April: Healthy Habit
April 2nd, 2012 | Ann
March was a really good month. I logged nearly every single one of my training runs and saw some great progress – my pace and endurance are improving, and I FEEL much stronger than I did last month. I stayed injury-free and felt relatively good during and after most of my runs.
After Saturday’s successful run (read the recap HERE), Hannah and I went to brunch at Yum! in Minneapolis and workshopped my half-marathon training plan. We talked, at length, about what has been working, and more importantly, what has NOT been working.
For the last 8 weeks, my training plan has included:
Monday – Spin
Tuesday – Longer Run
Wednesday – Shorter Run
Thursday – Longer Run
Friday – Yoga
Saturday – Long Run
Sunday – Cross-Train
But if you look at the above schedule, I didn’t do Monday spin. I didn’t do Friday Yoga. And I didn’t do Sunday Cross-Train. I logged my runs, but I didn’t add ANY additional workouts – no yoga, no cross-training, no weight training. And ultimately, that is NOT helping me be the strongest runner I can be.
So I’m laying out a new plan for April. The Get in Gear is 26 days away. I can switch up my routine for the next 26 days.
Here’s my April plan…
1. Log atleast 30 minutes of additional workouts per day (with the exception of long-run Saturday).
Whether it’s stretching/yoga/weights, cross-training, an extra jog or walk at an incline, spinning, elliptical or stairclimber, a class at the gym. To move my body for another 30 minutes a day beyond my scheduled run.
I want to reach the Get in Gear starting line knowing I’ve done everything I can do to be a stronger, faster runner; I want to be an injury-free racer; I want to be a well-conditioned athlete.
2. Journal my food.
It’s no secret I’ve continued to struggle with food choices. And being aware of what I’m eating is the secret to understanding WHERE I’m struggling and WHY I’m struggling. 26 days of journaling. Game on.
3. Relax, and take things one day at a time.
Last week was an incredibly stressful week. Questioning my ability to run the pace and distance of an upcoming race gave me so much stress and anxiety. I need to remember to take a deep breath and focus on the task at hand – whether it’s a single day, a meal, or a decision. To ask myself, with every question or opportunity, “Is this going to help me reach my goals?”
I also want to listen to my body. If my legs feel fresh and ready to run on Monday, then there’s no reason I wouldn’t move my Tuesday run to Monday. Likewise, if I need a rest-day on Wednesday, then moving my run to another day (still logging the miles), but knowing that it’s really about listening to my body and being respectful of soreness and cautious of injury.
I feel really good. 26 days of healthy living and race prep. Logging the extra workouts, journaling my food, and relaxing and focusing on one day at a time. Come April 28th, I’ll be ready to run the Get in Gear knowing I’ve done everything I could do to be as prepared as possible. Developing those good habits and continuing the healthy, active living.
What are some of your best tips or suggestions?
What’s your favorite healthy habit?