Welcome February!!!! While this is traditionally the time folks start to forget what their resolutions were and the gym crowds begin to thin out 🙂 running addicts like me are just. getting. started. Me especially because January was an awful training month. I ran a paltry 25.5 miles. Yes, you read that correctly. Less than a marathon were my TOTAL miles for the month. Ugh. That simply will not do. I picked up whatever germs have been sweeping the nation, but according to my doctor, I am going to live and can exercise just fine based on how I feel (phew!) The only thing I must contend with is a nagging cough, lack of energy, and thus getting ready for 13.1.
In exactly 3 weeks from this moment, I will be in Orlando ready to dance with Mickey and run like a Princess. SO FREAKING EXCITED!!! Can you tell?! First race of the year, first race of the season and first run in the 13 in 2013 challenge for me. I intend to enjoy every second of that weekend but the getting ready part comes first…
You know the saying, “it takes 21 days to make a habit”? Well, I’ve turned that into I have 21 days to prepare myself for race weekend!! And, after missing 2 weeks of training due to travel and this stupid cold/flu, the first 7 days breaks down like this:
- TODAY, 2/1: Friday – last rest day (I swear!) – need to let the medication for the cough sink in and relax (that’s the codeine effect)
- Saturday – Gym workout: treadmill walk and weights (testing out the breathing and stamina!)
- Sunday – Light run: aiming for 3 miles (will do more if I am not hampered by the lingering ailment)
- Monday – Strength training with the trainer 🙂
- Tuesday – Rest
- Wednesday – Run 5-6 miles
- Thursday – Strength training with the trainer 🙂
In addition to my 21 day training plan, I need to focus on energizing myself and nutrition. I tried to be good during my downtime with what I was eating and drinking but there are only so many ways to make soup eating delicious and sustainable 😉 and feeling like you’re coughing up a lung every time you take a sip of something isn’t entirely helpful. So, since I looooove lists (I’m not Type A at all…) I will spend my last rest day putting together a meal plan for the week and a grocery list. Then take some time Sunday to prepare meals and snacks to get me through the week. See… all you need is a little focus, a blog for accountability and a good doctor who feels your pain!
Sigh… (that was a good sigh) I already feel better!