Care to grab a drink (coffee, water, Gatorade...#your choice), and have a quick discussion?
Let's chat about short-term challenges vs. long-term goals, shall we? What's your preference?
Myself? I'm a short-term challenge gal...and here's why:
First off, I do better with a short-term commitment. This is true with most of the "stuff" in my day-to-day life, but especially true with anything fitness-related. I had this epiphany many years ago when I did P90X for the first time. P90X is a 90-day program (affiliated with the Beachbody company**) that focuses on strength-training, but also mixes in various cross-training routines. The 90 day commitment seemed a bit overwhelming, but the program was broken down into 30-day increments. It was totally manageable for me, and I had awesome results (**Disclaimer** I am not in any way affiliated with Beachbody, nor do I have any interest in becoming a coach with the company).
February is going to be my base-building, prepping-the-parts month. I have a marathon happening in Mid-June (Grandma's Marathon, Duluth, MN), a few half marathons prior to that (in May and June), and a 10-miler in March (Chicago, IL). There are also a few shorter distance events in the mix as well. All of these races require distance training, so I'll be easing into longer runs and increased mileage in a few more weeks.
On a side note...I'm considering doing one treadmill "run" each week. Not because Dear Old 'Milly has won me over (quite the contrary, actually), but for the mental toughness aspect. I did a lot of hill training for my last marathon, and I believe that benefited my mental game as much (if not more than) my physical strength. Route 66 threw me a curve (hip/groin issues) on race day and I needed both the physical AND mental stamina to get me to the finish line. Your thoughts?
So, there you have it. My strategy for doing monthly challenges, and a peek into what's happening in February.
Have you ever done a short-term challenge? Were you able to stick it out to the end? Did any of the challenges become favorites to your ongoing (or current) routine?
I'm linking up with:
Lacey and Meranda and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0
Deborah and Coco for the Ultimate Coffee Date