Okay, so now’s the hard part. I’m doing the Under Armour All Out Mile Challenge (which you can read about here,) and it’s time to put the pedal to the metal. I ran my mile. I did it. But now it’s time for the legwork .. Like, for reals. Now is the 3 week training period. You know, where you’re supposed to actually improve. This is where the work happens.
Here’s my problem. My boys are back in school. In theory, I SHOULD have more time, but I have to get them up, fed, dressed, lunches packed, masks ready, shoes on, and the whole routine of getting them out the door and on the bus. Also, I can’t just go to the track whenever anymore.. schools are back in session. Hallelujah!! But also .. Yeah, less opportunities for me and more excuses.
But the good news is that Under Armour gave me the plan, and after my benchmark week, all I have to do is make it work. Really. The plan won’t allow for those excuses. I won’t give you the details of the training plan because you need to do it yourself to find out, but it’s fairly easy to accomplish and the tools are all there. Some days are simple run days, some are tempo days, some are speed work days, and some incorporate strides. There are strength days also, and days labeled “Movement and Mobility.” The calendar is great because there are basically three levels of the plan. You are provided with the mandatory “must do” kind of workouts, the “aim to do” workouts, and of course some “bonus work” workouts. So it’s really all about what you can commit yourself to. Will you go All Out (which in capital letters because that’s what you SHOULD do as evidence suggests in the challenge title)? Or will you just get it done? Either way, you have your options. No excuses.
Under Armour has the gear too. I’ve got the UA Launch SW” Go All Day” Shorts, or the Fly Fast Pocket Shorts, depending on what kind of flow I’m looking for, as well as the Infinity High Sports Bra, and ISO-Chill Run Tank in a pretty pink. And the shoes.. Of course, the shoes. In this case, that’s the Flow Velociti SE Running Shoes. All of these things may or may not make me faster, but it makes me at least feel faster. Right now, that’s as good as it gets!! Under Armour is setting me up for success. Am I going to follow through? We’ll see. Stay tuned.