One aspect of the rule of specificity as we learned it in the class I took is that when you are training for a race, your speedwork for that race should be at the appropriate speed. Meaning, if you are training for a 5k, your speedwork should be at 5k pace, if you are training for a 10k, your speedwork should be at 10k pace, etc. Part of me wonders how you can become faster without running faster than that, but for now I’m accepting their explanations at face value and I’m going to do my best to be my own guinea pig. After all, how can I expect someone I’m training to follow my training plans if I don’t believe in them myself. So, with three weeks to go until my 5k, I plan to run my speedwork at my 5k pace. This is, of course, assuming my body cooperates for me.
I’ve also decided that this rule can be applied to life. Beer Geek and I had some conversations this weekend about my tendency to overcommit and what that’s doing to our family life. Some of the things I’m currently committed to can’t be dropped immediately, but when “renewal” time rolls around, I plan to look at things differently. And I plan to look at new commitments the same way.
What exactly do I mean? If an opportunity arises or someone asks me to volunteer, it’s going to have to pass through a series of questions. The first, of course, is “will I really enjoy it?” If it’s something that will bring happiness to my life without negatively impacting others, then yes, absolutely, do it. If I feel “meh” about it or it’s going to be a PITA for my family, is it a stepping stone towards one of my goals? Or does it support a cause I’m passionate about? Or is it something one of the boys (or Beer Geek) really wants to do? And if the answer to one of those is yes, is the time it will take proportionate to the end goal? And is the timing flexible? If the answer to all the above is no, then my answer needs to be a no. Even if there is a yes answer to the questions, I plan to evaluate how it fits into the bigger picture of our lives.
I don’t expect to be any less involved in things than I am right at this moment, but my hope is that the things I’m involved in are more enjoyable to me and more manageable for our family as a whole.
So, I’m looking for a 5k PR and a more streamlined life. That’s an awful lot to ask of a simple rule, isn’t it?
(And if you have some free time on your hands, check out my featured post, Cross Training Failure, on Bookieboo. Yes, my decision to write there was prefaced by some serious thinking about how it fit with my life.)