Do you get caught up worrying about every little detail of a workout? Do you find yourself thinking “should I do 5 repeats or 6” or “should my recoveries be 2:30 or 3:00” or “should my long run be 14 miles or 15”?
If so, I’d like to encourage you to stop doing that.
Here’s the thing: those details don’t really make that big of a difference. These details may matter on the fringe but what really matters is that you’re doing the workout, that you’re doing the long run, that you’re getting in the easy runs.
Within reason, the number of repeats you do or the pace of your easy runs isn’t that important. In fact, if you’re getting your training paces from a book or calculator (and yes, I even would say that about a calculator right here on this site), the truth is that you should be giving yourself some flexibility with the paces.
So don’t get too caught up in the details. Take care of the big picture, allow yourself flexibility for the conditions you’re in and how you’re feeling, then know that if you’re doing the work that’s what really matters.