Monday, November 19, 2012

Back to Basics

I've gotten a little off track lately.  I've been running, just not consistently.  I haven't been to CrossFit in two weeks.  I realized that it is time for me to re-evaluate my goals and get back on track.  The best way for me to do this is to get back to the basics.

I had a lot of fun with the Insanity program, the only problem is that it didn't leave enough time for a regular running schedule.  I enjoyed CrossFit for the most part, but it just never really clicked for me.

I've gotten too far away from my core fitness love.  It is great to try new things, but when those new things aren't working out exactly as I had planned, I have to get back to doing what I know works best for me.  Otherwise I get frustrated and burnt-out and I end up doing next to nothing.

I need a good old fashioned weight training and interval running routine.  I will take some of the things I learned in CrossFit and apply them to my weight workouts at the gym, mainly I will lift heavier weights with less reps and work on my pull-ups.  My goal is to always continue to grow and evolve.
I'll be back to LA Fitness this week-end to sign up for a new no contract membership.  I imagine December is the best time of year to negotiate a great deal, when interest in health and fitness is probably at its lowest of the year. 

This is my plan.  When I followed a similar plan at the start of 2012, I achieved my fasted race PR's.  I got slimmer, stronger and faster.

Monday -
1 1/2 mile tempo treadmill run
Upper Body Free Weights
1 1/2 mile treadmill run

1 mile warm up
Hill Repeats on the street
1 mile cool down

1 1/2 mile tempo treadmill run
Lower Body Free Weights
1 1/2 mile treadmill run

1 mile warm up
2-3 mile fartleks on the street (random speed work)

1 1/2 mile tempo treadmill run
Upper Body Free Weights
1 1/2 mile treadmill run

Long run training for the Huntington Beach Surf City Marathon

Rest Day

Repeat Monday with Lower Body Free Weights.

I also committed to the Runners World Holiday Running Streak, to run at least one mile everyday between Thanksgiving and New Years. 

Has anyone else gotten off track lately?  Just me? How do you get back on track when your fitness plans derail?

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  1. Hi Lea!

    Ever since I ran my last marathon, I've been completely off track with my training, so I'm all too familiar with that feeling.

    The only way I know to get back on track is to find a new goal to focus on. I'm a very goal-oriented person (maybe that's why I love running so much?), so when I'm without a goal, I'm lost.

    Seems to me you've got some goals to focus you're going to be back on track in no time!

  2. I've actually been off track lately too. I still workout in some way three times a week (the gympact app keeps me accountable and motivated for that!) but I normally do doubles on Tuesdays and go to crossfit more often, and considering I'm running a marathon in two weeks I haven't been training as hard as I should be Things went down hill for me when the time change happened. I'm looking forward to getting through the marathon and re-focusing on crossfit and speedier running. I have a big goal to reach for the half in 2013 that will keep me focused, I think CF helps more with half marathons than marathons, so I'm very much looking forward to the shorter faster training.
    Your schedule looks great, good luck on refocusing and getting to it!

  3. I'm on the road right now so I'm doing my best (making sure) I keep on track while away from home. That said, it's never the same not being in the comfort of your own environment.

  4. I got a bit off track last week. Hopping back on track this week though! It's hard switching things up, I sometimes get frustrated and then don't get as many workouts as I should. Way to get back on track!

  5. Hi Lea :)
    I sometimes get caught up in what i think i "should" do instead of what I want to do and what works for me. I was happy to read this post today...makes me feel I am in good company. I too want to get back to more running so I am trying to streamline what I do for fitness. Running, yoga, and HIIT- those are my loves and I'm stickin to them!!!

  6. I get swept away in my friends excitement as they sign up for new races and I think I should try as well, like a Tough Mudder. I try to remember I have a long term goal that is very important to me and anything that will take me off course is not worth it. I like to push my limits and push my fitness but I need to remember the big picture and stay on track. The tough mudder will have to wait but I am sure it will be worth it when I do get to it.

  7. I'm newer to running an just completed my first half marathon this fall. I am looking to speed up my pace froma n average of 10:30 min/mile. What does a treadmilll tempo run look like?


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