Monday, April 4, 2011

March Review And A Switch To Weekly Goals

   I've decided for April (and probably the next few months) I'm not going to make goals for the month, instead I am going to do weekly goals.  

My reasons for this are:
1) I'm not sure how my knee is going to be feeling and exactly what is up with it so I don't want to make any mileage/  time goals for a month at a time, I'd rather take it week by week.  
     I ran 4 miles w/ my sis yesterday (she just signed up for the LI half with me! :D)  and once again right at mile 1 I started getting knee pain.  The positive is that when I got home I iced, stretched, and popped an anti-inflam and felt rocking the rest of the day.  The fact that I have had a lot less pain on a daily basis has me optimistic :) And I think hamstring stretching will help.

2)  With monthly goals there is a tendency to start with a bang and slowly taper off through out the month.  I still think I should be achieving more (in all areas) and I think setting new goals and evaluating my progress each week will help me stay on the ball.
       I'll be posting my goals for the week at the bottom of Monday posts and evaluating on Saturday/Sunday  (depending on when I write a post)

March Goal Review
 Goals directly from here.  How I did in bold italics.
 ~ 5k on  March 12th.  1st goal: Sub 21:52  2nd goal: Sub 21  21:00, I'll take it!

~ Increase my mileage by at least 10 over February's total of 67 I'm not even sure of my total mileage, but keeping healthy took precedent.  I had a rocking 8 miler though :D

~ Get on my bike!!!  Yes, I did!  I made it a mile and didn't  flop over onto the pavement, SUCCESS!!  I would have got on a bit more but the weather still stunk : /

~ Get in the pool more! No, not driving makes this one kind of hard.  I'm not worried though, my swim last month has me confident that I can still swim a decent distance and once work starts I will be swimming almost daily.

~ Keep studying for the ACE, I kinda slacked on this in Feb.   Mmhhmm I rocked this one.  Working more actually helped me with this one since I brought it with me and read on all my off periods. 

~ Still going for 30 push-ups  27.  Restarting the 100 push-up program soon.

~118 or bust   I'm right there, around 120, I lost a few lbs in the first 2 weeks of March and then maintained.  I think for my size this is a good way to do it, lose a little and then maintain before going for a few more.  

~Just all around Kick-Ass in everything :D This is very subjective, but Imma say yes, March was a good month for me.  

And I plan to keep my Daily Workout page updated, yell at me if I slack off!! :D  Ummm no I did not do this and you also did not yell at me!!  This week I'm on it!

Goals for the week 4/4- 4/10
  ~ Attempt a 9 mile run
  ~ 4 mile race on Sunday Goal: Sub 28 (sub 7 pace)
  ~ Schedule ACE test for May
  ~ Prepare for Disney in 2 weeks :)
  ~  Nighttime Abs & Arms at least 5 nights 
  ~ Track my workouts on DW page

  Thank you for all your nice comments on my BBM 8 video :)  I'm going to try and do a little intro on all my future BBM vids.  

     Matty O- I totally agree with hopping on the bar throughout the day and I usually do (some weeks I'm better than others).  As far as negatives go though, I've read they cause more micro tears than regular pull-ups;  therefore you should have a rest day in between for muscle recovery, thoughts?  

And since this post needs a pic:
Long summer days are approaching :D


Julie said...

I <3 long summer days. They can't get here soon enough!!! Give me some beach weather!!!

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Good luck with your new goals and I hope your knee feels better!!

Rachelle Wardle said...

Yay! I love your goals for the week girl. Good luck with the run this sunday. You are super speedy.

Have a great week.

Matty O said...

I am with you on the fading out aspect of the goal setting. Keep them brief and keep them relevant.

Another thing is to make sure you set two types of goals. Ones you know you can achieve and ones that are just beyond your grasp. Keeps the momentum going :)

I had off days. Typically I would only attack the pullups every other day. When I went after them it was a total sufferfest and felt completely defeated every time. Hard to build those muscles up unless you abuse them (in my book). If you are supplementing your diet with enough protein to rebuild the constant tearing you should be doing by lifting you should have no problems.

Nessa @ island style running said...

1. I'm happy to find fellow bloggers who also make lists in their posts <3

2. Congrats on your March goals!!

3. Thanks for the great comments on my blog.

4. I'm going to borrow your idea of weekly goals. Honestly, I just have one mega goal of "Don't Die during my First Race EVER" but weekly goals sound even better.

5. Loving the pic =)

Shannon said...

Hey so I just sent you an e-mail, but you can ignore it because I think I've figured it out!

P.S. Can I just say that I think you're pretty amazing? You amaze me at how hard your work out and work toward meeting your goals!

coach dion said...

I love summer and ours is coming to an end...

Cynthia said...

I think making weekly goals might be a little easier to attain than monthly, I sometimes tend to slack then want to do it all at once.

Good luck on your race on Sunday. I'm sending positive thoughts your way for your knee :)

Melissa Cunningham said...

congrats all around chica!
i DO hope that knee feels better ASAP!!!!
heres to a good week ahead!

Carolina said...

your blog is so inspiring!! i totally want to go run now! thank you for the motivation girrrrrrl! ^.^

hope you get a chance to swing by my blog! i have a rad bikini giveaway going on & it's super easy! ^.^ xo

coach dion said...

I don't set any goals, I just get up in the morning and do what needs to be done. OK maybe my running goals are get to the next race in one piece...

Jenn said...

Just started following and I like what i'm reading! Great job! I long for longer days and beach weather!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Make sure you take care of that knee!!

I've got some outer knee tension that I'm working on myself. We don't need multiple bloggers out on the injury list this season!!