2013 Fitness Goals – My Progress

Back in January, I made a few fitness goals for myself and finally posted my Cooking Bucket List. I also posted specific nutrition goals so I could measure my progress more accurately.

I am on a serious muffin kick lately, but because I haven’t had a chance to fix up the pictures of the recipes I’ve been tinkering with, I decided to take a moment to evaluate those goals I posted.

First off, you can track my Cooking Bucket List progress on the new tab up there on my blog’s menu bar! This makes it a little easier for me to add items to the list and cross them off as I make them…I’m already making good progress!

Now…onto the fitness side of things.

the squirrels have been AGGRESSIVE in the park this week!

the squirrels have been AGGRESSIVE in the park this week!

Fitness Goals
  • Run a 5K race
  • Start weight training again (and eat more protein!)
  • Be able to do a 2 minute plank and 2 minute leg lifts
  • Run 25 miles in a month (several times if possible)

How have I been doing?

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my dodgeball team is lime green this season. jealous? {sidenote: this was a day i ran inside on a treadmill to avoid allergies. let’s just say the “after” picture wasn’t pretty}

  • Run a 5K race

Some of you may have seen on Instagram that I signed up for one THIS Saturday! I have run 3 miles twice this month, am feeling good health-wise, and most importantly, found a friend who wants to run it with me 🙂

I’m planning on doing one last run today, probably with a goal time (30 minutes) rather than distance. Then dodgeball tomorrow, and perhaps an easy elliptical/ab workout on Friday? I’m afraid it’s going to be a difficult race and I don’t want to injure myself, but I can’t help but think that’s just my inner worry wart kicking in. I’ve been running 2.2-3.0 miles for 2 years now, with a couple of off months here and there. As long as I don’t push myself too hard (my friend runs faster than I do) I’ll be fine! I’ve been running really slowly lately for some reason, so I’m hoping for a time of 30 minutes or less. I’m sure I’ll be able to manage it!

steak. the ultimate protein.

steak at T-Man’s mom’s house this weekend. the ultimate protein.

  • Start weight training again (and eat more protein!)

I’ve been doing so-so. I have been weight training more when I go to the gym (mostly upper body), but that usually only happens once per week.

I have been keeping my protein up! I have averaged 50g or more 3 out of the last 4 weeks, and there hasn’t been a day that I’ve gone under the 43g recommended for non-exercise days! You’re supposed to hit up to 70g on days that you’re active, but I usually only get to around 60g on my workout days. This is just on days that I track what I eat (which tend to be Monday-Friday).

T-Man thinks I could gain a pound or two; I’m happy where I am. However, I’d like to think it’s an improvement that now I say things to him like “I need to eat more protein tonight!” instead of “I can’t have dessert, I already ate too much today”.

Of course in an ideal world, I wouldn’t be saying either thing. I wouldn’t be tracking my food at all; I’d eat without being so conscious of everything, and not be deficient in anything. But I’m trying to maintain my weight. So far I’ve had success – PLUS, I’m not having nearly as many digestive issues as I had at the end of last year.

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Killing 2 birds with one stone: dessert AND protein! Almond butter/choco chips, and Chobani bite

  • Be able to do a 2 minute plank and 2 minute leg lifts

PFFT. I’m currently at 2-1 minute planks, but I’ve got a ways to go before I inch up to 2 minutes!

  • Run 25 miles in a month (several times if possible)

Last month, I ran 11.5 miles…nowhere near 25! But after essentially taking December and January off, it was my highest in months.

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Until this month! If you include the 5K on Friday, I’m on track to run about 20 miles this month, plus whatever I end up running later today. Not too shabby! Especially since there were only two weeks that I got more than one run in (this week and the week of the 11th). Blasted sickness.

Thanks if you read all of this! I sometimes wonder if anyone else finds this stuff interesting, but it’s super helpful for me to keep track of everything!

Any tips for my first 5K?

What’s on your Cooking Bucket List?

Have you ever noticed that your diet is lacking in a certain category?

Workouts Lately: An Unattainable Goal?

Here’s my long awaited jogging update that I think I’ve referred to a few times. Tune in and leave feedback – I need your help!

So, when I broke my hand in June, I kind of fell off the workout wagon.

Let me preface this all by saying I don’t enjoy running. I am that person who says “OK, time to go for a jog!” then spends 30 minutes cleaning my room, or scrubbing dishes…anything to procrastinate running. When I moved home after graduating in 2010, I decided I wanted to get in better shape – and was bored out of my mind, being unemployed and all – so I started running to an elementary school every morning. It was .9 miles each way, and once I got there I would stop, take a break, drink some water, and come back. Within a month or two, I could run all the way around the school and back (just over two miles) without stopping. Since then, I’ve been jogging at least 2 miles 2-3 times per week. I still hate it every time, but I always feel fantastic afterward, and am convinced it has played a huge role in my overall health and weight loss since 2010.

ANYWAY, back to this year. In April, I was at the peak of my running game. I was jogging three times per week and playing dodgeball on Wednesdays (a moderately good workout, but it was usually canceled out by at least 2 drinks at the bar afterward, haha). I also magically pushed through the 3 mile threshold that I never thought I would, and was running at least 2.5 miles most of the time.

In May, I wasn’t as great about running three times per week, but I moved into my apartment downtown that month, and thus started walking to and from work several days a week, so my fitness wasn’t compromised. I still stayed around the 2.5 mile range.

Then, my injury and summer weather happened. Because of the heat, I only ran 5 times in June (about once a week), plus, dodgeball twice per week. On the evening of June 28th, I broke my hand playing dodgeball. During the 10 weeks I had my cast, and then my splint, (so, during the entire months of July and August, plus a couple of weeks) I only jogged twice.

I wasn’t quite feeling confident enough to get back on the horse in September. It was still hot, and I was still wearing my splint most of the time, so I stuck to the elliptical. I ran three times in September, about two miles each time.

In the middle of October, I started getting back on track for real.

(Keep in mind that on weeks I jogged less than twice, I was probably working out on the elliptical, and doing abs & weight machines instead)

Through most of October, I was running at a 10 minute/mile pace, which is a fair amount slower than in April/May. But last Monday, I finally pushed myself to run 2.5 miles again, and trimmed a minute off my time, to boot! (My GPS tracking app is a bit off, and when I edited the route online to reflect what I had actually ran, it came out as 2.47 instead)

Since then (for the past week and a half), I’ve been steadily running 2.5 miles.

Now here’s my question for all you runners out there…

How likely is it that I will be able to run a 5K on Thanksgiving?

Unfortunately, our upcoming vacation kind of puts a wrench in things (plus, I forgot my running shoes on Monday so I can’t stick to my usual MWF schedule this week)…I think its a bit of a stretch to aim for 3.1 miles by November 22nd. Why must Thanksgiving be so early this year?! Gah.

I’m not feeling very confident that I’ll be up to 3 miles by Thanksgiving week, but I definitely want to run a 5K soon. Maybe the Fleet Feet Free Holiday Classic on December 16th? That sounds more attainable…

As for Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving, maybe T-Man and I can just run-walk our way through it together! (he’s not much of a runner)

Have you ran races before? How long did you train for it/them?

also,

What tracking app do you use on your runs? I use MapMyRun, but the GPS tracker isn’t always accurate…