NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS 2014-June update
1. Examine food and drink scripts-still on the to do list
This one I'm still working on. We all have food ideas in our head (burgers and fries, pizza and beer, pizza and wings, etc). I'm currently coming up with a list of these and want to spend time examining how I relate to them and what I can do to fix/change/improve them. I would like to post about this every 2 weeks and see how far I can get!
2. Switch to a (mostly) gluten free diet- working on
I plan on writing a real post about this but me and gluten are not friends. Ever since I have gotten my appendix out, it has been better but l still can't have much gluten at once. However some things-croissants, cheddar cheese soup-will give me a stomach ache but I suffer through.
Bread, sweets and tortillas seem to be triggers for me. I plan on exploring how I feel on these products especially because most of the symptoms lessen when I have organic bread products.
3. Continue to work out 6 days a week- B-
I have definitely fallen off the wagon on this one especially with weights. Most of it has to do with limiting what I can lift and carry since I got my appendix out. I am going to focus hard on adding weight training and resistance training this quarter. I think it will help immensely with my running.
I usually do 3 days of running, 2 days with weights, 1 exclusive day of yoga and 10-15 min of stretching everyday.
4. Blog 5 times a week- DONE
I would love to blog once a day but I feel like I will run of out stuff to talk about! However, I think 5 days is a good starting point and hopefully I can get into a habit of certain posts (grocery matchups, my healthy eating journey, shopping trips, work out schedule).
5. Start our Disney blog/ be more involved in social media-DONE!
I used to be really involved on the DIS boards and I loved it. I decided I missed that part of my life so I'm going to take a big leap and start posting more, meeting more bloggers and going to disney meet ups. I think it'll be good for me! However the Disney blog has slowed-I want to figure out a more consistent schedule.
RUNNING RESOLUTIONS-yes it needs to be separate!
1. Carb load naturally-DONE
Switching away from gluten means I need to carb load more natural form of carbs-sweet potato, rice, potatoes, fruit, sugar, etc.
I have been doing this for my training runs and it feels great! I can even have some gluten free pasta too.
A secondary goal-I want to track my carb intake next time I need to stock up before a training run. I need to approaching 200-300 grams of carbs and I don't think I'm getting close to that yet.
2. Finish my first marathon- DONE!
Even though it was not the result I wanted, I am a marathoner. I cannot wait to run Dopey as well as redeem my full performance at the 2015 LA Marathon.
I figure they have to get easier just as halves have gotten easier. I guess only time will tell!
3. Switch to a 5:1 interval for dumbo (modified to a 2:30/30)-DONE
Ever since I switched to a 30 sec walking interval, my times have improved so much! Working my way up to a 2:30 was great in the spring but increase in temperature and humidity, it has been difficult.
When the weather doesn't cooperate-which will be often over the summer-I switch to 2:00 or 2:15 and always feel much better!
I would like to play around with intervals more and maybe I can test out different ones soon to see if I can improve my time!
4. Run a sub 2:30 half (assuming it'll be at LA rock n roll) and a sub 1:10 10k
I love Disney races and will NEVER PR at one because I take too many pictures (which is not a bad thing, I pay good money to take these pictures and dress up). However I love the LA Rock n Roll as it is very flat and on a route I am very familiar with and have walked many times on my own (ie-from the Coliseum after a football game back to my apartment in graduation school) and feel good on the course. Also, it's halloween themed so costumes are definitely always encouraged! I think the LA rock n roll are my best bet for a 2:30 sub half.
I have run a sub 1:10 10 K-Twice! 1:07:09 and 1:02:49.
I'm still hoping to score a strong time at the Christmas run in December but it may be challenging as I will have done a simulated Dopey the weekend before but I will still be trying anyway!
5. Roll and stretch every day-some weeks are better than others
When I was injured late last year, not stretching was my downfall. I have now switched to a method of rolling and stretching in the morning after my workout and also before I go to bed. I would to insert a good 5 minutes of yoga (sun salutations, downward dogs,etc) as another way to stretch my body as when I feel looser, I feel much better.
6. Completely adapt chi running techniques-going back to review all concepts
I promise there is a post coming on this and I have adapted many of them. I want to continue to learn and adapt chi techniques.
I have learned to stop using my calves as much while running but my shins still hurt from time to time. (I have adapted the technique of willing pain away-works wonders).
I plan on re-reading the workout sections of the books as a way to work on them. I think by the end of the year, I will be a complete chi running convert.
So overall, I am slowly working towards my goals! The running goals are going better than the others but it's all still progress. I still can't believe I've run a marathon since my last check in!