Today started at the ugly hour of 4 am for me to ensure I could squeeze in a much needed strength circuit. Sure it would have been easier to just turn the alarm clock off and snuggle back into the covers a little bit more, but it's 2012 and I've got some fairly lofty goals.
I've got to do my best to #makeitcount. Everyday.
So as I said on my twitter page yesterday, thank the Lord for coffee.
Speaking of coffee, any other coffee drinkers out there who wear a heart rate monitor while running or strength training? Just curious as to how coffee effects others, it usually shoots my heart rate up 10-20 bpm.
Last posting I discussed a bit about how I've decided to take a new approach to my next training cycle. This time around all workouts will be stemming from intuition rather then the do it because my plan says so method that I've held myself to in the past. I've always been a planner that would spend copious amounts of time sitting in front on an excel spreed sheet and studying pacing charts analyzing how to best take on my latest goal for weeks before jumping into a new training cycle. Very time consuming and often times not very fun.
Planning out a 16 week training cycle all at once may work for some people, but it's no longer working (nor do I think it really ever worked) for me. It doesn't leave the wiggle room I need and often times leaves me feeling frustrated and anxious when adjustments have to be made. So I'm throwing out my old way of doing things in order to be more in tune with what is going on with my body so that I can get one step closer to actualizing my goals.
Next Monday marks week 1 of spring half marathon training 2012 for me and this is what my schedule looks like:
Yup, that's how I'm doing it this time around.
Blank slate with TBD days.
We are all different and there isn't one type of training that works for everyone. For me, I've found that as I've aged and become more confident with my physical abilities as well as more comfortable with myself, I feel motivated and inspired to challenge myself differently in my training. With each passing year my body responds differently to training and I haven't always been great about making necessary training adjustments when I have a packed schedule that tells me a specific workout must be done on a specific day. So this time I'm not committing to workouts weeks and months in advance, instead they will be planned more spur-of-the-moment by gauging where my daily fitness puts me in relation to my long term goals.
For me this is the most effective way to be training and it's a shame I didn't realize this earlier. But it's better late then never.
If you're like me and you need a book to bring common sense into your own training, check out Matt Fitzgerald's book "Run: The Mind-Body Method Of Running By Feel"
Excited about this because it leaves more room for:
Fun runs with some of my new running pals and my hubby
Rest when appropriate without the guilt
Impromptu cross training opportunities
Potential for a few 2 a days
Stress free workouts
Ease of mind
On a gear related note...
Tonight was the first time I was able to try out the clip-on LED light I received for Christmas while running.
The Saucony Ulti Mitt II mittens have a special pocket where the LED light sits.
But the light also has a clip and can be worn where ever you'd like.
Who else suffers from the self-induced guilt which comes on when making adjustments to training?