We are almost through the first month of 2018, so it’s time to check in to see how the month went! I actually set some goals for this year, so I’ll be checking in on those as well as thinking about what I want to work on in February.
One of my goals for 2018 was to set smaller goals each month. I didn’t share any monthly goals for January, but there were a few things I was working on.
First, I wanted to set up a new system for tracking my spending, which I did. It’s going to take some getting used to but I think it will be more effective over the long-term.
My other goal was to not put any pressure on myself this month. (Isn’t it ironic that that’s a “goal”?) I feel like January can be a month where everyone is trying new things and focusing so much on working out and eating well. For me, right now I’m not training for anything and between the weather, traveling, getting sick, etc. it’s just felt like running and working out had to take a backseat. Knowing myself, I would have tried to push through and run x miles this month, when there is no need to do that. I think I ended up with 57 miles so far this month, which is perfectly fine.
Here are my other goals for 2018:
PR in “Something”
I haven’t raced this year and I’m not sure when that will happen. Maybe March or April?
Track my Shoe Mileage
Check! I’ve been doing well using an app to keep track of this. Right now I have 162 miles on my Pure Flows and 165 miles on my Levitates. (Check out this post to read more about my running shoes!)
Get Rid of Back Issue
My back has still had it’s ups and downs this month, and there is really no rhyme or reason to it. When it does flare up I try to think about what may have caused it, but I haven’t been able to notice any patterns. I do think it helps to do some foam rolling and breathing. Also, I should probably be more aware of my posture throughout the day.
Aside from the occasional low back tightness, I’ve made it through the first month of 2018 with no injuries!
Improve Running Form
This one I haven’t really worked on yet, other than continuing to follow my strength training workouts each week.
Be More Strategic about Saving Money
I wouldn’t say I’ve been more “strategic” but I did do well with not spending much this month. Now I need to figure out exactly how to invest some of my money as the year goes on!
Read at least 6 books throughout the year
I read one book so far this month: Roar by Stacy Sims. It was an interesting read and I definitely recommend it for female athletes, especially anyone who struggles with their workouts during certain times of their menstrual cycle.
Ok, now it’s time to set a couple of smaller goals for February.
Goals for February:
- Drink plenty of water– usually this isn’t a problem for me but I’ve noticed that in the winter I tend to drink less water! My skin has been super dry which may be a sign of dehydration.
- Get outside at least once a week– again, this is usually not a problem for me but I could see myself getting tied to my treadmill this winter! Even if I opt to do my runs indoors, I think it would still be beneficial to get outside for a walk once a week.
- Start reading another book– I’m thinking of reading Mindful Running by Mackenzie Have, which I heard about from one of Wendy’s blog posts.
How did you do with your goals in January?
Have you read any good books lately?
Do you get outside regularly in the winter?