I cannot believe that tomorrow marks the halfway point of the year! This year is just flying by! Despite how busy I knew that June would be with the usual end of the school year activities, I set ambitious goals for myself and was able to successfully meet most of my goals.
1. Log at least 100 miles.
My monthly total was 106.6 miles. Now that marathon training is well underway, I have no doubt that my miles will continue to quickly add up as I work towards my 2017 goal of 1,000 miles. So far in 2017 I have run, walked, and logged on the elliptical 533.4 miles (53% of the way towards reaching my goal). As I further progress with marathon training I will reevaluate this goal and consider altering it.
2. Strength train at least two times per week.
After a couple of months of working on this goal, I finally met it. I’ve been able to successfully get to the gym once a week for weight training, and the other times I’ve worked at home on my strength training. I now have a set of ankle weights and a bosu ball, but there are also plenty of exercises that I can do that don’t require any equipment, some of which I shared here on the blog a couple of months ago.
3. Cross train at least two times per week.
Now that I am finally out of school on summer break, it is even easier to get my cross training in. Little man loves going for walks in the stroller, and I hope to walk to run errands at least once a week with him during the summer.
4. Lose two pounds.
Although I didn’t lose any more weight this past month, I have noticed that some of my clothes continue to fit better. The shorts and pants that used to feel snug on me don’t feel as tight anymore. Clearly, strength training is paying off and I’m building muscle, which I keep reminding myself weighs more than fat does.
After a very productive and successful June it is time to up the ante for the coming month.
1. Log at least 115 miles.
It is very scary to see another triple digit number for my mileage goal. This past month was the first time that I have ever reached triple digits in a single month, but I know that I can push myself even more, especially as the distance of my long training runs continues to increase.
2. Strength train at least three times per week.
This goal also scares me, and I know that increasing my strength training goal will take a lot of diligence in order to meet it, but I’m up for the challenge. Because of time limitations with a toddler, I foresee continuing to do weight training at the gym only once per week so I will focus on increasing my strength training practice at home.
3. Cross train at least three times per week.
Hopefully the weather will cooperate for me to be able to take little man out for more walks throughout the summer. And like I mentioned earlier, I hope to focus on walking to run errands at least once per week during the summer, at least during the weeks when we are at home.
4. Stop obsessing about my weight.
Weight loss is a huge mental game. I have to keep reminding myself that as I continue to build muscle that muscle weighs more than fat does. While it can be frustrating to not see the number on the scale go down, the way that my clothes are fitting is a sign that my strength training is working and is paying off.
5. Enjoy the month’s social activities.
We have a lot on our calendar for the coming month. From spending time with family to a friend’s wedding to having my sister visit us, July will be anything but boring. It’ll certainly be a challenge to balance my training with everything else going on, but I want to make sure to fully enjoy all that we will have going on in the coming month.
QOTD: What are your goals for July?