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Monday, May 19, 2014

New goals

Well,   Its been weeks after the marathon and I have a confession.  I have only run once.  And it was a measley 2 miles.  And I walked a little bit.  Hell, I am not even mad.  And now that I got my big "running bucket list item" done, the pressure to run has eased a little.  And now I can focus on running for fun... or that's what I hear people call it at least......

I had some excuses for my running hiatus.  The truth is, I had this really funky foot pain.  The entire week after my marathon, the outside of my left foot was really killing me.  It took about 2 days after the race to set in, but then it was really uncomfortable to walk.  I noticed it in full force about 5 days post race, while I was horse showing in saratoga.  But that pain and that excuse is gone so this week is the week I get back to running. 

My schedule post marathon is much more relaxed.  No more scheduled and mandatory run, and my focus is back on the horses.  BUT, I know that if I want to keep up the condition I am in and the weight I lost, I am going to need some new goals, new workouts, and a new approach. 
Kind of a reminder to everyone too--- Keep track of your goals, adjust them to the changes in your life, and keep setting new ones.  

So here are my goals and where I am at:

Keep riding 5-6 days a week- great upper and lower body workout, using completely different muscles than running. 

Get back into fitness classes-  I loved body pump, however my groupon expired and I cannot justify spending $60 a month on a gym membership.   I found a Groupon for another gym in Clinton (20 classes for $70-  3 months) so I will be going there.  Liz and I went to our first class on Wednesday, 45 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and it Kicked My Ass.  Oh and the Saturday boot camp/ cross fit style class kicked my ass even harder.  (Like Sunday the idea of moving hurt...). I am going to (try to) commit to 2-3 classes a week.  Wednesday 5:15 HIIT,  Sunday 8am Body pump, and one somewhere during the week-  maybe Friday.  

Change up your running.  Now that I conquered the marathon, I want to keep running but with a new focus.   Variety is the spice of life, so I want a variety and a change and decided I am going to do some speed work and hill work.  Instead of focusing on long and slow for the marathon, I want to work on speed for some 5k and 10k races.  
New goal, completely opposite from my marathon.  

More yoga.  I did yoga the day before my marathon, and a few times before my long run, and I noticed a huge difference.  I don't want to spend a ton of money on yoga, but every Saturday there is a free class at the Yoga Shop of Old Saybrook at 4:30.  I want to make an effort to commit to more yoga in my life.

Alright, now that I told you all, it has to happen. 

Its Monday so write your goals down too and (even share them here!).

Happy Monday-

1 comment :

  1. My neighbor took me to some classes at the yoga shop in saybrook last summer, and I must say, I LOVED classes with Petra. She doesn't play the typical "ohm-y" yoga music, but rather more current stuff, and it it definitely helped the million downward dogs burn. Definitely made it worth it for me to stash away the occasional class fee. Glad to know there is a free class on their schedule now!


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