Wow, blogging really got away from me since my marathon training completion. I’ve been hard at work applying for graduate school and a few other positions at various companies. Add on the holidays and a visit from family and you can imagine how busy I’ve been. I have a rare quiet moment on the eve of my daughter’s return to school so I thought I’d jot down some quick goals I have for moving into 2017
Since I finished my marathon training plan in October I decided to take a nice, well-deserved break from training. I dropped the number of days I was running from 6 to 3 and took on some cross-training for those 3 non-running days. I decided to just keep my weekly mileage anywhere between 15 to 20 miles per week. I didn’t want anything crazy but I also didn’t want to slack off. I moved my “longer” run to Saturday and moved rest days to Sunday. Man-oh-man, that was the best decision I made! I loved sleeping in on Sundays. I’ve definitely been soaking all of it in.
I decided to not take on any sort of program until the new year. I wanted to enjoy the holidays and not worry about exercising. It allowed me to decompress and give my body a break, something it really needed after a year of non-stop training plans. Now that the new year is here, I started a new program to keep me fit and moving until I start the marathon plan for Chicago. For the next three months I decided to challenge myself with P90X rather than the winter running plan I mentioned previously.
Most people are familiar with P90X. In fact, it’s probably old news to most. The thing is I have never fully completed the program. I started it once while on deployment and lost interest after Week 3. From then on I picked and chose which workouts I wanted to do rather than follow the plan. I only really went to the workouts whenever I needed to cross-train and wanted a bit of a challenge. However, this time I am determined to complete all 90 days. After following and completing an entire marathon training plan I could not find a reason why I couldn’t do the same with P90X. I’m fairly excited to see how it will change me physically. I’ve never been much of a weights or HIIT person so this should be interesting.
Along with the training I’ll be cleaning up my diet. With the holidays I may have indulged in one too many cookies. I made shortbread cookies from scratch and it was all over diet-wise, lol. Plus, all those wonderful Starbucks holiday lattes…yeah. I have definitely indulged quite a bit. I don’t regret one minute of it but I definitely am feeling sluggish as a result. My goal is to get back to eating well-balanced meals again and cutting back on my sugar (ahem, chocolate) snacking.
To end this post, I’ll leave you with a bit of transparency and post my Day 0 photos for P90X. It’s not terrible but it’s not great either. There’s defintiely some room for improvement =).