21 August 2015

Time for a new plan, or a plan of any type

I haven't really had a goal or a specific plan. Yes, I wrote about how I wanted to lose 10 lbs by Labor Day. Well, here we are 2 weeks closer and I'm actually 1 lb heavier. Not a good way to reach my goals. I realized that for me at least, I need to have some activity goal built in. I have never been super successful at losing weight with just a weight loss goal. It had to be tied to some sort of fitness goal too. This occurred to me as I was falling asleep last night and it caused me to wake up and dwell on it for a while. I have signed up for the Great Aloha Run in February. Pre-Crossfit, I did this run for about 12 years straight. Some years I ran, some years I walked, the point was I always did it. It was something that was a stable in my life and something that helped keep me on track because I knew it was coming. Therefore, I couldn't just throw my fitness to the wind, at least not for long. The Great Aloha Run is almost six months to the day from today. I would very much like to run it, even if I run slow. If I run 12 minute miles, I can finish in a little over an hour and a half. I would totally take that. That means a couple of things have to happen. I need to walk for more than 15 minutes at a time and I need to start running. I just found a plan that will help me train for 10 mile race in 10 weeks. The Great Aloha Run is not 10 miles it is only 8.25 miles so training for a 10 miler will be good. That means I have to start that program by the beginning of December. Which means I have about 10 weeks to work up to running. I have to do this carefully because I still have the plantar fascitis problem. I could do couch to 5k, very, very slowly. But will that not irritate my foot? Should I get new shoes? Should I consider new orthotics? What should I do????? I will think about it today and try to come up with a plan.

Today I have a lot I want to accomplish. I cannot run the risk that I will get caught up in planning and lose the whole day. I've printed out the running plans and I'm putting them aside so I can get my house clean. I will be back later to firm the plans up. I'm also hoping that by engaging in extended bouts of physical activity, my mind will work in the background and come up with a really good plan. Let's hope so.

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