I don’t want to be a drifter.

Not like a nomadic drifter (although I don’t want to be one of those either).  I don’t want to feel like I am drifting in the spring wind (and holy hell is it windy here) when it comes to my health.  I’ve been loosely planning, and very loosely sticking to my menus (although not necessarily posting them).  I’ve been working out, but not very hard and not on any kind of regular, sensible schedule.  I feel completely out-of-focus.

It recently occurred to me that Freewheel is less than three months away (Eeep!). I then remembered how I felt on the MS 150 Ride last September — that it would have been so much easier if I was about 30 pounds lighter! (Btws, Geoffersonspin, Mom QLC and I are all signed up and ready to go for Bike MS 2011! Woot woot!)  Freewheel is 5 days longer than the MS Ride so that’s an additional five days of hauling this big ass around on a bicycle.  (Man, it sounds less fun all the time. ) So in an effort to reclaim my focus and put down some roots for the next few months so that I feel better on the ride and in a tank top, I bring you my new training schedule!

Sunday: Bike, Upper Body Weights

Monday: Cardio Mix, Stairclimbing (The American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb will be here in 10 days! You can support my bomb.com team, Vertical Adrenaline which includes Mr. & Mrs. BW, by clicking here!)

Tuesday: Run.*

Wednesday: Cardio Mix, Lower Body Weights, Stairclimbing

Thursday: Run, Kickball

Friday:  Cardio Mix – Possible Spin class, Stairclimbing (optional)

Saturday:  Bike, Run

Some of you may be thinking that this schedule doesn’t involve a day of rest, which is often recommended on workout schedules. Well, I feel like I’ve been resting for 9 years and it is time to stop resting and get a move on. Also, when I ride my bike to prepare for Freewheel or the MS 150, I don’t really feel like it is a work out. I truly enjoy it and I rarely feel like my heart rate spends more than a couple of minutes in the cardio zone so I don’t think it counts.

Now, let’s address that * by the word Run above.  As some of you know, I have done my fair sharing of running in my life — 3 half-marathons to be exact.  Unfortunately, that “fair share of running” came to a dead stop after the OKC Half last year.  You may recall (but I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t) that I pulled/strained/somehow did something to my hamstring mid-race. And.it.was.miserable.  After that, I wasn’t feeling the running so much.  I haven’t run with any regularity since.  I am not “a runner.” I don’t hop on the treadmill when I go to the gym because it is good exercise.  I have to be on a program. I have to have a tangible plan, preferably crafted by someone else.  It is for that reason, that I plan to start the Couch to 5k program this week.

When I first thought of doing it, I felt a little silly.  I’ve run so much farther than a 5k that I shouldn’t have to go back to basics! But then I realized that we all have to go back to basics sometimes and that if I want to be faster and more disciplined, I need to build up to it. Plus, I know lots of other bloggers and friends (What up, Miss Dubs!) who have really enjoyed the program.  I think it will be really good for me to get into running regularly again and I feel like the elliptical is totally boring sometimes (plus, I don’t work as hard as I should when I’m on it.)  So I’m getting on board and shifting into high gear.  After all, in 80 days, I am supposed to wear spandex for a week!

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6 responses to “I don’t want to be a drifter.

  1. Mrs. BW

    Woot woot, VA shout-out!

  2. Mindy S

    Well I’m motivated from reading your workout plan! I started running with the Couch to 5k program and loved it! I also need a program and a goal to stick with running or anything really and I think that is why my running has suffered lately I’ve just been like “Oh I’ll run when I feel like it” or” If I feel like I’m ready for the half marathon in May I’ll do it” and that has left me to much room for error!

  3. I started doing Couch to 5K this week, too — for the third time. I’ve yet to complete it, but I’m actually enjoying it this time. Good luck to you! I’m totally awed by your biking.

  4. Miss Dubs

    Thanks for the shout out! I, too, have been trying to get back on the running schedule, and picked back up the ‘ole Couch to 5K! Whoop! It kicked my butt needless to say! Are you doing the OKC thing again this year? Also, can you teach me to love biking? Love ya!

    • quarterlifeconfused

      I am not doing the “OKC thing” (I assume you’re talking about the half marathon) this year. I didn’t get my act together in time. But I am planning on going to OKC to cheer on Mr. & Mrs. BW and lots of other friends who are doing the race!

      And yes, I can teach you to love biking. Bring it. =)

  5. “Well, I feel like I’ve been resting for 9 years and it is time to stop resting and get a move on. ”

    ^I LOVE this mentality. You sound so motivated! And if you start to get burnt out, then you can cash in on that much-deserved day off and hop right back on the wagon.

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