After a serious and discouraging plateau, I’ve decided to stop the same old routine and go after something else.
This is the 3rd straight year I completed the couch to 5k program (c25k). You can argue that I shouldn’t have to re-do it each year. And I would agree that I need to do some form or cardio through the winter so I’m not back to square one again.
But each year has been easier and easier. And I’ve started it earlier and earlier in the year. It was so easy this year that something strange happened. I lost my motivation. Finishing 30 mins / 3 miles has become not a physical chore, but a mental one. I’ve bailed more runs due to boredom this year than I’ve ever bailed runs for any reason in the past. And my improvement in pace has come to a standstill. It has been varying from 9:30-10:00. Previously I got it down to close to 9 flat.
I find that I’m really good at following and sticking to a plan. Simply going out every other day for a 30 minute run isn’t enough to motivate me. I had planned (for the 3rd straight year) to mix in interval training. I may still do interval training, but reaching for a longer distance has my attention right now. And there is a outlined plan to get me there.
There is no surprise that the plateau/lack of motivation in running has put a damper on my diet. I have been eating much healthier than I have in the past, but I have been consuming way too many calories for weight loss. I had started out like gangbusters earlier this year, but I’ve remained the same weight since mid June. I can still reach my ultimate goal by year end if I dedicate myself (I originally scheduled to reach my goal my now/September).
Last year it wasn’t until I started to run 4 miles that my pace improved drastically. Hopefully this endeavor will have the same results on the pace of shorter runs as well as weight loss.
With the help of the B210K app (bridge to 10k), I’m going to smash this plateau and get back on track. And hopefully build enough momentum to last me through the winter.