It is the last day of Fitness Cheerleader’s Writing Challenge. I have really enjoyed this writing challenge. It has given me good topics to write about for the whole month, which I love since it is often tough to come up with something to write about every day. I have also enjoyed reading other people’s responses to the challenge where I have discovered new blogs to read, new workouts and some great fitness tips and ideas.
The final topic for the month is looking ahead to next month and listing out our goals for October.
My goals for October are:
1. Run the Niagara Falls Half Marathon is 2:30 or better. If you’ve been following along, you know that I have been training for the Niagara Falls Half. My training has been going very well and I really think that hitting my goal of a 2:30 is very possible. Today was my last big long run of my training program. The next few weeks are all about the taper and reducing the mileage. Today my sister and I ran 20 very hilly kilometres. It ended up taking us 2:27 to complete the 20k.
Although this last big long run was a little slower than I will need to run on race day, I’m pretty sure it will be okay. Today’s run was VERY hilly, and I could feel my pace on the hills really dragging. On the flats my running felt good and I felt in a groove and was often running at a 6:15/km pace. That is much faster than I need to run on race day. Hopefully it will work out.
Plus an added bonus for race day, there is a good chance that my friend Kathy (who I refer to as Jack Rabbit, since she is such a speedy runner) may come and pace me on race day. She actually just ran the Wine Glass Marathon in Corning, NY today and did it in 3:55! How awesome is that! She even thinks I could do my half in 2:20. That would be totally awesome!
2. Eat Clean! Although I have been trying to eat clean, there is lots of room for improvement. I need to do a better job of planning my menus out, getting the needed groceries for my recipes for the week, and then actually sticking to the plan and making it happen.
Saying all that, realistically this will be a challenge for October, since I’m still training during the week, which often messes with my dinner times. Also, I’ll be away for 3 weekends this month: next weekend is Thanksgiving and we will be at the cottage, the following weekend I’m going on a scrapbook retreat where we are fed very well, but not necessarily clean recipes, and then it is race weekend. Keeping this is mind, I’m not going to beat myself up if October isn’t as clean as it could be.
3. Get more sleep! Getting to bed at a decent time is often a challenge for me. Despite wanting to get to bed at 11pm or so, by the time we get dinner made and eaten, deal with homework, get the kids to bed, do any chores that need to be done, and have a bit of time to relax, watch some TV and write my blog, it is usually well after 11 by the time I go up to bed. I know I need more sleep. Some days I feel like I am absolutely running on empty. Hopefully I will do better at this in October…especially since I will need to be well rested with lots of energy for the half marathon.
I’m sure I could come up with some more goals, but I figure I will have a better chance of reaching/fulfilling my goals if I keep them focused and manageable! Wish me luck. I will try to remember to check how I did in achieving them at the end of October.
What are your goals for October?