Trying to create a schedule that fits in time in the Word, food prep, exercise, work, church/music, family, social life AND sleep is…well…an age-old dilemma, yea?
It’s all about goals and priority order, of course, to determine what will go and what will stay. Sometimes I feel like I am reassessing my schedule daily. Whatever it takes.
My new goals are to get a half mary and a triathlon under my belt before my trip home to the Philippines in May 2012. I have gusto today, but can I stick to my training efforts? Yes…yes, I can.
My idea is to be half-mary ready by January (race on 01/28), then do a tri in either Feb or April. Preferably February because it is only a few hours from my grandma (Maudzy) and I’d love to visit her after! But April would give me more time to rest and then pick up training again.
My plan is to cross train with bike and swimming while getting marathon ready. For those of you who know how accident prone I am because of my history of pushing myself too far, I can assure you I will train smart 🙂 She can be taught!
Whatever your sport (running, swimming, lifting, biking, etc) keep in mind form, but also remember to relax.
Doesn't this runner look relaxed?
You’d be surprised how much energy you might be exerting in those tightened shoulders while you run or the constant flexed feet or overly tight grip. Ease up a bit by focusing on using your muscles, not tightening your entire body. I periodically will check myself especially when I am in the last leg of a long run. Don’t relax till you lose form, just be aware of what your body is doing and what it needs. Treat your body well and it will respond well.
Even though I would still push myself, I used to think of cross-training days as an “easy day” simply because I was not running. I have changed my tune! I have recently taken more of an interest in runners who periodically train for triathlons. There are so many benefits including less pain and muscle balance (read: better figure). I have also been in rah-rah mode since I learned that runners actually have the easiest time training versus an athlete from one of the other 2 sports. Runners are accustomed to the pounding of the pavement and so we can easily transition from biking to running. A runner’s cardio is also already conditioned for intense exercise, so runners have the capacity to take on swimming and biking. A swimmer commented that he had the cardio for the running, but his legs were aching from the pounding of the hard pavement.
A Note for Those Training for a Half/Marathon:
Cross-Train: This is identified simply as “cross.” What form of cross-training works best? It could be swimming, cycling, walking (see below), cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or even some combination that could include strength training. What cross-training you select depends on your personal preference. But don’t make the mistake of cross-training too vigorously. Cross-training days should be considered easy days that allow you to recover from the running you do the rest of the week
–from Hal Higdon’s adivce to the novice
So, this has inspired me. I am now taking my cross-training days more seriously and enjoying them! I can’t wait to begin biking and swimming. (Mental note: find out when traffic is light at the gym’s pool)