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Future Future Goals

Monday: 30 min core

Tuesday: 50 bodyweight dips, 100 alternating rows (40lb cable)

Wednesday: 5m easy 8:40/pace

Thursday: 5 miles, 6 X 400s @ 6:00/pace, recovery @ 10:00/pace

Alright, it’s that time to solidify some real goals. After a few days of a fever (i’m a 5 year old) and lounging in pjs, my only goal was to watch as many movies as possible… I’m now ready to begin this year and start attacking goals!

Sub 20:00 5k

Whenever I hit a sub 7 mile, a puppy is born. Wouldn’t it be great if more puppies were born?? Sorry, caffiene’s hitting me hard right now —I want to run fast and I like to run fast. It’s been a long year of slow easy miles, so i’m ready to tackle a completely different style of training and mileage. Lauren @ The Foodie Runner challenged her readers not only to set goals, but also come up with a plan for how to get there.

Most people who walk in the gym this week will want to lose 20 lbs or whatever, but the second you ask them how they plan to do it, they get stumped. Or say “i’m gonna do cardio and maybe a class or two”<—Not good enough!

Having a plan or someone to help with that plan is sooooo important. It’s like going on a road trip without a map or a gps, ridiculous right? So don’t chance it with your goals this year. Ask me questions! Or head over to Lauren’s page and have her coach you for a specific race.

Sub 1:30 1/2 Marathon

How am I going to meet these time goals? I’m following the Ultimate Runner program for an entire year to see what changes occur in my running life. I’ve learned so much over the last few years from blogs, Lauren, my own trial and error and I’m ready to take everything I learned and put it into a program that makes a lot of sense for me and my schedule.

I plan on focusing solely on the 5k until summer. I’ll still do long runs and i’ll have a race or two during the next 6 months that aren’t the 5k distance, but my efforts will all be geared toward getting faster. I’m going to try running a 5k once per month to give myself ample opportunities to succeed and get used to racing! Im hoping that as my speed and racing skills improve, by fall i’ll feel more confident going into the half marathon training and aim for a huge goal.

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after 400s. First time since the marathon doing a real speed workout!

Complete 5 Consecutive Pull Ups

Last year I focused on doing body weight dips, which now, i’m pretty comfortable with, but pull ups are still such a hard exercise! I’m using the pull up assist machine and doing jumping pull ups, where you jump up and grab the bar then focus on the deceleration (or the negative). I’m definitely getting stronger, but i’m still far from being able to complete a set!

timed flex arm hang (not pull ups, but still tough!)

timed flex arm hang (not pull ups, but still tough!)

Travel More

I don’t have specific places I want to visit, I just want to go, explore, run, eat, drink and be merry! There’s too much of this world (and country!) I have yet to see, I’m open for anything this year.

Visit & Review Breweries

It’s no secret I love good beer, especially ones that are hard to get. I figure that when i travel I also want to try out the local brews and since I have a blog, review them. Anyone ever watch Brew Dogs? This show makes me incredibly happy, and bonus! the hosts are hilarious and have a sexy accent. I’m pretty sure this show is why I want to travel and visit breweries.

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Stress Less, Be Present & Enjoy the Surprises 

I’ve talked about this before, last year was Stress Fest 14′ and I was the main event. The worst part was that I never asked for any help with the stress, I assumed I had to handle much of everything myself and tried to control too much. Unfortunately for me, stress leads to depression and depression leads to me living a life without being present. I have many new outlets and healthy ways to cope if I feel overly stressed so this should never get as bad as it was last year. I feel prepared now, but it’s all about practice!

That’s kinda it. It’s a small, but precise list. Fast times, traveling, beer and less stress. Sounds like a good year to me, no?_______________________________________________________

For fun, I want to throw these into the mix so you might know what to expect one day on the ol’ blog. These are Future Future Goals–ones that aren’t going to happen until 2016+. And ones that I daydream about often…

I still want that BQ. A Boston Qualifying time isn’t just about running the Boston course, I really want(ed) to run a fast marathon and I felt 3:30 wasn’t a crazy goal. I still think it’s tangible and when I attempt the distance again, I’m going to shoot for under 3:30.

I want to run a Ragnar Relay, re-lay bad (okay that was a re-lay bad pun. dammit i can’t stop!) I feel like there are enough bloggers in the local area here that we can throw together a pretty fun van full of girls that want to sweat and run together for an obscene amount of miles. I’m talking to you Emmeline, Salt, Lisa.

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Iron Man. I think Robert Downey Jr. would agree that being an Iron Man is pretty sick. To finish an Iron Man, just once, would make me feel like a superhero. At least, that’s how I play it in my head.. even though It would probably feel more like greeting death, but as equals, like in the Deathly Hallows. That’s what they should call Iron Man– the Deathly Hallows- Swimming, Biking & Running until your legs fall off. When the 3 are joined together you become the master of death, thus an Iron Man or Woman! Now, how can I make an ironman/harry potter tattoo work…

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Do you have a Future Future Goal?


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Playground Workout! (if I say “Adult Playground” it sounds dirty.)

Tuesday: 15 triceps, 10 min lower back, 10 abs

Wednesday: 12 min elliptical, 20 minutes chest/shoulders, 15 abs

Over the weekend I tested my foot out for the first time. It was a beautiful, sunny day and I couldn’t take being cooped up in our apartment any longer. I dragged Cameron (who wasn’t feeling well) to try going for a walk where I normally run. We made it about 25 minutes at a slow pace and it felt great just moving around.

There is a cool outside gym that has a full body workout you can follow. I tried it out just to see how hard it was. The workout started with some walks on a balance beam, forward and lateral (side) steps. This was where I found out that my balance is a tad off from putting all my weight into the left side.

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Then we had to do pull-ups. I did a few sets—which consisted of me doing about 2 per set. Pull-ups are hard guys..This is where Cameron caught a great picture of me staring at the enemy going into a third set, where I failed my muscles after one pull-up.

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Success! Kinda!

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Next was this bar they wanted you to jump over, i obviously wasn’t attempting that one and there was a bench for crunches, but i’m too much of a germaphobe to lay down on something like that (plus i do core work constantly) so I moved on to the thing i’m loving lately, pushups!

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Overall it was a quick, decent full body workout. Definitely a little more advanced than the average person could handle, but at the same time I don’t feel like the average person would do a workout in the middle of a trail system.  Weirdos like me get excited when there’s a pull-up bar in an unconventional place.

The signs that walked me through the workout also congratulated me! So nice of them. 🙂

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Big news today! I stepped on an elliptical for twelve whole minutes. I needed to sweat and get my heart beating and feel like i was working. I love my strength training and i’m glad a little bit of “injury depression” hasn’t made me lose sight of the big picture, but man alive, i needed that few minutes of full body cardio. I didn’t have pain while using it and I can put my full body weight into it again. I’m not 100%, but overall good progress this week!!

I haven’t received a dr.’s OK yet, which is why i’m not pushing any sort of cardio until I get the all clear. Aside from that I’m still taking a conservative approach to recovery– icing and resting the foot, and wearing a compression sleeve or sock part of the day.  I can put my full body weight into it again. HUGE Progress this week!!

Cardio of choice if running is not allowed?

rowing machine, stairmill

Favorite type of workout besides running?

tabata, crossfit, yoga