I’ll be honest, I completely forgot about most of my October goals about halfway through the month. As I sat down last night to write this post, and pulled up my October goals, I could barely remember writing them. That just tells you how crazy, stressful, and busy the month of October was.
1. Log at least 75 miles.
My October mileage total was 72.7 miles. I hate seeing just how close I was to fully reaching my goal, but I also keep reminding myself that I cut way back on exercising after the marathon and just in the past two weeks have started ramping my exercise back up.
My October miles brought my 2017 mileage total to 985.2 miles. That means I am just 14.8 miles away from reaching my initial 1,000 mile goal for 2017! However, you may recall that in early October I increased my 2017 goal to 1,150 miles, which means that I have a very manageable 164.8 miles to log in order to reach my updated goal for the year. I’m confident that I can do it.
2. Run my first marathon.
I ran Chicago, crossed the finish line, and officially became a marathoner!
3. Foam roll, foam roll, foam roll.
Although I did some foam rolling, I should have done more than I did. Foam rolling is one of those necessary evils, and even though my foam roller is in my bedroom and is very easily accessible, I need to be better about doing it more often.
4. Listen to my body.
I think I’ve done a really good job of listening to my body post marathon. After taking a week off from exercising after Chicago, I have been slowly easing back into a fitness routine. I’ve only run three times since the race (once per week), and have been enjoying being able to dedicate more time and energy to cross and strength training.
5. Don’t push myself too hard.
Even if I had wanted to do more exercise than I have over the past three weeks, work stress and things at home have dictated otherwise. So while I have been physically resting, my brain has been going nonstop.
Now that I have recovered from the Chicago Marathon, I’m working on getting back into a regular fitness routine again. Although I’m not currently running 3+ times per week, I am trying to exercise at least 4-5 days per week. With only two months left in 2017, I’m very ambitious about finishing the year out just as strongly as I started it.
1. Log at least 80 miles.
This is just under half of the miles that I need to log into order to reach 1,150 miles for the year. I know that with hard work, focus, and determination that I can do it, even with having cut back on running.
2. Run at least two times per week.
Since the marathon I have only been running once per week, but with the Princess Half Marathon coming up in February I need to start running more miles than I currently am. I will be running this race purely for fun, and still am not sure when I will officially start “training” for it, but until that happens I do want to make sure that I maintain a strong running base.
3. Strength train at least two times per week.
Now that I am not training for a major race, part of my fitness shift has been on spending more time on strength training. This was one of the things that I failed to keep up with during marathon training, particularly at the end, and I know how incredibly important it is, especially for helping to prevent injury.
4. Find a work-life balance.
Between meetings, professional development, and end of the quarter craziness, work has just been nuts for the past two weeks, and at times it feels like it has taken over my life. Yesterday I made a point of pointing my work down and spending an hour at the gym to take a mental and physical break from the stress. I know how important it is to try and find a balance with everything, and I need to make this a priority this month.
— Kathryn (@Dancing2Running) November 2, 2017
5. Enjoy the month’s social activities.
As part of finding a work-life balance I need to make sure that I take the time to enjoy the social activities that we have planned for the month. I am especially looking forward to hosting Friendsgiving this year. Its going to take a lot of time, work, and energy to get ready for it, but I cannot wait to enjoy an afternoon and evening with friends celebrating all that we have to be thankful for.
QOTD: What are your goals for November?