NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS 2014
Wow-can you believe it's April already? I plan on spending a few days reviewing where I am. No better time than now!
I want to take a look at the New Years Resolutions I set up in Jan and where I am with them now. I plan on doing this once a quarter and you can track the progress at a link at the top. Let's get to it!
1. Examine food and drink scripts-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. My new goal is to start posting on these by the end of the month and see how far I can get.
2. Switch to a (mostly) gluten free diet-STILL WORKING ON.
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.--Still planning on. I want to focus an entire series on the blog about where I have come with this and my solutions.
3. Continue to work out 6 days a week-STILL DOING.
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.
I feel that this is going pretty well-I am starting to slack on the stretching every day and I feel the difference. I need to get back into it!
4. Blog 5 times a week-DOING WELL.
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). I feel like this is good-I have been posting 5-6 days a week with usually one weekend day I take off. I have a good system going and want to continue with it.
5. Start our Disney blog/ be more involved in social media- STILL WORKING ON
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! I have been trying to post on teamrundisney and the disney addicts group at least 1-2 times per day and I have really enjoyed it. We have also started launching our disney blog as well!
RUNNING RESOLUTIONS-yes it needs to be separate!
1. Carb load naturally-DOING WELL
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. I feel like I have done this well. I think my races have been going well because of this and I would like to keep it up!
2. Finish my first marathon- DONE!
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. <---so true! and Im done and have come to peace with my performance but look out marathon, NEXT YEAR YOU ARE MINE!
3. Switch to a 5:1 interval for dumbo (modified to a 2:30/30)
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.
This has been great. After doing some research, Galloway suggests to do a shorter walking interval instead of expanding the running. Currently I am working on getting comfortable with a 2:20 to 30 and loving it. I think I will stick here for a few more weeks and then bump it up to 2:30 to 30 and work from there. that is my goal for Dumbo and I think I will do well at it.
4. Run a sub 2:30 half (assuming it'll be at LA rock n roll) and a sub 1:10 10k- HALF DONE
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!
sub 1:10 10k-YES-DONE! sub 2:30 half-I am still hoping for it at the LA rock n roll.
5. Roll and stretch every day-OKAY
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. definitely still sitting in weird positions but i can tell my body is starting to feel tight again. I need to get back into this and plan on starting tonight-a bit of yoga, rolling an stretching while watching tv.
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.
I am still working on this. I am going to start re-reading the chi running book here soon and starting a whole blog series on it at the same time. i want to focus on all of the techniques of it and make sure I am doing them correctly. I also want to work on the hill portion of it-I did some of it for the Agoura Hills 10k but feel like there is more I can learn.
Overall, I would give myself a B- for my goals for the first quarter. I definitely reached some and definitely did not with others. I need to work on being more consistent going forward especially with the stretching.
How are your New Years Resolutions coming along?
NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS 2014
A late 20-something navigating the world trying to stay sane with Chi Running, Primal Eating and Healthy Living!
5k-:28:03 (Santa Anita Derby 5k-4/16)
10k- :58:05 (Christmas Run-12/14)
Half- 2:13:14 (Sunset Strip-4/15)
Full- 4:56:48 (LAM-2/16)
10k-1:19:18 (2015 Tinkerbell 10k)
Half-2:32:56 (2016 Tinkerbell Half)
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