It's winter. It's cold. Everyone is cold. Everything is cold. We would all rather stay in bed under the warm blankets. But here's the deal. YOU decided to set some goals for the spring. YOU want to nail the ShamRox 15k. YOU want to PR in the half. YOU want to complete 26.2. YOU want to drop a minute off your 5k time. YOU chose the goals. Whatever you want, it's not going to come without work, and it's not going to come by wishing for it.
So, maybe you think that running one speed workout a week on Wednesday is going to lead you to your PR. Maybe you think you can just go through the motions and not really put in the work until closer to your goal race. Maybe you think you can just sit behind faster runners and still get better. Guess what. You're wrong. If you think that you can take it easy from the get-go of the workout and sit back and still nail a PR, try again.
Winter can be a time to back off mileage and try new adventures. We're all for a little break and trying new stuff. But, if you have goals coming up in March/April/May it's time to get back to work. Getting back to work means more than just logging slow miles. It means giving it 100% in your workouts. It means pushing your every day runs a little harder. It means eating well, cross training, and pushing the end of every run. It means really working on those long runs. It means work, and it means a positive attitude. It means being willing to learn.
Reaching your goals is going to take more than one speed workout session on Wednesday morning. In addition, if you're not putting in solid work during the week, Wednesday is going to get harder and harder for you as we keep pushing the pace to get faster and stronger. Don't fall behind.
Many of you are obviously killing it during the week and it really shows. You're realizing what needs to be done to meet your goals. You are rocking it. Keep working hard - there will be days that are hard, and weeks where you feel totally done. Take a day or two off. Rest. Recover. Spend some time doing something else that you love. Grab your favorite ice cream, catch up on Scandal, grab coffee with a pal, go for a hike, take a bubble bath, have some wine, clean your house, take your kids and dog to the park, or take a nap - do whatever relaxes you. Clear your head and relax your body. Then - hit it hard. Don't let your bad day or week become a slump. Slumps can turn into bad habits.
We are here to help you achieve your best, but we can only do so much. The rest is on you. We can push you on Wednesday morning, but we can't make you kill it on Saturday. We can write your workout plan, but we can't make you hit your mile repeat pace. We can encourage you. We can help you choose goal races. We can help you find the best cross training activity for you. But we can't do the work for you. That's completely on you.
We hope you're enjoying #thefitclub417getfastfeb social media challenge. We love the photos from week one, and can't wait to see what the other weeks bring! We hope you enjoy the challenges, and that it helps make February running a little more fun!
See you on Wednesday! Bring a friend! #thefitclub417
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