Most people give up drinking or eating certain types of foods for Lent, but I gave up running and worrying about what I eat or how much I drink for the last part of March. It was heaven! Especially when you take into consideration my lofty goals (all achieved!) from the first quarter of 2013.
Goals Set and Achieved in Q1
- Finish my 5th half marathon
- Finish my first marathon the day after finishing my 5th half marathon
- Finish my 6th half marathon a week after finishing my first marathon
- Start tri training
- Finish my 7th half marathon with a huge PR
- Spend the first week of March on a detox while training 2 times a day
- PR the 2nd annual 408K Race in San Jose
Below is a visual recap of Q1. All of the data in the charts below is represents a month - January, February, March - within that category. I track all my workouts in RunKeeper via my iPhone as well as online. I find it’s the best in this category of fitness tracking Apps.
Without further ado, my April fitness goals:
10K PR: When I was in Hawaii in December, I went for an amazing run at Turtle Bay. It was just supposed to be a little training run while on vacation, something to sweat out the alcohol from the night before, instead it turned into my fastest long run ever. Along the Kamehameha Highway. In Oahu. Unfortunately, runDisney refused to accept this 10K time for corral placement. So, for the very first time, I am actually running a race with the intention of beating any previous time. I’m very far from Oahu, so it will be interesting to see how this pans out.
Find great parking and finish the Rock N' Roll Half Marathon SF in a good mood: Due to all the things going on at home, and the fact that I have zero tolerance for traffic, my main goal is to finish with a smile and hopefully catch up with other runner friends at the finish line. Having run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco last year, I now know what to expect with regard to the intense hills, and am not worried about them. Because of that experience, I have no intention of running down said hills since my #1 goal is a great time on the 10K the following week. I don’t want to be in pain, and that is exactly what happens when you run downhill. I think I’ve done enough incline/hill training to get me through this fairly easily.
Nutrition: It's time to restock my ENERGYbits supply and cut back on the drinking & indulging I partook in during March. [Side note: apparently, I don't consume more than 800 - 900 cal a day (some days as little as 600 calories). That’s a fact I didn’t learn until I downloaded Lose It, an app I began using to ensure I was eating the right percentage of protein vs carbs on a daily basis. The fact is I am just not that hungry, and when I am hungry I reach for quality food (unpackaged, pure, low-carb, high-protein) which leaves me feeling full and satisfied. I may attempt to increase my calorie intake. However, if it's not broke - why fix it? As long as I am eating well - does it really matter if my calorie count is low? I feel fine, rarely am ill, recover from workouts and races quickly, and I have enough energy to sustain me for 18 busy hours per day.] Either way, the goal for April is to get back to clean eating, regardless how many calories that happens to be per day.
Triathlon - make a decision: In the immortal words of Yoda: Do or do not. There is no try. Right after completing the Goofy Challenge in January I set a goal to finish a triathlon in 2013. I've been doing the biking and running, but slacking on the swimming. Even though I've been training, I haven't even registered for a Tri yet! I am very much on the fence due to the equipment, time and money involved. Not to mention the actual Tri registration cost. I have given myself a deadline to decide this month if I want - or CAN - spend money on this.
That's it for April fitness goals. The personal & financial goal list for April shall not be published. :)