I have to admit that this winter has gotten me again. Often in the winter, my training tapers, and my eating increases. I love heavy, hearty soups, crock pot meals, etc. I am a very healthy eater, but I am also a lover of food & over eat! People always tell me that I’m such a healthy eater, but calories are calories. So, my mid section has expanded yet again this winter & I’m not exercising as hard as I do during other times of the year! Yesterday, I actually ran 6 miles. It felt SO darn great! I haven’t run 6 miles in a long time. So, I decided that I really need to kick it up a gear (or 5) and get myself back in the kind of shape I like. So, I’ve decided to start training for a 1/2 marathon, even though my first race isn’t until April (for now). I do need a goal after all. That’s how I work best!
I’ve been reading about the Hanson running method, but haven’t yet decided to take the plunge and try it out. I typically use my tried & true Hal Higdon plan. The part of the Hanson plan is that for a marathon, you only run a 16 miler & not a 20 or 22. YIKES. I do think that would mess with my psyche, and there’s nothing good about that for me! However, I do know people who have greatly improved using the Hanson method. For now, I’m not training for a marathon, so I’ll simply stick with good ol’ Hal!
I”m glad to have a plan in place now! I have signed up for a few races already & need to get myself back in shape for those races.
I have planned for 3 half marathons & a 10K thus far. There will be many more races, but for now, those are on my calendar & will get me started!
Do you need goals to keep you going ?
Which training method do you follow?