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The day after Thanksgiving--what do we do? We eat a modest amount of leftovers and pick a spring or summer event to start training for.

A good way to get through the holidays and stay in shape is to pick a post holiday event to train for. The event should be something beyond your comfort zone or your goal time should be a personal best.

For instance, if you have habitually done 5K’s, move up to a 10K on St. Patrick’s Day. If you’ve done the 10K, sign up for the La Jolla Half Marathon in April or the Rock ‘n’ Roll Full Marathon in June. If you’ve done sprint triathlons move up to the Olympic distance etc.

Nothing focuses the mind like setting a big hairy goal that you want to accomplish but aren’t sure you can accomplish. Make sure you constantly think of the goal as something you want to accomplish--as something you want to train for.

Keeping the thoughts positive frees the subconscious mind to help you accomplish the goal. Thinking in terms of wanting to do something is positive.

Thinking in terms of needing to accomplish something is negative and creates mental pressure. Thinking that involves the phrase “I should” is also negative. There is an unspoken element to any “I should” statement. “I should go train...but I don’t want to.”

Learning to change thoughts from should to want is a paradigm shift that the our mental acuity understands.

My goal is to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 3:15:00 or better. This time will qualify me to run the Boston Marathon.

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