Monday, October 01, 2012
I didn't put September goals in print because basically my objective was just to get through it. Sept. is a transition month for my family since I'm a teacher. I spend more hours at work than usual and it's just tough. But I did have some goals in mind and the month went much better than usual.
I've realize that I love spark challenges, but sometimes I overdo it. Shocker, I know. Several times I've done loads of push ups just to meet a goal number but then the next month I don't do any because I'm sick of em. Obviously a poor approach to ST. So I decided to track 3 moves, no goal. Just do some whenever I think of it. And then the idea is to beat those numbers this month. Not burning out, just maintaining and building on strength. It's a pretty great feeling when you can do 25 real push-ups, on your toes real. And then it's pretty humbling when you realize how quickly you drop down to 10. Anyway, I want to maintain 15. And I want to get to 10 pull-ups.
Tricep dips: 195
This is how much I used to do every week. I'm trying to find a balance. And I haven't done any in the past week because of my silly pinkie finger injury. It's healing so I should be back at it within the next couple days.
Swim: 1 ( yep, 1 mile. I went swimming once and it felt amazing. I wish swimming fit into my schedule right now but I can only do so much. once or twice a month will have to be enough)
I'm happy with these numbers and have no concrete goals for oct. except, keep it up! The Fall has made running magical. I havehad a few really great runs recently (minus the one where I tripped and dislocated mentioned pinkie which is healing crooked). But seriously I love running in this gorgeous weather. My pace has been quite a but faster than normal and I think is because of the heat. I also think tri training made me stronger and faster. As far as my running goes, I couldn't be happier. The Twin Cities 10 mile is on Sunday and I am super excited. No more worries about beating last years time. It's all good!
I wanted to lose 0.5 of a pound. I lost 0.2 ha! After how much I went up around Labor Day, I'm good with that. I was with a bunch of running friends this weekend and one made a comment about me being skinny or something. And a good friend jumped in and said it was because I'm not running Twin cities (meaning the full marathon) or Chicago, which most of them are. And it's just so true and we all had a big pout fest about how hard it is to lose or even maintain for that matter, during marathon training. It's a tough battle that's for sure.
I've decided not to take on a 70.3 race at this point. I'm just not ready to commit that much time to training or that much money. My next marathon will be next Fall, which means training starts in June. Which means I have 8 months to lose these 5 pounds that would bring me to my made up ideal "racing weight " ha! Doesn't that make me sound fancy?!
The other thing that makes me feel like a fancy athlete is that I'm going to a training meeting. 4 of the girls I run with and I are getting together to plan races for next season and creating ST plan for the winter based on the Triathletes Training Bible. These women are doing a full Ironman or a few 70.3s. I have lots to learn from these über athletes and I love it.
Nutrition: take away Labor Day fair and bbqs and I had a great month. Such a great time of year for fresh veggies. I am ging to work real hard to grow more of our own next summer. And with this cooler weather I have an easier time sticking to my no snacks after dinner routine. Tea is my secret weapon.
September was good. I have a feeling October is going to be great! Tell me something you're going to do this month.