Training Plan Tuesday #12 – Starting 2020

Welcome to a new year! For a lot of people this means New Year’s Resolutions and I’ve written about them plenty of times. For me, this year, I am setting the goal of Consistency. It’s something I’ve been working on for awhile now and hope to really nail this 2020.

2019 Year in Review

This year I didn’t have a lot of goals for what I would achieve, but I did hit my most mileage ever in 2019. This chart below was sent out at 1pm on December 31st and then I went on to do another run after that which put me at 584.31 total miles on the year. Not all of them were run miles, but that’s okay.

Charts reviewing my total workouts and distance for 2019 as provided by Map My Run

I was also able to complete the 15k race that I’d been training for for over a year (technically since I started training again back in 2017). It wasn’t a perfect finish, but it was a finish.

Consistency

You can see that despite injuries, loss of a training partner, and sometimes lack of facilities to workout in, I was fairly consistent in 2019 with the amount of work I put in. My distance was definitely up for July-October, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t stay steady going forward. I am about 15 minutes away from heading out for my first 8 mile run since last fall. I followed most of my Winter Break plan:

  • Catch up on my planned training runs so that I feel confident that I can do the half-marathon I want to do in April – I am now only about 3 weeks behind instead of over a month behind
  • Understand that two a days or more might be part of the package, but that’s nothing new considering that I teach and then train on top of that – I am cranking out the two a days for the time being, but know that Tuesdays in the future will not be able to do them. I’ll also have to avoid planning too much on the weekends because I don’t usually have as much time for training then.
  • Work with what I’ve got…..that means body weight exercises instead of the gym. Plus, I’m teaching Backyard Bootcamp again soon, so I need to be ready – I have been doing my regular exercises without weight and plan to change up my routine in February once I’ve gotten back into the swing of things.
  • Keep up with my yoga and Pilates as I will be teaching them again soon – I haven’t found as much time for this as I’d like. I’ve been more focused on other types of training, but recognize my body’s need for this as well.
  • See about the pool! It’s not a no until I’ve asked – Still haven’t been swimming, so plan on a lot of catching up on that in the next few weeks.
  • Don’t ditch training when I travel to Iowa….my brother is training for an Ironman Triathlon, so I have to try and use him as a resource for training facility when I’m gone – Attempted to use a fitness center when out of town and it was disastrous! Really should have leaned in to one of my brothers for help with that, but they were working and didn’t want to bother them.
  • Know that it’s okay to take the time for myself! – I have a new planner and I have been scheduling the appropriate amount of time into my days to accomplish my workouts. No more fitting it in….it’s on the schedule!

January

So, for this month my goal is to ease back in to teaching and to get more caught up on my training so that as the semester goes on I won’t have so many two a days. I want to listen to my body and just keep to my schedule.

You can follow my continued progress on MapMyRun.com

What does 2020 hold for you?

How do you stay consistent?

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