One of the ideals of fitness that I’ve held onto is the ability to lift weights and run long distances. To have good strength as well as endurance. My issue is that I really struggle to get motivated with the cardio aspect of this goal…(and dieting!..but that’s not the focus here!)
For probably around 10 years I’ve been lifting weights with moderate consistency, it’s pretty much a habit. Although I’ve varied in my approaches moving from daily workouts to every-other-day, back and forth. High reps (12-15), mid range reps (8-12) and low reps (5-8). Cycling through “bro splits”, full-body workouts, isolated body parts etc etc.
Getting the weight lifting into my life is no problem, almost second nature now. The problem comes with running, or maintaining any sort of cardio.
What has happened over the last two years, is I’ll get the motivation to start running, and go from 0km to 10km in around a month, running regularly. Each run increasing the distance. But usually, once I hit that 10km mark, I give up for about 6 months. After 6 months I’ll do it all again.
However, I’d like to try and maintain my running-fever for over a month this time. So I’m trying something new. I’ll let you know how it goes.
The plan is to run 5-6km each weekday morning and stay at that distance. In theory, it will be sustainable, because it only takes me around 30mins to do that. (This morning I managed 5.64km in 30mins 51 seconds – not bad for my first go back into this for a good 6 months, not to mention a whole pepperoni pizza takeaway the night before!).
I’m then moving my weight lifting sessions out of the morning routine and into the post-work (5pm) session. My thinking behind this, is that I’m probably going to lift the weights whether I feel like it or not, it’s more important to me, so I can relegate it to the final portion of my day.
I’m planning to get back into writing the Sunday summaries again, so will write an update on how the week has gone then.