It’s that time of year again – the time when I emerge blinking from post-holidays haze and realize I need to get my bum back into some sort of routine. Thankfully, my work sponsors a fitness challenge every year that has been just the antidote I need (well, in theory anyway).
In just over a week, GetFit 2016 will kick off and I will be once again ensconced into a structure that is perfect for easing me back into some semblance of training. The challenge lasts 12 weeks, and participants are given weekly goals of exercise minutes, which increase every week; Week 1 has a goal of 150 minutes, Week 2 has 165, and Week 12 caps off at an intimidating 300. If you meet the minutes goal for a given week, you’re entered into a drawing for prizes, and there are other great perks like discounted gym memberships and free classes. (Exercise is basically defined as anything that gets your heart rate up.)
I was reflecting on my past GetFits and realized that I don’t think I’ve ever hit the end 300-minute goal. I always start off so promising, but then either get bored or derailed by injury (like last year) or distracted by homework or [insert excuse here]. I’ve certainly hit 300 minutes, but it’s usually at the beginning of the challenge when I’m raring to go (or, in last year’s case, shoveling our driveway multiple times after a blizzard). The end is the hardest part.
Like I’ve written in this blog
way too many times before, I tend to have questionable motivation. I’ve tried several tactics, but have succumbed to laziness/excuses/injury enough times that it’s pretty pathetic. So what am I cooking up now? Why, a double-whammy GetFit/Training Plan extraordinaire!
Unlike last year, this year I have no running class to keep me accountable (it was going SO well for me last year before I caught the flu and then destroyed my ribs), BUT I still have my training plan from last year’s class, as well as a hilly and potentially hot half marathon looming on the horizon that I should probably train for. The fabulous thing about the training plan is that it starts off nice and gently (the class was called Couch to 5 Miler and was aimed at beginner runners), which is perfect for me as I return, yet again, from injury. Though the training plan only goes up to 5 miles/10K, I’m going to borrow here and there from various half marathon plans I’ve come across to make something up of my own that continues the general trend.
I’ve already gotten a team together for GetFit (it’s a team-oriented challenge, with an eye to keeping each other accountable) and took part in the kickoff event festivities (more on that another day), and am practically chomping at the bit for this thing to start. I’m already hustling up extra flights of stairs at work to get to the bathroom and walking the long way ’round to get places, so am clearly already in the GetFit mindset. I may even experiment with blogging about my challenge this year, in another bid to keep myself accountable 😉 Stay posted!
Do you have a hard time getting back in the swing of things after the holidays? How do you get yourself going again?