Sunday, December 30, 2012
Instead of vague New Year's resolutions to be healthier and get in shape, I set SMART goals for fitness for the year. I started this in 2011 and continued in 2012. Based on my success with the monthly indoor ironman triathlon for 2011 and my blossoming interest in running, I was motivated to continue the goal of running an average of 1 mile per day per month. I knew that I would move and might not have access to the same cycling and swimming facilities and wanted to prioritize group fitness over solitary swimming/cycling while I still had access to the amazing classes through U of I campus recreation, so I dropped the triathlon training. I also wanted to make unrealistic fitness goals that were incompatible with my goals of finishing my PhD and being a productive postdoctoral researcher. I think my fitness goals and accomplishments for the year have complemented my research work nicely.
Running: 1 mile per day averaged over the month
Group Fitness: 1 fitness class or fitness video workout per week
Strength Training: 1 strength workout per week
Over the past two years, I've become a runner! In 2011, I ran 381.06 mi in 93 hours 43 minutes, and in 2011, I ran 373 mi in 94 hours and 38 minutes. I went farther at a faster pace!
I ran the Illinois 5K with Joel, Emily, and Chipo (Joel's first race) and the 10K the following day with Chipo in Champaign (the mini I-Challenge was awesome!), the Spectacle Island 5K (in a chilly deluge of rain) my first weekend in Boston, the 10K run for Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House in Concord, the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women (PR) in Boston, MIT Beaver Dash 5K (PR), and the Santa Sightings 5K with Joel (dressed as Santa Clauses) in New Bedford. I also enjoyed running in two 5K obstacle course races: LoziLu women's mud run in Hampton Falls, NH and the SHAPE Diva Dash near Plymouth. Both were amazingly fun!
Besides racing, I did my first 7 mile run, and I had the opportunity to run in 6 states (IL, MA, OK, IN, CA, NH) and Washington, D.C. through the beautiful parks of Urbana, IL, Cambridge and greater Boston, MA, and San Diego, CA; the National Mall; the campuses of MIT, U of I, and OU; and my hometown of Snyder, OK; and along the Atlantic Ocean in Boston and on Spectacle Island and the Naponset, Charles, and Mississippi Rivers. See my SparkPage gallery for photos of my running adventures.
Group Fitness--Goal Surpassed
I love group fitness classes! While in IL Jan-May, I tried to take advantage of all the classes I could fit around my research schedule. I did took Turbo Kick with Lesa and Barb, Zumba with Lynn, Sarah, Maddie, and Paula, Yoga with Jenn, and PiYo and Illini Iron with Barb. I really loved several of these classes and was a regular and made friends with the instructors. I also tried a couple of classes of Deep Water Exercise and Cycle Strong. I went to 75 cardio classes and 27 strength classes in just 5 months! I blew this goal out of the water!
With a nice gym (cardio machines and weights) at my apartment in Boston, it doesn't make sense to get another gym membership just for classes. Over the summer, I found several free outdoor classes for Zumba, yoga, and boot camp across the city. I loved the Charles River yoga class and will try to make it to that one again next summer. I co-taught a yoga class in the Boston Common when the instructor didn't show. I bought the Turbo Fire DVD series with Chalene Johnson to have my own fitness classes at home (Joel joins me sometimes). For June-December, I did 30 videos or classes.
Strength Training--Goal Met
I did 53 strength training sessions for a total of 30 hours and 30 minutes. Though it was heavily concentrated in the first part of the year (only once per month for the last four months), I did manage to average once per week! My time spent toning this year was more than 3 times more than last year. I also sort of forgot about it this fall, hence the lack of multiple sessions in Sept-Dec.
Totals for the year
Logged 297 hours (12+ days) of fitness activities! My 2011 total was 314.8 hours, and my 2010 total was 143 hours.
Running 381.06 mi 93:43
Cycling 88.94 mi 5:34
Other (walking, softball, and group fitness) 198.80 mi 167:15. I didn't log all the miles I walked. For comparison, my walking total in 2011 was 48.21 mi. Living in a city involves a lot more walking than living in a town where you can drive everywhere.
132 fitness classes including group cardio and strength classes and videos. In 2011 my total was 69.