Exercise Lately and Next Goals

I love having goals! And not just for exercise, for everyday life too. They help keep me on track and have a plan for each day, week, month, and year. Goals prevent me from being stagnant.

Now that I’m basically fully recovered from the marathon, I have been trying to get back into a regular workout routine. I don’t have a goal race set up yet for the spring, so my goals right now are going to be more about getting in a rhythm and preparing for next year.

1. Work on upper body strength — I missed working on pushups and pullups over the last few months during marathon training, so I want some of that strength back! Last week I did my first upper body workout in a few months. I knew I’d be sore from it so I tried to keep the weights lighter. Even with keeping it easier, I was sore after for days!!

2. Get some variety — I like mixing things up. So for now, I hope to do a lot of different activities every week. So far this is going well — I have done some running, spinning, walks, and strength. I want to also do some yoga and swimming.

3. Start planning spring races — I only have one thing officially scheduled so far for 2014 (Ragnar FL Keys!), so I want to start figuring out what else I’ll be doing!

Do you enjoy goal setting? What are your goals for this week? Mine are to have fun on my 10k turkey trot on Thursday morning, finish writing my dissertation (yikes!), and decorate for Christmas on Friday! OK, and eat lots of pie too. ๐Ÿ™‚

4 thoughts on “Exercise Lately and Next Goals

  1. Amy Z

    Yay for new, different goals! I am with you and I have really been enjoying core and upper body work recently ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving, Kristen!

  2. Holly @ Run With Holly

    I definitely love lists, which are really like little goals. And I definitely need to put some time into considering and planning my next 6 months of running. I've kinda been on autopilot since the 50K which was…yikes!…almost 2 months ago now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My goals for this week are:

    1. Support 3 of my runners to-and-through their races on Sunday.
    2. Be present for family time.
    3. Eat plenty of hard-to-find-in-Singapore goodies.
    4. Run. Some distance. Most days. [See what I mean about direction? ๐Ÿ™‚ ]

    Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Thesising (!!!!!). =)

  3. Leslie @ Triathlete Treats

    Great goals! I like to have goals usually. I try and go through my week ahead on Sunday and figure out what I need to execute a good week! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Goals this week: Make an great/tasty first pie ever for Thanksgiving dessert! Check!
    20 mile run today! Check!
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend with Dan and friends!

  4. erin

    Goals are greatโ€ฆ love yours! I've been working on strength, too, and it feels good. Other than IMWI, I have no races on the 2014 calendarโ€ฆ yet. I write monthly goals, and seeing that today is December 1, I better get on that ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!


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