I love setting SMART goals for fitness. I get such a mental rush when I make progress.
For the past two years, I've set the goal to run 365 miles in the year (checking progress monthly). I hit 373 miles in 2011 and 381 in 2012. This year, I want to surpass 400.
Goal #1: Average 1.1 miles per day running
Towards this goal, I have run 12.89 miles by Jan. 10 and am on pace. I've even done two outdoor runs with snow on the ground.
I like fitness challenges and races. In 2012, I ran 7 races including two obstacle course mud runs and explored several new running areas. This year I'd like to continue the adventures.
Goal #2: Try 1 new sport, fitness class, race, or hiking/running path per month.
Towards this goal, I will be trying cross country skiing
this weekend, plan to go to SkyZone trampoline center in February
, and have signed up for two 5Ks in March.
Having regular cardio sessions and strength training scheduled or targets for distances or minutes is very motivating for me. Different opportunities will present themselves in different seasons, so I want to be flexible with this goal but provide enough structure to see results.
Goal #3: Schedule cardio and strength training one month at a time.
Towards this goal, I am scheduled for weeks 5-8 of the the TurboFire plan (strength and cardio) and 9 runs for January.