One of the most often reflected upon memories of my 2014 half marathon training is the way I adopted a just do it mindset. I didn’t think of it as such at the time, but I remember specifically realizing to myself in one moment early in the training cycle, “I want to be a person who runs 3-4 times a week. And the only thing I need to do in order to become that person is run 3-4 times a week.”
It was, and is!, so simple, but at the time it totally shifted my perspective of my running journey.
Since the realization, which originally appeared mid-run, I’ve repeated the concept to myself about any number of characteristics and habits I want to adopt or strengthen.
I’ve been feeling in a funk for the last several months.
This is not the first funk, and I am sure it will not be the last.
Over time I’ve learned what I need when these seasons creep up in my life.
Eventually I reach a point where I’m ready for forward motion and the best way for forward motion to stick in my life is to set a goal and make a plan.
Last week I reflected on my “all I need to do to do it is to do it” mindset as I started Couch to 5K (C25K) for what seems like the 27th time. I first began running with this training program, which is designed to help newbie runners work up to a 30 minute run without stopping,over 7 years [!!!] ago. Since then I’ve re-started the program several times, either after running hiatuses or as a conditioning method to increase my race times.
Along with setting a goal and making a plan, sharing my plan is one of the habits that has helped me make forward motion in the past. And thus, I arrive back to this THS space to share what I’m planning to conquer week to week.
This Week I Will
A weekly post of healthy-intention goals for the sake of accountability; [inspired long ago by Jess and her #sayitdoit style]
HYDRATE! Upping my hydration game is always the first place I point my focus when setting healthy intentions because it is almost always a game changer in helping me FEEL better once I start increasing my water drinking. It’s a habit that is easy for me to re-establish, but also easy for me to fall away from, which is where I have been the past few weeks. I’ve printed out a new hydration tracking page to keep on my desk at the office. It’s genuinely impressive to me how much more water I drink when I keep this in view and make refilling my water glass a priority. [I am NOT too busy to fill my water glass.]
Log some miles. My boss-friend Jenn and I have been walking 4+ miles several times a week for most of the summer and early fall. We’ve got a few walking dates planned for this week, plus I want to get the next 3 workouts of my Couch to 5K planning checked off before the weather turns ultra cold and snowy. I’ve started tracking on Daily Mile again; anyone else log their workouts there?
Do two strength workouts. It doesn’t matter how long. It doesn’t matter what type. Commit to spending time twice this week working my muscles and just do it.
Take time to do something creative. In the past few months I’ve definitely noticed that I’m a happier human when I take time to create throughout the week. Sometimes that means coloring as we watch TV after dinner. Other times I might play with craft supplies or doodle what’s on my mind.
Read. Last month I decided to set a goal to read one novel before the end of the year. Everything I’d been reading prior had been nonfiction or short form and I felt like I wanted to branch out. Since then I’ve started Meg Wolitzer’s This is My Life, after her novel The Interestings being one of my favorites to get lost in the pages of time and time again. As of now I’m only a couple of chapters in, but I plan to make some progress this week.