Use barriers to your advantage by making goal oriented behaviors convenient and goal sabotaging behaviors inconvenient. Here's how!
Setting personal best times, beating the competition, and accomplishing goals that once seemed unattainable are just some of the outcomes that are possible when you are in peak condition. Once you've acquired a taste for the feelings associated with being in that sort of shape it can be hard to have it any other way. Here are some questions to consider when thinking about your goals for 2014.
I've got a couple of great reads for you today on a variety of subjects, but they're all geared toward one thing: helping you perform better on the roads or in life!
A perfect example is someone who races a 5K at 8 minutes/mile and trains at a nearly similar pace all week. No wonder they a) probably hate running and b) aren’t making any progress.
Proper training means training at a wide variety of paces, but mostly easy.
If you’re running a few seconds per mile slower than your 5K pace, that’s NOT easy. 1:30-2:00min/mile slower than 5K pace is more like it.
There are a few ways to determine your correct training paces, but one of the best (and simplest) is an all-out effort over a measured course or track.
For the motivation alone it’s hard to beat the atmosphere of a race, but let’s face it, sometimes races are just inconvenient and expensive.
Enter the time trial – a low key, inexpensive way to assess your current fitness accurately.
Remember, to get to Point B, you must establish Point A.
Attempting to just wing it and train ‘intuitively’ doesn’t work – unless you’ve got years and years of experience. Why waste your time and effort?
Oh hey – this Thursday night (3/14) at Run Club we will run a 1 mile time trial. Either meet at lululemon at 6pm sharp or at Penn Park at 6:15pm.
You get all the benefits of a time trial – establishing your point A and learning how to pace yourself – plus a positive group atmosphere which will help your motivation to push yourself. And let me re-iterate that you MUST push yourself hard for this to work.
Best part is that everyone who shows up will have they’re unique training paces emailed to them after the run. NO MORE GUESSING!
See you there?
Sharing your stated goal with others becomes the next step that will seal the deal. You are now bound to your goal and have moved closer to achievement.
What if you've been training or running for a while, but can't lose any more body fat? Maybe you've hit a plateau and you're getting frustrated. Let's figure out how to make some progress on this!
Do you know the difference between outcome-based goals and process-based goals? Find out now!
After each race it is wise to consider what went right and what went wrong. There is immense value in learning from your experiences and as long as you apply what you learn [to your next race], you should perform even better next time. Would you do anything differently knowing what you know now?