Happy Friday. Did everyone survive their first week back to reality after the holidays? I did, but barely. I’m definitely ready for the weekend.
Earlier this week, I shared my three goals for 2017. Technically, two of those are fitness related, but I wanted to share some of the other fitness related things I hope to accomplish over the next 12 months as well as recap my goals from last year. I’ll be honest, I completely forgot to work on some of them.
How’d I do with my 2016 goals?
- PR my 10k time – Definitely did not achieve this but I am actually happy with my 10k progress. At Woody’s, I ran my slowest 10k time to date but ran my strongest race as I ran a steady pace without stopping for the first time (remember folks, running is not a natural, easy sport for me). The following weekend was also a bust at the Calgary Marathon where I learned drinking copious amounts of beer in the afternoon, eating tons of pub food and sleeping on a couch isn’t the best pre-race ritual. Lessons learned friends, lessons learned.
- Sub 30 5k – I actually didn’t run any timed 5k’s so I don’t know if I truly achieved this or not. I do think I came pretty close in some of my training runs and fun runs, though.
- Try something new – Yes! Yes! Yes! I tried so many new fitness classes in 2016, Orangetheory Fitness, Surf Set, Barre, and POUND! And you know what? I love them all! Ok, Barre isn’t my favourite but I won’t say no to a class.
- Stick a handstand – did not achieve. I just did not make this a regular practice to build the strength although I learned a lot of great strengthening exercises and progressions to get there throughout the year.
- Climb a mountain – Yes! I climbed Rundle on Canada Day weekend!
What will I be working on in 2017?
- Finishing my first half marathon – Of course, this is already one of my three overall goals for the year, but it’s such an important thing that I think will really define my year. I have zero expectations for this race other than crossing that finish line (and of course, having a ton of fun with all my friends who are running Seawheeze!)
- Run a new-to-me race – I tend to run many of the same races year after year so this year it’s time to run something new (aside from Seawheeze). I’d love to run the Rocky Mountain Soap Run in Canmore or Red Deer’s Harvest Run (which is usually on Liam’s birthday weekend). Any other recommendations?
- Summit a mountain – While I did climb Rundle last year, we didn’t actually summit as my footwear was really making things difficult. Now that I have trail shoes I can hike all the mountains.
- Try something new – This has been a repeat fitness goal the last couple years now, but it’s one of my favourites. I really do love trying new things when it comes to exercise and truly haven’t tried something I would never do again.
- Handstand? I feel like it’s cheating to have basically three of the same goals this year, but I’m gonna roll with it. I’d still like to be able to do a handstand someday.
One of the biggest things I need to work on this year is letting go of expectations when it comes to my fitness. As Liam gets older, I have less and less time to myself when he’s with me which means less time to squeeze in home workouts. If I have to choose between working out or spending quality time with my son, the quality time will win every time. This may mean that I don’t work out for a week at a time, or I need to start utilizing my lunch breaks at work again, to be more mindful of my diet and to pack in as much activity as possible on the days I don’t have Liam. It’s a hard balance, but he’s only little once and I may never have another child to snuggle to sleep so I really need to cherish my time with him while I can.
Over to you, what fitness related goals have you set for yourself this year?