We made it through the first (and longest, in my opinion) month of 2017! It’s the month that most of us start off with great ambitions to work towards our goals and may or may not fall off track somewhere along the way. Reviewing the month is a great way to see progress and make adjustment moving forward. This week’s Tuesday’s on the Run topic is “Give your month a letter grade”. I’ll do that at the end after I review what went well in January and what needs improvement.
Goals and Intentions
At the end of 2016 I talked about taking a laid-back approach to training, without focusing on times or races. My intention was to carry that more relaxed mindset into the new year. However, I also set some practical goals to stay on track and hopefully prevent injury this year. These were the 5 smaller goals I set a few weeks ago:
- Short but consistent yoga practices
- Foot strength and balance
- Mobility work/foam rolling
- Longer spinning workouts
- More planks and push-ups
Progress in January 2017
So how have I been doing with all of this so far? I think I have done ok with my training approach. I haven’t caved and signed up for any races, despite Rob beginning his marathon training 2 weeks ago. I’ve been relatively flexible with moving around runs and training based on how I feel. Trust me though, I have been tempted to sign up for races, do harder workouts, and build my mileage even more.
As for the smaller goals, I have had 2 full weeks since I started focusing on these and I said I would start with 1 at a time. The first was yoga, and I would say that has gone really well. I have enjoyed using jasyoga almost daily, either post-run or on its own.
Even though that was my initial focus, I have also tried incorporating more mobility work, foot strength, push-ups, and planks. All of these are not happening as consistently, but more than they were before.
Total mileage for January: 70 miles
January 2017 Report Card
I know if I were reading this monthly summary on someone else’s blog I would probably give them an A. I guess I am just harder on myself, but I feel like I need to go with a B+. There was a solid effort, but I just don’t feel like it was a perfect month. Maybe it’s just my current mood, or the weather, or the lack of real measurable outcomes like race times. It was a busy and stressful month outside of running with work picking up quite a bit, so maybe I feel like my training was pushed aside a bit. Not that there is anything I can do about that, being that I still made the time to consistently get in my workouts. I am sure this is also due to the ambivalence of wanting to do more but knowing I need to keep taking it slow and steady. So maybe it’s my mind and attitude that I really need to focus on!
What grade would you give yourself for January?
Are you harder on yourself than you would be on others?