My focus on 2013 was mainly on running. Running and dealing with a whole bunch of personal shiz-nit that didn’t ever really make it onto the blog. Now that that stuff is kinda sorta mostly dealt with (ish), I’m looking forward to 2014 and what I hope to accomplish fitness-wise during this upcoming year.
1. Keep running
My 2013 running goals were as follows, run SeaWheeze (this was decided way back in 2012) and run a marathon. The marathon goal was one I went back and forth on, but I’m so glad it worked out for me to do it, even with all my crazy busy summer weekends.
Right now my 2014 has two races on the calendar: Glass Slipper Challenge in Disney World in Feb, 50k Ultra in Calgary on June 1 (six months!!) and SeaWheeze in Vancouver in August. I’m not yet certain if I want to sign up for any more races yet (I love traveling to races, but my bank account does not. I’m also traveling to the US two (maybe 3) times between July and October, so 2014 may be a light running year).
Even if I don’t have a bunch of races on the calendar in the fall, I’m planning on keeping my momentum with Run This Year. The idea is to complete 2014 miles OR kilometers OR your own goal in 2014. If you’re looking for some motivation and maybe want to win a prize or two, check it out and sign up!
2. Do more yoga
I did a ton of yoga in February and March of 2013 and then it kind of just fell off. My focus was running and I’m not always super keen on hot yoga in the summer. That said, yoga has done amazing things for me physically and mentally and I want to keep it up.
I’d also like to complete a 30-day yoga challenge at some point this year. I’ve signed up for three of them in the past and never finished, so I’d love to be able to check that off the list. My yoga studio has a 30-day challenge starting on January 13, but considering that’s just 5 weeks before Disney, I’m thinking this probably isn’t the best of ideas……Instead I’d like to go to yoga twice as week, once on Tuesday for a Yin class and once on Saturday for a yoga and weight class. I have 14 classes left on my card, so twice a week that will take me to Disney and I’ll see how best to incorporate yoga into my ultra training.
3. Cross train
It’s become pretty obvious that my abs are super weak and I know doing strength training will help with my races and keep me from getting injured. I’ve really enjoyed the Greatist WOD’s so I’d like to start the 3-day a week program, so I’ll be doing strength training Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The great thing about these workouts is they only take 20-30 minutes, so I really should be able to fit them into my day, unless I’m feeling super lazy.
4. Get a gym pass
Depending on how running goes and what (if any) races I sign up for in the fall, I’d like to get back into going to gym classes on a semi-regular basis. When I moved from the ‘burbs to downtown in 2009 I left my favourite gym and there were no longer any locations convenient to downtown, so I stopped going to the gym on the regular. Now my favourite gym is opening a location downtown in the Spring and I’d love to get a pass so I can start attending some more group exercise classes.
5. Try spinning
There’s a spin studio a block away from my condo and it looks awesome. I’d thought about trying spinning this fall, but I kept running instead. If/when I take a bit of a break from running, I want to try spinning. I’m not sure I’d be able to do a 30-day challenge like I want to do with yoga, but I would like to buy a 30-day introductory pass to give it a shot and see how I like it.