October Recap, November Goals

I’ve broken down my 2015 aspirations into month-to-month goals. If you’re interested, you can also check out a few of my past posts: August Goals/Recap, September Goals/Recap, and October Goals.Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 1.36.36 PM

Before I set new goals for November, I’m checking in with my October goals. Here’s how they fared…

  1. Race shorter distances. I did (kind of) participate in the Women’s Health RUN 10 FEED 10 fun run, but otherwise, I couldn’t make any other races work. I have, on the other hand, been dreaming up spring races and looking to test a little speed in my legs at my local Thanksgiving Day turkey trot.
  2. Get to the gym. Sure! I did make it to GW’s gym more than I ever have before (I kind of just remembered I had access), but I’ve been having more success cross training with October goal #3, and thus gym visits dropped toward the second half of the month.
  3. Try new things. This month, I fell in love with classes at Yoga District. I’d never been to a studio before, but it didn’t take my long to come back after my first visit. Also – only $11.35 a class?! I can swing that. My favorite class is Thursday’s Powerful Yoga Flow with Andrew on H ST, but I took a Sunday meditation class that was so peaceful I almost fell asleep during shavasana. I also took a basic skills training class at SportRock Alexandria, and I can’t wait to take my test and continue rock climbing.

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Okay, November. I’ve got plans for you. This month, I’d like to…

  1. Participate in the Oiselle #ChaseTheBird Challenge. You can too! It’s simple: from November 1st – 26th, you’re challenged to (at least) 15 minutes of something everyday. I think this is the perfect incentive to get moving even on the days on I’d rather now. We can always spare 15 minutes!
  2. Stop sleeping in on my weekday runs. I’ve always known I’m not a morning person, but it’s been getting a little ridiculous. I snooze my way through almost every weekday run and then jeopardize the time i have to get it done. Making up runs later is stressful! My time is increasingly more limited as thesis deadline day approaches, and I need to use the time I have intelligently.
  3. Keep trying new things. Not specifically training for an upcoming race has freed my up my training schedule to try to new classes, and I want to keep the ball rolling. I still have so many more on my list! The scariest? An adult ballet class. I haven’t taken a class in 6+ years, and I can only imagine how sore I’ll be. But why not?!

What are your goals for November? Anyone else participating in #ChaseTheBird?

September Recap + October Goals

I’ve broken down my 2015 aspirations into month-to-month goals. If you’re interested, you can also check out my May GoalsMay RecapJune GoalsJune Recap, July GoalsJuly Recap, August Goals, August Recap, and September Goals.Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 2.19.10 PM

We’re already over a week into October, but here are my September goals recap and October goals, anyway 🙂

My October’s goals…

  1. Stay accountable. I think I did well with this one. I was struggling in the motivation department as August came to a close, but I finished my workouts this month even when I didn’t want to start and most importantly, rested when my body said, “Rest.”
  2. Stay injury free. Yes! By sticking with goal #1, I showed up at the start line of the Navy Air Force Half Marathon injury-free and ready to run.
  3. Race a half marathon. Yes, again! I raced a faster second half and finished my last mile two minutes faster than the mile 12.

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Here’s what I’d like to get done this October:

  1. Race shorter distances. I changed my mind about running another half marathon this month, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try my hand at some other distances. I have a 10K planned, but I wouldn’t mind a 5k or the like if it came my way!
  2. Get to the gym. After I moved apartments in August, I left behind my “free” in-building gym. I was debating joining a gym in the city until I remembered that I’m still a grad student and have access to GW’s rec center. Whoops. I’m going to take advantage of those weights/bikes/machine and the pool while I still can.
  3. Try new things. This is a prime time to try some new (and old) classes I neglected while training for the half. Considering Pure Barre, TRX, and a little yoga!

Any new goals for you this month? Do you suggest any classes in the DC area?