Kogsy’s January Running Challenges
The horrible commute continues. And I’m tired of using it as an excuse not to get any exercise. This week, I’m setting myself some challenges for the rest of January including staying sober, eating well and a promise of a shiny new toy for February.
Currently, weekly challenges are, well, too challenging. Until next month, I’m going to struggle to get into a home routine. This is because my commute, and this varies depending on London’s fragile train network, is between 2.5-4 hours a day.
There’s simply not enough time left in the week to get a decent plan together I can stick to.
So, I’ve set myself a non-running challenge to find somewhere new to live within a 15 minute walk of Reading train station. Easy access to the station will help enormously. And my new place will be easier to work from home in. Which means I don’t have to commute two days a week, buying me precious non-travel time at home. It’ll be sweet!
And – although I said this in March last year – I’m not moving house again for at least two years!!!
That’s the plan going forward – new gaff, settle down and focus on getting a humane routine together. Then, I’ll be able to think abut more structure training schedules as I prep for my next marathon in April – the Connemarathon.
What to do till then?
Being me, I need something to aim at. Or I’ll do nothing at all. So, this month, I’ve set myself a few challenges, some of which lead up to the Connemarathon. These are:
Stay sober for 100-days from Jan 4th (currently on Day 7. Go me #little_victory)
Give up processed foods from Jan 5th (so far so good…but not easy)
Run 100km outside between today (Sunday 11th and Jan 31st)
When I get time, I’ll explain my thinking behind the first two. The last one is easy enough explain – in terms of Carrots and Sticks.
My motivation – stick and carrot
I’ve got perhaps a simplistic view on my motivations. It can be boiled down to hope (carrot) and fear (stick). Personally, I’ve found the stick is what gets me moving and the carrot is what keeps me moving.
The stick for me is I’ve fallen out of shape these last few months.I’m really worried that I’ve lost a lot of conditioning and that’ll go against me in April. So, as I’m afraid to do badly at my next marathon, I need to start running outside again.
The carrot I’m going to dangle is, if I hit the 100km mark, I’m going to buy a health monitoring bracelet. This is because as great as the running is, I still don’t move enough between sessions. My hope is that one of those bracelets will help chide me along (an electronic stick) to develop all round fitness.
Conclusion and next time
Tired as I am of commuting, I’m also very tired of not getting enough running in. So, with the end-game of Connemarathon in mind for April, it’s time to find ways round the obvious difficulties in my life. Arranging my logistics by moving house will help but I also need to get off my backside and just run.
Next time, I’d like to discuss my booze and processed food challenge.
Till then, keep on going.