Since we discussed setting and achieving New Yearâ€™s Resolutions (â€œgoalsâ€ if you prefer) yesterday, I thought Iâ€™d share a trick that Iâ€™m going to try out this month.
When I started to train for the Spinx Runfest Marathon (I ran it in 4:22 on October 30), I decided that I didnâ€™t want to suffer from the same mental burnout that plagued me while training for the Disney Marathon. So, instead of following a training plan like I did for my other 31 races, I decided to simply pre-plan my long runs and wing the rest. I felt like I had a thorough enough understanding of marathon training so I â€œknewâ€ what I needed to do to achieve my goal of a sub 4:35 marathon.
It was very freeing to operate without a training plan, but since Iâ€™ve fallen into a bit of a workout motivation slump AND itâ€™s the New Year, I thought Iâ€™d bring back the training plan.
Iâ€™m not officially entering Half Marathon training mode for another two weeks (Iâ€™m running the National Half in Washington DC at the end of March), but plotting out my workouts a week in advance makes me feel like theyâ€™re a commitment that I canâ€™t just blow off!
Letâ€™s see â€“ I made a delicious breakfast today (that I photographed in frosty grass for fun)!
The star of the show was this leftover Chinese brown rice. Hereâ€™s the recipe for the Leftover Chinese Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl.
I subbed out craisins for coconut. Mmmm!
In other newsâ€¦
Doesnâ€™t James look like Dobby from Harry Potter?
Want to adopt Jamesâ€™ twin? I found him on Pet Finder!
Do you pre-plan workouts to help stay on track? How far in advance? Do you prefer to fly by the seat of your [bicycle] shorts?