If you want a different result, try something new. What have you got to lose? These are the thoughts that were swimming around in my head as I began this marathon training cycle yet again. This is my third attempt at making it to the starting line of the NYC Marathon. Last year, I made it all the way up to two weeks before the race when I fell at work and broke 3 toes. It didn’t really matter though, as I also was diagnosed with a second femoral stress fracture ending my hopes of running. The toes were literally the final straw that made me defer my race to November 2018.
As I begin training again, I am cautiously optimistic that this time will be the time I make it to the starting line. I have learned from my mistakes and am trying to get my training plan right. I’m working hard to improve my functional strength through more cross training. I’ve returned to yoga class and can already feel a difference in my legs when I run.
My first order of business must be to get this extra weight I’m carrying off. I have been taking nutritional courses and learning about how to best fuel my body for running. I learned so much about the foods that support and don’t support my goals. As I experimented with different types of eating, I opened myself up to trying new foods that I usually avoid and have come to find I actually enjoy them. I decided to apply this open mindedness to my exercise selection as well. Rather than doing the same things over and over again, I decided to try different types of exercise and see what works best for my body and life. It’s interesting to see how my tastes in exercise have started to shift as well. Running has always been my first choice of exercise since I was young. I’ve significantly modified my running this spring and have been using intervals to build my stamina back up slowly. I truly feel the time goes by faster when I run intervals and it is a great workout. When I finish a long interval run, I’m not totally exhausted and still have energy to go about my day. I’m super excited to feel like I WILL complete this marathon using this strategy.
Since I cut down on the amount of time I spend running, I knew I needed to cross train with intentionality. I began looking around for something that would both strengthen and build my stamina. I kept thinking about trying Crossfit but had some serious fear of walking in issues. Friends of mine go to a local Crossfit and kept encouraging me to try a class. They’d send me selfies in the morning from the class and finally I decided to take the plunge.
I’m not going to lie and say it’s an easy workout, because it most definitely is not. But, I am going to say that I believe it may help me finish this marathon. The class is well organized and all moves can be done on some level. There are modifications available to make this practice available to all fitness levels. I feel these workouts could help me develop the strength, stamina and mental toughness I will need to run 26.2 miles. I leave this class dripping with sweat, yet invigorated and looking forward to the next. I’m going to continue to go to the classes three times a week and cut my running down to twice a week for now. Seriously, what have I got to lose except perhaps an injury and some pounds.
When you find yourself in a rut and can’t seem to snap out of it, try something new. Step outside your comfort zone and you may be surprised by how it rekindles your workout motivation. I felt better this week than I have in a long while. I think it’s the combination of trying new things and being around people. I am looking forward to this week’s workouts and will continue my climb back from the long winter of broken bones.
What have you done this week to step outside your comfort zone? How has it helped rekindle your motivation? Be sure to leave your comments below. I look forward to reading them.