I need to start making monthly goals again. I feel like whenever I have a big race, my focus shifts to just running the miles I need to run without getting injured. Don’t get me wrong – this is a great goal to have, but a lot goes out the window because I don’t have the time or motivation to do anything else. With that being said, I want to get back into a well-balanced routine once I’m back from NYC (after a few days of rest, of course).
Here are 5 goals that I have for this month:
1. Make strength training a priority. It’s no secret that I almost always attempt to balance marathon training with strength training…and almost always fail. Some people can do it but I am not one of those people. I just like to run, plain and simple. I know how important it is to be strong but have a really hard time fitting it into my schedule or finding the motivation to do it. It leaves me too sore, making my runs feel too hard, and I just get super discouraged. Now that I won’t be running as many miles, I think I will have an easier time switching up my workouts. I want to use this “downtime” to build a strong foundation for my next training cycle.
2. Spin at least once a week. Just because I won’t be running as much, it doesn’t mean I should be neglecting cardio! It’s still important to get our heart rate up and spinning is the perfect alternative. It’s a great way to get in a good workout with less impact on our joints. I mentioned that I recently became an ambassador for SPINCO so I will be utilizing my membership this month for sure.
3. Get back to morning workouts!! The last few months have made it easy to get my runs in at whatever time. With the weather being so nice, I can lace up after work and get my miles in. I still prefer doing it in the morning but if for some reason it doesn’t happen, it’s not that big of a deal. Now that it’s getting colder, the last thing I want to do is run at night. It’s back to waking up at the crack of dawn and making use out of my condo gym. It’s got all the basics and it’s just a short elevator ride away so I really have no excuse. I just have to make sure to get to bed earlier at night so that 5am wake up calls aren’t so painful.
4. Be diligent about taking my B12. After a recent blood test, my doctor recommended I start taking vitamin B12 (500mcg/day) as my levels are low. I am so bad at remembering to take vitamins of any kind but I need to make this a priority. When it comes to my health, it’s really lame to use “I forgot” as an excuse. Taking my vitamin needs to become part of my morning routine, just like having a Vega smoothie for breakfast! 😉
5. This has nothing to do with fitness but…I still have those temporary paper blinds up in my condo and it’s time to take them down. I’ve been putting it off because I’ve had so many other expenses over the last few months but now that I’ve got all my major pieces, I’m going to bite the bullet and get some real window coverings. I’m not yet sure what I want – shutters, privacy shades, curtains, etc. – so I will have to get some sort of consultation and figure this out. It’s coming together, guys! Things are starting to look cozy…
…except this room, which is completely empty and has no blinds at all. Not even paper ones. It will eventually be an office/guest room but at this rate, we are looking at 2017 before that happens! 😉
My friend picked up this t-shirt for me in Boston at Heartbreak Hill Running Company. It’s soooo soft and cozy. The line through the heart symbolizes the elevation of the famous Heartbreak Hill near the end of the Boston Marathon. How cool is that?
Oh, and I also threw my name into the Chicago Marathon lottery today! Fingers crossed I’ll be able to run World Major #2 next year.
Time to finish packing for NYC (I leave tomorrow afternoon)! Hope you are having a great day!