To keep myself accountable while not really training for anything in particular (you know, besides birth), I’ve made myself some goals for each month. Of course, being pregnant, I’m not going to beat myself up too much if I don’t meet all of them, but for the type-a planner me it’s nice to be working toward something.
In March, I set the following goals:
- Run 3 days a week (any speed, any distance)
- 3 Strength Sessions Per Week
- 1 Yoga class per week
While I’m happy to report that I did great on the running and strength, the yoga didn’t exactly get scheduled every week. I got in 3 yoga classes, but I’m counting it only as 2 because one was a “Yoga Sculpt” class which felt more like a boot camp than yoga (I LOVED it and was sad I couldn’t push super hard like I would have in the past but still had a great workout).
March Monthly Totals:
- 81.3 miles run (14 runs total, including 2 races)
- 7 Xtend Barre Classes
- 3 Yoga Classes (2 stretching, 1 strength)
- 4 Club Pilates Classes
- 2 Hikes (2)
- Countless Walks
- Total Workouts: 30 (woohoo!)
If you’re counting, I hit my strength goal of 3x/week (12 sessions total in March) and my running goal of 3x/week! I’m very happy that I’ve had the energy to get out of bed for 6 a.m. classes. It helps that a lot of the time Asia goes with me to Xtend Barre and I lose the money I paid for a Pilates class if I don’t show up, so I have more incentive to not hit snooze again.
I’ve definitely been walking more than ever. First, as part of the Charity Challenge event that I’m putting on at my work (we’re training for a 5k), we have a weekly lunchtime walk. It’s only 20 minutes but it feels great to get out there! Also, my friend Allison who used to be a weekly running buddy, had her baby in January and so we meet to walk every other week or so. Eventually we’ll get into running but then as I get further along it’ll probably go back to walking again. Mike and I have been taking a lot more walks as well, although we’ve always incorporated walking into our weekly quality time together. I’ve never really counted walks as exercise, but I’m sure as my belly gets bigger, it’ll feel like a workout worth counting!
15 Minutes of Fame in the San Diego Union Tribune
As for my 15 minutes of fame – a report for San Diego’s most prolific newspaper, the Union Tribune, reached out to me asking if I’d be interested in being featured in their Active San Diego segment. Of course I said yes! The segment highlights a San Diego resident who leads a healthy and active lifestyle. The profile highlights the motivations, workout routine and nutrition of each of the athletes. If you’d like to read the article, check it out here! It was pretty fun (and a little embarrassing!) having my co-workers tell me that they saw it and read it – one of my co-workers even sent it to his entire team!
As for April goals, this is what I hope to achieve as I start to ramp up again for another half marathon (San Diego Rock n’ Roll on May 31):
- 3 strength sessions per week
- Run at least 3 times a week and a long run of at least 8 miles
- 1 yoga class per week
Look familiar (see March goals above)? I actually originally put “run 20 miles per week” but given that we are moving this weekend (oh yeah, we’re moving to Suburbia to accommodate this baby! But no fears, we’re only going to be 3 miles from the beach and still in Encinitas) and I’m going to San Francisco at the end o the month, I’m not exactly sure that’ll happen. Plus, I don’t want to push myself to run more often than I’m comfortable. This isn’t the time for running mileage goals! It’s pretty crazy that before CIM I was running 55 miles a week on average yet 20 miles is a stretch these days! But then again I wasn’t strength training like I am now.
How did your March go? What goals do you have for April?