No, not a new job, house, husband, or vehicle. I happen to be very satisfied in all of those departments. (Though a vacation would be VERY nice). What I mean is I need a new motivator in the fitness department. Not that wanting to qualify for the Boston Marathon hasn’t been motivating, it has. It’s just that as a goal it seems sooooooooo far off and I’m having a really hard time seeing how what I’m doing (or not doing) now can possibly be impacting that goal.
I need to change things up, find a different way to measure my progress towards my goal instead of mile splits, and km’s run each week. I also need to find something that motivates me to work on progressing. I’m in a total running rut (that I’m sure is partly fuelled by the weather). I find that I’m just running (and eating) on auto-pilot. My workouts are a routine – they aren’t progressing towards my goal in the least bit. Which is why I decided to enter a Valentine’s Day giveaway that I saw at the gym last weekÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ And I won! (Though I think everyone who entered probably “won ” too).
So today I’ll be meeting with the personal trainer to claim prize #1:
A free fitness assessment! Body fat percentage, weight, sit & reach test, etc… It’s been a LONG time since I had a fitness assessment – I think it was at least 10 years ago. (It was definitely before hubby and I moved away from Toronto, and that was 12 years ago). As you know, I’m not aesthetically motivated – I don’t really care what I look like, or how my clothes fit (unless it means I have to fork out money to buy new stuff because my current clothes are no longer fitting). But I know that my running goals are affected by physiological things like my weight, predicted VO2 Max, and body fat percent – things that this fitness assessment will measure and give me a baseline for improving, which in turn I hope will motivate me.
Which brings me to prize #2:
A free personal training session! I had a brief chat with the trainer I won this giveaway from when he called me to tell me that I had won, and it turns out that in addition to obtaining his personal training certification he also has a Kinesiology degreeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ from the same University that I obtained mine from. Admittedly I’ve been reading the bios of the trainers at the gym looking for someone who has the background to be a coach AND trainer – someone able to create a training plan, help me measure my progress, make adjustments as needed and keep me motivated with sport specific strength training sessions.
I’ve been coaching myself for a LONG time and I need a change to really take my running and training to the next level. I’m losing my motivation and I’ve realized that Boston is NOT going to happen if I keep kinda-sorta training in the manner that I have been “training”. Let’s hope that this works out!
Question: How do you change things up when you need some extra motivation?