My half marathon was my major goal for this year, and it was fantastic! In fact, it was so fantastic that I am considering running the St. Louis Half in October. I have not decided for sure yet, but the idea of taking the train and running again for a PR keeps going through my head. It is definitely something I’d love to do, so long as training does’t interfere with my studies. So, I’ve decided that I will train for a few weeks as if I’m going to run the thing, then decide if I’m up for it (and willing to spend the money) when the date is closer.
In the meantime, there are some goals that I really want to work towards to improve myself.
1.) Well one obviously, is run as if I’m training for a half. This time, I’m doing intermediate training, rather than beginners. I’ll focus more on my speed and it will be a bit more intense, but I truly think I’m ready. Then, hopefully, I’ll be able to cut down my time!
2.) Cross Train: I am horrible about this. It’s not that I don’t love lifting weights or doing Pilates, it’s just that when the time comes for me to do so, I’m busy. Since it’s not a run, it doesn’t feel important. However, I know my running, flexibility, and overall performance will improve if I do something a couple of times a week. I think I also heard that it prevent injuries, which of course I’m all for.
So, my goal is to do my Pilates DVD 2x a week, and ride my bike whenever I get the chance. Which takes us to numero dos
3.) Learn to Ride a Bike: For some reason I never learned as kid.
This summer, perhaps out of guilt, my parents bought me a cute little bike on sale. So I’d like to learn to ride it and hopefully have it around at school in the Fall. Then I can feel a little less bad about my carbon footprint, and keep a little more cash in my wallet.
4.) Eat the appropriate amounts: Sometimes I eat too much, sometimes I eat too little.
If I want to be at my goal weight by my 20th birthday, I really need to work on balance, and cut out the nighttime sweet snacking that gets me into trouble. Unfortunately peanut butter is really freakin delicious.
5.) Drink less caffeine: I love coffee. Like love it so much I could drink a whole pot by myself.
However, I know that too much of anything is bad for me, so I’d like to try cut back on my caffeine in take. Besides, I’ll want the caffeine to be effective when I need it, like during finals week.
6.) Journal everyday: I’ve kept a notebook since I was about nine (blame Harriet the Spy), with everything from my thoughts, a record of my day, and little day dreams or bits of dialogue. I love to write in them and I always feel better when I do, but I’m not always consistent. I think if I write more my brain will be less muddled.