It’s October 1st…And I’m a sucker for using a beginning (of a week, month, or year) as the starting point for new things.
Yesterday I signed up for the Southern Tour 50k. Yes, I’m skipping the marathon distance and going straight to ultra. I have been extremely lazy since April and I need a big, hairy-assed goal to motivate me into action.
It’s on January 30th, 2016. That gives me four months to prepare.
I have a plan that I think is workable for me (it’ll be detailed in another post).
It’s going to be the biggest physical challenge of my life. 2016 is my year for big challenges.
We’re getting to the end of 2014…And the beginning of 2015.
2015 is going to be big on changes and challenges for me.
In January I’ll be moving to a new job. It’s a promotion and an hour-long commute (each way), but I’m very excited. One of the challenges will be findingmaking! time to run when the biggest part of my day is sandwiched between two hour-long drives. The advantage is that there are some sweet trails between the new workplace and home and I’ll be able to occasionally hit them up.
I’m going to make it work, though, because I’m committed to 2015 being a breakout year in my fitness life.
I’ve been doing a lot of plotting for the next 12 months in my fitness journey. Even though the last 6 months have seen some pretty amazing gains (losses, actually!), I’m planning for some real breakthroughs in the new year.
This is what my 2015 goals look like (at the moment…):
A lot of running:
Two (three?) half marathons
Flying Pirate (April)
Marine Corps (September)
Southern Fried (November?)
Outer Banks (November?)
More yoga and meditation: Twice-weekly yoga practice
Bigger focus on weight-loss goals: Get to 160 pounds by December (that’s a loss of 28ish pounds from my current 188).
Keep in mind that this is just an outline and while I have a pretty fleshed-out running training plan, I really don’t have much of a plan for everything else.
The plan is pretty simple and consists of three run days and three cross-training days.
The first two weeks of runs are easy effort affairs. After that, there will be easy runs, speed workouts and long runs. The speed workouts vary between intervals, fartleks and tempo runs.
I confess to not being “in love” with this particular plan because it’s based on workout time instead of run distance (run easy for 30 minutes, as opposed to run 3 miles, easy). I’m not sure how preparing for a half marathon like that will go, but I’m giving it a solid 4 weeks and if I’m not feeling there’s progress, I’ll draft up my own plan.
We’ll see how it works out.
Have you used a canned running training plan? How did it go?
One of the ways I learn about (lots of stuff, but specific to this post) running is through podcasts. One of my favorites right now is Coach Jeff‘s The Running Podcast. It’s an entertaining show with many different guests and topics all within the universe of fitness, running and running nutrition. It’s also from Australia, so there’s a distinctly non-American feel, which is kind of nice.
In the latest handful of episodes, Coach Jeff has talked about his annual “event” Run for the Sun. Taking place in June, it’s a month-long celebration of running in the search for daylight…Or a month-long celebration of it. Remember, Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, so while we (in the US) will be knee deep in Spring and Summer, Coach Jeff is in the depths of Fall and Winter. Hence, the title “Run for the Sun”.
The only requirement is to run at least a mile (or 1.6 kilometers) where ever you are in the world, every day for the month of June.
I’m in. And you should be, too. Head over to to the Run for the Sun page and register. It’ll be a blast!