This week I’ve been putting together a simple assessment form for my Reset for Runners participants. I want everyone to make steps toward success and reaching their goals, but that means we won’t all be doing the exact same thing.
If you want to get stronger, your action steps will be different than if your goal is to get faster. Or leaner. Or work on a sweets craving. Or cook more. Or find better life balance. Or whatever other goals you may have for yourself.
Years ago, my fitness goals looked very similar year after year… continue running, sign up for a few races, maybe lose a few pounds or tone up a bit.
The funny thing is, my actions never changed. I continued to train the same way and eat the same way (mostly healthy). I assumed I was doing what I needed to do to hit the goals, I just had to wait and see if my body would do it.
I take a different approach now. I know what steps to take to get stronger. I’m not always willing to do them, but if I take the goal seriously, then I change my actions.
It’s very difficult to work on getting both stronger and faster at the same time. They compliment each other to a degree, but ideally you want different phases of training.
One phase can work particularly on strength while maintaining your cardio and running fitness. Another phase can build toward a specific goal race and work on getting faster, while maintaining the strength you’ve built. For marathoners, a third phase would be focused on distance and endurance.
Since finishing my last race in October, I switched my focus to strength and tweaked my nutrition and I’m seeing improvement. This time I know it’s not a random side effect of working out it’s because I know what my goal is and I’m taking the steps to get there.
In February, I’ll switch over to working more on speed and running goals, and I know the extra time focused on strength now will also pay off in my running.
So for my challengers, think about what your priority is for our January kick off next week so we can make it work for YOU.
If you’re not joining the challenge, you should do the same with your own fitness goals. Ask yourself…
- What are my goal races and where do they fit on my calendar?
- When do I want to work on speed?
- When do I want to work on endurance?
- When do I want to work on strength?
- What specific nutrition changes could I make to support these goals?
When you don’t leave it to chance, you are much more likely to nail those goals!
If you are looking for a personalized nutrition and/or running plan to get there, I’m focusing my health coaching more specifically on nutrition for runners this year. I will have a few spots as of February and would love to help you make your goals happen. Email me with questions or to set up a time to talk.
What are some of your fitness goals for 2016?
Have you thought about a specific plan to get there?