Basically instead of weigh ins, and all food management stuff, we will be doing goal setting each week. So for example, I have set myself a goal of burning 6000 calories through active exercise. So what I mean by active exercise, I am not going to include the walking that I would do in the run of a day, but only when I am actively engaged in the exercise like running, biking, swimming etc. But anyone that participates can count whatever they like. You can set the weekly goal as high or as low as you like, keep it the same each week or raise it or lower it. You keep yourself honest by posting daily or weekly the pictures of your burned calorie counters from various devices, phones or equipment.
This seemed like the easiest way to do it, and you cant go very far these days without being able to track everything you do in a day as it relates to steps, stairs, sleeping etc.
In regards to the holiday break, I am pretty proud of myself for keeping to a regular workout routine. I have been doing 5 runs one week and 4 the next, but in the last two weeks I have run 46km and 43km so I am starting to get my distances up there which is nice to see. I am struggling with some very annoying shin splints so I find i have to jump off the treadmill occasionally during my runs, to shake out my legs, it defintatly gets worse the higher i get in the the 5's in regards to speed, but I really want to be able to run in the 5's comfortably by the end of the month. If I had an ultimate goal it would be to pushing 6mi/hr by the time May rolled around and be on the cusp of half marathon distance by then. I am knocking out 2-3 10km+ runs a week the last 3 weeks so that is definately very positive for me, and not only that, but I have the drive back for running. Really lost it for a year or two and found it really tiresome to be putting in the time. I havent lost my goal for doing a olympic distance triathalon, but not sure if that will be achievable this year.
I plan on starting to move some biking and swimming back into my workouts around late February or March so that I can start to get ready for the 5km swim in June, but until then I am going to try and focus on my running.
Biggest issue as always is food. I was awful over the break, if I wasnt buring a few thousand calories from running each week I would probably be about 20 pounds heavier then I was before the break started. Gah. Chips you are the devil!!!!
My cigar consumption was definately up, I am going to have to rethink this cigar for every 10km run, I am around 40km each week now, I dont want to get into the habit of having 4 a week, so I may have to go back to setting a personal kilometer goal and then rewarding that. More on that in a future post though.
It was great to have the break, although, the first day back is always a tough one for sure. But also happy to be back in the office tomorrow as the second semester is always faster then the first and there is a lot on the go for this year.
It was nice to reconnect with family and friends over the break, and I hope you all have a great 2017!
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan