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Realistic goals for 2014

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I've got a very positive vibe that this will be a year of positive change for me. In the past I've decided that I want to run such and such race or a similar feat. Sometimes things have played out well but more often than not, I've fallen flat on my face. This year, I want to set simpler goals. My hope is that they will be more easily reachable and they can then lead to more progressive goals later on. So here are the goals I have so far:
1. Regular walking-I recently picked up a nice pedometer from Walgreen's and I'm shooting for 10,000 steps per day. After being plagued by feet and other leg issues, I'm going to hold off on running indefinitely. Perhaps it will be in my future but I'm sticking to walking for now.
2. Diet-Not to be confused with "being on a diet." What this means is that I'm going to eat as many whole foods as possible. I want to concentrate on fruits and veggies as the main component of my caloric intake. I'll be avoiding red meats and processed foods as much as possible.
3. Sleep-This has been challenging lately. I'm hoping to cure myself of some insomnia issues I've been having. I hate waking up in the early morning hours and then having such difficulty going back to sleep.
4. Strength Training-This has been off of my to-do list for a while. I need it back ASAP, so I'll be doing some basic exercises to regain some of what I've lost.

These are my 4 main goals. I feel they are good target starting points. I've purposefully kept them simple in the hope that I will continue to find them manageable.

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CHAZMO227 1/3/2014 9:32PM

    I think these are very admirable goals - and doable, which is important, too. You can do it! Go for it!

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144AUTUMN 1/2/2014 3:02PM

  You can do it!!!

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July 2 Progress Report

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

I was shocked that I haven't updated my blog since May 21st! I've been consistently running since then. Unfortunately, I'm still doing C25K. Around Week 4, I switched to trying to cover mileage instead of concentrating on time. This resulted in me really struggling to get through the mileage of Week 5. I was finding myself tired and I have to say close to feeling burned out but I refused to allow myself to stop.

My running partner, whom I've unfortunately now lost due to her moving, switched back to time instead of mileage. She was able to knock out the 20 minute run and this gave me the idea to go back to time as well. So far, so good.

C25K is built around the expectation of everyone being able to run a 10 minute mile. This is hard for a lot of folks to do, especially as beginners. Even when I was regularly running 5K's, my best 5K pace was only about a 10:50. I'd say my average pace was around an 11:00. I'd be happy to have that pace back but most importantly, get my mileage back. It'll happen but it's just going to be slower this time around. The 5K I want to run is late Sept/early Oct so I still have time....


May 21 Progress

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Today's run was really interesting. Last Thurs when we ran it was considerably cooler than today. During our half mile intervals last Thursday our pace was 14:12-13:32 min/miles, depending on the interval. Our pace dropped on today's run. We did 12:28-13:40 min/miles. I think our levels of conditioning are definitely improving. Thursday's run calls for 3/4 mile intervals. I hope to be able to complete it and add some distance. Getting through the 1/2 mile portions still seems tough so hopefully my workout partner and I are ready.

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JAMBABY0 5/21/2013 7:39PM

    your doing awesome keep it up

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Hello Week 5 C25K

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Well after being in Week 4 limbo for a couple of weeks, my running partner and I successfully finished the 1st day of week 5 today! The .5 mile intervals were challenging. The first 1/2 mile was a struggle, but as I powered through the second interval, I started to feel better. When the 3rd interval started, I felt like I had a second wind and I didn't feel too tired until we had about .10 left. We had rain pour down on us during the last .25 mile. I felt like it was kind of fun.

Since Saturday, I've been feeling much better during my runs. I've begun to look forward to each running workout. Buying new shoes about a week ago has helped as well. Strength and core training continues between run days.


Still working on week 4

Saturday, May 04, 2013

My running partner and I are still working on the forth week of C25K. The good news is we have actually ran some of the full half mile portions. In the ones we haven't, we've done all but about a tenth of them. So, we are seeing progress.

One of the most exciting things is seeing almost 10 pounds dropped from my frame. For anyone who says you can't lose weight on the plan, I say you can if you stick to a relatively healthy diet and watch you caloric intake. After doing this plan several times, and losing weight each time, I'm convinced.

UPDATE-I had a great run this morning. Everything went well and I knocked out both 1/2 mile intervals and the 1/4 mile ones of course. My shins were just a little sore.


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