out.

Sunday – Rest and recover.

Monday – The routine starts all over again.

My new schedule:


– A 5 mile recovery run in the morning since I do two runs on Thursday and lift weights.


– Get up.

– Have a small breakfast and head out the door after an hour.

– Run 6 miles before my husband gets up.

I used to only run 4 miles the day before a long run, but one time I ran 6 miles with my sister the day prior to a long run, and I felt fine, so I figured I would keep doing that.

I know some training plans (Hal Higdon’s being one of them) calls for a medium-long run the day before a long run, so I figured this would be fine to do.

– I am usually returning from my run, just as Craig is getting up, which is nice because then it feels like we still have the whole day together! 🙂


– Wake up.

– Eat breakfast.

– Go to church (an early service).

– Come home and do a long run. Finish between 1 – 2 p.m. and then spend a significant amount of time stretching, eating, and recovering.

More often than not, we do not have plans for Sunday afternoon (vs. Saturday afternoon), so Sunday works out to be a better day for recovery.


– Sleep in!! With my training plan being this way, I only have to get up early 4 days out of the week instead of 5. 🙂

* I like this new plan, so I think I’m going to stick with it for a while. Maybe I’ll go back to Saturday long runs eventually . . . maybe I won’t.



When my alarm went off this morning, I was much more tired than I usually am and had no desire to go for a run. I knew it was cold and dark outside and that did not help my motivation.

I really debated about not running, but once I’m up, I’m up and there is a very slim chance I could fall back to sleep, so outside I went and, as always, I’m glad I did! 🙂

Distance: 7 miles + fartleks

Time: 60 minutes

Temperature: 10 degrees


Tuesdays and Thursdays are two-a-days, so after work today, I changed into my running clothes and ran outside for 4 miles (34 minutes). After Craig got home, we went to the gym where I lifted weights for 30 minutes.

Now I have to finish my laundry, pack my lunch, and then it is off to bed.


If you are a runner, what day of the week do you do your long run?

Do you like change up your routine often or stick with what you know best?

    1. I’ve been doing my long runs on Wednesday (it was Tuesday until a few weeks ago). I definitely stick with what works best – same breakfast, same route, same gel, same recovery shake, etc. Unfortunately, for the past two weeks I’ve slept horribly the night before my long runs and I want to break that trend! I’m usually fine on my run, but then I’m completely useless for the rest of the day. Grrr.

    1. My long run day has always been Sunday, I have never even contemplated going another day, but it might be worth considering, sometimes a change is good!

    1. Isn’t it funny how the switch from Saturday to Sunday (or vice versa) can make such a huge difference? I used to be a Sunday long run girl but recently I’ve switched to Saturdays (I joined a training group and they do long runs on Saturday.) For me, getting the run over with on Saturday and not having it on my mind all weekend has been a nice change. But, like you I reserve my right to switch back to the other way!

      p.s. I just recently stumbled on your blog and I love it!

    1. I like to stick to a routine! If I don’t, it kinda screws up my entire week. I guess that is Type A for you…awesome blog!

    1. Sounds like a great plan! I wish I had more options of when to do my long run. I like to do it Saturday bc most of my friends go out Saturday night so Sunday mornign wouldn’t be fun. Plus I like giving my legs a day of rest before the work week!

    1. The new schedule sounds great with that extra day of sleeping in. I switch my long run day depending on the weather and if I want to go out one night

    1. i do my long run on saturdays. i like having free time on sunday after church to do homework/grocery shop/hang out with my husband. when my saturday is busy i do switch my LR to sunday either before/after church… it just depends!

    1. I’m training for a half-marathon and my long runs are on Saturday. I have more time on Saturday mornings.

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