We have 2 full weeks of January 2018 under our belts, and with that we should be clear of the lingering holiday bugs/illnesses, family time (family-in-law time, too), travel, and reasons and excuses (there’s a difference between those last two). Now it's time to start hammering!
Whatever transpired in 2017 (for better or worse) is behind us, and we’re moving forward. Like a dream catcher, take what you need to from 2017, filter out the rest, digest it, believe in what you digested (don’t lie to yourself), and move forward. Part of moving forward is to get your PT visits! PT will offer you much insight into new ST exercises, or where to focus your ST. We can’t use race schedules as an excuse right now because we don’t need to be racing Jan-Feb.
I’ve written many times that your off-season goal is to look and feel like a different athlete on March 1st, as compared to November 1st, so with 2 weeks of 2018 already gone by, keep hammering! Retool, rebuild, reload, repeat. Every week of Jan - Feb you should be focused on strengthening your body, changing your body, trying new things, and shaking up your routine. Signing on with DCRC is a huge first step for many athletes and so it’s happening naturally. Others who have been with me a while and/or long-time avid runners might have to dig a little deeper to see what new elements they can introduce, and perhaps that simply means pushing themselves more than they did last winter!
We have 6 weeks until March 1st (plus the St. Patty’s 5k on March 4th), so get moving! If you didn’t start hammering ST in November because that was still peak race month, then that’s fine, but if December was also a recovery period + busy time, then that’s behind us now.
“Be the change you want to see in yourself” —Ghandi’s personal trainer.