I definitely kicked my training into high gear this week. Up to this point, I have been slowly testing the waters to see how my body would react post injury. Giving it lots of time to warm up and remember what it felt like to work out.
Focussing the training to prepare for a race really comes down to one thing – commitment. Commitment to the training schedule, commitment to learning, commitment to a healthy diet to support the training, and commitment to yourself to allow time for the training. I think this sums up anyone’s training, regardless if their goal is to be a healthier version of themselves or to complete a race of any distance. Step one is to set the goal and then you have to commit to it.
Sunday evening, I decided to commit, to jump in full force Monday morning. I made sure my gym stuff was ready to go to eliminate any possible excuses that could have popped up Monday morning. I have been to the gym three times this week and last night I was lucky enough to have Hubby on the treadmill next to me!
This week I also ventured into the world of Yoga. I am still loving it as much as I did when I blogged about it earlier in the week. I have been using online videos that were recommended to me, to help guide my practices and teach me all the wonderful things yoga has to offer. I am still shocked at how much effort the body puts forth by doing something as simple as staying on all fours while maintaining a straight spine.
As hard as it is sometimes when training is going so well, I have also made sure to take recovery days this week. Recovery time is just as important as the active training. Your body needs time to mend itself and prepare for the next active training session. I usually use my recovery days to do some foam rolling and prepare for the next phase of training. This week, I decided that I need more information about a healthy diet and have booked a session with a local dietitian.
I have one item in my diet that is beyond NOT healthy for me. Barqs Root Beer! It is my go to caffeine source, whether it is first thing in the morning or way too much of it in the afternoon. I have been slowly decreasing my intake (solely because the stores were having supply issues of some sort) but this week I committed to kicking the habit completely. It serves no purpose in keeping me healthy or my training on track and it only derails the progress I am making. So, after suffering through some pretty bad headaches, shaking hands and flat out cravings that consumed my every thought, I am now two days Barqs free. My family also did really well managing my EXTREMELY cranky self! I love the results I feel already and am staying committed to the progress I’ve made by battling the cravings as they come.
Looking back at my log of what I accomplished this week, I am proud of myself for making the commitment and excited to see where this journey takes me next!
Countdown to Races:
84 days until 10km at Blue Nose Marathon
201 days until 5km at Maritime Race Weekend
202 days until 21.1km at Maritime Race Weekend