January has come and gone, and while I did make progress in reaching my goals, I’m quite happy to wash my hands with this past month. Although two major events greatly impacted my life this past month, I’m ready to learn from those experiences and move forward in this brand new month. While I certainly can’t forget about my severe migraines and headaches, or my car accident, I don’t want to let either of those define me this month.
After working 11.5 hours yesterday (it was the end of the semester which meant lots of grading coupled with professional development meetings), I’m finally starting to breathe a sigh of relief and feel like I’m starting to rise from the work stress that has been burying me for the past couple of weeks. I’m hopeful that means that I can now devote more time to myself, to Preston, and to my training.
With all that happened over the past two weeks, I’m trying to not be overly critical of my January goals. I know that I made really great progress during the first half of the month, and did the best that I could given the obstacles that I faced during the second half of the month.
1. Run, walk, and elliptical at least 70 miles.
After two months of not meeting my mileage goal, I’m ecstatic that I logged over 70 miles in January. 70.2 miles to be exact.
2. Cross train at least once a week.
Each week I did some sort of cross training. Whether it was taking time to practice yoga, spending time on the elliptical at the gym, or taking a walk with Riley, I did exercise beyond running and weight training last month. I wish I could have spent more time doing cross training, but there’s always this month.
3. Get enough sleep.
Some weeks I was much better about this than others. While I didn’t get sick like I did when we returned from Disney World, getting enough sleep would have helped me in better managing my stress.
With everything that I faced during the past two weeks, I’m excited about working towards meeting this month’s goals.
1. Run, walk, and elliptical at least 75 miles.
February is three days shorter than January, but I’m still slightly upping my mileage goal for this month. I haven’t logged any miles yet this month, but am looking forward to running a couple of miles on the treadmill tonight.
2. Listen to my body.
As I continue to recover from the car accident, its going to be critical that I listen to my body. If my body is yelling for extra rest, then I need to rest. If my body is screaming for extra sleep, then I need to sleep. If my body is saying “You can do this,” then I’ll push myself (within the limitations of what the doctor says of course).
3. Cross train at least once a week.
In addition to my walks, I want to put a heavier focus this month on yoga and the elliptical. Both of these activities will help me to become stronger, and yoga especially will help me with managing pain and stress.
QOTD: What are your goals for February?