I spend quite alot of my time on the move and have been doing so over the last few years. This is a lifestyle I greatly enjoy and wish to continue with, but one thing that I have started to notice is how this sometimes have a negative impact on my workout routines. When I´m not in a fixed place for a longer time and have my routines set up I don´t really make an effort to find a gym nearby or change things up by doing bodyweight exercises or going for a run. In my previous workplace the gym was easy to access and very close so I went there quite alot, which was a good way of exercising after work and gaining results. The downside with this was that over time my muscles grew stiff due to my lack of warming up and doing stretching exercises. I was also continuously pushing myself to add more weight to the bars even if my technique was suffering.
And to be honest I really didn´t see the point for me to just get bigger and add muscle if it wasn´t making me more functional or making my life easier. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to try something else instead of stagnating but also to be able to challenge myself with something new.
What was my goal with these new routines then?
I wanted to be more flexible, gain stamina, to have more bodycontrol and to be able to enjoy different kinds of workouts where I wasn´t dependent on equipment or a specific place to be able to do my workouts. I figured that my first priority would be to learn how to appreciate running.
I would like to believe that running is an excellent way of working out and in my training ”career” there has been several attempts to start. Some of my attempts were ambitious, some were unrealistic, and the only thing they had in common was that they ended up in failure. So I ask myself why is it so hard for me to start running and why haven´t I just started doing it?
I believe that the answer to these questions lies in my mind and not so much in the physical limitations of my body.
Firstly, there is the problem of me building up negative thoughts about running, often based on my previous experiences, and also me procrastinating ad nauseam before actually strapping on my shoes and going out.
Secondly, every time I pass an imaginary limit while running I instantly start a negative train of thoughts that just goes snowballing; how bad my stamina is, how my joints increasingly starts to ache, how I should be in better shape, how my running technique sucks, how I should have started doing this years ago and almost every running session ends up in me getting annoyed with myself and I start walking instead.
Lastly but most importantly is that I never stuck with the plan long enough to see the results that they would bring.
This is what I am going to work with now and hopefully cultivate a change in my behavioural patterns and to remove my negative thinking, and in the same time transform myself from a talker to a doer.
Here is my basic plan:
- I will run a minimum of three times a week during the whole year of 2017, with no excuses and no exemptions (except obvious matters). This would sum up to roughly 150 times in a year, which would make a good starting point for me to build up basic stamina, muscles, running technique and routines.
- I will start in January (I started the 2nd January), and go for 2-3 km runs depending on my daily shape. This distance will build with 1 km every month (i.e. 3-4 km in February, 4-5 km in March etc), ending up in December with 13-14 km per run.* My overall focus with this schedule is to build stamina and good routines and my second target is to improve my technique. Quality over quantity, and rather a slow steady controlled pace than going out fast without proper technique.
- My goal is to slowly transform my technique into pose running, which I will talk more about later when I have established a good routine.
Wish me luck!
* If I find that after a couple of months of doing this everything is going well and according to my plans, I might digress from this kind of schedule and start by incorporating a more dynamic approach with TT-runs (Time Trial), long distance runs and intervals.