About/ Boston Marathon/ Running/ Strength Training/ Triathlon

I Need A Change

No, not a new job, house, husband, or vehicle. I happen to be very satisfied in all of those departments. (Though a vacation would be VERY nice). What I mean is I need a new motivator in the fitness department. Not that wanting to qualify for the Boston Marathon hasn’t been motivating, it has. It’s just that as a goal it seems sooooooooo far off and I’m having a really hard time seeing how what I’m doing (or not doing) now can possibly be impacting that goal.

The secret to change...

I need to change things up, find a different way to measure my progress towards my goal instead of mile splits, and km’s run each week. I also need to find something that motivates me to work on progressing. I’m in a total running rut (that I’m sure is partly fuelled by the weather). I find that I’m just running (and eating) on auto-pilot. My workouts are a routine – they aren’t progressing towards my goal in the least bit. Which is why I decided to enter a Valentine’s Day giveaway that I saw at the gym last week… And I won! (Though I think everyone who entered probably “won ” too).

So today I’ll be meeting with the personal trainer to claim prize #1:

A free fitness assessment! Body fat percentage, weight, sit & reach test, etc… It’s been a LONG time since I had a fitness assessment – I think it was at least 10 years ago. (It was definitely before hubby and I moved away from Toronto, and that was 12 years ago). As you know, I’m not aesthetically motivated – I don’t really care what I look like, or how my clothes fit (unless it means I have to fork out money to buy new stuff because my current clothes are no longer fitting). But I know that my running goals are affected by physiological things like my weight, predicted VO2 Max, and body fat percent – things that this fitness assessment will measure and give me a baseline for improving, which in turn I hope will motivate me.

Which brings me to prize #2:

A free personal training session! I had a brief chat with the trainer I won this giveaway from when he called me to tell me that I had won, and it turns out that in addition to obtaining his personal training certification he also has a Kinesiology degree… from the same University that I obtained mine from. Admittedly I’ve been reading the bios of the trainers at the gym looking for someone who has the background to be a coach AND trainer – someone able to create a training plan, help me measure my progress, make adjustments as needed and keep me motivated with sport specific strength training sessions.

I’ve been coaching myself for a LONG time and I need a change to really take my running and training to the next level.  I’m losing my motivation and  I’ve realized that Boston is NOT going to happen if I keep kinda-sorta training in the manner that I have been “training”.  Let’s hope that this works out!

Fingers crossed!

Question: How do you change things up when you need some extra motivation?


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  • Monica
    February 19, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I always like to change my training up every 4-8 weeks to keep things interesting. I think it’s really important to do so not just to keep the body guessing but mentally it keeps things fresh and fun.

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      February 19, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Good point – I’ve been doing the same routine for close to 2 yrs – I’m ready for a BIG change!

  • Amanda - RunToTheFinish
    February 19, 2014 at 11:25 am

    kudos to you for realizing what you could do to get focused now and still work towards your long term goal. Hmm when I need to shake things up, I usually take a day off…isn’t that weird?! I rarely take them and I think it’s usually what i need…otherwise I’m just a running nut job

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      February 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks Amanda! You made me laugh when you called yourself a running nut job – I’m a nut job when I don’t run 🙂

  • Krysten
    February 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I just had my body assessment done and I found it definitely help focus on the things I need to improve and gave a good sense of where I am at. ENJOY girlie

  • Launna
    February 19, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I know exactly what you mean Janice… congratulations on the win (even if everyone else one it too)… I need something like this… I do well with contest but I need the motivation to step up my exercise routine… just get back into the swing of it… I look forward to hearing how it motivates you and changes things up… 🙂

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    February 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I try to find new activities to motivate me and friends to help me change things up.

  • Jen
    February 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I joined Weight Watchers. I have been slacking a little bit lately, but when I really commit, it helps with my eating and fitness goals. I want more points, so I work out! Good luck! #SITSBlogging

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      February 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      That’s awesome! I think that WW has a great program and they do a great job teaching the nutrition aspect of healthy living. Keep working hard, you can do it!


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