Happy New Year, dreamers!
I can’t believe it’s 2012! Last night, I went out to Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove and ran the Running Room Resolution Run. It was a fun, casual race, and I managed to complete it in 38:15, using 1 min run/1 min walk intervals. Then, this morning, I went out to the Team Ortho Polar Dash and ran/walked that race. I didn’t bring my Garmin this morning, but I estimate I finished in 43:30 (came across the line at 44:15 and it took us at least 45 seconds to cross the line at the start). I was really feeling my calves after last night’s race.
But a couple of awesome things happened at the race! This morning, I started out with Sean, Mel, and Meredith. Sean started running, and I ran with him for a little bit, but then my calves started to really hurt, so I dropped back with Mer and Mel. Sean kept going, and ran most of the race, finishing well before me, in 42:15. This is the first race he’s finished before me, and I’m thrilled for him! He’ll be continuing to outpace me, I suspect. And Mel finished in 46 minutes, which is a PR for her, especially since a rude lady/her family managed to get in Mel’s way twice and made her fall down on the icy roads…. but she persevered and made her best time ever!
It’s a new year, and I need to reverse the habits I’ve found myself in since Thanksgiving. I was going along well with training and eating and all that stuff. Then I got sick at Thanksgiving and it took me more than 4 weeks to begin to feel normal. At that point, it was easier to just go with the flow through the holidays instead of tracking and planning and executing.
But I stepped on the scale this morning 10# heavier than I was in mid-November. That’s unacceptable. So tomorrow, I’m heading to the Y. I’m embarking on a quest to run at least a mile a day every day in 2012. I can do a mile. That’s not that hard anymore. I’ll do more than a mile on my 3 marathon training days each week, and then on my non-marathon-training days, I’ll do a mile of running, on top of biking or swimming or a fitness class.
I am doing an 8 week challenge (Shrink Yo’Self in 2012) through The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, and I need to write out some goals. Specific goals. I’m also doing another challenge for all of 2012, where we are reading the book 52 Small Changes by Brett Blumenthal, and I’ll be posting about that each week as well.
So, onto the goals for 2012, and how I intend to achieve them!
Goal #1: Run Grandma’s Marathon on June 16, 2012
I’m supposed to be through my 6th week of training as of today. I haven’t done more than a handful of the prescribed workouts so far. But I’m back to being healthy, so it’s back to my 3x/wk workouts. 30 minutes of running Tuesday (speed), Thursday (hills), and my long, slow run on Sunday. I have a treadmill in my basement and have no excuse for failing to get in my marathon training runs, save laziness or poor planning. And laziness or poor planning won’t get me through 26.2 miles in June!
I had such a blast doing the Mpls Duathlon last year, I can’t wait to do it again this year! Not only that, but I’m signing up for the Iron Girl Duathlon the next month! That’s 5k run, 18 mile bike, 5k run for Mpls and 2 mile run, 22 mile bike, 2 mile run for the Iron Girl. I can work toward this goal by doing a couple of bike workouts per week through the winter and spring. I can do one workout on my road bike, which is on the trainer, in the basement, so no excuses. And the other workout can be Friday morning spin class at the Y. Sondra’s a great instructor and I’ve missed the class over the last few weeks.
Goal #3: Complete a sprint triathlon in August.
My friend Mel did a sprint triathlon in Springstead, WI last year. I thought it sounded awesome, especially since I had so much fun doing the duathlons. I am planning on doing that race with her in August. Running and biking are things I know I can do. Swimming? Not so much, particularly not in open water or even in the deep end of the pool. I did about half of the lessons at the U that I started in November… but they don’t have a pool with a deep end for lessons. So, I’m signed up at the Y starting January 10 for swim lessons. It will help to have lessons at the pool I am likely to swim at and getting to these lessons at Southdale will be easier than trying to get to the U. Getting comfortable swimming in the deep end of the pool will help me be more comfortable in open water swim for the sprint tri!
Goal #4: Go to the Y at least 3x/week.
I joined the Southdale Y a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, and when I found out that Health Partners will reimburse $20 each month for 12 visits/month, I switched my health coverage from Preferred One to Health Partners. So, now I need to visit the Y 3 times per week, at least. I will have built in 2x/wk visits with swim lessons on Tuesdays and spin class on Fridays for the first few weeks of the year. I expect I will continue to do a swim session at the Y on Tuesday even when lessons are done. If I just get in one more swim session on the weekend, along with the Tuesday swim and Friday spin (or other fitness class during the week), that is 3 visits per week.
Goal #5: Track eating and eat food for fuel for all the activity in Goals 1 through 4.
I know that when I am heavily invested in running and biking and swimming, it’s easier for me to embrace the “food is fuel” mindset. The easiest way for me to stick with a healthier eating mindset is for me to track my eating. If I have to track it, for some reason, I have an easier time justifying better choices than poorer ones. So, it’s back to tracking for me. I use Sparkpeople, since I have a pretty good food and recipe list built for what I eat most often. Sean’s on board with eating better, and he actively eats vegetables, so making healthier meals isn’t a strain on our relationship.
Goal #6: Lose 28 pounds in 2012.
I know how slowly I tend to lose weight, so this is the one long shot/hail mary goal. I know that plenty of people train for a marathon and don’t lose weight. But I read Nancy Clark’s book on marathon nutrition, and she says that it’s possible to train for a marathon, meet calorie and nutrition needs, and lose weight, so I’ll be following that model. I think at 1800-2000 calories a day consumed, I can fuel workouts and lose weight. 28 pounds lost would get me down to 136# and I only have to lose, on average, a little over a half-pound per week. When I lose weight, I tend to only be able to get a half-pound a week, so this seems like it might be attainable.
So, these are my goals. I will check in on them every week, as well as chronicling my journey through 52 small changes in 52 weeks this year.
This year can be what we make of it, so let’s define some goals and stay on track! What are your goals and dreams for the year??