Last Tuesday I shared that I am back on a legit training plan as of the start of February. Between Christmas, a few colds, and the polar vortex, I really struggled to keep consistent with work it's in December and January.
|Capturing the sense of impending doom that comes before the frozen long run...|
But no more! Last week I said screw it to excuses and got those workouts done! Here are a few of the things I've been doing to hold myself accountable...
1. Schedule It
I am so hooked on Google Calendar. I swear, when I started using it back in the day, it changed my life. Every weekend, I take a look at my training plan and my schedule in Google Calendar for the week and figure out where everything will fit in. I typically stick to the same days for each workout each week, but if week's are busy or schedules are weird, I'm flexible. Mapping out the week in advance is a huuuge help.
2. Keep Track
I love my training log, but lately I've been loving another simple way of keeping track of my workouts. I have a note in my phone that I save as a "screen widget," and I check off each workout as I complete it. Quick, easy, and helps me stay accountable.
3. Pack a Bag
...Preferably the night before, since God knows I don't need one more thing to get done in the morning!
4. Have a Buddy
This has been a huge thing keeping me running outside this winter. Meeting friends for weekend runs makes it so much tougher to bail.
5. Focus on the Goal
Whatever the reason you workout, keep it in the forefront of your mind to keep you going. For me, it's all about my race goals. It's easier to get myself into a freezing pool when I remember that I want to be able to swim through the lakes in my tris without freaking out!
I totally bribed myself with watching Switched at Birth on Neflix and the promise of post-run Jimmy Johns to get myself through 7 treadmill miles on Sunday. It sucked, but it was worth it. And it got me through the workout!