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Adding mileage

Sunday, July 19, 2015

I'm a bit of an aimless exerciser... looking for a goal. There are a few longer term things I'd really like to do:

1. Climb another 14'er with my dad next summer. (Such a feeling of accomplishment - and I'd love to climb one in better shape than I was last time... faster, easier.)
2. Run a 10K next spring... maybe Crazylegs again? (I'm not there yet and don't anticipate being ready yet this fall without pushing too hard / incurring injury.)
3. Bike around the lake in Madison.
4. Try kayaking, since I love canoeing but can't lift our canoe solo. (This year's birthday gift was a bike... maybe next year it will be a kayak!)

Aside from the 10K, I don't know that most of these are things you can "train for." (I guess biking too... though I suspect I could probably make it around the lake today, with rest stops.)

I AM excited about my running. I added a mile on Friday (up to 4 miles); and it HURT. I am a run/walker, but even with my walking breaks, I keep my pace under 14 minute miles. I'm torn between aiming for less walking and more distance and have decided to sort of split the difference... I'm using a 10K training plan from spark and stretching it from 12 weeks to 24+... meaning, I'll do the recommendations for week 1 twice, and so on... only moving on when my body feels good, confident, and that way I can work on my pace (aiming for as much nonstop running as possible) as well as my distance... and I worry less about sidelining myself. (Which happened last summer.)

There's a 5K I'll likely run yet this fall... races are fun and motivating, but my goal is really more than 5K at this point, so I don't want to "reward" myself by running a whole bunch of races that are well within my ability... plus, it gets expensive!

I guess my overriding goal is just to be more active. To keep trying new things. To make my weekends more outdoorsy (and thank goodness I have friends and family who will be right there with me!).

To create some muscles and lung capacity, and then get out there and joyfully USE them!

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    Love this, as I am not a great goal-setter either. I just signed up for a sprint triathlon today! It's one I've done in the past, and I just felt like I needed a little motivation.
    I had to look up the 14'er - wow, I'm so impressed you did that. So which one was it? I have never climbed at high altitudes, but I think that would be a great adventure.
    Remember the Dr. Seuss quote;
    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
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