2016 Fitness goals

I’ve tried so many times over the last couple of years to take up one challenge or another – it’s been the thighΒ challenge, then it was an exercise-every-day challenge, the 1000-mile challenge and probably a few others in there too… so I will totally understand if you are shaking your head now reading the title – Fitness Goals.

It’s ok – go ahead and shake.

You finished? πŸ˜‰

Right, this time I’m not going to promise to take part in any radical challenges, but something clicked in me towards the end of last year – around the end of September or so when I decided to join the gym – and since then I have been really good with my dedication to the gym, and it has helped my dedication to my running too (and it definitely helped that I was able to fit into my skinny jeans on the weekend!) πŸ™‚

Things are a little crazy at the moment with the RAK half marathon looming in 3 weeks and I haven’t done the proper training for it that I usually do, but I am getting out there and doing lots and lots and lots and lots (get the idea?) of running, and I’m including lots of gym / kickboxing in the training schedules too.

And then once that is done and dusted, I am going to follow (to the best of my dedication) a weekly training schedule that includes a bunch of running, gym and kickboxing so that hopefully this year I really am able to run right through summer and not flake out at the end of it like I did last year, but it also allows for lots of social time because after all, I am a social bunny at heart.

So yes there will more than likely be the odd challenge that I take on (I’m still aiming to complete the 1000-mile challenge even though I’m quite far behind target), and it’s just fun to push myself a little bit harder every now and then πŸ˜‰ And if you give me a challenge then maybe I’ll try it out and will publish my progress on it…?!

This is what running is about…

I had an awful run on Tuesday night – so bad that when I arrived home I was very close to saying “I quit” and never lacing up my shoes again 😦

But I did, on Wednesday, to go meet the new running group that I’m part of. It’s not a running club – it’s just a group of friends who get together once a week for a run around the Autodrome.

And boy was I glad that I went!

I had an excellent run – started strong (although didn’t think I would), felt strong throughout and finished strong. And all the way with negative splits between each kilometer! Winning πŸ™‚

It’s runs like that that I remember why I enjoy the sport so much!

I’m now sitting on 20% of my 1000 mile challenge completed – a little behind schedule but if I continue to have good runs like last night then I see no problem with catching up very soon πŸ™‚

Finally!

Finally!

And here are a few random photos of the cats lately…

Emmett cuddling in bed with me

Emmett cuddling in bed with me

Prince being terribly cute

Prince being terribly cute

Big Spot napping in a strange position

Big Spot napping in a strange position

Dora climbing on my back

Dora climbing on my back

Temperatures are back up…

… but hopefully it’s just a short burst of them!

This past week has been another extremely humid and hot week, but I was still getting out there and logging some miles – 16km for the week in total, and it pushes me up to 15% of the 1000 mile challenge completed πŸ™‚

It’s nothing to be proud of, but it is the highest weekly total that I’ve had in a while so I’m happy to see that the runs are getting longer and more of them taking place. Things would have been very different if the temperatures had been the same as the week before, but I find that I really struggle with the high humidity 😦

It’s time to start thinking about including speed work and hills in to my runs now – a friend has just moved into JVC and she’s a trainer. She’s said that she’ll happily help me with my running, and try get my half marathon time to 2 hours (current PB is 2:14:06). Let’s see how we go with that!