I’m not in full on training mode right now (I’ll talk more about that sometime soon) but I do know that later on in the year I will be. 2014 is definitely going to be my year in every way possible but let’s talk about how I am going to make 2014 my running year.
10 things I am focusing on this year to get faster/stronger/faster and fall even more in love with running.
1. Keep running with friends. These girls are fast, they inspire me, they cheer each other on (they don’t get jealous of other’s success which is awesome!) and a lot of them have been running a lot longer than I have and they share their running secrets with me. Running with faster people= you will get faster. The week or two that I was on my own because it was so cold was depressing. When I run with friends it starts my whole day off on the right foot and everything seems to just go better. Added bonus is that they don’t charge for all of the hours of therapy that they give me.
2. Continue to take the slow days SLOW. I never used to do this and I ended up injured every other week. My fast days may be in the low 7s and my speed work in the 5s and 6s but my recovery days (probably about 70% of my training at least) is anywhere from 8:15-8:45 minute miles. It keeps me physically and mentally healthy this way and it will make me much faster in the long run.
3. Keep up the pump classes twice a week. I feel so much stronger (and my sister even said she noticed a line on my arm ((I think she meant a little definition or something like that)) from going to pump. Strong legs, glutes and core means that when I am in a race and really pushing it that my body is going to be able to power through and not get tired nearly as easily.
4. Eat better recovery meals. Recovery meal= the meal you eat after you work out. FMWs and this morning’s chocolate chip pancakes right after a workout are probably not my best options for a speedy recovery after a workout. The faster I recover from a workout = the faster I am back out there again doing another hard workout. Calories and nutrients repair those broken down muscles so this is the year for me to refuel within 30-60 minutes after a workout with things like egg/veggie omelets, oatmeal, whole grain pancakes, toast with almond butter and a banana, smoothies with a great protein: carb ratio etc.
5. Stretch and foam roll… another huge reason I don’t get hurt anymore (knock on wood;). I have been forgetting to do this a little lately but in order to get faster this year… I can’t get injured = foam roll and stretch.
6. Core 6 (notice this is #6 on the list too;) days a week. Remember how I used to do 8 minutes abs + other stuff every single day except for Sunday (my rest day)? Well, I definitely have slacked off on that and I want to get back to my daily planks etc. I noticed a HUGE difference in my running and injury prevention by just having a strong core.
7. Continue to learn about running. I absolutely love reading about running and obviously the more we know about how the body works and understand what works in regards to training, the better we will be.
8. Running form. I have come a long way but I still have a long way to go in terms of running form. The more efficient my body becomes at running = the better I will be.
9. Quit diet coke. I said it. It hurts. I am not ready to talk about this and I am not quitting until my divorce is finalized but at some point I will quit and getting rid of soda will help me to be a better runner.
10. Continue to keep my priorities straight. Running is just a hobby for me. It is something I do for my sanity but it is not even in the top 5 most important things to me list (although, I really do love it a whole lot). When I remember/focus/spend most of my time thinking about what is the most important to me than the setbacks in running don’t get me down that much and I am able to bounce back way faster when my life doesn’t revolve around running.
I like revolving it around this girl instead:)
What are you going to do this year to be a better runner? What races do you have on the agenda!?!?