Training Goals?

Okay, people. I can’t lie to you. I have to make training goals, and I really like sharing them with you guys, because, October aside, I am more motivated to achieve my goals so I don’t have to write FAIL! on my blog every Monday.

I gave myself last week as the last week of the Big Lazy(tm), and true to the nature of the Big Lazy, I did very little. I ran yesterday. I did hit the gym twice to lift weights, and while there, ran a (very tiny little) bit on the treadmill, but that was just as a warmup.

In all of October, I worked out 11.5 hours. Which is not a lot, honestly. And I’m starting to feel it. I’ve lost a lot of cardio fitness since the marathon. Yesterday’s 3 miler was HARD, which is ridiculous, since one month ago, 10  miles was a “shortish” run. Even this morning’s bike commute had a couple hard spots – and this is NOT where I want to be.

SO, yesterday afternoon I sat down with my kick-ass neighbor to plan the week’s training goals. She promised to yell at me if I skipped any of my planned workouts, and I’d like to invite each & every one of you to do the same. The only acceptable excuses for skipped workouts are illness & death. (Once it’s December, cookies might be an acceptable excuse, but they are not right now!)

So –

Training Goals – 11/2 – 11/8

Monday: Bike to work (halfway done, I’ll probably get home, too!); strength training

Tuesday: Post-work run (it will be dark, but I have to get it in. Might need to dig out my headlamp)

Wednesday: Bike to work

Thursday: Off

Friday: AM run; PM strength training

Saturday: bike or swim

Sunday: run

I’m not going to make too many specific distance/time goals this week – all I want to do is just get out there! I want to log a minimum of 3.5 hours this week (that’s an average of 30 minutes/day). That’s definitely lowballing it, but since last week I logged 2 hours, I think lowballing it this week is a safe choice. The next two months are all about regaining & maintaining my pre-marathon level of fitness.

By January 1, I will make a decision about the next big thing. (I know – how are you going to live with the suspense for the next two months? I am so cruel!) I am pretty sure that I will not be doing a 70.3 in 2010 (although everytime I read tweets from her or her talking about it, I get all crazy-jealous & want to go sign up, regardless of grad school). (Also, my current class is kicking my ass; I have never felt so dumb in my whole life. The next six weeks are going to SUCK!)

ANYWAYS. I have no real conclusion to this post. So I’m just going to stop typing (and not include any more parentheticals).

10 responses to “Training Goals?

  1. Hmm, I thought I had Big Lazy trademarked. Oh well, henceforth I will coin the phrase Massively Lazy. Because I believe I am much larger than you 😉

    Cookies are also a good reason to complete a workout so it’s really a win-win in December.

    BTW, seeing you get to put down that you achieved your goals is a big reason I set my own 🙂

    Go for Eugene as the next big thing! I keep trying not to think too much about the logistics of it all right now but I’m pretty sure I need to make some friends who run between now and then so that we can all carpool, share a hotel room, show the paramedics exactly where to go to pick me up, etc.

    • Eugene might be the next big thing! I will probably be there for the half at a minimum; but I’m as yet undecided about doing the full. I think I want to do two marathons in 2010, since that takes a little less effort than training for a 70.3 (in my mind anyways).

      You should come to my next brew reviews! I can’t guarantee who will show up, but there are often runners (besides me, of course)!

  2. Hope you make it home! =)

    Would you want to run T after work tomorrow? Or were you thinking of running by your house? If you’re up for T let me know and we can go together. I have a late work meeting so I’ll be around until 7.

  3. It always helps when someone there is making you accountable. It looks like you have a great plan!!!

    • It’s so true! If I didn’t have someone to ride to work with me this morning and meet me at the gym tonight (not to mention my running date I made for tomorrow night), I’d be much lazier!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Do not, do not, do not do the 70.3. There is SO much going on. I guess 2 marathons make more sense 🙂

  5. So I don’t think you’ve lost cardio, I think it’s just your body taking it’s much needed break. I totally felt the same thing after taking a couple weeks off. My first few runs back I felt like my lungs were going to explode.

    I’ve never done a half iron before, so I’m really just talking out of my ass here, but I’m not sure if training for a marathon would be less time consuming than a 70.3….just a thought. You should solicit info from people who have done both and see what they think…sounds like an awesome goal to me and I would LOVE to see you through it!!

    • I think the 70.3 would involve more time because I’d have three sports to train in, rather than just one, and one of those sports (swimming) needs a LOT of time/attention AND I can’t just go outside & do it. I’m still doing my smaller tris, but I think the 70.3 needs to wait until I’m done with school. Or until I can be a housewife. Or both! 🙂

      thanks for the reassurance about the cardio fitness – I was feeling pretty crappy about that.

  6. why apologize for needing goals? we all need them! and I agree, posting them online or on FB totally makes you feel more accountable. Great trick!