I’ve been so focused on this marathon training that it’s been a while since I last set some goals other than trying to follow my training plan, but soon (just over 3 weeks from now) the marathon will be done (hopefully finished successfully), and it’ll be time to turn my focus to something else. Without goals I go into sloth mode and don’t do anything. The 52 personal training sessions I purchased from my gym will be all used up shortly after the race too, which means it’s time to set some goals for after the race.
To keep up with the demands of marathon training, I’ve really gotten better with my eating, strength training, sleep and hydration. I would say that overall my habits have gotten much healthier, and this fall I really want to continue on this path. (Though as I type this I’m being the complete opposite of nutrition conscious as I just inhaled an entire sleeve of rice cakes).
So without further adieu, here are my fall goals:
- Strength Train 3 Times/Week:
I’ve seen a lot of improvements in my running from the strength training that I’ve been doing with my trainer. One of the most notable is the fact that I’m handling the extra running mileage and haven’t gotten injured. I’ve learned a lot from him and I want to continue with many of the workouts he’s given me to do on my own on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For now this will be done on my lunch breaks, though later this winter hubby and I will begin purchasing equipment to outfit our own home gym.
- Keep Going to Bed Before 10 a Few Times/Week:
As you’ve likely noticed, this blog has been pretty quiet lately. You can totally blame the marathon training for that! I’ve been so exhausted from my training that often I’ve been going to bed when the kids do instead of staying up to surf the net and write blog posts. On the plus-side, I’ve felt amazing in the morning and I’m sure the occasional 9+ hrs of sleep is pretty very good for me.
- Keep Meal Planning:
As I mentioned in a previous training update post, we’ve gotten into the habit of planning out meals and purchasing the groceries for the week on Sundays. This has made a BIG difference in our nutrition (and dinner time stress levels). We no longer feel like Old Mother Hubbard at dinner time, and eat out FAR less.
- Maintain My Running Endurance:
I love that I’ve gotten to the point where running 20 km feels “easy”. I want to run LONG (20k) on every weekend. I may have to make this a Saturday afternoon habit given the kids hockey schedule. Next Spring I would really like to run the Around The Bay 30k road race instead of my usual Chilly Half Marathon. The only way I can do that is if I maintain the endurance I’ve already built up training for the marathon.
- Get Back to Using My FitBit:
In the summer I was sent a FitBit One and Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale to try out. I used the FitBit consistently for 3 weeks and found that it motivated me to take more steps, walk more flights of stairs, get more sleep, and consume less calories. I tracked my body weight and body fat percentage with the Aria scale and found a positive improvement in my body composition. I need to charge up my FitBit and get back to using it again.
This fall my goals are all geared towards helping me to improve my overall health.
What are your goals this fall?