Saturday, August 14, 2010

Re-focused

I haven't been posting much because I haven't been training much and what training I've done hasn't been much good.

That's a bit of an exaggeration. I started a post last week about how being back in the pool was making me feel like me again, and me 'n' Eric are still having plenty of fun rambling around Cambridge.

But we've both been feeling a bit unfocused and for me, the lack of focused manifested itself in a depressing and painful 1:57 at the Taupo Half Marathon two weeks ago.

But it's a new week and a new training plan and I'm going to get back into it.

First step is committing to morning workouts again. Yep, every day. Even if my lazy husband (who managed to run a 1:29 half despite missing pretty much all of June and July...) rolls over and stays in bed. If I can't get my scheduled workout in (i.e. if it's swimming, which requires marital co-operation), I'll at least do some yoga.

Next step is cleaning up my eating and, more importantly, drinking a bit more. I need to lose the pudge if I'm going to kick ass in Tauranga. We eat fairly healthily, most of the time, but we've definitely been drinking too much here. So debauched August (Phil's 30th, and we're celebrating at a beer festival....) will be followed by Abstemious September, Sober October and No-Booze November (...with the exception of a celebratory brew after the Karapiro Half... I'm only human).

Then, I'm going to change my mindset. Balance is great and all, but for the next few months I'm going to keep my eye on the prize. I love being a driven training machine (...sometimes...) and this could be our last chance for a while to train together for an endurance event. I'm not going to squander it.

Last of all, I'm going to accept that I may have already blown it and move on. I hope that's not the case but it might be. I've changed some medication recently, and I feel like that might be to blame for some of my struggles. Anyway, whatever the reason, I'm not as fit as I want to be, or as I should be, even with some patchy weeks. But if I dominate my training and my eating and my non-drinking over the next 3 (til Karapiro) to 5 (til Tga) months and I cross the finish line in 6:30 (Karapiro) or 6:01 (Tga), I know I'll feel better than I do right now.

Any tips for re-motivating myself?

5 comments:

Britt said...

No good tips, but it sounds like you've got a good plan! That's aways the biggest thing for me is to plan it out :) You've got a cheerleader in me!

Mike said...

Have you tried Spinervals DVDs. I've heard they're really good for motivation. Hope you find your mojo and kick ar$e at Tauranga. I'll be there to cheer you on to a Sub6!!! :)

Westy said...

Well I'll be watching you Kate!
An hour (or 1 session) of exercise a day that's what you have to focus on... you should be able to find time for this most days.
Bed when you feel tired try not to stay up doing nothing or mindless internet.
The Tauranga Half will come quickly.
Cool

Krista said...

Sounds like you've got a good plan. My tips would be to write out your plan and goals for each week and your long term goals. Make SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable...). Post your goals on your blog and somewhere visible in your house (bathroom, refridgerator, etc.).

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

I think they sounds like some great goals to me! Morning workouts really work for me!