NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
1. Examine food and drink scripts
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
I plan on writing a real post about this but me and gluten are not friends right now. I've noticed over the last month or so, when I have gluten I feel the effects immediately-stomach cramps, tired, gas, bloating, brain fog. So I have decided to give it up and find other alternatives. 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
I have working out 6 days a week for awhile but want to solidify it. I need to make sure I'm stretching and rolling every day as it's the only way my race schedule will stay intact.
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
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
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!
RUNNING RESOLUTIONS-yes it needs to be separate!
1. Carb load naturally
Switching away from gluten means I need to carb load more natural form of carbs-sweet potato, rice, potatoes, etc. It will be a journey but I flirted with it during my 20 miler and tinkerbell half marathon and never felt better. Hopefully I can get a routine down. I will be able to test this with my 26 mile training run on 2/9 and also with the princess half marathon
2. Finish my first marathon
Never would have thought four years ago, I would be here. I'm very excited to run the LA marathon! I'm very nervous and freak out often but I know my training has prepared me for it. I have a feeling I will be wanting to do more in the future.
3. Switch to a 5:1 interval for dumbo
I worked on this over the weekend and it seems like it will work out well. With Chi Running becoming such a big part of my running, I feel so much less effort while running and I know increasing my intervals will help me finish races faster. I have decided to do one run a week at a 5:1 and all of the rest at 2 min:40 sec since I feel like that will be a good interval for me to use for the LA marathon and princess. After that, I plan on taking a break from running and not doing many long runs as a way to really focus on this 5:1 interval. I am hoping to be able to introduce it at Dumbo and use it as well at rock n roll half in october and wine and dine in november.
According to Jeff Galloway, I should be able to run an 8-9 minute mile which isn't going to happen but I should be able to get close to a 9-10 minute mile as right now my chi running with a 2 min:40 sec is getting me around 11 minutes miles.
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 damn 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 also would love to run a sub 1:10 10 K which my best bet will probably be the christmas run in December. I may try and fit in a cheap 10k before then but we will have see!
5. Roll and stretch every day
When I was injured a few months ago, 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.
I even try and sit on the floor in random positions while I am watching tv and relaxing as a way to stretch in different ways
6. Completely adapt chi running techniques
I promise there is a post coming on this (probably this week or next!) and I have adapted many of them. I want to continue to learn and adapt chi techniques. The ones I am struggling with are using my calves too much and rotating my knees. 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 that's it for me for now!
What are your new years resolutions? How are they coming along?