Time for a reality check: Now that we’ve officially “sprung forward,” we’re one quarter of the way into 2015.
I wrote previously about the five goals toward which I’m working this year, and here’s my update on how things are progressing:
1. Seeking Balance
I’m still slowly building out my race schedule for 2015 with a focus on quality over quantity. Ben and I are currently in the process of building up mileage for the Corvallis Half Marathon mid-month; instead of all-out racing it, though, I’m using it to train into May’s century bike ride (my first 100-miler!) and 50K.
It may seem like we’re peaking early in the season, but we’re doing these events more for the experience (and for a good cause, in the case of the ride) than for time.
2. Training Smarter
Thanks to ClassPass, I’ve been doing all kinds of cross training and am starting to see tangible gains. From completing rope climbs to balancing in side crows, I’m stronger all over — although I’m still working toward that elusive unassisted pull-up.
The one missing piece of the puzzle is mobility, however, so I’ve started seeing a chiropractor to help with my range of motion (my mid-back seems to be stuck…the dreaded desk-job computer hunch!) and am also trying to be more disciplined about stretching, foam rolling and yoga to balance out all the strength training.
3. Facing Fears
Zip. Zilch. Nada. Whoops.
To be honest, I’ve been in a total mental funk when it comes to the pool, so I haven’t been pushing it. But I’m hoping that this will change in April, especially because I could probably use more non-impact activity in my days.
4. Pushing Myself
I’m officially registered for my second 50K, my first century ride and my first duathlon this summer. For some reason, the pursuit of a PR in what I’d call my “usual” running events (half marathon, marathon) isn’t as motivating to me at the moment; what I’m most excited about is trying some new disciplines. Bonus: If it’s a new event, it’s an automatic PR!
I’ve also been making some headway in another direction with meditation classes. After stumbling upon the wonderful HUSH Meditation community, I ended up adding mental fitness to my weekly workout regimen. It’s a simple act — literally, 45 minutes of stillness one evening per week — yet the process has been transformative (more on that soon in another post).
5. Giving Back
And, finally, we’re officially kicking off our 2015 season with the Team LUNA Chix Portland Run team next Monday, April 6, at 6:30 pm at Lincoln High School’s track here in Portland. I’ll be leading a workout, and it’s open to the public, so everyone is welcome!
Come join us; make some new running friends and fuel up after with free LUNA bars; how can you say no to that?!
Nice work on making progress toward most of your goals for 2015!! I too checked in yesterday on my 2015 intentions and am doing well on the first two, but I still struggle with being present and not looking forward to the future. I guess we’ll always have something to work on…even when we meet one goal, another one will take it’s place 🙂
Thanks! Yeah, I think that’s a battle for all of us. But the 45 minutes a week at HUSH has helped, so maybe there’s a place like that in your area? Has definitely help me clear my head and make better decisions throughout the week, even if I still struggle with the presence part. Always something to work on, but so thankful we have each other for support & to root one another on!
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I’ll have to look for a place, but I’m not sure one exists. It isn’t a very large town. I too am incredibly grateful we have each other to support and encourage each other!!
Oprah’s also doing a free 30-day mediation challenge, which my sister is doing in MI. Could also be an option to find a few moments to get centered each day!
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I’ll look into it!! Thanks 😉
I love the graphic you’ve posted about comfort zones. It completely describes the wall I must push through to get into Boston.
So glad you like it! The day-to-day grind can be tough when you’re going after an ambitious goal, but I find that looking at the big picture (i.e. me needing to be uncomfortable to make progress) helps with motivation. Good luck – will be cheering you on!
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