I am a thinker. I actually am an overthinker. I think, I worry, I obsess. I was thinking the other day while I was running what was I running for?? What was my end goal or purpose? Now don’t get me wrong, I run just because I love to run, but sometimes I like to have a little purpose in my life.
I read a post by Elle from Eat, Run Sail the other day called 5 Reasons to Work Out With Intention and it got me to thinking what was my intention with running. What did I want to accomplish with my running? What was my intention with my running?
Right now my intention with running is to BQ by 40. Can I do it? I don’t know, but I haven’t put any real intention into to trying it. I want to be race ready at any given time or at the very least capable of increasing my training so I could potentially run a marathon in less than 2 months. I used to always be race ready for a half-marathon, but lately I have been slacking in the training I need to be doing regularly to maintain that fitness ability.
How do I plan to stay race ready?
- Purposeful Training. I plan to incorporate hill training and speed work into my weekly training. I also plan to use Jess as my coach to keep me motivated and to make sure I am incorporating all the elements I need to stay race ready.
- Good nutrition. My nutrition was great during the K-Fit 6 Challenge last month, but I hate to say I have fallen back into some bad habits. Getting my nutrition back on track is key to good performance. I am currently reading Nutrition For Runners written by Anne of Fannetastic Food and Jason from Strength Running. This is the best handbook for running nutrition I have ever some across. I have had it for awhile and now I am ready to use it! You can check it out here.
- Cross Training. This is where I fail every single time. I become singularly focused and when I run, I only run. Especially when I run out of time. I tend to choose running over everything else, which is not a good thing. This time around I will incorporate cross training and yoga into my plan. I have just started PT for my occasional knee pain. Of course the PT couldn’t induce the pain at all during the evaluation, even when I did lunges that normally induce the pain I felt fine. The PT said I could definitely use some hip strengthening, which I did know, so he started me on a plan and I will do that too at least 3 times a week.
I start training on Monday. I will keep you all updated on my progress in my Weekly Workout Wrap-Ups. Do you stay race ready all year long? And if so, how?