Keeping Myself Accountable

Goals are one of the big things that keep us motivated to do better…to be better. It gives us something to aspire to. Earlier in the month of may I had some very deep conversations and came to many self realizations. When it came to my running, I want to be much faster. I wanted to drop some serious time and I knew that I had a great base, so now it was about taking it to the next level. What can I do to not only get faster, but stronger as well? How would I build this #StrongerSharpie as I have been calling it? Well, I made a plan.

As I touched on before, this plan is larger than just “run faster and train better”…although that is certainly a large portion of it. It’s a lifestyle adjustment. My nutrition has already improved…which has improved the digits in my bank account! I already can feel my body adjusting to the new routines, which means that soon results will be able to be seen. So how am I tracking this? Partially here with you on the blog, but as of yesterday I started my Accountability Journal.

MINE!

MINE!

I saw this amazing journal and knew I had to not only have it, but find an interesting use for it. I decided to use it as my Accountability Journal. How could I walk away from a book in my FAVORITE colors that says FLAWLESS on it?! It was clearly made for me. So what goes in this thing? Anything I want! I’ll be listing my meals, my exercises, my total step count for the day, daily mileage, and water intake. I will also be recording any other thoughts I may have about that day or a particular subject. It’s really just a way for me to track what I am doing to keep myself on track.

I want to be running sub 1:45 half marathons by the end of summer, which sets me up for 3:30 marathons. THAT is the space I want to be in, so that’s the space I’ll be training in. I would love for New York to be my new marathon PR, so that requires hard work and focus. Every Monday starting next week, I will summarize my training and thoughts from the week prior here on the blog so don’t miss that.

I can’t wait to start writing in my journal and to see what this journey looks like.

 

4 Comments
  • Kimberley
    May 26, 2015

    What a GREAT idea! You just gave me the perfect idea to chronicle my return to running from knee surgery. Where did you find the journal?

    • Sharp Endurance
      May 26, 2015

      Hi Kimberly! I am so glad I shared an idea that you can use! Good luck on your road to recovery. I am sure you will be stronger than ever. I found this at particular journal at Urban Outfitters 🙂

  • Erica
    May 27, 2015

    How are you preventing getting injured by getting fast to quick? I really want to step up my game but my biggest fear is I am going to get injured 🙁

    • Sharp Endurance
      May 27, 2015

      Everyone is different. I have to be extremely focused. My base is 9 minute miles now so to drop down an minute or so isn’t as big of a shock to my body. Howverr, cross training and nutrition are important. I go to the wall push it and dial back down. I ease into all of my runs and glide down. Stretching. Warm Up. Cool Down. Nutrition to fuel your body with the right stuff, and rest days.

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