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!