I'm not one to set resolutions for the year. I'm not one to think about what the year ahead might hold for me and my family. I tend to live my life so that I take each day as it comes and I make my choices as the need arises and I pray for guidance and try to follow the path I believe I am called to follow.
But I'm actually doing some serious planning ahead for 2011.
Because I'm going to run 13.1 miles in May and it is going to take some serious work and training and commitment to accomplish that goal.
As part of my training, I'll be running a 5K, a 10K, and a 15K in the months leading up to the race.
I have decisions to make.
I'm looking at Hal Higdon and Jeff Galloway for training programs.
I've been a slacker the past few weeks. Christy has been nursing a sciatic thing so we haven't been running but we were still working out a few times each week. This past week, however, I was a total slacker in terms of diet and exercise. I knowingly chose to take an entire week off because I know I have to kick my routine and choices into high gear so I can prepare for the half-marathon.
So I'm going to work out my diet and training plan and share it here. Maybe someone out there will want to join me- FitCity is launching a "Fit Friends" thing so maybe you'll sign up for that and we can be "fit friends" as we train together.
Here's what I'm not finding in all of my preparation and planning and reading... a step by step program to overcome the mental battles involves with running. I suppose that's because the mental battles are somewhat unique to each runner. So much of running is mental and attitude and I've been beating myself up a bit and it's part of why I took a little break. I was getting really negative and down on myself and that certainly doesn't lend to ever having a good run. First step, though, is to take back control of the things I know I can control. I'm sure I'll be working through those mental struggles on the blog soon enough.
Food as Fuel
I need to get back to seeing food as fuel. Nights out for sushi and wine need to be limited. In fact, I need to get a lot of my food choices in check and get back to the eating clean that leaves me feeling good. The great thing about blogging is that I can go back and look at when I was feeling the most successful and find the foods that were working for me then. Foods like...
Cottage cheese, grapefruit, spinach, squash, avocado, strawberries, bananas, broccoli, brussels sprouts, chicken, fish, and veggie loaded salads.
Fruits, veggies, lean proteins. It's easy, really.
Today, I'm going to the grocery store to stock up on healthy options for the week ahead.
Consistent, Daily Activity
Running, strength training, yoga, stretching, walking, and active play. When I do those things, life is better for everyone. My kids and I haven't played an evening of "Just Dance" in a while and we not only had fun but also burned calories when that was a regular part of our routine. Same for the Wii Fit- I'd gotten away from using it at all and it's something we enjoy that is also beneficial as an added bit of activity.
Today, I'm creating a training plan.
Tomorrow, Christy and I start back to the gym. What works for us is a 5 day a week plan. Tuesday and Thursday we will do a class with Bridget. Monday, Wednesday, Friday we will run. Maybe one of those days will be an easier workout of stretching and walking- maybe. Saturday will be my longer run time. Sunday can be a day of rest- but still include activity with the kids.
Support from Friends, Supporting my Friends
Another key are the positive words I get from others and the opportunity to support others. Having a network of people who are working together to make better choices just feels powerful. It isn't so much about accountability or anything. The only person I feel accountable to is myself. But when I know that people find inspiration from my choices and when I know that I've been inspired by someone else's choices and accomplishments... that network feels so strong!
Today, I'm asking you to be part of my network. Maybe you're going to start running or want to get back on track or just want to cheer from the sidelines... but let's do it together.