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The 4 P’s

1 May

Sometimes it’s hard to juggle all the things life throws our way; work, school, relationships, family, friends, extracurricular commitments, volunteering, eating well, exercise, training for an event, and SLEEP! It can be overwhelming and frustrating. 

I’ve been feeling a bit this way lately and it sure puts a damper on my mood.  Just as my family and friends predicted, working a full-time job, trying to open a personal training studio and training for a triathlon simultaneously has been an ENORMOUS challenge.  Lately, it seems that there’s just not enough hours in the day to get the items on my “To Do” list done.  And the list just keeps growing!  If I feel on top of things in one area, it is almost always at the expense of something else.  So, when I examine the greater picture I’m almost always disappointed with myself and what I didn’t get done.  This is a recipe for a downward spiral disaster.

Today, I decided that I’d had enough feeling badly for myself and that, come hell or high water, I was going to pull myself OUT of this mental funk I’d gotten into.  I reminded myself of  The 4 P’s and tried to put them into action.  Taking a moment to think about The 4 P’s has helped me in times of high stress before, and this morning it didn’t fail!  I thought I’d share:

The 4 P’s

Prepare:  This is a huge theme in my life.  Preparing food for the week, packing it in Tupperware ahead of time and having it set to go is something that saves me 20-30 minutes a day.  Preparing my work/gym/overnight bag(s) the night before also helps me too.  I often need to bring several changes of clothes and need outfits for biking, running, swim, etc so packing it all the night before decreases my chances of forgetting something!

Plan: This goes hand in hand with preparation.  Having a plan or structure to each day/week/month can help give an idea of how best to maximize time.  When I open my planner and see each client, workout, appointment, social engagement, etc blocked off, it helps me to see the “holes” and where I could fit things in.  “Seeing” a random half hour block between two clients reminds me that I can use that time for emails, blogging, or making sure to eat lunch!

Practice: Something I’ve learned lately is that it takes a LOT of practice to get used to a new schedule, setup or habit.  Juggling a full-time job, opening my Lucky13Fitness studio & training for my triathlon requires exquisite time management and self-discipline.  I haven’t been perfect but am learning that with time and practice, I’m getting better at prioritizing what’s most important and what can wait until the next day or week. 

*This last one has been super important to me the past few days*

Patience: They say patience is a virtue, and I’m starting to realize that statement is true!!!  Even after all the preparation, planning and practice in the world, sometimes things don’t go EXACTLY as I’d like.  I have to adjust to fit unexpected bumps in the road.  I’ve had to remind myself a LOT lately that this is part of triathlon training, part of opening a new business, and part of life.  There’s always the X-factor of the unexpected and unplanned and I can’t let it throw off my whole groove.  I’m practicing my patience by reminding myself that my schedule will change soon and that I’ll have more time for the things I need to accomplish.  Until then, I just gotta do the best I can with the time I’m given!

I hope The 4 P’s help you get through a stressful moment!  Life isn’t perfect, and as they say: Take It One Day At A Time!

I’m giving it a “Tri”

26 Apr

swim bike run

Last year I conquered the Smuttynose Half Marathon.  Training for that 13.1 mile race was one of the best experiences of my life.  It taught me so much about myself, my strength (both physical and mental), my body & my ability to persevere.  I sacrificed a lot in order to complete my training, I sustained and overcame injury & just kept putting one foot in front of the other every day of my training program.  The big day came and I ate that race for LUNCH!!! I am proud to say that I KILLED IT.

As I do every year in early January, this year I planned out my goals for 2012.  I was torn between running a full marathon and doing a triathlon.  After a LOT of back and forth, I ultimately decided to change it up a bit.  I registered for the Lobsterman Triathlon in Maine on September 15, 2012.  This is an Olympic distance triathlon [Swim 1.5K (.93 miles), Bike 40K (24.7 Miles), Run 10K (6.2 miles)] and is like NOTHING else I’ve ever done!  People have been asking me WHY in the world I’d register myself for an Olympic distance triathlon without ever having done one before, and these have been my reasons:

1) I know I can run a marathon…I am a runner, running comes easy to me and I enjoy running.  I know that I could do 26.2 with the proper training.  I also know that I would probably exacerbate the injuries I sustained while training for my half marathon by the sheer volume of running required for the race.

2) I grew up around a pool [and can do a MEAN cannonball] but have no proper swimming technique or form.  I want the challenge of learning a new sport and skill while incorporating it into my training program.

3) The cross-training will be much more beneficial in the long run for my body [I have tendonitis in my left ankle and a partially torn meniscus in my right knee].  A training program that includes biking and swimming in addition to running is a well-rounded approach that will help my body.

4) Though I’m registered individually, I am doing my training with a group of friends and it makes us a “team” of sorts.  I miss being part of a team, and my Tri Team motivates me, holds me accountable, and makes it SO much more fun.

5) I like challenges.  Even more, I like BIG challenges.  And an Olympic distance triathlon is just that!!!

There you have it.  I’m registered for the September event and have already registered for 3 sprint triathlons over the summer to help prep! Sprint triathlon training has just started and I am looking forward to a fun summer with my team!  I will be blogging along the way- sharing stories, successes, setbacks, silliness, photos, frustrations, accomplishments, etc.  I would love to hear stories or tips from anyone who has done a triathlon, or anyone who is currently in training!

Please leave questions and comments below!!

Half Marathon Training: week 6 recap

12 Sep

Week 6 is under my belt!! My Half Marathon is getting closer by the day and I realized this week that I have become so attached to my training schedule, I truly will miss it when it’s over!  I have written previous posts about making alterations to my training program due to travel, work, and life but for the most part I have become quite accustomed to waking up each day and looking at that trusty piece of paper to find what my task is for the day.  When I’m done with the day’s training, I take a lot of joy in putting a HUGE check mark on the day.

  It gives me that extra sense of accomplishment to see those check marks add up over the days and weeks.  Looking at that sheet of paper has also given me a palpable reminder that I have been putting in the hard work necessary to complete a half marathon.  When I start to doubt my abilities and start questioning my skills, all I have to do is whip out my tattered sheet of paper and I see the proof there in black and white.  I have been putting in the work, I will reap the rewards.

One day at a time, one foot in front of the other (both literally and figuratively) I will make it to the finish!

Half Marathon Training: week 3 recap

22 Aug

When the novelty of something wears off, its a whole new ballgame.  Thats what I learned during week 3 of training for my first half marathon.  Weeks 1 & 2 of training for the Smuttynose Rockfest were exciting, new, and fun.  I was all amped up to stick to the training regimen, get new shoes, and log some miles!  Although I was traveling and had to shuffle around my training schedule, I didn’t have much issue.  Week 3, though, was a bit different.

I was NOT out of town as much but I was BUSY! Work and life take up a lot of hours, and making sure to block out training time each day was a huge challenge.  The novelty of it all had worn off, and I felt it start to become a chore.  I did not like this feeling at ALL.  I started thinking about some of my clients- plenty of folks in the past have told me that exercise is such a chore for them and they dread it.  My response had always been a combination of disbelief and inability to comprehend such a thing.  However, this past week I was in the same boat.  I was having some issues with my new sneakers and couldn’t decide if they were helping or hindering my runs.  I decided to do a little test- I did a 4mile run with the Newtons and another 4 mile run with my old Nike Free’s.  In the end, the Newtons ended up winning by a long shot.  It will take a few weeks for me to fully adjust to new sneakers but I now have the hard evidence that my new shoes make me feel better during and after my runs.

On Sunday, I decided against running a 5k as my training program suggested, and instead I went to the Newton North High School track and did a speed workout.  I warmed up with a half mile run, then did a “ladder”:

100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 300m, 200m, 100m

and I ended with running another mile.  Man, it was HUMBLING.  My legs were screaming by the end; talk about lactic acid buildup!  I finished just as the rain started to fall, and though it was a huge challenge, I felt very accomplished in the end. 

 

Newton North High School Track

Though the novelty has worn off, and the training program has started becoming a bit more challenging, I am determined to stay focused and reach my goal of completing this half marathon as BEST I can.  Quitting is NOT an option.  Sulking and whining about what I have to do is NOT an option.  Going through the motions and training in a half-assed manner is NOT an option.  I promise myself to put in 150% whenever I train, and I know it will pay off when race day comes. 

 I’m learning to take my own words to heart: when it stops being fun, thats when the work happens!!!