Crossfit, Fitness, Health, running

Fitness Success in 2021

2020 has brought us several challenges in the world of fitness and wellness.  With COVID restrictions there have been many limitations on what we can do. Gyms have been closed and then open and then closed since March. On top of that we have been working from home and living in comfortable stretchy pants since then. Stuck in our houses, for many of us the habits we had started at the beginning of the year seemingly fell away. The fitness goals we had set for the year went put the window somewhere in April when we realized that the lock-downs were going to be much longer than 2 weeks.

Now we are looking toward 2021 and wondering should we attempt to make those big fitness goals again, only see ourselves fail miserably or do we just stick with the status quo. 

I decided for 2021 I am taking a different approach to my fitness goals. I am setting goals for 90 day periods of time with what I know I have. For example, for this first block I am not setting any goals related to strength. This is not because I don’t want to work on strength, it’s because I do not have consistent access to equipment in this area. For me, this next 90 days (January-March) I am going to focus on my running and on my nutrition. Just because strength is not a goal does not mean I will completely neglect this. This means when I have the opportunity I will do strength work and if possible in March when I re-evaluate and determine goals for the next 90 days it may become a goal. 

For me, I am setting 2 major goals, first is to get my threshold pace down to 9:00 from 9:30 and to lose 10 pounds. Within that there are other objectives I will add to help me get to my goal. 

What are your fitness/wellness goals for 2021? What are goals you can work towards with what you have right now (including limitations due to COVID) ? How might this shift your focus? 

Fitness, Health, running

24 Weeks!!

Today marks 24 weeks until the Chicago Marathon, you know what that means right? It means that this week I jump back into marathon training. I am so excited to start back into marathon training…. no really I am.

The last past month, since the LA Marathon I have reduced my running a bit. I have been just running for fun, with no specific training purpose. I ran with the local Tuesday Night Run Club, which I have been doing about a 5k each week and I have been running some Saturdays with a new run club the South OC Pacers. This second run is longer as this group is training for an upcoming half-marathon (next Sunday). So this month my mileage is significantly less that the last 4 months.

Since LA, I last minute joined a Ragnar team and ran Ragnar So Cal and signed up and did a relay row because I could. I also have spent more time doing weightlifting.

I learned a few things this past month, my pace is consistently faster now. The goal i had set to reach while training for LA of getting a sub 6 hour marathon time was crushed (5:51:21). In the midst of this, my pacing for my shorter distances got faster and faster. Now I am seeing that the start point is faster than what I was hoping to hit in my training.

So now I am ready to jump back in and continue to improve. I am excited to start. I am also excited to see what other races may occur in between now and then.

Also friends! In case you forgot I am running the Chicago Marathon as a St. Jude Hero and need to raise $1750. Please help me help these families! Did you know that Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Donate to help here.

Fitness, Health, sleep, Uncategorized, wellness

Wellness Wednesday: Habits

Have you ever decided to establish a new habit? We all have thought about habits we want to change or add to our lives. We tell ourselves that we are going to start a habit of going to the gym or of going to bed at a certain time. For me it was establishing a new self-care action of playing the guitar daily. While this may seem silly to some but I decided that it was important to me. For me I made a SMART goal about how this was going to happen. I made it my plan to spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day playing my guitar everyday. What would you like to establish as a new habit? Is there something that you want to see changed? Are you wanting to establish an exercise habit? Are you wanting to establish a habit regarding your sleep routine?  Once you find out what you want to change, make that decision and stick to it. However, establishing a new habit is hard right? Sometimes you make a mistake and you feel like a failure. Just because you missed a day in the process does not mean that you have to start over but you do have to keep working on it.

I have other things that I would like to establish as a habit but another key thing in establishing habits is that you should not have so many things you are trying to change at once. So as you begin to think about what habit you want to establish, remember to be patient with yourself. Let me know how your process is going! Do you need guidance feel free to comment or send a message!

Fitness, Health, sleep, Uncategorized, wellness

Wellness Wednesday: Self-Care

So here we are back for another Wellness Wednesday. This week the topic is on self-care and how to manage stress. If you work in the field of mental health self-care is a phrase that we use all the time. However, self-care is important in every aspect of your life. If we do not use self-care we are likely to burn out on whatever we are doing. We also are going to have poor overall health. What does self-care mean? How do we use self-care?

Self-care is the ability to take care of yourself and ensure that your needs are being met. What do you do to take care of yourself? Are you doing anything for yourself? Are you feeling stressed? Are you feeling drained? Do you not care about things that you used to?

If you are looking at those questions and thinking I feel stressed and drained. Maybe it is time to look at what you are doing for yourself. What are some ways to improve your self care? Well here are just a few suggestions.

  1. Get enough sleep. Last week we talked about sleep and how to improve your sleep but really sleep is important and is key in self-care. Without sleep you are not able to function and you are draining yourself physically and emotionally.
  2. Eat healthy, without proper fuel your body is going to fail. If you make sure to eat regularly (you know meals and snacks in a routine) you will find that you feel better. We have termed the phrase “hangry” when people get so hungry and angry because they are hungry.
  3. Exercise regularly. We have all heard that experts recommend working out or exercising 3 times a week for 30 minutes.
  4. Do something you love! Find something you love and do it. Make it a priority to something that you love for yourself. Do you play an instrument, write, draw, dance, volunteer…. Find something that you love to  do and do!

Those are just a few things to help you on your way to better self-care. I am sure that there will be another post on self-care soon. Let’s talk about how your are doing with this and what you are doing that you love.

Fitness, Health

Fitness Transformation

I started on this journey to be healthy and fit a little over a year ago. I am not sure if I even knew where I was going to land when I decided that something needed to change but here I am and a lot has changed. I remember when I first started to run, well I use that term loosely because my dear friend Angelisa would go with me and she was so patient to walk every time I could not run anymore and that was a lot. However we kept going, even in the snow and rain. I look back and think WOW thats what happens when you keep pushing. This past weekend I ran a 5k where even with my what I considered horrific time, I was still in the top 20 for my age group and I was not even close to being the last one to finish. Compared to my first 5k where I was very close to being the last one in.

When I started my journey I had no idea where it would lead me or how far I would go. I know I am not done with my journey yet…. I have a marathon to run in March after all and I am going to keep improving. What kinds of transformations have you seen since your journey started? Will you ever go back to where you were?