Erika from MCM Mama Runs, Marcia from Marcia's Healthy Slice and Patty from No-Guilt Life.This week's topic is Goals for the rest of 2016.
This year has been one of the toughest of my life. Between all of the upheaval in my life over the summer, the injuries and health issues, the rough start to the school year, stress of creating a dissertation and just traveling has been a lot it's no surprise I was feeling burnt out and exhausted. Could some of this be because of going back on birth control and now getting an IUD-yeah of course. Hormones can make your body feel wacky especially with things like running (when I was on birth control in the past, I was not a runner). Reading about other bloggers struggling while on birth control has put more of it in perspective for me for sure but this weekend was a big wakeup call for me.
I ran the Surf City 10 miler and it did not go accordingly to plan. I knew it was either going to be great or a hot mess and it was definitely more of a hot mess. I didn't feel injured but just felt off. Weird body aches I have never had before, feeling like I just wanted to stop. I'll write the whole recap soon (after my Paris recaps this week!) with more details but I don't want to feel like that. I'm as sore today as I have been after marathons which I'm not liking. With Wine and Dine, Avengers, some 10ks, Goofy and Star Wars Light side looming in the distance I have to get it together.
My knee injury really threw me for a loop because it severely limited my range of motion and ability to work out. Couple that a hot summer, a crazy summer course schedule (really-working full time while also writing a dissertation so I could propose it as well as a 6-hour summer class=INSANE) I have never really regained my fitness since then. I was thinking about it while running yesterday when I felt awful, I'm not in the shape I want to be in. I'm not working as hard and as dedicated as I was prepping for the LA Marathon and Star Wars dark side. I don't want to be tired after runs, I want to feel good! I am not seeing the results I want to see. My clothes are not fitting how I would like. Well enough is enough. Time to take this all back and get better!
Even though I'm feeling off and may feel off for a few months on the birth control, I'm going to jump right back in. It's going to suck and there will be mornings and workouts where I feel awful. But a short workout is better than no workout. Yes, it sucks to get up when the room is pitch dark but I have to get back with it and get back to where I was. I am lucky-my body has always responded and bounced back quickly so I know if I put pedal to the medal, I can feel much better come Wine and Dine in a few weeks and much better at Goofy where it will really matter.
So here are my goals for the rest of the year:
1. Work out 6 days a week (2-4 running, 1-2 weights, 1 piyo, 1 yoga)
It will vary depending on the run schedule but I have to get in workouts no matter what. One full rest day is always important too and it will move depending on my runs
2. Core work
This has got to come back. I will be doing daily planks (starting with 30 seconds and moving up from there) and doing 8 min abs 2-3 days a week.
3. Bring back the weight training
I was doing short weight workouts after my runs (less than 5 minutes) and then one day dedicated to weights and it worked out well. I will be bringing that back
4. Not miss a run
I don't care what the excuse will be-I will get out there and run even if it just for a mile. No more missed runs. I am paying for a plan I barely used over the summer which is just a waste of money. Time to get back to it.
5. Cook more meals
One thing about living on my own is my meals are lasting me so much longer. I have finally found a balance with how much shopping to do and should be able to make 1-2 meals a week that can cover most of what I eat. There is no excuse to be eating out especially when most of it involves not the best choices.
6. go back low carb/high fat
This made such a difference in the past but I have been letting carbs sneak in more than I would like. I need to get back to doing bulletproof coffee, eggs and bacon in the morning and staying away from grains (crackers, potatoes, rice) as much as I can when I am not in carb loading mode. This may cause me get the "low carb flu" so I need to watch it with my workouts
7. be active at home
I used to be good at this-coming home and cleaning the house, etc. It has definitely fallen off lately which has caused me to miss workouts because I wake up and my house is a mess. I need to stick to my original plan of cleaning a bit every night after dinner as well as tiding up during commercial breaks
8. restart my nightly routine
I used to be so good at rolling (both BFF and actual roller) for 5 minutes a night as well as other stretching and core work. I have to get back to it. When I was on it, my sciatica stayed away and I felt loose and strong. I need to get back there.
9. plan out my long runs
I have a 17 miler coming up soon and then some more heavy duty runs as I prep for a marathon. I am not in marathon shape so this will definitely hurt. I have been stockpiling some audiobooks and some podcasts to get me through these runs but I also need to plan the course. I will most likely stick close to home as my long run course has a great hill climb which is always good in training.
10. PR a 10k in the winter
I have 2 10k options a few weeks apart to see what I can do. I am hoping the weather will cooperate and I can really be able to race. A bit of speedwork here will go a long way.
So lots is on the docket for sure. I need to just jump right back in and see how I do. I know it will be a work in progress but I know I can do it.
How about you? What are your goals for the rest of 2016?