It’s been a long time since I set any fitness goals.
I’ve written about my ebb and flow approach to goals and planning a few times before but basically I’ve found that sometimes it works great for me to have a concrete schedule for a set period and time and a goal to strive for. Other times I take each day as it comes and don’t plan or track my workouts.
It’s spring. I feel energized! I feel like I’m coming out of hibernation! March was a very challenging month. I spent a lot of it sick and away from home. I didn’t get a lot of exercise. The whole combination left me out of breath and feeling a little soft. I’m totally in the mood for a fitness challenge and some goal setting.
In 6 weeks I will turn 32. As some of you may remember, I kinda like “preparing” for my birthday and the start of a new year of my life by setting some goals or making some resolutions. (Here’s my pre-31st birthday post and my pre-30th birthday post). Moving is one of the things that makes me feel most in touch with myself and most alive so a 6 week fitness challenge to close out my year of being 31 seems perfect.
Like I mentioned, I’m feeling really out of shape. My “normal” routine of teaching 6 classes and running just a few miles last week left me sore in places I haven’t felt in a while. Perhaps, hopefully, it’s exaggerated by leftover sickness but in any case I am setting a challenge from where my body is at right now. It’s so important, yet hard, to respect our body’s edges and limits. Four years ago at this time I was training for a May marathon. A 10 miler was a short training run! My weekly goal for this challenge will be 10 miles!
I’m not a big numbers girl, I’ve never really had a “lucky” or “favorite” one, but 32 seemed like a fun framework for this challenge.
April 1-may 12 I will
Run 64 miles
Practice yoga 16 times
Do 16 Pilates workouts
Meditate 32 minutes a week (this is going to be the hardest to achieve but I need it)
And yeah, I’m not opposed to losing 3.2 pounds
Thanks for listening, it helps me feel more committed to write my plan down for everyone to see. Are you interested on my progress? Should I post my weekly accomplishments and challenges or is that kinda boring/useless to you?
Do you take an always-have-a-goal/schedule/training plan, a “plan? What plan?”, or an ebb and flow approach to your workouts? Got any spring goals?!
Ps Hey Cville! Want to meet people, workout hard, have fun, and be outside? Next week I’m starting a Fit Camp. We’ll meet at an area park and I’ll run you through a full body workout using the natural features of the landscape. Email me if you are interested gracefulfitness[at]live.com