June 2016 Monthly Goals

As I’ve shared throughout my training logs this past month, May was one crazy busy month.  Between most of May being focused on the fact that it was testing season at work (my AP World students took their AP exam on May 12th, and then all of my students took their state exam during the last two weeks of the month), Preston, little man, and myself all getting sick at some point during the month, and trying to keep with everything going on at home, May was a serious juggling act.  I’ll admit, I set some pretty lofty goals for myself at the beginning of May, completely unsure as to how the month would unfold.  Even though I didn’t meet any of my goals, though I came extremely close with one of them, I’m actually at peace with the progress that I did make.

may 2016 goals

1.  Run, walk, and elliptical at least 85 miles.

Grade: A-

My final total for the month was 84.7 miles.  That’s right, I was a mere 0.3 miles away from meeting my goal.  Had I known that I was as close as I was, I would have walked an extra five minutes last night during my walk with little man.

2.  Strength train at least three times a week.

Grade: D

I never once this past month fit in three solid strength training sessions.  I just didn’t have the time.  I consistently fit in one at home strength training session and one weight training session at the gym, so I’ll consider that a success.

3.  Cross train at least twice a week.

Grade: B-

I fit in as many walks as I could this past month, but with almost three weeks straight of rain, it was hard to take little man out for many walks after school.  Since I usually take him for walks on nights that Preston runs or goes to the gym, I couldn’t just leave him at home by himself while I went to the gym, which led to more rest days last month than I would have liked.

4.  Continue to work on accepting my limits.

Grade: B

Each week, I’m becoming better and better at this.  There is plenty on my to do list, and I’m slowing becoming better about accepting the fact that I’m not Superwoman and can’t do everything.  But like with my other goals, there is still room for improvement, especially when it comes to being overwhelmed by everything going on.  One of the things that has helped me the most has been using running as therapy when I become overwhelmed and feel as though I can’t accomplish everything.

If you haven't read my recent post "Running as Therapy" be sure to check out how running is helping me to manage my stress as a new mother

If you haven’t read my recent post “Running as Therapy” be sure to check out how running is helping me to manage my stress as a new mother

The month of June was will just as busy as May was.  We still have three and a half weeks left in the school year, which will include students presenting their final projects in all classes, graduation, final exams, and packing up the classroom for the summer.  We also have quite a bit on our personal calendar.  I’m of the mindset that I’d much rather set goals for myself so that I have something to work towards as opposed to wandering through life aimlessly without goals to focus on.

june 2016 goals

1.  Run, walk, and elliptical at least 70 miles.

With my half marathon this coming weekend, its natural that I’ll be cutting back a bit on my miles after the race.  I’d like to see even with cutting back if I’m still able to log at least 70 miles this month.

2.  Strength train at least three times a week.

As I reduce the number of miles that I’m logging, particularly running, I want to try and refocus some of the time that I would have spent running on other forms of exercise, particularly strength training.

3.  Cross train at least twice a week.

I plan to spend more time walking and on the elliptical than in recent months, especially in the week or two following ZOOMA Annapolis.

4.  Run at least once a week.

After Saturday’s race, I plan to take at least one or two weeks off from training before I switch gears and focus on my next half marathon.  During these weeks off my training, I still want to make sure that I run at least once so that I don’t feel like I’m starting all over again when I do start training for Virginia Beach.

QOTD: What are your goals for June?

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41 Responses to June 2016 Monthly Goals

  1. Life sure makes training interesting, doesn’t it? I think you’re doing an amazing job staying on top of your goals and your training!

  2. I think it’s a good idea for us all to be able to “accept our limits”. That doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to try though.
    I hope you have a relaxing June. You deserve it.

  3. My main goal for June is to begin the first month of 5 in my marathon training plan and start building a good consistent mileage base, and to focus on not ignoring the pre/post run stretching that I need to do to stay injury free!

  4. I’m still finalizing my June goals, but one is to hit a 9 minute Magic Mile by the end of the month (so speed work in my future).

  5. I think we could ALL use your advice on accepting our limits! My June goal is to become a stronger swimmer…needless to say the fear of my upcoming triathlon is starting to kick in, haha.

  6. Lesley says:

    I want to get back to running low mileage to build my case again. Other than, it’s continue with strength training and foam rolling.

  7. Chaitali says:

    That’s great that you were so close to your running/walking/elliptical goal! I hope you have a great June and no more illness 🙂

  8. Karen :0) says:

    You still had a great month despite it all! How long is your summer break? School has been out for about a week here! (They also go back early in August!)

  9. I really enjoy your outlook on goals and knowing your limits. I think you work to stretch yourself just enough.
    I’ve started a monthly goals link up and I’d love for you to join in! http://cowgirlruns.com/bye-may-my-recap-of-may-goals/

  10. I think 84.7 rounds up to 85! And twice a week strength training is great.

  11. Crazy how late yall are in school. Our kids got out two thursdays ago!

  12. It’s important to constantly reevaluate your goals and you do a good job of that. Happy running day!

  13. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    You did great with your goals considering you were dealing with sickness and being so busy. it looks like you have a great plan for June. While this Saturday is my last race of the season, I’m going to be working on building up my mileage while still working on strength training to prevent injury!

  14. Carmy says:

    I keep trying to remember to strengthen but I keep failing at that monthly goal!

  15. I think it’s about time I do start setting some goals for myself. I was leaving everything up in the air because of the injury, but now I think I can confidently start seeing what I can do.

    Getting into a strength training and cross training routine is something I struggled with for a long time. It seems like all my hours were filled with running and there just wasn’t time for anything else. It took me a few years to get it figured out, but I’m glad I did. You will get there.

  16. I think you are doing great! It’s amazing how much time “little people” require (and that’s a very good thing). You are so smart to re-evaluate your monthly goals….life is all about balance, and it’s important to keep your priorities in order (and occasional rest is necessary LOL).

  17. I’m taking the rest of this week off and then I need to figure out a training plan for the 50K I want to do in the fall. Just a thought on the strength training – when my boys were little I found it easier to squeeze in shorter workouts every day rather than longer workouts. So, I would do legs one day and upper body another and throw in a couple of ab workouts too. I just could never find a solid amount of time to do a full body weight workout. Good luck with all the juggling. Working out does get easier as they get older.

  18. Great job on your goals, I mean 0.3 miles away is awesome! Some months are busier than others and accepting our limits is a must or else we would always beat ourselves up, good luck on your June goals!

  19. I love that you grade yourself… I’m often guilty of not revisiting the last month’s goals on the blog if I didn’t meet them. :-/
    My June goals – To do 15 min of yoga every day! And to keep up the half m training – I’m doing one on June 11 and another on July 2.

  20. It’s funny how things change so much when you bring a child into the mix. But you are doing amazing Kathryn! I love how you always reanalyze and aren’t too hard on yourself! You are doing the best that you can and that’s what matters!

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