My name is Thomas…

and I’m tired.

My day starts around 4am when my phone

sounds the alarm. I should spring to life and get ready for the day.

I’m out the door at 5am to catch my ride to the van that delivers me to Cherry Point at 6:30am.

And I’m there working until 3:30pm when I take the van home.

Usually, I’m walking into my house around 4:30 pm.

That’s a long day. Hence, my energy problem.

Getting motivated to go out for a run or head over to Infinite Yoga and Wellness for 2 hours of yoga isn’t easy, even if I start the day psyched for it.

Winter isn’t going to make things easier, either…

I have some flexibility in my work schedule that may allow me to run at lunch. Maybe that will energize for the rest of the day and into yoga?

So, I need your help. What works to keep you motivated and energized after long days?

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The Week That Will Be: October 29 to November 4

The plan for this week is simple: It’s exactly like last week, except I’ll try harder to whatplan-299x300execute.

Sunday, October 29th – Rest.

Monday, October 30th – Lunchtime Walk Club, Beginner Yoga, Monday night vinyasa.

Tuesday, October 31st – Lunchtime Walk Club, C25k W2D1, Tuesday night vinyasa, Gentle Yoga.

Wednesday, November 1st – Lunchtime Walk Club.

Thursday, November 2nd – Lunchtime Walk Club, C25k W2D2,

Friday, November 3rd – Rest.

Saturday, November 4th – C25k W2D3 (trail run).

My plan is to add a Sunday, Wednesday, Friday full-body workout, probably using the 7-minute workout app on my Garmin watch beginning in December. I’ll also be adding Sunday bicycle rides, depending on weather beginning in December.

I’ll also be working to remain within my 2000 calorie-per-day food limit, daily meditation practice, and daily steps goal. I want to have at least 210 “active” minutes for the week (which averages to 30 minutes per day).

What does your week look like? Do you have a goal and a plan to get there?

The Week That Was October 21 – October 28

It’s accountability time, my friends!

I’m a firm believer in reporting your plan and then your progress on a regular basis.

The Week That Was will be my regular reporting to you on how my week went. They’ll appear on Sundays and report the previous Sunday to Saturday.

Let’s dive in, yeah? Continue reading

Starting Again from the Beginning

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That was displayed on the scale yesterday. It’s not the heaviest I’ve ever been, but it’s darn close.

So, I’m starting over. Again. For the last time. Again.

Here are the rules:

I will record all food and drink into MyFitnessPal. I will stay within the daily calorie goal, not the daily calorie goal adjusted by activity. That’s going to be tough.

I started Couch to 5k yesterday and a vigorous yoga practice begins today with a 75 minute vinyasa class at Infinite Yoga and Wellness (if you want to stalk me, I’ll be there most week nights and Sunday mornings). I will also be taking daily lunchtime walks with a co-worker.

I will meditate twice a day to be focused and mentally strong.

I’m determined to get to a healthy weight and be a fit person.

0 to 50k in 16 Weeks – Week 2 Summary

Or the week that wasn’t. 

I ran 2 miles on Tuesday, per the plan, but the rest of the week was a wash. 

I was afflicted with a funk, as they say. 

Unfortunately, this wasn’t a mood funk that I’d be able to run my way out of as much as a respiratory funk. I couldn’t breathe well, or talk, from Wednesday until … Well, I’m still having a bit of trouble with deep breaths and coughing. 

I’m hoping by Tuesday to jog a couple miles. 

I’m considering changing the plan a bit. I’ve been thinking maybe training up to a 30 mile long run isn’t a great idea. 

0 to 50k in 16 Weeks: Week 1 Summary

Week 1 is complete.

It looked like:

  • Monday: 20 minutes of yoga, 7 minute workout Done!
  • Tuesday: 2 miles run Done!
  • Wednesday: 2 miles run Done! 7 minute workout Not so done.
  • Thursday: 2 miles run Done!
  • Friday: 20 minutes of yoga, 7 minute workout Not so done.
  • Saturday: 4 miles run Done!
  • Sunday: 2 miles run Done! 7 minute workout Not so done.

It was a solid week of running, even with missing out on some cross-training.

 This was an easy week to make time to run since we were on vacation at Onslow Beach Tuesday through Friday. 

The coming week won’t be as smooth, but I’m still looking forward to it. 

0 to 50 k in 16 Weeks

Today is Training Day 1 for the Southern Tour 50k.

I’ve delivered a training plan that’s certainly not a “win-the-race” plan, but I’m not a “win-the-race” kind of runner. I think it’s definitely a “finish-the-race” plan.

Here’s it is:

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Wk Total
Wk 1 2 2 2 4 2 12
Wk 2 2 2 2 6 2 14
Wk 3 2 2 2 8 6 20
Wk 4 2 2 4 10 6 24
Wk 5 2 2 4 12 8 28
Wk 6 2 4 6 14 8 34
Wk 7 4 4 6 16 10 40
Wk 8 4 6 6 18 10 44
Wk 9 4 6 8 20 12 50
Wk 10 4 8 6 22 12 52
Wk 11 6 10 8 24 14 62
Wk 12 6 10 8 26 14 64
Wk 13 6 10 8 28 16 68
Wk 14 6 10 8 30 16 70
Wk 15 4 8 4 10 8 34
Wk 16 3 2 0 31.1 36.1
652.1

There aren’t specific run workouts. It’s straight mileage. If I get comfortable, it’s possible that I’ll make the Tuesday and Thursday runs into something like “speed work”, but it won’t be much more complicated than light-post sprints.

Mondays and Fridays are cross-training/active recovery days. Those days will focus on yoga and calisthenics. Also, there will be a 10 minute calisthenic workout after the Wednesday and Sunday runs.

That’s the plan. It’s firmly set in jello, so I’m willing to change things if I think it’s needed. 

What do you think of the plan? Have any advice for a first time 50k runner?