If you have been watching my videos on Facebook it’s no secret that I have hit a plateau both with weight loss and running performance. After consulting with a few experts I knew I needed to make some changes to break out of the rut.
I discovered that the Nike Run Club (NRC) app I have been using to track my progress also offered free coaching so I put it to work. The challenges that it put forth were not what I expected.
I love to run unencumbered which is why I invested into this technology in the first place. I wanted to have my music and tracking all built into my watch so that I didn’t have to strap my phone to my arm or worse have it banging around in my pocket.
I discovered that the Apple Watch and NRC offered this solution. I also discovered that NRC offers goal training for marathoners and other fitness goals with one problem. The custom coaching sessions are not offered on the watch, so you won’t hear the prompts from the coach steam through your wireless headphones unless you have your phone on your body, (back to the drawing board).
I gave feedback on the app to try and get an answer that came in an email days latter. I wanted a faster response so I reached out on Twitter to get an answer and was pleasantly surprised at the results.
I’m so excited that big companies are making themselves available on social media to take a genuine interest in their customers. The tired old email that was generated to answer my question days latter did nothing to bring clarity to the situation.
I have since learned that I can use my watch to record my runs and manually tag them as the run that was scheduled for the day by the coaching part of the app. Even though this does not entirely solve my problem I am satisfied knowing how to make it work and I have no doubt that it will improve in the future.
The other major challenge that the marathon training on the NRC app put forth was it was incredible difficult in an unexpected way. The app starts by asking how much I run, how fast I run, and how far I run, then it builds a plan that lasts 26 weeks.
The challenge was that I was way underperforming my usual routine by running much slower and for shorter distances. This proved to be incredibly mentally challenging. Once again I consulted with the experts and they said this is a great way to trick my body and mind to break out of the plateau. The NRC app will increase the millage and speed over time.
Finally, the other major change I made this week was joining Planet Fitness. I have a home gym with a great Nordictrack Treadmill but it was becoming more and more difficult to get out there to use it for some reason. Not being in nature or around other people really brings me down so joining the gym helped solve one of those problems. Now I just have to remember not sing my favorite Selena Gomez, and Rhianna, songs out loud and at the top of my lungs. 🙂
Thank you for reading I hope this post inspired you to run your life!
I hope that it also served you in some way and helped answer question that you may have had. I would love your feedback, drop me a line if you have the time.
Thanks, Ned Noon