Honestly, I debated skipping this altogether being that my head has not stopped spinning and somehow we’re almost midway through the July. It probably did not help matters that my goals were part of ongoing life as opposed to concrete, measurable goals. But then I’d feel like a bigger putz making no progress if I just moved on without looking back. Let’s just pretend we’re at the start of the month, shall we? Yes? Good.
One of my longer goals for the year was to do this series, so it was fun to have a long term goal that I didn’t completely drop the ball on. 🙂
Here’s what I listed for in June:
- Strength training, with an emphasis on the exercises I need to do to get my legs moving better, faster, & stronger – My butt is sore. A lot. Check.
- Rolling, rolling, rolling. Maybe I need to do a daily check in on the Twitterverse to keep me accountable? – Good for June, but slacked off heading into July, so it still counts as a goal met, yes?
- Running consistently “should” be attainable because I’m committing to get my streak on. So to add to that goal, I need to suck it up and start killing some hills
because I’ve given up trying to make friends with them– BOOM. Done!
- STUDY needs to become a greater priority. End of discussion. I plan to make a good dent in my studying before the end of the month because I’ll be taking a bit of time away at the end of the month, but that will be for another post. – Epic failure. The reality of life, end of school year crazy season, traveling, and preparing to teach at our upcoming women’s retreat outweighed this. We’ll revisit this one in a moment. Or later.
To elaborate a bit:
- I took a crazy-awesome-class last month when I was in Oregon. It gave me hope that there actually is a lil booty in there. Somewhere. And it was sore. For days. That gave me the kick in the butt I needed to get my squat on. <– see what I did there? Ha. I’ve been more diligent about having an actual leg day at the gym and not just relying on running to keep my legs strong.
- I rolled like a champ. But then I stopped the last week of June. While my monthly mileage is increasing slowly (good!), I’ve added more hills (good!) but stopped rolling. My calves are cranky. Not quite angry yet, but getting there. Ironically, this is where I found myself last year. I didn’t stay on top of things and ended up dropping down to the 5k instead of my scheduled half. I’ll do what I need to do to keep make sure I don’t risk some long term overuse injury, but next month’s half will be the third in a series so I can check this off my bucket list:
- Running consistently and keeping this streak going was actually pretty easy. Woo hoo! Third time’s a charm. Totally failed this last summer and winter. While I was out of town, had to cut some runs short, but I still managed to come in just under 100 miles for the month. Just so we’re keeping things on the up and up, I did miss one mile/streak day on Father’s Day. At first, I wanted to kick myself. Then I thought about it. Running wasn’t on my agenda. Hanging with the fam bam & celebrating Mr. Running It as dear old daddy-o was the plan and not thinking about running was confirmation that my priorities are still in order.
- REST – I went from a diligent 10 pm bedtime to being up way to late. Nightly. It inevitably catches up to me by the weekend and that’s just not acceptable. I’ve been working my way down from 11:30/midnight and plan to be back to 10pm bedtime by the end of the month.
- READ – I know that realistically I will not be ready for my PT exam the end of August. I am, however, teaching at an upcoming retreat and prepping for that without being up all hours is always a challenge because I enjoy the peace and quiet that only seems to come to my mind at 1am. I’ll be ready by the end of the month, not having a cram session to put my teaching together.
- ROLL – Yep, these calves & IT band need to be in tip top shape as I start cranking up the mileage. A lot. More than I planned for when I set my goals for the year. Rolling at least 5 days each week. Why? Oh, just a *cough* slight update to my #13in2013 race list.
I weighed the pros & cons
ok, mostly just the pros of whether or not to put in for the lottery this year. Pros, cons, meh. Ok, let’s be real, I really just needed Mr. Running It to give me the thumbs up. And he did. So I made a list:
- It’s the 10th anniversary of the Nike Women’s Marathon – obviously they’re obligated to celebrate big with me, right?
- Last year it was my first full marathon. I’ve been much healthier
a lot less stupid with my training and overuse injuriesthis year and look forward to seeing how much my time will improve.
- This year, it won’t be a full on Team Victorious assault of the city. There was a LOT of emotion tied up with the entire experience last year, so I will have a more “normal” race experience. Um, whatever that means.
- I will be heading up with a few ladies from my non-interwebs running group because real life people are kinda awesome to have around you. 🙂 They are such great cheerleaders and this year one of them is also running the full marathon, so that doesn’t leave me to work out those 20 mile runs all alone. Hopefully.
- My sub 2 goal race is just under a month after Nike. Last year, it took me almost that entire that time to recover. But I did PR.
- My friend convinced me that I could run Nike as another long run, then taper from there. Yep, totally using her as my scapegoat if this turns into a train wreck.
- My brother and his wife will be having a baby girl this fall, so I’m hoping I can add an extra day or so in the city to get in on some family time. <—Tipping the scale for the win when you can turn a trip into a racecation, right?
So those are my short goals for the month. Looking them over, they seem minor, but if you think about it, life is made up of the little things. Our goals don’t always need to be overwhelmingly huge mountains to conquer.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I put it out there all the time: progress, not perfection. I am way too good at taking on too much and getting overwhelmed, and that leads to feelings of failure all across the board. I’m hoping that focusing on these few things will help bring a bit more order to the rest of my life. Actually, I’m just hoping it will help me keep up better. On top of work, family, training, and getting back to studying, I’m turning the big 4-0 in exactly one month!!! Who wants to come celebrate with me?!?! I’m also the matron of honor for my girlfriend’s wedding that happens to be the weekend after Nike. Thankfully she’s neither high maintenance nor bridezilla otherwise there’s no way I’d abandon her so close to wedding day. So yeah, definitely a little busy, but otherwise life gets boring, right?
What do you do when you feel like you missed the mark with your goals? Do you have a favorite marathon training plan? Most important, what should I do for my birthday???