Today while I was out for a run I started thinking about where I am now with my running, both physically and mentally. As I mentioned in my “hello…” post, most runs lately have been a struggle for me physically, and therefore they leave me feeling down on myself and defeated instead of elated like running used to do for me in the past. I’ve been trying to readjust my expectations for my runs and breaking up my runs with scheduled walk breaks, as opposed to the unscheduled walk breaks I was taking before. Over the past year I’ve been stopping to walk in my runs because “OMG – I just can’t do this anymore” and “OMG – I’m so slow”. I want to re-learn how to push myself to run through my self doubts. This is the first time I’ve tried to make a running comeback that wasn’t due to pregnancy or a major injury, and wow, this sure is hard!
My other goal is weight loss. I just booked a trip to Punta Cana for next April to go to my friend’s wedding so I also have that to motivate me to keep trying. Like pretty much everyone else, I have a good 15-20 lbs that I want to lose before the trip. It would be really nice to need a whole new summer wardrobe because everything I own is too big. I have 8 months to do this!
This month my focus will be on making running feel fun again, and to establish healthy eating habits – it would be a bonus if I lose some weight too.
This Month’s Goals:
- Run more often – there are 5 weeks of August this year, so my goal is to go for 20 runs (4 runs/week). EDIT – at an average of 5km/run I’m aiming to run 100 km or more this month.
- Strength train -more go to my boot camp class at lunch 10 times this month (2 classes/week).
- Less alcohol – resist the urge to have a beer in the evenings (unfortunately this might be the hardest goal to accomplish)
- Nutrition – more protein, less baked goods…
Last month was all about recovery from my back injury (sprained SI ligament). Over the last two weeks I’ve run 6 times and went to 4 boot camp classes. My back has been mostly pain free.It feels so good to be back running and exercising! I felt so DOWN and blah when I wasn’t being active, it was horrible! I’m looking forward to this being a much better month both mentally and physically. Bring it on August!