This past weekend I finished my 4th half marathon. While I didn't PR like originally planned (where the HELL did all those hills come from? And why was it so HOT?!) I did get to cross the finish line with my mom as she completed her very first half marathon. And honestly, no PR could have EVER topped that. I was so incredibly proud of her and it was just awesome to share that moment with her. If you've ever raced something like that you know that while actually crossing the finish line is REALLY awesome, there's something about that last .1 that is so amazing. You can see the finish line, you finally believe you're actually going to finish, people are cheering things like "You're almost there!" (and you REALLY almost are). It's a really special point in a big long race like that and honestly the lead up to the finish line is almost cooler to me than actually crossing. So it ended up just perfect that I got to be there with her, see the expression on her face when she realized she made it, grab her hand and cross that finish line together!
But with the closing of my 4th round of training for a major race like this comes the panic of "what next?!" I know I want to set some different physical goals - ones that do not involve running far distances. Thinking maybe some 10k's, more group classes at the gym, maybe some weights? Yoga? TBD, really. I'm taking this week to just be lazy, go for some lovely fall walks and then by next week have a plan in place so that the plan doesn't become "no running, be lazy."
BUT, for the last year and half I've pretty much been continuously training to run half marathons. I am feeling like even with a plan of fitness goals I will not feel that HUGE sense of accomplishment that long races led me to. Sure I can increase weights, get better at poses in yoga, not die in Body Pump...but I feel like I need to set goals that will help foster that accomplished feeling without having a finish line dangled in front of me.
Last night I decided that I want to see if I can go this entire week without using the snooze button. I am AWFUL at waking up. The relationship I have with my snooze button is probably the most toxic of all the relationships I have in my life. It's a tease, it makes me feel like I'm getting something better and instead it leaves me exhausted and confused. I know everything you read tells you that if you just wake up and get up you'll feel less tired. Despite my mind thinking those 9 minute intervals of kind of, sort of sleep are worth it, I know that realistically setting my alarm for 30 minutes later and ACTUALLY sleeping for those 30 minutes is more beneficial. So I set the goal "No snooze for the week."
Then I got to thinking...maybe instead of HUGE dauting goals whose prep work lasts weeks and weeks I could set baby goals. Little goals that last for 7 days. I could start each Monday with a new goal. They could be anything really...spanning from beneficial for mental or physical health, to completely shallow and vain. The point is, I'll set 52 goals from now until October 1st of 2014 and see how I do. Naturally, I'll blog about them.
I haven't laid them all out yet...but I've tossed around some in my mind. I think I'll keep a running list of goals and then pick a new one each Sunday night. That way I can plan it around what's going on in life in hopes of heightened success rate. Most of them will be something I can do every day for 7 days. Some might be loftier goals that I need to accomplish somewhere in the course of the week. Basically I'm hoping at least some of them become habit or change my habits.
Here's some examples of what I've got so far...
- Make the bed every morning (I'm half way there to this one... but the goal week would include REALLY making it, not just throwing the covers over the bed & pretending it's made)
- Send a handwritten note to different people every day of the week.
- Go to a group fitness class EVERY day for a whole week.
- Read every night for 30 minutes before bed.
- Do the dishes every night - NO dirty dishes over night.
- Actually put time towards putting together outfits. Look at pinterest for inspiration and revive some life into the boring pieces I'm sick of.
- Pick 3 out of 7 days and don't spend a single penny on those days.
- Don't eat a single bite of processed foods for the entire week (not even sneaking one here or there).