My husband and I took a road trip this past weekend for a fun weekend of hiking and hanging out with friends. On the way, I asked him what upcoming goals he has for the future. (Sidenote: they say the best marriages are those where the couple talks about the future together.) My husband’s response was like any normal person related to his hobbies and his career; mine however, are all running related. Haha. (No, but really, there are always goals about being a good mom and wife, finally making it to work on time, and organizing my house.)
First, my big goal for this next training cycle is to run a sub 3 hour road marathon. It gives me a knot in my stomach to even write that, but my coach believes in me, and I’ve gotten faster by running through pregnancy and now running post-partum, especially after training with my coach for my 100 mile race. So, now I’ve put it in writing, and I can start chipping away at my big goal!
I’ve got my big goal, but in order to give myself the best chance of a successful training cycle, here are my three sub goals:
- Nutrition: reduce the processed food that I eat and reduce the sugar in my diet. I am a chocolate bar-oholic. I do pretty good throughout the day, but at night I eat a lot of candy. Sugars increase inflammation, and I am already stressing my body enough with all of my running and strength training. I’m kicking off this goal with the 7 day challenge to eat real food proposed by mskatieblaze here.
- Sleep: I have said this for a year now, but really, this time I mean it. My (one year old) baby is still waking up several times in the night. That means that I really need to get to bed earlier to get a semblance of good rest. It’s a shame to not give my body time to repair and get stronger after all of my strength work and running.
- Stretching/foam rolling: This should be a no-brainer, but I know that I’m not alone in this struggle. We’d all rather get in just one more mile than cut the run short to do some foam rolling and stretching. I just signed up for a program that sends me a new range of motion activity every day. I’m excited to see how much it helps my performance and recovery.
What are your upcoming goals?