The number one thing I hear people say when it comes to why they don’t exercise is because they “don’t have the time.”
Here’s the thing. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. It’s how we spend it that makes the difference.
Think about it. Beyonce has 24 hours in her day. Barack Obama has 24 hours in his day. The person who you see out running and working out all the time has the same 24 hours. So why can they do it all and you can’t?
The difference between someone who does it all and someone who wants to do it all is that the person who is taking actionable steps to changing their life is MAKING THE TIME to make it happen.
I hate to be the one to tell you this, but there’s no secret formula or trick. Healthy living is not a one time thing. There’s no pill, no shake, no cleanse or diet you can go on for one week and suddenly be a different person forever. Instead of FIGHTING the new and fighting the change, think about BUILDING the new and building those healthy habits. Maybe this means waking up early in the morning to get a workout in before the work day begins, or perhaps it’s a matter of fitting in a quick workout or a bit of meal prep when you have half an hour of downtime. “Oh, but I could sit on the couch and watch my favourite show.” Yes, you could, and that’s great if you want to do that. However, if you are going to kick yourself for sitting there watching TV when you could’ve snuck in a run or a workout, then that’s up to you to decide which is more important.
One thing that’s for certain is that there is a level of sacrifice when it comes to making a positive lifestyle change. Aside from the obvious sacrifices, like cutting back on processed food and sugar (which, I believe everyone should do), you may have to sacrifice staying out for another couple drinks with friends if it means having a good sleep before your busy day the next day, or your early workout class that you’ve signed up for. When I was marathon training, long runs were a huge part of my weekly routine. Instead of being upset that I had to wake up early to get it done on a Monday morning, it simply became part of my life. Eventually all of these little changes compile on one another and soon enough you have formed new habits and these positive changes are all second nature. Every little bit counts.
I will leave you with this: I can assure you that it IS possible to make the time. It may not be easy, but it certainly is worth it!
Today is now day two of marathon training, but I wanted to recap the first day, which was yesterday. We had a busy weekend of wedding events (as you would already know if you read yesterday’s post), so yesterday was spent mostly hanging around the house, getting a few chores done, and prepping for the week ahead. Yesterday also marked the first day of marathon training!
I have been looking for a plan for a while now, and up until yesterday was just running based on my own little “plan,” which was actually no plan at all. I gradually increased my mileage, got some good long runs in, and basically built my base from January up until now. Fortunately they have training plans on the marathon’s website, so I looked to that when decided on which plan I wanted to use. It has two rest days, which I am already doing, and I am switching my rest days and long run days to accommodate my current schedule.
My rest days will continue to be Friday and Sundays, with my long run on Saturday. One thing that is different in this plan is that I am running four days per week instead of five. This will give me the opportunity to do more cross training, as I have definitely slipped on that front these last five months. Cross training gives your body the chance to have a bit of a break from running and work muscles that you may not necessarily use while running. Examples of cross training would be cycling or spinning, hiking, walking, swimming, strength training, yoga, etc. I am excited to add more cross training into my life as I know it is so beneficial for training, especially the strength training & yoga!
So I am starting at week 20, and my Tuesday runs will happen on Monday & then the schedule adjusted from there. While the plan says to do walk/run intervals, I typically train running ONLY, unless it is a super hilly course then I will take a walking break if needed, so 30 minutes running it was. This brought me to about 3.22 miles at 9:05 pace, which is my marathon pace. Or, so far it is. We will see how things progress.
One thing I have noticed is that with this training plan, my mileage will be lower than what I am currently running. Right now I average between 30-40 miles per week as my schedule allows. For example, last week I ran 30 miles amongst all the wedding activities. April was a big month for me in running as I hit 42 miles, but I know that I will not be running that much in the beginning of my marathon training. Nevertheless, I’m excited to see how the plan will go and how my body will respond to the combination of running and cross training.
Here we go! October 8th, I’m coming for you!
Have a great day everyone!