Good morning beauties! I am feeling fantastic today because I started off the morning with a “speedwork” treadmill workout at my gym! I didn’t really want to lug myself out of bed this morning at 5:55 (I like odd numbers) but I’m glad I did! I’m currently trying to improve my 5k time (I’ll get into that in a bit) so I started with a mile warm up at 6.0, then rotated a quarter mile at 6.7 with a jogging recovery period of 5.1 for two minutes. I did this until about 2.6 miles and then finished off the workout with a cooldown from 5.5-6.0 until I hit 3.1 miles. It was a fantastic workout and went by super quickly! I was a sweaty beast by the end. 🙂 I came home and stretched, rocked out 25 “jumping pullups” (ha) on the bar in the basement and called it a (workout) day. This working out in the morning thing is great!
I was at Barnes and Noble this past weekend with Bri and I picked up the “Runner’s World Complete Book of Women’s Running.” I first saw this book on Linz’s blog and thought that it looked really interesting.
I have to say that so far I am impressed with the book. I wanted to share a quote I came across that I found to be really inspiring:
“Not meeting a goal is not failure. In fact, if success were a certainty, you wouldn’t have much of a challenge to begin with. There is little point in setting an easily attainable goal. Goals are meant to stimulate and inspire greatness. A goal that is obviously attainable is without value. That means that any worthy goal comes with the implication that you may not meet it. Learning and growth come only in the struggle to attain your goal.” (Emphasis supplied).
This quote really struck me for some reason. You set goals to see if you can achieve them. Once you meet (or don’t meet them), you reevaluate where you’re at to figure out your next steps, which is where I’m at now. In my pre-running past, my goal was to run a 5k. Once I met that, I was officially bitten by the running bug. I set my sights on longer distances to see what I could accomplish. My ultimate goal running-wise is a half marathon, but I may or may not be putting that on the back burner, given certain life circumstances. I originally planned to run the VB half in September but that may pose a minor inconvenience, location wise. Let’s just say I’ve fallen into the role of military wife quite swiftly 😉
Technically, I could continue on from my 14k training and run a half marathon somewhere in May. However, with the wedding coming up and the honeymoon after that, I don’t necessarily want to be worried if I can’t get the miles in. So, my goals from here on out to the wedding are as follows:
- Run 10 miles a week, with a “long” run of at least 4-5 miles to maintain endurance
- Attend yoga every Tuesday
- Attend body sculpt every Wednesday
- Complete two of Jillian’s Making the Cut workouts per week
- Work in the 100 pushups workout
- Continue with “jumping pullups”
- Ensure that at least one of the runs is a speed workout to increase my 5k speed
Once I get back from the honeymoon, I’m going to start working on my running game again. I definitely plan on running the Boilermaker 15k in July. I am contemplating doing the Iron Girl sprint triathlon (!!!) in Syracuse on August 7th. Ideally, I would like to run a half in September or October. For whatever reason, running a half in Chicago sounds awesome to me. Does anyone have any recommendations for a half?
How is everyone else doing? Have you had to change your goals because of changes in your life? I hope that everyone has a great weekend! I get to spend some time with my girl Kristin so I am super excited 🙂 Happy Friday!