One at a time

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had 1000 goals in the back of my head. I train for races while trying to get faster, all while trying to continue lifting 4-5x a week to build or maintain muscle, and counteract that godforsaken cardio that everyone says women do too much of. The result is that I get burnt out, have trouble sticking to my training plan, and most importantly, I end up taking a half assed shot at my goals.

Thus far, I’ve been pretty lucky in continuing to set PRs without really working all that hard, or being all that consistent with a training plan.

After setting my half PR in November, after a pretty pathetic training season hah

After setting my half PR (1:48:46) in November, after a pretty pathetic training season hah

I think I’ve probably rode that wave for as long as I can, and it’s time to put everything I have into the things I really want. I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I will be much happier, and likely much more successful, if I focus on one goal at a time.

The goal, as I mentioned in my last post, is to run faster, and to run injury free. SeaWheeze is 12 weeks away, and I am in pretty rough shape both physically and mentally (thanks shin splints, allergies, and PINK EYE). While I don’t really expect SeaWheeze to be my sub 1:45 race (since I am broken and it’s a pretty hilly course), I do plan to give my training (and the race) everything I have. Worst case, I will have a benchmark for some October/November races.

The plan:

Phaedra currently has me running 4 days a week, no crazy mileage, no speed work, no hills. Right now, I am basically trying to build up my mileage without any pain. Phaedra said that if I am pain free 5-6 weeks from now, I might get some hills and tempo runs back. I really miss them! (Remind me in a few months that I said that).

In addition to the running, I will be doing full body strength workouts 3x per week. This is the part that has always made me uncomfortable. I have always felt like I need to do a 4-5 day body part split training plan. I’m not a huge fan of full body workouts, as I never really feel like I get a good burn. I’m going to have to play around with some workout plans to see what works. Extra supersets and drop sets should help with that, I think.

On top of all this, I have a series of exercises from my physiotherapist and chiropractor that I need to do regularly. In total, these exercises probably take about 30 minutes to complete. I commit to doing them at least 5 days per week– Monday- Friday. I am thinking I will tack this onto my work day and do them at work– by either going in a half hour early, or staying a half hour late. These exercises, paired with weekly physiotherapy/acupuncture, and chiro/massage as necessary, I should be in good shape…eventually! Good thing I have extended healthcare coverage out the WAZ right now!

I also picked up some KT tape and ordered some prescription calf sleeves for running. Because WHY NOT? I told you shiz is getting serious.

Nutrition wise, the plan is to just not eat like an idiot. I’ve come to realize that the best way to convince me to drop that cookie is to tell me it will make me slow. “DAN, DROP THAT COOKIE YOU’RE GONNA GET FAT.” Nothing. “DAN, DROP THAT COOKIE OR YOU WILL HIT SNAIL STATUS.” That cookie just got frisbee’d. Seriously. It works every damn time.

So to sum it up, in picture form, the plan is more of this:


and this:



the running part, not the selfie part. but more of that too.

And less of this:


….and this….


….oh and this.


So yeah. HAH.

That’s where we’re at.

Let’s go, weee!!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!






  1. OMG that last dessert

    • Danielle says:

      Haha RIGHT? It’s the Mile High Mud Pie at Montana’s, and there is frozen peanut butter involved…that’s all you need to know.

  2. Grrrreat reminder re: ONE… xo

  3. OMG. I just burst into laughter like 18 times reading this. Thank the freaking heavens you’ve returned to blogging.

    Here’s to getting fast and not eating like idiots! I’m with you.