Now that I am officially in training, I have set up a few guidelines for myself so I don't gain the marathon 15. I swear, I am the only one who can train for an endurance event and GAIN weight. Both of the marathons I have run in the past came with a pretty hefty gain. I really really want to avoid that at all costs and maybe even drop a couple.
I am armed with a plan this time. The following list might seem like ridiculous common sense but I often fall prey to the running entitlement trap. What I mean by running entitlement is that I justify treats based on my running. I say things to myself like "I can have (fill in the blank) because I just ran (x number) of miles." That theory was tried and tested 2 times with the end result of a fatter ass in the end. Here are my
- Up at the crack o' dawn to do my weekly training runs. As I mentioned in a previous post, this is really the only time I have to do it.
- Invest in my OWN alarm clock. The alarm is currently on Chubby Hubby's side of the bed and he has alarm ESP....I swear he shuts that thing off before it goes off. I have the same problem so I need a loud one that goes off across the room.
- No Chipotle until October 5th. Being back at work full time means the crew always wants to go out to lunch and we have a Chipotle right across the street. I can't leave there without chips and I can't afford those calories.
- French Fries. Just say no.
- Coke. I have developed a nasty habit...not the snorting kind, the cola kind. There is nothing better than an ice cold Coke over ice. This might have to be an after run treat.
- Incorporating more cross training. I have access to a HUGE gym next door to my building. I want to make it over there at least 2-3 times a week over lunch to so some sort of activity that isn't running. I think this might be my most helpful as I always feel my body "gets used" to running. Does that even make sense?
- Limit my alcohol consumption. I am not that dedicated to give it up completely but I am going to (try) limit my indulgence to one night during the weekend and keep it at 1 or 2.
Today's plan is a bag lunch from home and a trip to the gym for some light cross training.