I have a couple of races coming up on my fall calendar, so I made a training plan for myself. This weekend, I’m running the Reebok Canton Road Race on a team sponsored by Reebok and Fitfluential. I’m also running the Army 10-Miler in October, so I really want to keep up my mileage, so I don’t suck ass can finish with a smile on my face. Having a game plan always seems to motivate me.
On the bus ride home from New York City last week, I created a handwritten training plan on the back of my Bolt Bus ticket. It was a nice, little schedule until it got crumpled and wet in my bag. Oops!
So, yesterday, I made this pretty thing:
Much better! I love having my training schedule all laid out, nice and neat. This one incorporates:
- CrossFit – 2 or 3 times per week
- Running – 1 or 2 times per week
- Yoga – once a week
- Rest – at least 2 days per week
I have to admit, this plan seems like the most balanced training schedule I’ve ever made for myself. Usually, I go all balls-to-the-wall when I create training plans, so I almost always overdo it, get injured or have a flare, which, obviously, doesn’t make me a better athlete. It actually does just the opposite. This time, however, I incorporated lots of rest and yoga days to give my body plenty of time to recover between intense CrossFit workouts and long runs.
I made this plan with my personal schedule in mind for the next 6 weeks. I’m doing a lot of travel, so I planned my workouts around those trips. I’m sure I’ll make small changes here and there, but it’s a good guide to keep me on track. The visual aspect helps me stay on top of my workouts and, honestly, I just like making training schedules to motivate myself. “Training” to me means having a game plan and sticking to it the best I can to prepare for an upcoming event, and I have a feeling this one is a good one!
This morning’s breakfast was a bowl of “Oatmeal” Minus the Oats made with coconut milk, (defrosted) strawberries, and a scoop of sunflower butter. I also drank a glass of iced Dandy Blend with almond milk.
Question of the Day
What does “training” mean to you? How often do you make your own training plans?
P.S. You still have time to enter my giveaway to win some Nikki’s Coconut Butter! I’m picking a winner this afternoon!