Monday, January 14, 2013

And Then There Were 10!

Those pesky last 10 pounds.
I've been carrying them around and it's time to get rid of them once and for all.
Later this morning I will join the Winter Fitness Challenge (can't remember if that's what it's called or if I made that name up - it works) at work.
The rules are simple: weigh in, pay $5, get healthier/lose weight, win if you've lost the most weight (percentage).
I'm not in it to win it, but the thought of climbing on that scale in front of another person today and then again at the end of the semester is surely a motivation I need to get to it and stick to it.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Just an Observation

I went to the gym on campus yesterday as I do most days of the week.

My observation was that almost every machine was inhabited - that's not the norm.

My conclusion is that most students made new year's resolutions that include fitness or weight loss.

My prediction is that fast forward 1 month and I'll be back to having the choice of almost any machine there.

My hope is that fast forward 1 month and I'll still have to fight for a machine - I really do. It's great to see students with lofty goals. Even if the majority of them fall off the bandwagon in a month, some won't. Some will stay on their path toward health and wellness! 
I look back to 2010 when I was the one with the new year's resolution and others, at the gym, probably looked at me and doubted that I'd be there come February. But I was the one, the few, that made it through January, February, and 3 years later, I'm still there!

So I say: Go ahead, keep trying. You might fail, but you'll never succeed if you don't give it a try!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Better Get a Move On

We're 5 days into the new year and time is a-wasting. 
I better commit to some goals or I'm gonna end up in Regretsville.

A few thoughts before I construct my 2013 goal list:

* I don't think it's wise to try and beat my total mileage from last year. It was hard enough getting that # under my belt. I feel like if I try and top it, I'm asking for injury.
* I think I'm finally, after 3 years, coming around to understanding what running means to me and my body.
* I'm interested in cross training more and attempting to tone all those flabby areas (and there are many) and I'm realizing running is the only way there.

So, here goes:

1. Run 500 miles - or about that. Also would like to log another 500 miles on the bike (indoor and/or out). 

2. Complete another 1/2 marathon. Main goal with this is to finish feeling like I gave it my all but also feeling OK. I might try and PR, which wouldn't be hard to beat 2:08:39 if I play it smart.

3. PR in the 4th of July 5k. I mean PR on this course. My goal will need to be 27:09. I think I might strive for a sub 27 on that.

4. Help someone get started running. I'm by no means an expert, but I've failed and succeeded enough in the past 3 years that I can probably help someone else get a running goal initiated. My boys always talk about running - maybe I'll help them run a race?

5. Attend the RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) coaching certification course. I know I'm not the ideal person to be 'coaching' other runners, but I'd like to someday and I know this certification course will help. These courses fill up pretty much as soon as they're announced, so if I don't meet this goal this year, it'll go on next year's list.

6. Cross-train more regularly. I think this is key to keeping me injury free. Fortunately for me, I have access to an excellent cross-training class at work. Everyday from 12-12:30! I just need to make sure I get there!

7. More water and better nutrition. This will always be on the list.

I don't think there's anything unreasonable in here. It's not an amazing list, but I am going to look at this year as my recovery year - I've gone 3 years pushing and pushing from one race/training right into another. So if you were hoping to read that I was throwing in the hat and going for the BIG 26.2 this year, sorry to disappoint. I'm thrilled with these goals and know I'll enjoy attaining them - that might just be the best part of it!

Any BIG goals for you? 
How about little, but satisfying goals?
Any crazy, like "I'm out of my mind for even thinking this," goals?
Good luck and remember to enjoy the ride (or run)!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking Back and Ahead

I just finished my 3rd year of my 'getting healthier' adventure!
2012 was a good year for me. 1 year ago, I set some goals (written in black) and now it's time to see how I did (written in blue)!
1. Run more than 600 miles. If I keep up my miles as I did this year, I should accomplish this goal, no problem! Success! I logged (if I counted correctly) 761.76 miles running and 260.49 on the Expresso bike at the gym! Signing up and training for those longer distance races is how I was able to meet this goal.
2. Finish a 'bigger' race. This would be anything longer than a 10k, since that's the longest run I've done up to this point. Will it be a 10.1k? Maybe a 15k? We'll see. The key word in this goal is finish. Check! I ran a total of (6) 5Ks, (1) 2-miler, (1) 10K, (1) 15K, and 1 half marathon in 2012! That's a huge accomplishment for me!
3. PR in a 5k. This is a goal that, a year from now, I might be re-reading and think, "What was I thinking?" But by putting this in writing, I know it will encourage me to incorporate speed work into my training - that's the reason it's in here. Fail! I really didn't think this would happen, but it did encourage me to put some speed training into my workouts. I did, however, PR on the SFU 5k course in April (with a time of 27:25). I guess I can also say I PR'd in a 1/2M in April :)
4. Increase my # of group runs. I usually run alone, but in the few times that I've run with someone or a group of people, I realized how much fun it is, so I want to do it more. Check. I also ran my 1st race with a race buddy - Amy! Thank goodness for her or I don't think I would've finished the 1/2M.
5. (Most important for me) Be smart. I need to keep in mind that more is not better and that I need not take myself so seriously. After being out of the running circuit for almost 2 months in 2011 because of my knee injury (due to me being an idiot and over-training), I realized that I need to have balance in my training (enter my Hal Higdon training plans - which I will follow this time). Check! I really feel like I'm starting to come into my own wisdom with running. By the time 2012 ended, I really started to feel like a runner - someone who knows what's best for their own body and mind!
So - this only leaves 1 question - what's next?That'll be in the next post (read as 'I haven't solidified 2013 plans yet') - maybe I should work on procrastination ;)
In the mean time, enjoy the picture of the bling I earned, to my surprise, at last evening's Twilight Race with a time of 24:25 - 2nd best time on this course!
2nd place in my age category - not too shabby :)