How To You Make Your Training Personally Meaningful –5 Simple Steps

Posted on 13 January 2016

So we have all kicked off the New Year – 2016!   Here we go – a year of expectations (or not), goals, resolutions, dreams, ideas – OR NOT.    For those of you focused on the PRESENT maybe just go with what happens each day.

Have you thought about your training and health with regards to what it actually means to you?   This is a process I have experimented with over the last quarter of 2015 and it helped especially with time management issues and balancing meaningful training.


  1. Mindfulness Morning Activity – Just focus on 30-45 minutes of movement in some activity.   Just focused on movement and how the body and breath feel – belly breathing.   If you have a training plan in place, just do a daily workout of lower (or higher intensity) for a minimum set time.    We all know the benefits of a morning workout or activity, but take this time to mindful of the workout – short and in many cases no specific goal.
  2. Afternoon/Evening – Add in a longer workout with a specific focus of race pacing and meaningful to have the best cross over effect to your racing.  If you don’t have time it’s ok.
  3. Helping Out – Assist a friend with their fitness and health this year.  Consider asking them to join your group or club, team.  Offer help/advice andthat’s all that matters.  It’s still surprising how many “closed groups” there are today!
  4. Monthly Solo Journey – 1 time per month go outside and do a personal self- supported journey.   This can be as easy as running to the grocery store with a backpack for small items and run home.   Bike to a destination, camp on your own, etc.    The key is to do an alone-time journey.
  5. Write About It – We all know the power of writing and learning – so consider just writing about what was meaningful and what your grateful about with respect to your training.     It you write about it you will visualize it.

Consider the words from my PISC formula for your own training meaningfulness:

  1. Patience
  2. Improvise
  3. Stamina
  4. Curiosity

Wishing you Meaningful Training for 2016!    Let me know how you are doing and feel free to email me with your ideas at

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