Preparation and Plans

If you fail to plan prepare to fail.

It’s not like anyone ever set out to fail, but sometimes in the excitement of a new challenge it’s easy to overlook some realities.

Perhaps you’re like me, the type who prefer the bright side. For example, when it rains you’re happy that the ducks are happy and that the plants are getting a drink. You often find it easier to see the best in everything and everyone and most of the time that approach serves you well.

However, raw zeal alone can also be a lot like running on the spot, you’re churning out huge amounts of energy and getting no where. So how does a person with lots of enthusiasm make progress towards a goal without burning out too soon?

A big key for me was to learn to be more strategic and disciplined in my approach to obstacles.

How did I learn this?

The first step was to give myself permission to see and acknowledge obstacles for what they are, not the pin that pops my happy bubble but a friend who challenges me to up my game.

In a nutshell, when problems are seen as an opportunity, it frees us up to get creative with the solutions. For example, you want to go to the gym in time for the 6am class, but you don’t want to wake your sleep deprived partner as you crash about getting gym gear organized. Solution, get the gear ready the night before. Sounds simple, but it’s often the little things that derail great intentions.

I’m very interested in the idea that skills from one area of life enhance our ability in others. Maybe some of the best examples of the use of strategy can be seen in the game of chess. It’s not my strong suit, but I’ve learnt a lot from this mind sport because during play opponents take time to think through their next moves as they approach obstacles. It can be a great idea to consider the skills you already have and how these can be used to help you achieve your fitness goals. And, of course it pays to believe that you’re smart enough to resolve whatever problem is holding you back.

Staying on track

Key to staying on track with any fitness regime is to follow a plan. Plans works for many reasons. The main one for me is that it takes the thinking out of when and what I’ll be doing. It’s hard to fail when all that’s required is to look at the plan, tie on your shoes and head out the door – awesome!

How to choose the right plan for you?

Decide on your goal. 

Do you want to be able to get fit, run 5K or just look great on the beach this summer?

Look at the options with your end goal in mind.

Be realistic if what you really want is to look great on the beach, then there are easier ways to achieve this than by following a running plan. On the other hand if you’re super keen to complete your first half marathon then begin by investigating what Plans are out there.

Ask an expert.

Before embarking on a new fitness regime, go talk to your doctor about any existing medical conditions or concerns.

Ask friends who are already doing the activity how they got started.

Lock it into your diary.

We all have responsibilities; work out how the plan will fit into your week. The reality is that by saying, “yes” to this, you’ll be saying, “no” to something else. How will you manage the not doing that something else?

Give it a go!

Allow yourself a practice plan. If it doesn’t work out try a different one. Nothing is wasted in the pursuit of greater well-being; and designing a fitness regime that works best for you is what it’s all about.

How did I get started?

I used a run-walk-run plan as below:

WeekRunWalkRepeatTotal mins.

11 min2 min9 times27 mins

22 min1 min8 times24 mins

33 min1 min7 times28 mins

44 min1 min6 times30 mins

55 min1 min5 times30 mins

66 min1 min4 times28 mins

77 min1 min3 times28 mins

88 min1 min3 times32 mins

99 min1 min3 times30 mins

1010 min1 min3 times33 mins

11 & beyond30 min

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for my take on the best running apps, breathing techniques and gear essentials. Go live your best life!

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