Staying motivated can be difficult to maintain. For some, “getting” motivated may be a difficult task. I like to set goals, and then set out on the attack. Pacing my attack is my challenge. I have to be careful not to set the hurdles too high for myself. I don’t want to set unrealistic, unachievable goals for myself.
I *have* asked the question of whether I am capable of qualifying to run in the Boston Marathon. For those of you who have attempted this task, you know that it is not easy. It is not something that everyone can easily achieve. I have run 10 marathons so far and my best is 3:55 – that is 5 minutes slow of my current BQ time. Although, I have asked the question, I still answer that I can do it.
Hence the plan:
· Hal Higdon’s Intermediate I program
· Run the sorta-long runs at Tempo pace, Yasso 800s, or Mile repeats.
· Lose weight
The final item, I have considered and have ignored for the past many marathons. My weight is within normal limits for my height. My BMI is also within the normal range. I know that when I weighed less that I felt better, and had to really work to get my heart rate up to a good range for fat burning. I was younger – why wouldn’t I feel better. It is now time to will give the weight loss thing a serious try. Since I am not too experienced with “dieting” I returned to Jenny Craig. I signed up for a lifetime membership 12 years ago when I was losing my post baby (BoBo) fat. I have concerns about being able to handle the intake restrictions when my mileage climbs but I hope to hit my goal prior to peaking in my training.
Unlike “the Blog Father”, I will NOT be posting photos of my exposed abdomen for all to comment on. I will simply tell you that when I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the window after finishing my 3-mile run today. It was hot out so I was wearing my jog bra and shorts. It was the kind of jog bra that shows the abdomen. I did not like what I saw. I laughed thinking about those people, who think that I am in shape (with my clothes covering up this section of my body). They might look out the window and find out that it just isn’t so.
So for my BQ goal, I will diet. Don’t tell anyone; it’s a secret. You see, there are still those who think that I am in shape. I want to get in shape before they look out the window and notice the truth.