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Half Marathon and Beyond - BLC 21 Goals

Monday, February 17, 2014

By this time next week, training for my first half marathon will be done, and I'll be returning to normal world where every workout doesn't feel like it has some great bearing on the outcome of my race.

Accordingly, a lot of my goals this challenge have to do with successfully making a transition to continue the momentum I've got going and to re-focus on some things that have taken a back seat while I've focused on finishing this race!

Without further ado, here are my BLC 21 goals for myself:

1. Continue exercising at least 5-6 days a week for at least an hour a day. Ideally, this will include an average breakdown of 3 days of running/walking and 3 days of swimming or biking. I'd also like to get back to my neighborhood yoga studio once a week or so, and maybe even check out a Body Pump, spinning, or Zumba class at my gym.

2. Shift my focus from athletic training back to weight loss. I've only weighed myself to make sure I'm not gaining big amounts during these 12 weeks of training, and while I've actually lost a few pounds, weight loss has not been my priority. For me, weight loss means I have to be VERY careful about my diet, even if I am running 10 miles at a time like I am now. Accordingly, this goal includes tracking my food more carefully and returning to a more carb restricted diet than what I've followed through training.

3. Re-engage on Spark People. Because I found it harder not to worry about weight loss when I was around here a lot, I've definitely disengaged. I hope to make some new Spark friends and get back to being active around here on a daily basis!

4. Rehab my psoas muscle. I've got a bit of an issue going on in my right hip flexor, and while I think I'll be able to push through it for my race, I need to respect the pain and get it taken care of afterwards. Even if this involves doctors visits, I want this to be resolved by the end of this challenge.

These are goals I'm confident I can accomplish, but goals that will also take some work and focus! I'm excited to see what the next 10 weeks will bring, and I hope this transition away from half marathon training will help me continue to build my fitness and improve my health!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
UNDEADMOMMY 2/20/2014 8:39PM

    WOW, Just wow! Good Luck to you! emoticon

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DUMBBELLE84 2/18/2014 8:48PM

    Wow, sounds like you are very active!! I think these are great goals and I can't wait to see where you're at in 10 weeks!

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ALPHAEVE 2/18/2014 1:34PM

    I am seeing a chiropractor and doing some sports massage, which is helping! That said, for it to get totally better, I'm going to need to really rest it for a few weeks, which I can't do just yet!

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WOUBBIE 2/18/2014 10:48AM

    I"m no expert on chiropractic, but can you at least see one of them about the muscle before the race? Just seems you should be proactive about it.

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SHEWWIMONSTER 2/18/2014 9:06AM

    This is an amazing goal list! I always lose steam after I'm done training for a race, so I think it's great that you're using this challenge as a way to keep focus.

And darn those hip flexors. They give me some trouble, too. I'd definitely be interested to hear about your journey in rehabing those and what's working/not working for you.

I'm so inspired by you and the fact you're about to do a half-marathon! Originally, I had a goal set to complete one this year, and I changed it to just starting to train for one this year, and you have me thinking that I could go back to the original plan of completing one. :)

I hope your first challenge week goes well! emoticon

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