Earlier this week I shared my goals for 2018. Just like I have in the past, I’ll continue to set monthly goals to help keep me focused and on track towards meeting my bigger goals for the year. I find doing this to be incredibly helpful, as it keeps my goals at the front of my mind and forces me to check in and reflect on my progress on a regular basis.
Before I share my goals for this month, let me first reflect on how I did with my December goals.
1. Log at least 120 miles.
I’ll admit that I was very ambitious when I set this goal for myself, but I wanted to see just how far I could push myself to meet my yearly mileage goal, which on December 1st I was just under 120 miles away from reaching. In hindsight, 120 miles was a bit unrealistic, especially given that I knew how busy the second half of the month was going to be. My final total for December was 76.1 miles.
2. Weight train at least two times per week.
During the first half of the month I reached my goal, but once the social and family events increased in frequency during the second half of the month my focus on weight training nearly disappeared.
3. Stay healthy and sane.
For the most part I succeeded in reaching this goal. There were only a handful of days when I either suffered from a migraine or otherwise felt rundown.
Now that its a new year, I’m eager to start the year off strong and on the right foot. Thus, I have some ambitious goals for this month.
1. Log at least 100 miles.
My 2018 mileage goal is 1,200 miles. Since I want to start the year on a strong note, I’d like to log at least 100 miles, which is the number that I need to log in order to be on track for reaching my mileage goal this year.
2. Work out at least five days per week.
In addition to running, I also want to make sure that I’m focusing on cross training and weight training this year, and doing so on a regular basis. I want to work on getting into a better habit of working out at least twice each week in addition to my regular three days of running per week.
3. Weight train at least two days per week.
Weight training is essential for multiple reasons, especially when it comes to making me a stronger athlete and helping me to prevent injury. While I’d like to increase this frequency down the road, I think that two days per week is a realistic goal for me right now.
4. Lose at least 2 pounds.
My goal this year is to lose 5 pounds, and then keep them off. I’m hoping that my beginning of the year enthusiasm will help give me the jump start that I need to get the ball rolling on this goal.
5. Cook in larger quantities.
One of my downfalls is that when there isn’t a leftover in the fridge to grab for lunch that I usually turn to throwing a frozen entree into my lunch bag to bring to school with me. Frozen entrees are far from the healthiest thing for me to have for lunch. Cooking in larger quantities will help to ensure that there are more leftovers in the fridge, which will still provide me with something quick and easy to grab and take with me in the mornings.
QOTD: What are your goals for January?