I somewhat struggled to title this post because it's not so much new plans as it is going back to what works. Last year at this time, Allen and I were gearing up to start training for the Flying Pig Marathon Relay, which we were running with two of our friends. We used a Hal Higdon training plan that involved some form of activity six days a week. One of those days was active rest and was intended to be spent resting. In the ten weeks leading up to race day, we got in about fifty workouts, which was pretty good, considering we were also neck-deep in wedding planning and wedding-related events at that time.
After the relay, we got a little lax about working out for a little while, and then signed up for two almost back-to-back road races in the fall. We had time goals for both, and that meant a lot of hard work and training. The work paid off, and we set some great PRs in both of the races. It was definitely an accomplishment.
Then, it got cold. Things got busy. Working out? Well, it happened when it happened. Looking at the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I would be lying if I said I made it to the gym or worked out more than twice per week at most. There was a lot going on, and well, I just didn't feel like going to the gym all that much. We also were dealing with lots of snow and generally icky weather, so my workouts were yoga-based.
Now, going into mid-January, Allen and I had a small conversation over the weekend, and well, we're going to get back into some sort of workout routine. It will not be nearly as involed as the one we had for our relay training, but it will be consistent, and that will be key. Last month I had a goal to work out three times a week, but only made it on average, two. Our current goal is pretty simple: a workout three times per week.
To be successful and to keep going to workout, even when we don't feel like it will involve pushing each other and pushing ourselves. Having a workout partner makes it a lot harder to skip a workout just because. Now, on our planned gym days, we tell each other "we're going to the gym tonight, be ready," rather than asking "gym tonight?" There is built-in flexibility in our routine, so we can miss a day without worry or frustration, but right now we're trying to make it as routine as brushing our teeth, so that it is part of the week-to-week schedule.
Once we've decided what our road race goals are for the year, I am sure we'll pick up with more workouts, or more variation on what we're already doing. For now, just getting out of the house, into the gym, and pushing ourselves to be our best while at the gym is enough.