Lindsay’s Yoga Challenge and 100 Mile Challenge has got me thinking about setting goals for myself and following through on them to help me stay (or return to) fit and healthy. I, personally, feel it’s important for me to stay active so that I can be healthy and set a good example for Edith.
Up until last year, I had constantly been training for one race or another which kept me accountable and got me out to run 3-5 times a week. Since doing my last two races (a half marathon and 5k in September/October) I’ve really fallen off the running and training band wagon. Where 5 miles was a breeze last fall, it leaves me huffing and puffing by the end of it now. I’ve signed up for a race in April and have my eyes on my first sprint triathlon this summer. So here’s hoping I can get back (and exceed?) to my former running and fitness levels.
To help keep me accountable, here are my goals for April:
- Finish Lindsay’s 100 Mile Challenge
- Bike to work at least 10 times this month – Depending on the route I take, we live 5-6 miles from work (7+ if I take a 2 mile detour like the other day!) so barring bad weather or really cold mornings, there’s no reason I can’t bike to work at least 2 or 3 times a week.
- Finish my 5 mile Earth Day race with a 10:00 min/mile pace – This one would have been a no-brainer for me, but may prove to be tougher than I’d hope. My training has been sorely lacking lately, so it’s time to kick it into gear to make sure I’m prepared for the race and can do my best out there. Lindsay’s been a real inspiration to get back out there, seeing her get out with Edith and push herself to the next level.
- Do yoga at least once a week – It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, but if there’s anything that Lindsay’s challenge last month taught me, fitting in yoga when and where I can will only make me feel better. I used to do yoga two to three times a week when we were living in Vermont until I fell of the wagon hard. As I start to ramp up the biking and running, it’s time to take care of my muscles as well.
- Take at least 10 pictures I am happy with – I’m taking a photography course (that Lindsay bought me) on Tuesday, so I want to put what I learn to good use. I had originally said I wanted to take 100 pictures for the month, but Lindsay pointed out that that was kind of vague. So, I’ve set this goal to have 10 different pictures I’m happy with by the end of the month. It could be pictures of Edith, pictures of coffee I’ve roasted or beer I’m about to drink. But, ultimately, I’m setting this goal to ensure I get out and use our camera and what I’ve learned.
- Go for at least one hike (Doesn’t have to be anything crazy, there are tonnes of great trails of all levels right in Portland)
So, there they are, check back next month to see how I did! Hopefully I’m not being too optimistic and can cross them all off at the end of the month.
Check out Lindsay’s goals here.