How I’m Getting Into The Best Shape Of My Life Faster Than Ever Before

February 23, 2021

By Kate Moore

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How I'm Getting Back Into The Best Shape Of My Life Faster Than Ever Before

For several years now, I’ve had a push-pull relationship with my fitness level. I’ve been an endurance runner since I was 11, so running has been a crux in my workout routine. I got my cross-training in through Pilates, flexibility with yoga, and I eat healthy. Run, Pilates, yoga, repeat. However, the past few months, I’ve been re-evaluating my strategy. The problem with my fitness in the past is that I’ve been highly prone to injury and seem to hit a plateau where I never get any faster or stronger at a certain point. I knew it was time for getting back into shape for real, but there had to be a better way.

It’s only been a couple months of focused effort on the new strategy that I’m developing and growing into as I go, but I’m already well on track to not only get back into shape, but surpass the best shape of my life with flying colors. Here’s what I’ve been doing so far that is really working for me.

Focus On Strengthening Deficiencies

Maybe the most important things I’ve been doing to address injury prevention and increase my overall fitness level is to focus on my deficiencies. Being an endurance runner for so long that has some (but not enough) focus on light cross-training, I have certain muscle groups that are well-developed and others that are under-developed.

Like most runners, I have strong calves and quads but a weak posterior chain — AKA not enough squats. I also have always had a decently toned core, but weaker arm and back muscles.

These past few months of getting back into shape have had more weight training than I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve gone from barely being able to pick up and hold the 45 pound bar to adding weight like it’s nothing. I chose to add a weight training focus for strength and power to offset all the endurance I do particularly because my DNAFit test nailed me as someone who is actually genetically predisposed for strength and power, not endurance. So by putting my focus on endurance, it’s an uphill battle for me to improve. Leveling up on the stuff that comes naturally to me — strength and power — will help me push past my endurance plateaus in a less torturous manner.

Just with a small amount of addressing my deficiencies, I’m looking way more toned and certainly stronger than ever before. And all it took was a couple of months!

Release My Previous Athlete Identity

Run, Pilates, yoga, repeat. Each of these has a special place in my heart and still hold a place in my workout routine. But I’m doing a lot more now. Part of becoming a better athlete for me has actually been to release the previous identity I held for myself. I saw myself as a “cross country runner” because that’s what I did for so, so, so many years on a competitive level.

I had to realize that nobody is holding a stop watch to me anymore. There’s no coach or deadline. No competition or competitor. Just me, myself, and what I want to do.

To reach my best level of functional fitness, I can’t be a high school or college cross country runner in a 25 year old body. I can do whatever workouts I want and that make me feel good. Period.

The mental freedom that comes with allowing yourself to make the best choice without guilt or shame about what you’re “supposed” to be doing in any self-defined way allows for way more space to actually kill it in any workout and get better at all of it, including the running.

Mix It Up

I used to run 5 days a week. I would be done with my run before the sun came up some mornings just to get it in before work. While I don’t have to keep a corporate schedule now, I also don’t have to run any certain number of days or benchmark of weekly miles.

I’ve expanded my workout routines beyond running, Pilates, and yoga to include weight training, gymnastic workouts, and calisthenics. Sometimes all rolled into one workout. I don’t subscribe to any teacher or plan. I’ve had enough years of experience with working out to know how to listen to my body, and now I’m figuring out which workout inputs are correct for what I’m hearing.

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