Fitness, Health, motivation

Motivation Monday

Welcome to another week of Motivation Monday! How are you doing on your fitness and wellness journey? Have you already thrown those New Years goals and resolutions out the window? Are you white knuckling holding on and hoping that things get better? Have you been consistent and are in a good groove now?

Well here we are at the start of a new week and for some about to enter into a season of Holy days that may impact us. For some Lent starts this week and this may be what those people need to help them get back on track. For those who do not know, during Lent people typically give something up (often candy, sweets, junk food) and for some they have other requirements regarding what they eat during the season. For others Passover (March 27-April 4) and Ramadan (April 12-May 12) are coming up in the next couple months and also have requirements that may impact your fitness and your eating. How do you begin to plan for these things?

As we start this week, one way to stay on track is to plan ahead for things that are coming up. Are there events coming up that you need to be prepared for? Are these days that you need to plan for so that you are successful? I know for me, on days where I am in the office all day I tend to eat out of mindless eating or boredom and I am planning for that this week. That means I am taking extra veggies to snack on in order to help reduce me eating junk that is so prevalent around me. What are you doing to plan ahead for success?

Fitness, Health, running

Motivation Monday

This week a race I had been training for once again announced that they were rescheduling. This is my 6th year running the LA Marathon (5th year in a row of doing the Conqur LA Challenge). Initially the race date was pushed from early March to the end of May and now it has been pushed once again to sometime in the fall 2021. Hearing the news was hard, it made me sad and frustrated to hear that this race was once again pushed.

I had not jumped back over to my marathon training plan yet, and have been doing a 10k plan that still keeps some high mileage. I had a feeling it would be pushed back again and was not going to go all in on training until I was certain. However, the move to some unknown date in the fall has definitely made me lose some motivation.

Last week was a struggle to get runs in, to even want to get out and run. This is not normal for me and it took me a minute to realize what had impacted my motivation. Now I am in a new week and have decided to stay with my 10k plan so my base mileage will be ready to jump into marathon training once a new date is announced.

I know that I am not the only one that struggles with being motivated as there is still uncertainty regarding races and events in the fitness world. I know that we all have been watching and waiting for the days when things go back to normal. We are currently in what is normally peaking race season for running. There are normally races every weekend. For now, we need to find our internal motivation to keep moving forward even though we don’t know what is ahead or when it will be there. How are you keeping yourself motivated this week?