Sunday, 5 February 2012

Motivation Monday - Week 5

Meal Prep
If I am being honest, last week SUCKED! It was a busy week and I got competely knocked on my butt by a killer migraine for 3 days. So needless to say my training did not go as planned. I didn't log the miles I wanted to. And I did a horrible job managing my nutrition.

BLAH! But it is MONDAY, so all the "blah" of last week is left behind with the start of a fresh week. My Half Marathon is exactly 1 month away, so I need to regroup and kick my training into overdrive for the next four weeks.

So as sucky as last week was, I learned some important lessons to help me progress... I think there are 2 key areas I need to work on during my last month of training
  • Make Nutrition a Focus
  • Stay Organized
So Nutrition has been a big struggle for me during my latest training challenge, a struggle I briefly alluded to in my last Winning Nutrition Wednesday post. My biggest problem being that I haven't really paid much attention to my nutrition at all during my first 4 weeks. I have been so focused on logging my miles that not much else has mattered. And I have definitely fallen prey to the whole "marathon mindset". AKA I tell myself "since I just ran 20km, I probably deserve a bag of chips, or a piece of cake, or a cheese burger" see where I am going with this. It has been really easy to justify eating those high calorie treats because of the amount of cardio I have been doing. On a long run I am burning over 1500 calories, so I obviously need to increase my caloric intake to maintain to this level of activity. But I have not been fueling up with REAL food, so I need to make a conscious effort to get back to clean eating.

This week's plan of attack

I have also been struggling to stay organized, which is also wreaking havoc on my diet. Trying to log my weekly miles, with all my other life commitments - work, family, and school (oh did I mention I started taking classes again? EEK!) has been tough. My metabolism has kicked into overdrive during the past month, but my meal planning has been lax. I haven't been doing a very good job fueling up during the day, leaving me straving by dinner time and playing catch up all evening. That also means I am more likely to make bad choices and go for the quick fix. So this weekend I decided it was time to get my butt in gear and do some proper meal planning. I stocked up on good wholesome ingredients, and spent a good chuck of Sunday organizing my meals. I created a general meal plan to follow for Breakfast and Lunch to make life easier and simplify my meal prep. So for this week I will be tweaking the following...
  • Increase protein to build muscle and power my workouts
  • Eat meals made with whole natural ingredients
  • Eat every 2-3 hours to keep my metabolism burning
  • Hydrate! (3 litres of water daily)
  • Take my vitamins
Its a relatively simple plan, but it is going to take commitment and organization. My last long run was a reality check for me. After a week of lax nutrition, poor hydration, and laissez faire traning I ran my first 20 km run - and it didn't feel too good. You get out of your body what you put in, so let's just say lesson learned. I've got a plan. I'm organized. And I'm MOTIVATED!

1 month to go! Let's do this!
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