Update: My point of this post was not to focus on my goal to run again, but since so many of you gave me encouragement and ideas, I thought I would say that I have stuck with my daily practice for 2 days - running/walking for 30 minutes each day, 4 minutes walking, 1 minute running, and so on. I also did my yoga stretching, downloaded a beginner's training plan, put in shock absorbing insoles, rearranged my schedule a bit, and managed my diet. Thanks for your support and I will post about my progress and sticking to my daily practice after I get back from New Mexico. I'm feeling good!
I was working on the manuscript for the book version of 2 Weeks to a Breakthrough today. One of the benefits of writing and facilitating programs about breakthroughs is that I am constantly reminded of the techniques I know make a difference.
And the power of repetition.
When we want to achieve something we need to put ourselves into training, like a marathon runner readies for a race.
Do something most every day.
Here’s advice from marathonguide.com:
In general, the important components in developing a marathon training program for most people are these:
- Gradually increase the overall weekly distance until two to three weeks before the marathon.
- Include two long runs spread across the week, perhaps one midweek, the other on the weekend.
- Include one day of faster running and/or integrate pickups into your regular runs.
- Try to run six days per week.
- The runs between your long runs do not need to be any longer than 3-6 miles.
Try applying these techniques to any goal. Here’s how they might look:
- Increase your level and intensity of actions.
- Vary your level of activity and focus, ensuring to commit more time to your goal at least two times per week.
- Pick up the pace and excitement at least one day per week - go on a positive goal crushing rampage!
- Try to do something that supports your goal six days per week.
- Don’t exhaust yourself by doing too much every day - mix it up a bit.
I have decided to get back into running. It has been a LONG time and I am woefully out of shape. My natural physique has always been muscular, but years of lower than optimal activity have taken their toll (like the football receiver who retires and gets flabby). I’m not shooting for the marathon, but I do want to get back into running 10Ks and 5Ks regularly.
I need a few breakthroughs to make it happen. My first step is to reinstate a modified version of the daily practice for my training:
Running Daily Practice:
Jog six days per week - starting off real slow.
Do yoga stretching every day.
Take at least one positive new action toward my goal each day.
Get into conversation about my goal - get it out of my head!
On balance, eat right (I’m still a chocoholic and always will be!).
Wish me luck. That’s just a saying, it has nothing to do with luck. I will report back periodically on how well I am sticking to my practice. If you don’t hear from me, will you bug me?
What’s your goal? How could you create a daily practice that is tailored to help you achieve your goal?