Tuesday, January 04, 2011
2011. Wow. How did we get here!
This is the time of year when we start or renew our goals, say THIS TIME it is going to work. THIS TIME will be different. I'm guilty of that, we all are. I don't know what the magic wand looks like, but I wish I had one! Because each time, it takes a lot of work, both physically and mentally.
The physical won't happen if the mental isn't showing up for the game. I think that most of the battle IS mental, because if your mind has to be in the right place, for the right reasons, at the right time. That probably takes more work than any workout that I've ever done.
So that is my main goal for 2011 - focus on the why. Focus on what my reason is. Focus on the getting past myself and my excuses for not getting out there and moving. Because I know I (90% of the time) eat healthy and within reason, so my problem is movement.
I. Have. To. Move. Plain and simple.
So far this month, I've started back into running after back and hip injury. I'm starting from scratch so I don't overstress the muscles and joints in that area, and all looks good - no back ache or hip stiffness!. I don't want to set myself back again. Each week for the month I plan to add something to my routine:
Week 1 - running approximately 5 km every other day, starting at a 1:1 program. Each week will see an increase in a running portion of 1 minute increments, to a ultimate maximum of 10:1. Of course, that will increase my running distance accordingly. Each Saturday, its increments of an all out run, with a 1 minute rest period. For a distance of 10km. (that distance will increase in a couple of months)
Week 2 - adding upper body strength training 3x week. Each week will see an increase in weight and/or reps. Haven't fully worked that one out yet - it starts Jan 10.
Week 3 - a re-attempt of the 100-Push up Challenge.
Week 4 - Starting the 200-Squat Challenge. That one will be tough!
Why am I not starting all of this at once? Because I know that if I run in with my heels on fire, I'll burn up within two weeks. Maybe not even that. Its the mental! One step at a time.
What is it they say? Slow and steady wins the race?
I want to win.