I am the type who does much better sticking with a workout plan that has a purpose. If there’s a race coming up, or some kind of deadline, I do a better job of sticking to a plan. Since we are heading into Fall and Winter, which is certainly not racing season in Minnesota, I had to find something else to provide motivation. So, two things.
Motivation Tool #1- other people. I used to be a member of a momsrunthistown chapter in California. Since there isn’t one here in my area, I decided to start one. Hopefully it will help me meet other runners in my area, which will provide me with some camaraderie to keep up the running/fitness during the winter.
Motivation Tool #2- workout plan. Since the weather is going to start getting colder anyway, I thought a running plan that focused more on strength training and core fitness on those indoor workout days would be helpful. I found one that was created by fitness trainers in conjunction with the creator of momsrunthistown, which means it is an overall fitness program, with a big emphasis on running, designed for runners.
In the interest of full disclosure, I actually started week #1 last week. But after the first three days of weights in the gym I made myself SO sore I couldn’t even get out for the running it specified on the running days. So, I already screwed up week 1!
No matter, I am going to redo week one this week, and take it a little easier on the weights this time so I can keep it up. It’s a 12 week program, which means if I stick with it, it will end close to my birthday. Then, my plan is actually to do it again since it will be winter, and hopefully after 24 weeks of a solid strength training program, next Spring I will be at a completely different fitness level for my running.
Here is my new program: Wish me luck!