The goal has to be measurable. He says that people usually set goals that aren’t measurable because it’s something like “they want to look better”. He says that we have to consider sacrifice. Sacrificing something always comes with a goal that you are truly determined to achieve. I liked his example of giving up a wild friday night in order to be able to run better on saturday when training for a marathon. It’s important to make sure that our goal is not really ideal to be about body composition in and of itself. It’s important to place a goal that is more of a “performance goal”.
My goal last week was to run 12 miles at at least a 10 minute mile. I think that it is a fairly measurable goal that doesn’t hone in specifically on my physique but more of something that I can do… a “performance goal”. I think that I will have to sacrifice my late nights where I stay up and eat late and watch tv and sleep in in order to actually have time to run. It’s a sacrifice I am willing to make and have to make in order to run at a good time in the day where I will have time for longer runs.
The principle of progressive overload is basically when you continue working out you can increase the intensity of your workouts and the amount of time/work you put in in your workouts. It will tie in perfectly with my workouts because as I start running more than my average running distance, I will be adding on more work and more intensity and therefore will be able to handle the longer runs.
The principle of specificity is basically that I have to work out in the area that I want to increase in to become a better runner. If I want to be a quicker, faster runner, I can’t expect benching 3 times a week to make me run faster. I will be sure to not overly work out in the areas that will not impact my running in order to be specific about what parts of my body I am strengthening.
I will start running on February 8th because the snow will have melted and there will not be inches of snow outside. I will likely be tracking my running in an actual physical journal. I don’t really like tracking my workouts on anything electronically because I feel like it takes much too much time to actually get onto what ever I’m tracking it on. If I just leave my journal near the door I can just write in my times and the date and any extra info right in and not have to worry about remembering/forgetting to write it down.