Thursday, December 2, 2010

Plan of Attack

Some of you asked me yesterday how I plan to reach my goal this month, where will I find the time, how will I do it.

Gotta say I love my Mom's idea of either quitting my job, or better yet, getting my boss to pay me to run.  Hmmm, now to convince them to purchase a treadmill for my office!!!

* I ALWAYS run during my kids soccer practices.  I used to sometimes run during their practices, now I ALWAYS do, without fail.  It's too far from home to drive back, and not quite long enough a time to accomplish anything productive anyway.  Plus, let's face it, I have no money for shopping.  So ... may as well run.  Usually this gives me a good 10-12 miles+ that I don't have to schedule. 

* I have a running partner who is training for the Goofy Challenge in January.  She needs to run at least one 18 miler and one 20 miler this month.  I will accompany her.

* Hitting the 'mill'.  I got caught a couple times last month when soccer practices got cancelled.  Or my running partner couldn't make it.  Instead of running by myself, I used the circumstances as an excuse.  No excuses, as much as I prefer to run outdoors, I will hit the mill if necessary.

* Above point made ... I'm going to take a page out of Shelly's book.  She recently posted about watching a movie on her laptop while on the dreadmill.  What a great idea!  I do not have a TV in my gym.  I have a plain mocha brown wall with a clock on it, and an outdated stereo that refuses to play most home made CDs.  But ... hubby has a laptop and I can steal it away if he's not working.  I just need to find something high enough to plop it on and maybe I can catch a few flicks.  With any luck I can download some shows that I've missed and catch up!!!  Hmmm, an entire season of One Tree Hill, that's gotta be good for a bunch of miles.

* My plan is to have one long run (which will be between 16 & 20 miles), and then 3 to 5 runs of 3-7 miles each for an average weekly mileage of around 36 miles.  If my LSD is 20 miles, that's only 16 miles to accomplish mid week.  I can do that in 3 days if needed.

I have added a list on my sidebar to keep track of my progress.  Like I said yesterday ... if you see me slacking/getting behind - Nag Me. Bribe Me. Beat Me. - whatever it takes.

Dec 1 - 9.1 miles run ... 147.8 to go!

Keep Active!



Anonymous said...

heidi, ur awesome!
i bet you are gonna surpass your december goals! yay!!!!!

i want a treadmill in my house!

Marlene said...

If I had a treadmill at home, I'm sure I could run the miles away watching TV or movies!

Sounds like a good plan for the month!

Terri said...

I have a treadmill in the garage, but I'm not sure how I'd prop a laptop up nearby. Still, that would be one way to get the miles in - thanks for the suggestion!

Fran said...

I love your plan of attack and I'm sure you are going to nail that plan down! But it also helps me because if you are going to run so much and have no more excuses how can I have them? So everytime this month I don't want to go for a run I'll think of you and say to myself "Heidi would go, why shouldn't you?"!

9 down, 147 to go, you can do it!

Shellyrm said...

I love that you have committed to running during soccer practice! I used to do that before the littlest came. I loved using the time and then being free for the rest of the evening.

Scary movies DO make you run faster or fall off, either way! It's better than staring at the concrete wall.

You are doing great on your mileage goals! keep it up...I'll be checking.

Nej said...

My treadmill at home has been good to me...but is, sadly, dying. It just can't handle anyone running on it any longer. (One day it just plain stopped in the middle of a run.....I about flew over the control panel - hehehehehe.) I'm wondering if you can just replace motors in those things, or if I need to replace the whole thing? for thought.

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a good plan. I call it the dreadmill too! I will have to try the movie thing on my computer. I think netflix has a thing where you can stream movies in.


Anonymous said...

Love the idea of being able to watch a movie while running. That would TOTALLy make the time go by quicker!

Marcelle said...

Without a doubt I know you are the blogger who can set out a plan and keep to it...I have not planned my training as I get so frustrated when life gets in the way of my take it day to day...that works for me, but one day, when I am * a big runner * ( hehe ) I will plan!!!