I shared this with one of my Fit over 50 small groups a week ago and they said they really appreciated me sharing so I thought I would share it with you.
Ironman for me was Sept 9th and since then I haven’t been exercising very consistently.
I have only done 5-6 runs of 4-6 miles, about 120 miles of biking, and a couple sessions of lifting and core. Nothing much.
Part of it was planned to give my body some recovery from 8 months of averaging 15 hours a week of exercise (peaking the last three months closer to 20 hours a week), and part of it was that I went into full work mode, putting in big hours at the Transformation Center.
But those weeks turned to a month, and I was struggling to find myself again and figure out a consistent workout routine.
I gained about 7 lbs, lost some additional muscle. I felt flabby and just blah.
Each day that I didn’t work out became more frustrating, the guilt built up and it was even harder to start the following day.
I filled my days with non-productive things to fill the space that working out took up and it was a vicious cycle.
Can you relate?
I am happy to report I broke this cycle a week ago and logged 42 miles of running last week with 44 miles planned this week.
So what changed?
Here are a few thoughts, and things I did. I hope you can apply the principles into your own life.
-I said enough was enough. I was tired of feeling tired and stressed. I knew from past experience, exercise was one of the best things I could do for myself and for my family.
-I recommitted to my WHY. I still want to work towards qualifying for the Ironman World Championships and in order to do that I need to improve my run massively. This in itself is highly motivating for me.
-I hired a running-specific coach for the next 5 months to help guide me.
-I created a plan. I am going to focus on my running this winter 5-6 days per week (along with strength and core) to work on my weakness, and I asked my coach for a specific run training plan.
-I made it as easy and convenient as possible. My coach wants me to run on soft surfaces as much as possible to decrease the chance of injury. Many of the go-to places aren’t close to my house, so I have been searching for the best running places that are close to where I live.
-I found running partners. I am still in the process of figuring out the best fit, but I ran with 6 different people last week to figure out who and what times will work best for my life.
-I got the right gear. I will be spending quite a bit of time running this winter. The last couple winters I got all the cold gear I will need, but I want to listen to church sermons when I run to strengthen that part of my life, so I needed headphones and a way to hold my phone. I posted on FB asking for recommendations, and within 1 hour I had purchased what I needed to make my runs more enjoyable.
-I discussed the plan with Tessa to make sure she understands my why and will support me in it, by watching my son Bo when necessary.
-I listen to a running related podcast, video, book, or article each day to keep my mind fueled for this goal.
-I am enjoying the journey. At first my mindset was that I have 5 months of “off season training” before I get to the fun stuff of training specifically for my triathlon races. Almost like this was a means to an end or that the next 5 months would be torture but a necessary evil to reach the results I want come next summer. Instead, I am taking each day as it comes as it’s own wonderful experience. I have been appreciating the little things like the colorful leaves under my feet or the cold biting winds that keep my body from overheating. I am trying to enjoy the journey since running isn’t something that comes naturally or that I love (I am starting to like it more though).
-Lastly, I have developed a strong visual belief in a positive future outcome. The feeling of getting faster, and placing higher up in the races is very motivating for me and keeps me going.
Each person is motivated by different things, and there is no right or wrong when it comes to this as long as it works for you.