In light of my most recent running exploits (or lack thereof), I just wanted to write down some terms for my next training cycle. The more I write down/the more everyone sees this, the more accountable I will have to be!! Right?? Right!
- Do something every single day. Whether that’s running 10 miles, or running 2, or doing a strength workout, I need to regain my old consistency from college.
- That being said, remain flexible. In college, I was very anal about my mileage and hitting my splits and doing all of the post-workout exercises in the training room. It was hard to maintain that intensity with a full working schedule. I suspect this will only get harder because I got a new job that requires longer hours. So, if I know I can’t run that day due to a work event or if something comes up after work inexplicably, I need to plan ahead.
- Don’t be a wimp. When training for New York, I was a huge wimp and didn’t run the long runs I needed to. I also didn’t want to run with people because I was worried about how out of shape I was.
- Run with people! It’s fun! And there’s usually beer involved afterwards!
- Chill out for the first few weeks, get in some mileage and some “light” workouts before doing the more intense ones. For the New Jersey Marathon, I started doing intense track workouts right away and that wasn’t good. For a little while, I should just do some fartleks and mileage, for the most part.
- Try to watch what I eat. Please. Just minimally try.
- Write down workouts/runs every single day. This shouldn’t be an issue because I love writing but sometimes it gets so boring just writing like “ran 6 miles in 45 minutes.” Just write it down. Because when I look back at my training logs from years ago there are some gaps AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT FILLED THEM.
- Do not let my coworkers peer pressure me. I work in an industry where people like to go out after events and have fun, but I am a lightweight and can barely get home afterwards, let alone be recovered by the next day.
- Blog. I want to shift the focus of my personal blog toward running-related posts (which shouldn’t be too hard considering I’m thinking about running around 90% of the time).
So there you have it; the 9 tenets of my new and improved training contract. I’ll definitely amend this as I go but will also try my best to stay true to these!
Wish me luck, loveys! Next race– Chicago Marathon 2016!