(Oprah voice, obvi).
September, the busiest month of my year is now over. (Yesssss). And now October, possibly the most exciting of 2011, is starting. And I’m in official countdown mode for the NYC Marathon.
September, as expected, proved to be a difficult balance (errr imbalance) of work and training. Such is life. I totally dropped off with only 80 – EIGHTY! – miles this month (huge drop-off from August). Certainly a long shot from what I’d planned. Now that school is a bit more in check, I’ll finish my last month of marathon training strong. Starting with a 20-mile kick-off tomorrow morning.
Really, all I want to do in October is follow my plan and remain healthy. I’ve recently kicked up the yoga a notch and starting really cleaning up my eats. I plan to continue this through October.
Since September seemed to be a month of less (less mileage, less free time), October will be a month of more. Here’s what I’m looking for more of:
- more beautiful fall weather runs (September was still too muggy)
- more fall produce – I just may turn into a squash. I’m okay with this.
- more awesome long runs (only a few left!). I had my two favorite long runs in September – I’m hoping that October long runs are even better
- more excitement for NYCM (as if that’s possible…)
- more pampering – I’ve FINALLY made a massage appointment – for Sunday!
What are your plans for October?
The transition from August to September is usually the unofficial transition from summer to fall. This is a bittersweet one for me in a few ways. I love fall — the weather, the clothes, the produce are my favorites. But fall also means that I end my summer of lazing about and head back to work. This year, it just so happens, that my busiest work month and my highest mileage month happen to coincide. Lovely. So this month will likely be less of a transition into fall and more of a thrown-into-the-deep-end into fall. Such is life.
Here’s how August went down:
- Continue to be as consistent and positive about training. 80% rule applies. I’ll give myself a yes here — the only question mark would be the Hurricane Irene weekend, but I’ll consider that an extenuating circumstance.
- Ice bath, foam roll, Tiger Balm (repeat as needed) Yes, consistently, to all of the above.
- GET A MASSAGE! (Maybe even two to make up for July…) How did I fail on this again? I hardly even know me.
- Keep up with weekly yoga. Find an at-home yoga practice that is doable, to compliment studio classes Sorta… I did well until studio closed temporarily for renovations.
- Strength Training 1-2x/week Yes! And will continue to do so…
- Swim weekly Fail. Will start up again in the fall, though.
- Drink less than in July (this will be a challenge… as I have 3 weddings this month). Maybe choose 1-2 days in which to drink (a modest amount) I did better on this than expected. I’ll mark it a win.
- Choose more veggies. I think so…?
In other news, my mileage for the month climbed a bit higher, and will continue to do so in September.
My goals for September are simple:
- Meet 90% of my goal mileage for the month.
- Work on my morning routine to improve ab/back strength (Oh, I may have injured my back. Details to follow. Good news is, two days into September and I’m 2 for 2 on this goal.
Solidify my race goals: goal time, back up goal, etc…
- The routine: Each morning complete 1 minute of cat/cow, 1 minute of alternate arm/leg stretch (don’t know what this is actually called), 1 minute plank, 1 minute in child’s pose.
Any big goals for September?
So that was fast. And now it’s my final month of summer vacation before school starts up (sad, I know). I feel that August should then be the biggest and best of all summer months, right?
July marked my first few weeks of NYC Marathon Training (and a little bit of pre-training too). Today I’m starting up week 3 (here’s how weeks 1 and 2 went). Here were the July goals I set at the beginning of the month:
- Marathon Training
- Kick off marathon training with enthusiasm. –> YES!
- Stick to my running plan 80% of the month (no completely skipped workouts, but maybe modify a few by distance of time, as needed). –> Big yes here. I was pretty close to 100%
- Foam roll and ice baths more often, especially after long runs. –> Yep again. I’ve had an ice bath after every long run so far. It’s pretty magical.
- One massage –> What? How did I not do this one? Perhaps this week…
- Other Fitness
- Swim for cross-training with some level of consistency –> Almost. I got in the pool once. It will be weekly henceforth…
- Weight-train at least once/week –> I say green light. I also consider Core Fusion and Pilates to count for this…
- Yoga it up once/week –> BIG TIME.
- More salad. And more variety within my salad.
- Get more creative with cool eats on hot days (read: I hate cooking in the summer). Pretty big FAIL to both of these. Hmm…
Overall, my workouts and my consistency over July is pretty much the best I could have hoped for (I’m usually a HUGE summer workout slacker, so this was big for me). As for August, I’m going to repeat a few goals, and focus mostly on my cross-training and eating. It’s only week 3 of marathon training and it seems that I’ve already subconsciously given myself the go-ahead to eat like a monster (and not usually good stuff, either). I’ll work on that one…
So here goes August:
- Continue to be as consistent and positive about training. 80% rule applies.
- Ice bath, foam roll, Tiger Balm (repeat as needed)
- GET A MASSAGE! (Maybe even two to make up for July…)
- Keep up with weekly yoga. Find an at-home yoga practice that is doable, to compliment studio classes
- Strength Training 1-2x/week
- Swim weekly
- Drink less than in July (this will be a challenge… as I have 3 weddings this month). Maybe choose 1-2 days in which to drink (a modest amount)
- Choose more veggies.
So there it is! I’m pretty happy with how well I did last month (since I’m very loose and “type B” about things like this). I hope August is as successful.
What are your goals for the month?
Wow. This month seriously flew by. And no complaints here, I am officially now on my second day of summer vacation. The last 3-4 weeks have really just been in anticipation of this. And here we are.
So, I set a few goals at the beginning of June. A little about me: I love goal-setting and I love lists. However, I am not likely to ever accomplish more than 50% of the things on the list. (In fact, I usually lose the list shortly after making it). I do not feel like a failure when this happens – I may even take it too lightly. I merely look at these goals and lists as a target (much like my marathon training) and hope to aim close enough.
With that, here’s how I did. The actual goals I set in June are in black – my end of month notes are in color.
- On the Run (and in the gym)
- Build base back to 20-25 miles/week. This will help big time before starting up marathon training in July. I’ll give myself a successful rating on this one. I was at or close to 20 miles/week most of the time. Good enough for me.
- Kettlebell workout 6x this month. It’s an easy enough at-home workout that I can do after getting home from a runmute. I’ve just been too lazy to do it recently. I was waaaay off target on this one, unfortunately. I say unfortunately because I think this is the easiest of all my goals. I have a kettlebell and my routine takes only about 15 minutes. When I do it, it’s after a run and fits in nicely. I’ll add this goal for July.
- Hit the yoga – hard. I feel like I say this all the time, but I’m constantly amazed by how inflexible I am. Really. It becomes more and more important for me to be flexible, but it seems that every day I get a little less so. In June, I’ll commit to 6 yoga classes. I’d like to do it at home, but I need many modifications (and lots of encouragement). Yeah, not so much on this one either… but mostly because I was still in school and the schedule didn’t work. But yes, July for sure. I already have my studio pass.
- Do a chin-up. I have the bar at home. And now I have the plan. I’m usingthis. I’ll give myself credit for this one, although it’s the most pathetic chin up you’ve probably ever seen. Mark it!
- One dvd ab workout/week (I’m looking at you, Physique 57 Arms and Abs) Nope. Fail. I did it once and I realized about 5 minutes in that my playground ball seemed smooshy because it had a gaping 3″ hole in it. I did the rest of the workout without a ball (don’t recommend). Didn’t replace the ball. I probably won’t go back to this goal until fall/winter because I have a Core Fusion package I’ll be using until the end of the summer.
- In the Kitchen
- June = Salad month. M and I dubbed one week in May salad week and it was awesome. With so much good stuff going on at the farmer’s market and the CSA starting soon, this June I’ll be eating different salads 5days/week. I’ll let you know what different salads we come up with. So this pretty much worked. I wouldn’t say 5 days/week, but certainly much more often that usual. I’ll keep this goal around. I’ll also look to expand my salad menu a bit. (I always go to the same 3-4 salads).
So my official assessment of June? Pretty good. I was about 50/50 for my goals which is just fine by me. Luckily in July I’ll have more time and energy to address these purely selfish tasks (yes, summer vacation!) and might even go beyond 50/50. Maybe, we’ll see.
So? Here’s the plan for July:
- Marathon Training
- Kick off marathon training with enthusiasm.
- Stick to my running plan 80% of the month (no completely skipped workouts, but maybe modify a few by distance of time, as needed).
- Foam roll and ice baths more often, especially after long runs.
- One massage
- Other Fitness
- Swim for cross-training with some level of consistency
- Weight-train at least once/week
- Yoga it up once/week
- More salad. And more variety within my salad.
- Get more creative with cool eats on hot days (read: I hate cooking in the summer).
There you have it. June worked just fine, and July holds some excitement – no more work! Marathon training begins! What does July hold for you? Also, are you like me with “goals,” or are you a bit more “type A” with them?
It’s JUNE! I’m so excited. This is my last month of school (oh, summer vacation, see you soon), and it’s the last few weeks before marathon training officially starts up. Here are some goals I’m chasing down this month:
- On the Run (and in the gym)
- Build base back to 20-25 miles/week. This will help big time before starting up marathon training in July.
- Kettlebell workout 6x this month. It’s an easy enough at-home workout that I can do after getting home from a runmute. I’ve just been too lazy to do it recently.
- Hit the yoga – hard. I feel like I say this all the time, but I’m constantly amazed by how inflexible I am. Really. It becomes more and more important for me to be flexible, but it seems that every day I get a little less so. In June, I’ll commit to 6 yoga classes. I’d like to do it at home, but I need many modifications (and lots of encouragement).
- Do a chin-up. I have the bar at home. And now I have the plan. I’m using this.
- One dvd ab workout/week (I’m looking at you, Physique 57 Arms and Abs)
- In the Kitchen
- June = Salad month. M and I dubbed one week in May salad week and it was awesome. With so much good stuff going on at the farmer’s market and the CSA starting soon, this June I’ll be eating different salads 5days/week. I’ll let you know what different salads we come up with.
What are your goals for June? How will you keep yourself accountable and/or reward yourself?
The cold hard truth: I suck at yoga.
I know, that statement is not quite in keeping with the yoga work to your own ability, etc… but really. I’m terrible.
And that’s not discouraging to me. In fact, yoga plays hard to get, and it only makes me want it more. It’s like it’s this bendy club that I’m not a part of. But desperately want to be.
I’m pretty athletic and have always been able to pick up sports and be pretty decent at them from the get-go. Yoga is the thing that is a constant challenge. I mean, I can barely even touch my toes. A down-dog is even pushing it sometimes (I imagine I look more like I’m searching for a lost contact lens, than inner balance).
So that’s the September goal. One goal only. Do yoga.
Any style, studio or living room, ten minutes or two hours. I will do yoga. And of the 30 days of September, I’ll be yoga-fying more than half.
What about your September goals? Or, do you do yoga? Are you a yoga newbie or devotee?
By boots, I mean running shoes. And we are marchin right into April. Hopefully it’ll be far less rainy than March was, but at least I got to wear my super cute rain gear a bunch.
So, the month in review. Overall, March was pretty good. It totally flew by though (don’t they all? I feel like I’m getting old, haha). This month was pretty good in terms of workouts. I’m really happy that I can officially say I’m back in running shape after a month-long hiatus. I’m doing two short runs during the week and gradually building the distance of my Sunday longer runs. I have a biathlon at the end of April to gear up for, and a 10-miler on May 2 to train for; I’m pretty confident that I’ll be prepared for both.
Looking back at the goals for the March that I set 30 days ago, and, eh, I didn’t really get to them. Well, sort of. Let’s take a look back, shall we? (My notes are in blue.)
- Other resolutions I plan to check off:
- Get a new job. I’m just about done with the resume, and it’s going out tomorrow! Eeeek! Wish me luck Still working on this one. Actually, schools in my area don’t post openings until mid-April… so I didn’t really have a choice. I did, however, polish my resume and get some cover letters at the ready, so I’ve got that going for me.
- Work out when I’m not at home. March marks the beginning of our spring calendar (read: weddings) that has us going on quite a few weekend trips. I really want to make working out on the road a habit. Woohoo! done and done. I made a trip to visit my parents and one to a wedding in Pittsburgh and worked out at both. Another trip coming up this weekend – no problem! Clearly, I’m pretty happy with myself here.
- Miscellaneous Things on the Horizon:
- I’m trying out a few workout spots in the city (I’ll review them here!) like Soul Cycle and Core Fusion at Exhale, to name a few. Well these are still happening, but they got pushed back a little. In fact, I’m hitting up Soul Cycle this Friday, and Core Fusion in two weeks.
- Taking a cooking class to mix things up a bit. I’m pretty excited – I’ve never taken a cooking class before. I’m still up in the air as to whether I’ll take a cuisine class (like vegetarian Indian, or dumplings of the world, etc.) or a technique class (like knife skills – which I think would be super rad). Thoughts? Suggestions? I’ve already signed up for a Detox workshop at the Whole Foods on Houston at the end of April, and still have a gift card to Camaje for a cooking class – I’ll probably check one out in May.
- MORE PIZZA NYC! Oh, there was more pizza, alright. I’m totes behind on posting it though. I hope to catch up these last few days of vay-cay. though, don’t you worry.
Alright, at least I hit a few of my goals this month. And honestly? I’d be happy with only the running thing, and that was technically a stated goal. Which also makes me realize, that contrary to nearly everyone else on the planet, I’m more likely to accomplish goals that are unstated. Weird, right? So the April goals will really just be general goals that I may or may not hit this month. I will hit them in the next few, though. I’d be super-pleased if I completely accomplish one in the next 30 days, natch.
- Do some push-ups. Real ones. An while we’re at it? Be able to do a few pull-ups too. We’re going for strength here, folks.
- Inch closer to touching my toes.
So there you have it. What’s up for you in April?
Some awesome posts I read today… check ‘em out!
- Shedding It and Getting It‘s poignant videos and thoughts on body image.
- Run Eat Repeat posts Dr. Oz’s 7 Deadly Sins. Are you an offender?
- Need a little motivation? A little exercise can be magical, as FitSugar shows. It gives some hope to chronic slouchers like yours truly.
A few years ago, the husbo and I created a list on New Year’s Day. This was not your average resolution list, though. It was a list of things we’d like to do/see, or places we’d like to go in the upcoming year. It was a great thing. On an idle afternoon, we’d check the list see that we wanted to go to a certain museum, for example, and head out the door. While we didn’t get to everything on the list, we got most of them done!
So we decided to do it again this year. Here’s our list – which is open to revision. Enjoy!
- Take at least 2 weekend getaways (upstate NY, NH/VT, Montreal…)
- Go on a night-time tourist date through the city (meaning take one of those double-decker tourist buses here in NYC… ride on the top level at night).
- Find the best pizza in New York City. (See upcoming page on this in-progress tour).
- Go camping at least once this spring/summer
- Go one big-time trip (we are thinking Montana…)
- Museums: the Cloisters, the New Museum, the DaVinci exhibit at the Discovery Museum
- Take more pictures/videos of us and the things we do
- Take advantage of restaurant week twice
That’s it so far, and as I said, we reserve the right to revise Do you do fun “goals” for the new year? What are some of yours?
Once I came to the awful realization that I had packed on more than few inches and pounds over the last few months, I knew it was time to get serious. I had heard of Physique 57, and since my bestie Kelly Ripa thinks it’s amazing, I guess it’s good enough for me
This is exactly the kind of workout I’d love. AND I’m pretty sure it could whip me back into shape. While it’s preeeeetty expensive, I thought I could gift myself – what with my birthday (December 1) and Christmas in one month…
I went to my first sesh on Saturday. I was taking the train back to NYC from Philly and I stopped there for a class on my way home. For some reason, this seemed important to me: I had to go right there before going home.
Within ten minutes, my thighs were shaking. Seriously. It’s no joke. It’s this hybrid class of Pilates/Ballet/Interval/Serious-Ass-Kicking. I’m totally sold. I went to my second class yesterday. I’ll be back on Wednesday and 3-4x/week for the rest of December.
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! I had a wonderful one with the whole clan in Philadelphia. I certainly didn’t hold back at the dinner table either. I was pretty happy that I kept my wine consumption in check, though. Because really, if it’s between more wine and more pie? I’ll take more pie.
On that note, I’ve been up to a few things. One of which is packing on the pounds. Yes, true story. I’ve said before that I tend to gain weight over the summer and slim down over the winter (weird, I know… but I hate running in the summer and I’m not on a schedule in the summer months). I typically get back into the swing of things in September/October and naturally slim back down a bit. Not this year. And in fact, my weight upswing has been much greater than in previous years. I had originally attributed this to my recent move. It took me much longer to get onto a schedule (arguably, I’m barely on a good one now), and fall back into my healthy eating/workout patterns.
Well, you can only realize that so many pairs of pants have gotten tight before you really get the message and straighten yourself out. I heard it – loud and clear.
So here’s the plan:
- a relentless workout schedule. I LOVE working out. Once I get my tush moving I can’t get enough. The big push is to get that (slightly larger) tush moving…
- a slightly more conscious diet. I don’t like to diet. I don’t think it really works in the long run. I can be a little bit more consistent and conscious of what and when I eat though.
That’s about it. Simple, right? Well I’ve already jumped feet first into workouts (more on that soon). Getting back on the eating track slowly began today and will build up over the next few days.
I took before pictures (they’re scary, and I won’t post them until I have some great after pics to distract), and some measurements. I’ll update the measurements weekly.
So what about you — what do you do to banish holiday weight gain? What do you do when the pants begin to get a little tight?