Yesterday I posted the results to my first official week of training that I am doing in order to try to accomplish the goals that I have set out for myself for 2012. You know, the goals that involve me running three separate marathons (two in one month), biking 160km as part of my first ever century bike ride, and spending some 20 thousand or so odd minutes actively bending and stretching for yoga.
Anyway, while yesterday’s post wasn’t all that exciting in the grand scheme of blog posts, it does serve a few purposes.
- I keeps me on track. Without the goals and the scheduled runs, bikes, walks, and yoga, I’d probably find an excuse to slack off. Because we all know there is chocolate that won’t eat itself. And because we definitely know that scotch loves being in my belly.
- It helps me reflect. This is essential to training, in my humble opinion. There are days – everyone has them I assume – where I think to myself
Sweet flying crapshark, you are a lazy ass and haven’t done anything about anything. Why can’t you run 42.2km already? You should be able to do this by now. How pathetic.Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
These are the days where it’s absolutely necessary for me to look back and realize that no, I’m not a lazy ass, and I’ve come a long way. It helps me remember the days when my asthma was so bad, and my bulk so immense that running for a few steps was completely out of the question.
- It gives me a sense of accomplishment (or perhaps a necessary kick in the ass). While you might think this is similar to the previous bullet (which it is), this is more of a short-term sense of accomplishment (or kick in the ass) versus the previous bullet’s long-term sense of reflection.
At any rate, the blog posts help me and keep me focused on what I need to do.
But why am I posting about this again? Well, yesterday’s post brought about a number of comments on the Twitter and on Facebook. Comments which mentioned some sense of motivation that these posts bring to other people. And that is amazing to me. I hope these posts do help others to find what it is they love to do, and that they help some of you stay motivated to achieve your goals. Because you can do it.
Trust me, if you knew the Dan of yesteryear, you’d know that if I can run a marathon, anyone can. Or you could take part in some crazy long Guinness world record-setting hockey game for Cystic Fibrosis research like Dr. Beth. Or you could do 4 rounds of P90X, hike multiple mountains, and run a half marathon like Rick. Or run so many different races last year I can’t even count them – like Carolyn.
Point is – whatever you think you can’t do, or aren’t sure if you can – you totally can. You just have to start.
I was also asked about my daily schedule. That is, when/how I manage to fit in all that I want to do. For me, my major goal is simply to run 3 to 4 times per week, bike 3 to 4 times per week (usually when I’m not running), walk to and from the office daily, and hopefully do at least some stretching/yoga in the morning.
Typically – at least when I’m training – my weekdays are as follows:
- Wake around 6 or 6:30. Eat breakfast then stretch, or stretch and then eat breakfast. Sometimes both at once. Stretching lasts at least 15 minutes, but might go for an hour depending on what I need to do that particular day.
- Walk to school – about 25 minutes on a slow day, 20 minutes on a solidly paced day. In the summer, this might be replaced by a bike. Usually get to the office around 9.
- Snack around 10
- Lunch around noon
- Snack around 2
- Snack around 4
- Walk or bike home (around 5 or 5:30)
- Run, or bike – depending on the day – or perhaps do nothing as it might be a rest day.
- Yoga (depending on the day). In the non-winter months, I’ll actually bike to yoga. In some cases, I’ll bike first to a track to do sprint training, then bike to yoga, go to yoga, then bike home. Those days are killer, but they are awesome.
- Dinner (sometimes as late as 10, which I know is not usually advised, but I have to eat at some point. Also, I don’t normally go to bed until 12:30 or later, so it’s not like I’m eating right before bed).
Anyway, there you have it. My typical day. Exciting n’est-ce pas? I should also add that somewhere near the end of some of these days, I may or may not include a very healthy, very nutritionally dense, very muscle rebuilding and energy restoring scotch. And chocolate. Can’t forget the chocolate. Because let’s be serious here – I love being healthy, but rewards are always fantastic.
And with that being said, I’m going to go pour myself a scotch. But for real this time, because when I wrote that the other night, I actually decided to skip it and go to bed.
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