Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Training Tuesday and 2016 Intentions

Intentions...resolutions...goals...to do lists....


In my mind they are all pretty much the same thing. However, I prefer the verbiage intention because I feel like it immediately takes the pressure off and keeps me from feeling like I failed if I don't follow through.

 
I do really like to state my intentions in to do list format...because crossing things off a list gives is always such a thrill for me!  #TeacherProblems


Last year I made a resolution to write in a journal every day...well I started off okay...and then it became VERY inconsistent and then completely dropped off by August. Luckily for me and my resolution loving heart I had made a few other "resolutions" or intentions for my year. 

My other resolutions/intentions were:

1) Read 2 books per month...check!
2) Run a sub 1:45 half marathon....check x 3!
3) Run a sub 4 marathon...check! 

Having these other resolutions/intentions made the failure of journal writing sting a little less ;) 

This year I wanted to do the same thing....and I was at no loss for ideas so I think I may have let things get a little out of hand! I have SEVERAL intentions for 2016...some are short term intentions, some span the entire year...and some go even farther than that! 

In 2016 I intend to...

1) Run a sub 1:40 half marathon
2) NOT run a marathon...Wish me luck with that ;)
3) Cook 2 new to me meals per month
4) Read 52 books in 2016 (one a week)
5) Complete #Project366

I have a few other personal intentions that aren't really measurable, and can only be found within myself. I am hoping that through this next year I can learn to let it go...

Sorry...I couldn't resist ;)

Let go of the need to be perfect....let go of the need to please everyone else before myself...let go of taking things personally...let go of letting others make me feel certain ways...and most of all let go of things that doesn't make me happy. 

 
While these intentions are very different from the others, my plan of attack is to keep these ideas in the back of my mind all the time and consciously work on "letting go" I have started a journal to write my feelings (when I fail to "let it go") and help to remind myself that my thoughts are what affect how I feel...and positivity breeds positivity!

Alright...enough deep thoughts...let's switch gears and talk about my half-marathon training.


This week is my first official week following my plan...and I am questioning my decision making skills as I sit here exhausted from my first day back at work after a 2 week vacation! 



I got up at 5 AM this morning to head to the gym for "Tempo Tuesday" and busted out 4 miles on the treadmill. 2 of those miles were at ALMOST tempo pace. I am hoping to have my tempo pace ~7:30 and I am barely holding on at 8 right now. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself and reminding myself that it's been MONTHS since I ran with any consistency or speed. 

I'm taking tomorrow as a rest day because Thursday is when all hell breaks loose. I am starting my Hammer and Chisel test group which includes 6 workouts per week. I have tried out all of these workouts and the good news is they are all 45 mins or less and I LOVE them! 


Last year I struggled with piriformis syndrome and it was quite literally a constant pain in the rear. I spent lots of time with my chiropractor and doing glute strengthening exercises. I have been very pleased with the amount of exercises in the Hammer and Chisel program that not only work my glutes, but mimic many of my doctors suggested excercises. 

I'm worried a little that not having a complete rest day might be too much...but I keep reminding myself that I will take it day by day and take a rest as needed. If I have to make changes to my plan midway through then I will...being flexible should be another one of my intentions :) 

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