Even though I shared my goals for 2017 yesterday, I still plan on setting monthly goals throughout the year as well. I find that when I set smaller goals each month that it helps me in staying on track with my bigger goals. Its very easy to loose focus and direction when you just focus on the big goals, but I find having milestones to work towards every couple of weeks to be much more manageable.
First, how did I do with my December goals?
1. Run at least once per week.
Even though I worked out far less than I had hoped to last month, I did manage to run at least once per week. This will help me as I get ready to get back into half marathon training mode.
2. Work out at least three times per week.
Although I did work out at least three times each week in December, some workouts were only 15-20 minutes in length. Yes, I technically met my goal, but I wish I had worked out for longer than I did on some days.
3. Focus on quality family time.
Our little family enjoyed several activities last month, including little man’s first birthday, multiple Christmas celebrations, and an extended visit with my in-laws.
I’m extremely excited about what lies ahead of me this year, with my first big race being Rock ‘n’ Roll DC in March. After almost two months off from half marathon training, today marks my first day back “in training” since the Wine and Dine Half Marathon back in November. I’m excited to get back into the training routine, as well as to start 2017 off strong by working towards this month’s goals.
1. Log at least 80 miles.
With my mileage goal for the year being 1,000 miles, 80 miles is just shy of 1/12th of that goal. While I recognize that this is an ambitious goal, especially with the uncertainty of winter weather this month, if I don’t push myself then I won’t know what I’m capable of achieving.
2. Strength train at least twice per week.
I need to refocus on my strength training. Although I’d like to get to the gym multiple times per week to use the weights, I realize that its not always going to be practical to do so. Sometimes I’ll have to opt for a short strength training session in my basement, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
3. Focus on healthy eating.
Between little man’s birthday and all of the holiday celebrations that we had last month, I got off track a bit with my eating habits. I need to focus on planning nutritious meals in order to properly nourish my body.
QOTD: What are your goals for January?