|My mini-me sporting her Spandits and doing wall sits with me|
Nothing makes me happier than seeing my kids be active and being active with them.
|getting Tucker to work on his cardio after recovering from his surgeries|
I will admit. There are days, when rest is just necessary. Sometimes that turns into a two or three days. It's okay. I tell myself that it's completely okay and it's just my body telling me I need rest.
|family strength training session|
Then there are days, when I really just don't want to work out and it's hard to get out there. I find this especially true after a race, where I just need time off.
I feel that I am most focused on my workouts when I specific goal in mind. This morning I was thinking about what my specific goals are for the year. I know I have outlined my 2016 Race Schedule, which may shift a bit or have some additions. Because we all know races come up and you just have to do them!
|Philadelphia Marathon 2015 - My PR Marathon Race of 3:54|
I like to use SMART goal planning to help with my motivation. It definitely helps me to focus on where I want to go and how I'm going to get there.
*PR in the Half Marathon
*PR in the Marathon
M - Measurable
*I will PR in the Half Marathon with a time of 1:43 or better.
*I will PR in the Marathon with a time of 3:50 or better.
A - Action Oriented
*Beginning in February 2016, strength train 3 times/week (this includes core/legs/arms/back).
*Maintain weekly mileage between 35 - 40 miles/week (gradually increasing that mileage)
*Practice yoga at least once a week.
*Focus on race weight. Not starve myself but refocus my food intake and lose that last 5 pounds. EAT CLEAN!
*Speed work and hill work part of weekly training.
R - Realistic
*My half marathon PR is a 1:44. I have a previous 5K PR of 21:16 and a previous 10K PR of 46:30. I know I have it in me to run a half marathon faster.
*My marathon PR is 3:54. I know I gave up around mile 19 of my last marathon and if I had just powered through it, I know I would have performed much better.
T - Time Bound
*Register for several races in 2016 and use them for tune ups. I plan on running at least 3 half marathons this year: Race The Runways, Rail Trail Half Marathon, and another one this fall. I didn't put a fall one on the list, but I've been considering a few local ones...I just need to make up my mind!
*Run the Clarence DeMar Marathon in September. This will give me a couple of half marathons as tune ups beforehand and a summer with time to put into my training.
Now it's your turn? What are your goals for 2016?