Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

MdS training and time

A few people have asked me how I fit my MdS training into my life.  First and foremost, I have an understanding husband.  Secondly, my work is flexible and part time.  Most importantly, I get up really early!

Thinking I might go to MdS this year, I had to set better goals for my running.  I am pitifully slow.  As long as I'm outside, I don't even mind going slowly.  This is a problem when you're as slow as I am and compulsive as I am because one could stretch out a run so that it takes the entire day.  For a run to take all day, it is unacceptable!

Here's how I fit it in:

  • I get up at 5:15 am and try to be at the gym, on the road or on the treadmill at home no later than 6:30 am.
  • I am trying to get faster by slowly and steadily increasing the minimum speed I will allow myself and steadily increasing the maximum speed I will attempt to maintain over the course of a run.
  • Sometimes I run from one job to the next or to an appointment or whatever.  Run the dog and/or go to the mailbox.  You get the picture.
  • The plyometrics, XFit and pullups are misleading on the calendar.  On any given day, the total time these activities take is 15 to 30 minutes.
  • If I've got skate or bike or swim listed, it's in lieu of running, not in addition to running.
  • I set time limits for my longer workouts.  If a run takes me longer than the limit, I still stop running.
  • Monday and Friday are rest days.  I do my mile at 6:00 am.
  • I pick out my clothes in advance.  Go to the gym dressed.  If I'm coming home afterward, I come home wearing my gym clothes and shower at home.  You'd be surprised at how long it takes to change in and out of clothes.  Sometimes this one bites me in the butt.  It's been below zero many mornings and I forget to bring pants, I run in a skirt or shorts.  The 15 minute drive to the gym is cold and the 15 minute drive home is cold!
  • I try to plan out each workout all at once the week before so I know exactly what I'm going to have to do.  No guess work.  
So, yes, I spend a lot of time exercising but much of it occurs before anyone wakes up in my house.  Lucky for me, my husband gets up at 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday so I can get a good 1.5 hours in before he is even awake!


Pip said...

I am also lucky in that I have a husband who doesn't mind the time I put into my workouts. I do two to three strength training sessions a week before work, and I run on Monday and Wednesday nights after work. I then try to fit in one or two spin classes (or another run) during the week as well - either after work or at lunch. I get up on a Saturday morning and run, often followed by a yoga class. My husband is usually either working or in bed! On Sundays I aim to go for a bike ride. Every now and then I decide to have a weekend lie-in, when Hamish will cook us pancakes. I find it's important for the sanity!

Captaincook said...

Dusty, You do have to disciplined and organized and dedicated. I guess those are the words I would use. Being retired now as I am, I think that my runs, my gym time, etc take up much of the day, and they do, as I, and my wife, go for our morning walking loop every day (2.5 mi.) then a light breakfast, and off to run or workout before mid day. If we need to fit other things into our time, as we often do, then more planning must take place. But this is easy, really, compared to the time you must dedicate to your longer runs, etc. As I keep extending my mileage for the marathon this summer, I know that I will be using more of the day, and because of an understanding wife, am able to enjoy, guilt free, what I am doing.
Thanks for all your input, encouragement and inspiration. Ken

Unknown said...

Pip and Ken,

Aren't we lucky?!

I have no doubt, that regardless of the circumstances, we would make it work!

:) Dusty