Monday, February 3, 2014

January in Review

January in Review

Running Miles: 63.66
Swim Distance: 850 yards (2 short swim sessions)
Crossfit Days: 4
Strength Training/Cross Training Days: 8
# of Workout Days this month: 20 (65%)

I didn't make any official goals for this year.  I have some "ideas" in my head but I never really listed anything definite.  What do I want to accomplish this year?  Here are some of my ideas.

1. Run 1,000 miles this year.  I don't think I've actually accomplished this since I started tracking 2 years ago.  I got to about 900+ in 2013.  I'm off to a slow start with 63.66 miles run in January.  But with the crazy cold and snowy weather, I'll take it.

2. Lose weight.  I really want to lose weight.  Do I have a specific goal?  I know I'd like to lose a total of 30 lbs but I'd even be happy with 15 or 20 lbs.  Any weight loss will be progress.  That's part of the reason I didn't sign up for a spring full marathon (thankfully because this weather is brutal).  I just can't lose weight during marathon training.  Although, January hasn't been a weight loss month for me.  I need to eat better foods overall.

3. PR my full marathon (?).  I know I shouldn't have a question mark there.  Either do it or don't.  I'm afraid. Very afraid. Haha!  My marathons were less than stellar last year.  Injuries and weight I'm sure had a lot to do with it.  I had troubles that I never had before. Stupid marathons!  So yes, I want to PR my marathon, which I will run in the fall.  Right now, I'm thinking Grand Rapids Marathon in late October.

4. Do more cross-training/strength training days.  Ideally, I'd like to go twice a week.  I did get a groupon for crossfit (one month unlimited) that I've been successfully using!  And I have to say I really like it!  I guess crossfit is a post for another day!  I'll be sad when my groupon is over and I either have to fork over the cash or stop going.

5. Swim at least one day per week (starting Feb) - I had an indoor triathlon yesterday (post to come) and I only swam very briefly two days before this due to my shoulder dislocating about 1 month ago.  But my shoulder was fine during the 15 minutes swim so I think I need to start building my endurance again on the swimming.  I'd like to go 2 days per week even if briefly, but will settle for 1 day as I have SO MUCH working out going on already!  I love swimming.  I need to get back to it.  I need to get a new bathing suit! Haha!  And I need to prepare for my triathlon in June which has a 1/2 mile swim!

6. For February:  Increase the number of workout days/percentage from January.  35% missed workout days seems like A LOT to me. 

I think that's all my "ideas" for 2014 so far.  I like my ideas.  I don't think they are unattainable at all.  I might not have specifically pin pointed "weight loss #" or an exact # for other things but what I'm looking for is progress, not perfection.  I don't want to get too tied down on a number and feel like a failure because in October, I've only lost 7 lbs (for an example) and then just give up because I'm not hitting my "goal number". 

Happy running!  Hopefully spring makes its way here soon...


  1. I am right there with you in regards to not putting a time or number on my "missions", well except for my run 1400 miles one but hey that's only one! So obviously you counted your rest days when you did that % however, rest days are part of your training so shouldn't you just count the days you "planned to do a workout" in the %? Maybe I am overthinking this!!

    1. Jodi, that is a good point and I definitely want to include rest days. I feel that I had too many in January though. If I plan to workout, generally I do unless something unforseen happens. But you make a good point!

  2. I need to get back into swimming too. However, it would require me to get up early and right now I'm not willing to sacrifice my precious sleep. Well, maybe I could go to bed earlier! It's good not to be tied down too much by numbers, progress in all fitness fronts should be slow and steady. Staying healthy and injury free is most important!

    1. Trust me Pete! I agree on the sleep! And you are right about not being tied down too much by numbers. I've had my fair share of "small" injuries and definitely want to be injury free this year!

  3. There was a Groupon for a Cross Fit class, but its at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings, and since I never know how long I have to work at the restaurant the night before, I am a bit leery to sign up - glad you liked it though!