Sunday, February 13, 2011

Marathon Training: Week 1 - Smaller Scope Goals

I have big plans to accomplish my first marathon sometime this year. I need to get started. I have started, fallen off track, and jumped back on to only fall off again. My training with P90X workouts and a few runs have been going good, but my eating has been bad.

Why? Why do I keep falling off track and lose my focus? I have many excuses, but in the end I think I need to refocus on my approach.

My new approach is to leave the big idea behind and taken things one week at a time.

I think if I keep my focus in a smaller scope, my loss of focus will not happen.

So here is my Week 1 Goals for the week.

Monday: P90X workout on chest, tris, shoulders
Tuesday: Easy 4 mile run
Wednesday: 4 mile hill run
Thursday: Sleep in or P90X workout Biceps and Back
Friday: 4 mile easy run
Saturday: 4 mile easy run
Sunday: 9 mile run

This would allow me start my training with 25 miles running and possible two strength training days. I will reflect on this next weekend.

I need to eat better, lose weight, and get focuses. By increasing my training I think my eating will fall in line.

I went three days with no caffeine last week to test my mental strength. I did it. It was interesting. I felt great during the day, but had to go to bed at 8 pm each night as I was exhausted. I had a mild headache all day during the first two days. The headache left on day 3. I really did not miss coffee the way I thought I would. I missed the habit of a mug in my hand to sip on all day, but not the caffeine.

I did pick up my coffee habits again. Why? Because I wanted to and it is one thing I look forward to drinking every morning.

What are your goals for the week?
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