New month, new goals…or something like that, right? Considering February is all about Heart Health, I thought I’d share some of my goals for the month. It turns out that marathon training is also coming to an end so while I plan on embracing my taper with OPEN ARMS, I still intend on making daily heart-happy choices.
A couple of weeks ago Staples Canada sent me a Jawbone UP24 as part of their #GetOutAndGo campaign. Although I’m not one to track daily stats when it comes to sleep and exercise, it’s been kind of neat to analyze all the numbers. I have been using it mostly to track my sleeping patterns (I struggle with sleep) and it’s been fun to see how my total steps taken on rest days differ from training days! I haven’t taken advantage of some of the other features yet for a number of reasons. You can track different forms of exercise but because I’ve been focusing on my running lately, I don’t have any need to log anything else. You can also input all of the food you eat but I’m not into that because food logging made me neurotic once upon a time. So I’m opting to use it just for the basics as of right now!
With that being said, here are some goals I’ve made for myself this month:
1. Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night with more SOUND sleep than LIGHT sleep. The Jawbone can detect when you are still vs. when you are moving around like a nutcase (which seems to be the case with me).
2. Take 10,000 steps a day. I don’t know why I chose this number. I think it was pre-set in the app on my phone when I synched my Jawbone so I just stuck with it. I find it really easy to get to 10,000 on training days (heck, long runs have gotten me to 30,000-50,000 steps/day) but on rest days my “idle” time exceeds my “active” time by like a million hours. As much as I love me some rest days, it’s still important to move your legs even if it’s just walking around a mall, which I plan on doing a lot of. #SORRYWALLET 😀
3. Tapering is hard. As much as I say how excited I am about not running so much, it’s extremely difficult to go from intense running to just waiting around for marathon day to come in the last couple of weeks. One of my goals is to enjoy the taper, be thankful that I got to the end injury-free (*knocks on wood*), and spend my extra time doing other things like sleeping in, taking Princeton for walks, and starting to carb-load two weeks early (that’s normal, right? 😉 ).
4. Step up my nutrition game. I’m always experimenting and I hate sounding so repetitive but the few weeks leading up to race day are crucial for me. There’s very little room for error because my stomach sucks. I’ve been focusing a lot on quality carbohydrates and trying to eat for performance as best as I can. Except on Superbowl Sunday. Let’s forget that day even happened, okay?
5. #GetOutAndGo by staying run-focused. Duh. With race day so close, it’s going to be all about running and prrrrrrobably no other forms of exercise. Weight training makes me too sore so I’m scrapping that for the time being. I might get in some easy elliptical or biking time but that’s about it. Running, stretching, rolling, icing, and massaging are at the top of my list for the next few weeks.
Last but not least, PRO Compression came out with their February Sock of the Month today and it may just be the CUTEST yet!
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Off to do my speed workout! Have a great Tuesday!
Did you set any goals for the month?? Tell me!