No, this post has nothing to do with hockey. Although we were talking about it this weekend and I’m really hoping we are able to watch the games on one of the 4 basic cable channels that we get. Go Wings!!
I have been mentioning that I was really looking forward to getting back into a cross training routine after my 1/2 marathons. I was doing well running and cross training this spring and early summer, but about a month ago, when I developed some wicked tendonitis in my foot, I told myself that I was going to only focus on running until the 1/2’s were over. It meant a lot to me to finish those races, so whatever I needed to do to get myself to the finish line was ok by me. It was especially true once my knees started to get to me and I really had no choice but to rest in between runs.
All of that being said, I have been thinking about my game plan for once the races were over. I knew I wanted to incorporate spin back into the mix, so I set my alarm Sunday night for bright and early Monday morning. I woke up with a sore throat and stuffy nose, but drug myself out of bed anyway.
I have decided to focus on the following in hopes of getting stronger and reaching more of the goals that I am setting for myself:
1- Nutrition- I really can’t eat a lot of ‘bad’ food, but I have been really lax on what I have been eating lately, especially during the month of September. I know that my body performs it’s best when I am fueling it properly, so that is going to be my focus. I know what I should be eating, it’s just sticking with it that’s going to be difficult. It’s going to be the biggest challenge around the holidays but I know I need to stay focused and just do it.
One thing I will not be eating again is this flavor of applesauce. No peach flavor at all… total letdown. I’m sticking with grapple from now on.
2- Core Work- I have read that a lot of running injuries can be prevented by a strong core. My core is desperately in need of some TLC. As I’m sure it is with most people, my stomach is one of my biggest ‘trouble spots’, so this focus will definitely help to kill two birds with one stone.
I decided to try out a new ab video that I found on YouTube. It’s a great way to get in workouts for free!
I could tell it had been a while since I focused solely on my abs/core and after 10 minutes I wanted to cry. My abs were on fire in the best possible way. P.S. I’m wearing my shirt from the race last weekend and it was the 10th anniversary of the Park2Park, so they’re extra cool and I should wear it 10x more than any other shirt that I own.
3- Schedule- I have created a ‘perfect schedule’ for myself with daily workouts that I would like to stick to when possible. Keyword being PERFECT, meaning that in a perfect world I would do all of the workouts I set out to complete at the beginning of each week. I know that life will get in the way, so I’m not going to get too discouraged if I don’t meet that goal, but it gives me something to reach for each day. It’s pretty ambitious, so it’s likely something I will work my way up to.
4- Accountability- I plan to do a weekly recap on Mondays to lay out for myself what I really did accomplish in that previous week.
5- New Race Goals- I am not planning on signing up for anything yet, but I want to knock out a couple more 5 and 10k’s before the year is over. Once my running hiatus is over I plan to train throughout the fall and winter, using some races as motivation, so I am in better shape going into next spring. I want to run the Gazelle Girl 1/2 in the spring, followed by the Riverbank Run 25k. I know that it won’t be easy for me, so staying focused in the months to come will be extremely important.
6- Weight Loss- Ugh. I hate this one. I focus really hard on being healthy and not so much on the number on the scale, but I know that I have more weight to lose. I have to face the fact that the more I weigh the more weight comes down on my knees, ankles, feet, etc when I run. Losing weight will help me prevent injury. Period.
7- Motivation- I find motivation from the simplest things, like reading fitness blogs, magazines, TV shows, etc. It is the biggest inspiration to me to see others working hard and reaching their goals, so I plan to keep this up as much as possible.
I will be successful at this so long as the Biggest Loser never goes off the air.
Here’s to the next chapter in this 365 days of health challenge. I can’t wait to see what I can convince myself to do next!
Have an awesome Tuesday!