30 days ago I realized that having one huge fitness goal was dragging me down mentally and discouraging me from keeping up with my training.
So, I opted for setting smaller goals so I could be encouraged by my ongoing progress.
Let’s see how I did…
Run for a consecutive 15 minuteswithout pain in my knee
Increase treadmill pace from 5.2mph to 5.5mph with no knee pain
Semi-check. Treadmills suck, so I’ve measured the time it takes me to get 210m – the length of one lap on the track instead. I’ve been able to cut the time from 75 seconds to 70 seconds.
Complete spin class at anaverage heart rate of 155bpm
Check. I just did this yesterday!
Increase swim pacefrom 28 seconds to 25 seconds per 25 meters
Semi-check. The weekend after posting these goals I managed to hit my target but haven’t been able to get back to it since. I remember telling myself before I started the lap “You are amazing, you’re a goddess, you can do anything you put your mind to, you’re strong willed, focused and determined to do this. GO!” It was the best darn swim I’ve ever had.
Increase weights from 10lbs to 12.5lbs when completing upper body exercises.
Check. I switched about 2 weeks ago.
This stetting smaller goals thing is fantastic!
I feel much more accomplished than I did last month.
Okay, on to my next set of 30 day goals…
Complete my first 10k race in May
Build a new strength training plan – focus on heavy core + hip work
Try wall climbing – could be a great alternative to building leg strength
Get back to swim pace of 25 seconds per 25 meters
Complete a solid 45 minute time trial at 90rpm with resistance of ~7
To kick off my next 4 week program [added to my workouts page along with a bunch of awesome swim + spin workouts], I thought I’d whip up a batch of high protein, sugar free bars for clean + quick fueling after my workouts.
Dare I say I like them more than the original Runner’s Repair cookie? *gasp!*
These little morsels are fantastic as a take along in your gym bag and have a similar consistency as a soft cookie. They’re quick to make, portable, sugar free, tasty, and will save you loads of money on store bought energy bars.