Training for the Pain!
To view Marty's Weekly Training Log on Strava go to: https://www.strava.com/athletes/51983408/training/log
First and foremost I would like to thank the Buffalo Bills for a phenomenal season! If you haven't realized yet, I am a bit of a Bills fan (only mildly obsessed). This was a year that I have been waiting a long time for and I wish we could have pulled it out, but we made it to the AFC Championship and have learned more about what we need to do to improve for next year!
That is also what I want to focus on for this blog, learning what I need to improve on. Another thing that seems fairly obvious if you ever talk to me or have read any of my blogs. I am not very easily satisfied! I am always looking for that thing to tweak to make me better, or working on yet another lofty goal that will push me to another level. That is the key I have found for staying disciplined, never being satisfied and always wanting more. It is in part why this idea of running the Erie Canal was created!
Even in victory, I try to take a look at what can improve an how I can get better. For instance, last week I surpassed my previous weeks running (and walking) with 45.08 miles of just running! My goal was between 45 and 50 and making sure I was over 45 to beat my 8 day week from last week in just 7. But where could I have improved?
First, I need to get more morning runs in! As my training progresses, there will be no way for me to get all of my running done at night, and if I do not start waking up and getting my ass running now, it will really be a struggle come Spring! My diet also has not been great, for me at least. Much like other people, I can easily make excuses. My excuse for the past month has been playoff football and the Bills, giving myself permission to binge eat on Sundays and essentially negating any positive impact on my body. So as sad as I am that Bills football is over for the season, I am looking forward to no longer having that excuse.
So this week I plan to readjust my diet (goodbye pizza) into something that is actually suited for training, get a few morning runs in, and hit a total of 50 miles! I also want to add another day of weights into my routine. The past few weeks I really have only hit about 2 days a week at the gym. I LOVE lifting weights and do not want to lose that, but with needing to average 8-10 miles per day during the week, I either have to run longer each day to free up an extra day, or double up which means waking up even earlier! Either way, if I really want it I will make it happen.
What are you focusing on improving this week? What were the deficits in your training last week? What were your successes? Send me a message and let me know, or post here and tell the world. Either way keep pushing, pain is only temporary!