I realized something pretty significant yesterday. And that is, I have time. I’m in the final stretch of my employment at Indigo and things have been crazy nutballs insane with a specific show. My health has been suffering (a cold that has lasted for more than 5 days), my fitness level feels really low and my body just doesn’t feel right.
I’m 12 weeks out from a very lofty goal of hitting a sub 1:30 in the half, with these first three weeks traveling back and forth from Seattle and going through the stress of a major life transition.
What am I doing to myself?
I haven’t seen my physical therapist or acupuncturist in weeks, and I won’t see them until I’m home in March. I’ve been awful about doing my exercises. I am in no way setting myself up for success.
For me to buckle down and be able to hit my goal, I need consistency in my life. Living in one place, knowing my schedule from week to week, being in a calmer space where I’m not spending weekends scurrying to find people to be on my television show.
To hit this goal, I feel I need to get a better hold on my body. My calves are still out of sorts and my hips suddenly feeling weird, I’m coming back to some old Coach wisdom.
Are you 100%?! No?! Then get to 100%.
I have a hard time calling myself “injured” because I can still run right now with little pain (unless it’s a very long run) but there are things that I’m not doing that can make me better, stronger, and get me from 75% to 90% or better. I’m going to have a huge advantage on my side soon, the advantage of being self-employed and making my own schedule. Why am I rushing into a training plan in which the first three weeks are complete chaos?
So instead of shooting for a sub 1:30 in April (Nike Women’s Half) or early May (BMO Vancouver Half), I’m going to shoot for some low 1:30 to mid 1:30s. This will require training, but it’s going to take the pressure off of me.
While I am a really fantastic multi-tasker, when it comes to going after big fitness goals I need to be in the right space to make it happen and be pretty focused. I don’t think my life is going to be easy when I’m trying to start my business and actually manage my household, but at least I’ll be able to have a more reliable and malleable schedule.
A sub 1:30 is in my future, likely for 2013, just not in 12 weeks.
Have you had to step back from a big goal and re-evaluate? How do you set yourself up for success?