I feel like I’m starting from scratch. The sickness that I dealt with in the weeks leading up to my half marathon resurfaced this week. And Mr. Dawn got hit pretty hard. In fact we spent Father’s Day celebrating in style.
Poor guy spent the day in bed. And my sore throat kept threatening to steal my voice.
So, instead of running last week, I spent my time planning out my next few months. I think I found a training plan to use for my half in October! It is geared specifically for breaking 1:45 in the half marathon. The plan is 10 weeks long, peaks at 44 miles, and varies between 5-6 days of running. The prescribed paces are challenging, but exciting.
I calculated back 10 weeks from October 26 and it means that I’ll need to start my training on August 17. I officially have 9 weeks until then. I want to use the next two months to get myself on track to nail my training. I have a lot of work to do…to get myself better and lay a good fitness foundation.
So, what am I going to do? Here are my goals for the next 9 weeks….
- 30 days sugar free. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. My biggest downfall is sweets. I usually compensate by just running a little bit more, however I feel like my health has been suffering and those fudge covered oreos don’t help at all. I need to step away from the cookies, candy, and other forms of processed sugar. I need a reset, and out of all my dietary habits, I think sugar will have the biggest impact.
- Get my steps in. I’ve had my fitbit for almost six months. I used to be really diligent about getting my goal of 15,000 steps a day, but once I started training I was more focused on my running than on my steps. I actually keep forgetting to wear it! I think there’s been more days where it has sat on my dresser than I’ve actually remembered to clip it on. This must change!
- Double digits. I want to have at least one double digit run a week. I don’t want to completely fall off the long run bandwagon and have to rebuild my endurance from scratch.
- 30 miles per week. I haven’t decided if I’m going to do any speed work or not…the weather is getting unbearably hot, and I’m not sure if there will be much quality work during these summer months. I do want to get and keep my mileage up so that I’m not intimidated when it starts to push 40+ miles.
- Yoga. I’m not sure how I’ll fit it all in, but I’d really like to do one day of yoga a week. I’ll probably stick to my Hatha Alignment class to keep loose and strong.
I know that I do best when I set specific goals and then tell everyone about it so that I will actually follow through :).
What are you doing this summer to keep your motivation high?
What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t on an official training plan?