I’m sure you all are anxiously awaiting my marathon recap, but it’s turning out to be a much more difficult post to write than I ever expected it to be. Hopefully by the end of the week. Anyway, on to the goals starting with a review of last week’s goals. Things were going very well to start last week, but between my marathon, marathon recovery, and the wonderful cold I picked up during the marathon, things pretty much fell apart over the weekend.
- Track 6 out of 7 days (I’m more or less giving myself marathon day off tracking.) Well, I tracked like a champ until Saturday. I only ended up tracking 5/7 days
- Eat clean/ limit eating out to two meals (preferably post-marathon) This was actually a totally unrealistic/ poorly planned goal on my part. I should have expected that I’d be eating out for most of my meals on Saturday, and that I probably wasn’t going to be up for much cooking on Sunday or Monday. Plus Nik and I had planned a lunch out on Monday. However, I didn’t eat out at all prior to the marathon which was really the intention of this goal. So even though, I ultimately ate out 5 meals, I do consider this goal somewhat of a success.
- Drink 100 – 150 oz of water daily. I didn’t track on Saturday, but even without Saturday, I drank a total of 791 oz of water which averages to 113 oz a day.
- Gentle stretching/ restorative yoga two times I did this on Wednesday and last night. 2/2
- Create/ Find marathon check list and pack up by Thursday night. I was actually fully packed (minus a few things I needed on Friday morning) and ready to go before I went to bed Thursday night. This is a major victory for me since I’m usually scrambling to pack at the last-minute. 1/1
So despite not reaching my tracking and eating out goals I had an overall success rate of 83% this week. Not too shabby considering. So this week’s goals. My main goal for the week is to get my eating back on track. Now that marathon training is over I need to get back to sticking to my daily points plus target. I also want to make sure I’m getting some light activity in to help my poor little legs recover. With that in mind here are my goals:
- Food Journal 5 out of 7 days. The goal here being to make sure I’m actually hungry when I’m eating.
- Stay out of the pantry after dinner. If I’m hungry after dinner I have to stick to the fridge; ya know, where the fresh fruits and veggies live. If I’m not hungry enough to eat fruits or veggies, I probably don’t really need to eat.
- Light exercise 3 days. I’m hoping to get an easy bike ride in tomorrow night with Nik, and him, and I are planning our first hike for this weekend (provided my legs are feeling up to it.) That leaves me one other day to fit in a light workout of some sort.
- Repeating the water goal: 100 – 150 oz daily particularly on the weekends which is when I struggle most with hydration.
So I may have been a little over zealous and lacking in foresight when I set up my 45 day challenge back in mid-April. I didn’t really account for marathon training (taper) and recovery. 21 runs is highly unlikely, and even the 14 bike rides are precarious. On top of that my the tendonitis in my right wrist flared up immediately after posting my challenge which made push-ups pretty much suck. Once I realized that I was going to (most likely) fall short on several goals, I pretty much gave up on the whole challenge.
So I’ve decided to scrap that challenge all together and take a different approach for May keeping a few things in mind:
- My excuse for food and drink free-for-all is gone as of Saturday. It’s time to get back to tracking everything and sticking to my points.
- I don’t really know how much recovery time I will need post marathon.
- I’m taking at least two weeks off running after Saturday, but I’m not taking two weeks off of fitness.
- I would like to get the extra pounds I gain during marathon training off by the end of the month
With this things in mind, I’ve decided to take a cue from Laura and her April Challenge, I’m going to be setting weekly goals. I’m sure some goals will stay the same week to week (e.g. tracking), but other I expect will change each week (e.g. pretty much anything fitness/ workout related.) I plan to set an average of 3 – 5 goals per week, and goals will be posted each Tuesday.
So, my first week’s goals are pretty much focused on getting myself ready for my marathon on Saturday. I don’t have many fitness goals since it’s taper week.
- Track 6 out of 7 days (I’m more or less giving myself marathon day off tracking.)
- Eat clean/ limit eating out to two meals (preferably post-marathon)
- Drink 100 – 150 oz of water daily.
- Gentle stretching/ restorative yoga two times
- Create/ Find marathon check list and pack up by Thursday night.
I’ll be back next Tuesday with a review of this week’s goals and a whole new set of goals for next week!
Here’s the thing about goals and me: I love goals. I recognize the importance of goal setting and setting good, SMART goals. I love to set goals. I love the feeling of accomplishing goals. I think setting goals is of utmost important when trying to achieve something. That said, I’m really not one of those people who is extremely driven by the goals I set. I guess I’m not a goal-setter by nature. It’s something I have to work at.
I’m one of those people who tends to set goals and forget about them a week later. I still think about and want to achieve my larger goals, but I forget about those small milestone goals I set to help me get to the larger ones. I had an awesome month in February, and as I sat back and reflected on it, I realized what helped me be so successful in February. It was that silly little tracking spreadsheet I did using Laura’s setup.
So, since I didn’t set any goals for March or April (thus far), I’ve decided to start a challenge today. It’ll run through the end of May so it’ll be a total of 45 days. I’ll be tracking it using a Google Docs spreadsheet linked below. You’re welcome to create your own challenge and tracking sheet on there as well.
45 Days Challenge Tracker
So here are my goals for the next 45 days.
run 21 times
bike/ spin 7 times
14 strength training sessions
100 push ups challenge (3x per week/ 6 weeks)
track 40 days
eat 240 servings of fruits or veggies
drink 4,500 ounces of water (average 100 ounces daily)
make 5 new recipes
Complete 45 Daily Challenge challenges
lose 5 pounds
If I complete 8 out of 10 of these goals my reward will be a new swimsuit for summer. I don’t technically need a new suit since I bought two at the end of last summer, but I’ve always loved buying a new swimming suit each summer!