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.

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A New Adventure …

…that really kind of scares the crap out of me. 

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. 

I can do this. 

The Week Ahead February 2-8, 2015

Here’s the week ahead:

  • Monday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 7 minute workout
  • Tuesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Wednesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 6 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Thursday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Friday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 5 minute workout
  • Saturday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Sunday:
    • Running – Long run of 7 miles.
    • Yoga

The last week and a half has been pretty terrible insofar as having motivation to run. I’ve got to kickstart myself and get back into a running way.

2015: It’s Going to Be a Big Year

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 finding making! 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?)
  • Marathon?
    • 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 March Streak Challenge

beach runner by Flickr user Adrian Price

beach runner by Flickr user Adrian Price

It’s a new month and I’ve got to find some motivation to get running.

So I’ll try streaking.

I’m challenging myself to a March running streak.

For the next 31 days, I’m planning to run at least 2 miles a day. Many of these days, I’ll be running more.

There are 64 days to the Flying Pirate Half Marathon and I’ve got to be in better shape.

Have you ever challenged yourself to a run streak? What was your goal and how did it go?

Tuesday Training: Garmin’s Beginner Half Marathon Plan

To prepare for the Flying Pirate Half-Marathon, I’m using Garmin’s Beginner Half Marathon Plan. It’s a free plan available through  Garmin Connect. When you choose a plan, it gets added automatically to the training calendar. There’s an option to add the workouts to my Garmin 610 watch. The benefit is that the watch provides prompts throughout the run to ensure goal paces are met.

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?

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…

It’s time for my regularly scheduled “I’m so lazy…I’m so fat…I’ve had enough!…I’m getting fit!…I’m eating right!…Starting NOW!” blog post.

Which lasts a week and then I’m back to being all lazy, fat, eating out, not exercising and paying for a gym membership I hardly ever use.

But maybe not this time…

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