How long have you been training for an upcoming race? How long have you been lifting weights looking for that massive increase in your bench press? Or squat? Weeks? Months?
I'm sorry if this comes as a disappointment, but your break through does not arrive like a package from Amazon. "Your break through is now here and tomorrow you will begin running 6 min. miles for 10 miles"...um, sorry, it doesn't work like that.
Instead of waiting for your big break through, start tracking your progress - yes, your progress.
Progress is a process. (There is probably a motivational poster with this on it somewhere out there...) Progress towards your goals comes through discipline, following your training plan, resting when you're supposed to rest, and cranking up the effort level when required.
Progress is running 8:30/mile for 10 miles in early July and then running the same distance at 8:15/mile a month later. That's progress.
Progress is not bonking at Mile 5 of a 7 mile tempo run, when you consistently bonked at Mile 5 the last two weeks.
Progress is shaving 3 sec. off of your 400m intervals over a 3-week period.
Progress is adding 4 reps to your max effort 225# bench in two months. As you continue to train and rest - this may become 6 reps in 3 months and 7 in 5.
Your progress towards your training goals is similar to a blue-chip S&P 500 stock. It doesn't make powerful 8-10% moves in a single day, it makes slow, incremental gains everyday. Some days it even goes down (you get sick, didn't get enough sleep, worked too many hours), but it ultimately grows. Then, 3 months later, you review your stock's performance and realize, "wow, it's up 10% in the last 3 months - that's pretty good."
Each training session in an investment towards your goal. Treat it that way; as a small deposit on the way to bigger gains down the line. Not only do these "deposits" build short and medium term fitness, but they also provide the foundation for additional gains the next time you begin a training plan.
Train hard AND smart.
Talk to you next month.
In the nearly 8 years that my wife and I have lived in Colorado Springs, never have we seen the amount of road construction currently taking place. Whether it’s a main road or side street, there’s no part of town missing out on the “fun”. And it’s not just re-paving or patching potholes. Whole lanes are being ripped up with miles of digging in order to replace underground pipes of all varieties.
At first, I thought all the “weed” sales (pot is legal in Colorado) might be producing the influx of tax funds for all this construction. But a running buddy of mine made me aware of a bill that had passed in the last couple years which freed up an enormous amount of funds for these projects.
Turns out the city has a certain amount of time to spend the money. Based on the number of orange cones and “ROAD WORK AHEAD” signs, it looks as though no penny is being spared.
Millions of people are about to be disappointed –– they don’t even realize it.
Maybe you’re one of them.
Right now, around the world, people are setting new ambitious health goals and resolutions.
And yet, according to Inc Magazine, approximately 80% of New Year's resolutions fail. Most of them buried in an unmarked early grave by February.
Why is that?
How is it that despite all our best intentions and genuine desire to live healthier and be fitter, the most we can hope for is a depressing 20% success rate?
So to help you kickstart your New Year with a healthy lifestyle we are going to breakdown why most goals and resolutions fail and what to do instead.