Goals Ahead! {Running Hiatus is Over}

in #actifit2 years ago

Happy Monday friends! I was going to try to get this post out yesterday, but going to bed by 8:30pm just appealed to me so much more. Perhaps it was because yet again I got out really early to knock out my run before it got too hot. Sometimes the body just lets you know exactly what it needs!

As my title alludes to, the last month or so has been my usual summer running lull. It just gets so darn hot and humid here that I lose my desire to get outside as much. However, after some nice days last week and fall races on the horizon, it's time to suck it up and dust off the shoes again! I think my last running post I said I just want to get consistent again for now, but I also do need to start doing some programming if I want to hit some new goals.

Three sessions a week always seems to work well for me as something easily attainable. I've focused more on strength this summer, so I still get about 6 days a week of exercise between running and other activities. However, in just a few weeks I'm helping head up some of our corporate 5k training for the big race here in September. You might recall me sharing about it last year as I lead a few groups a week then, as well. This year I offered up an extra day so I'll be leading runs at lunchtime Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays for about five weeks. There's my guaranteed 3x a week!

Not all of those sessions will be quality for me, though, so I still will plan out at least one more run a week to make sure I get some quality speed work or miles in. The race that we train the corporate clients for is always fun to do, but I never use it as a goal race since I technically work it. Plus it's an evening race--not my most energetic time of day!

I have a 5k a few weeks before that one on August 24th that I'd like to do fairly well on. It's still going to be hot and hilly, so no PR expectations. I just want to stay consistent with previous times. My big goal race will be a 10k at the end of September. My current PR for the distance is just under 47 minutes. I haven't touched that time in years, so I would like to see if I can train hard to get back there. I haven't really worked on that distance in a while, but it's a good challenge for me!

Luckily I have 20 pounds of delicious California dates on the way to help fuel my running efforts! I use them as long running fuel, but they are a good source of magnesium and other nutrients key for athletic recovery, too. I'm looking forward to trying these different varieties that I don't normally find locally.

Cheers to getting back to it! Now I need to check in on all my other Steem running folks to see what you're all training for...🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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You amaze me with all your workouts and running! Definitely someone to look up to ^_^

Aww, thanks lady! I get de-motivated sometimes just like everyone else, but sharing on here and setting goals is always a great way to keep me inspired in my own fitness journey!

I hear you on that! The support people give too can be amazing. Go get it awesome woman!

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Happy monday! You are looking great - definitely doing the right things! 💚🌈🔥

Thank you @sallybeth23! Always working on fitting everything in, but health and wellness is a definite priority!

a good step count and good luck in meeting your goals and getting out running again fully understandable taking a lull in the heat

Yes, the summer just doesn't make it easy to want to do anything strenuous outside! I think it's good to take a step back and work on some other goals for a month or two, as well. Good for variety of the physical and mental kind. :) Though I do always get a little excited having some new goals on the books again after the reprieve!

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@plantstoplanks do you sync your steps from the garmin app to actifit? any idea if that is possible?

Hey there! No, I just bring my phone along with me when I want to use Actifit. As far as I know they haven't worked out anything with Garmin yet. Hopefully some day soon it will happen!

Oh how I have missed reading your posts. You are always so positive and encouraging. I can't believe you are going to run when it is hot. I guess that is something that has to be done though if you are going to do a 5k in late August.

I look forward to cheering you on!

Aww, so happy to have you popping back around to share your own positive energy! I suppose it's a small price to pay to have a few really hot months when the rest of the year running can usually be quite pleasant. It's rare to have any time in the winter when I can't run outside at least most of the time, so I can't really complian. ;)

...and remember, you are only one run away from a good mood!.

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Amen to that!

Having the schedule to coordinate with the goals is a great way to make sure it gets done! Very certainly attainable. Good luck!

Definitely makes it a whole lot easier! Well, in theory anyway. We'll see how I'm feeling after putting it in practice, haha. :)

Hah! Yes, the best laid plans. I keep meaning to do a morning bike ride before the day starts, but can't seem to haul myself out of bed before 7:30 or 8:00 these days.

Yes Katie! Dust off those running shoes and get out there again!

I had a running lull for 5 months but then I was travelling and/or with tendinitis. Just picked up the running shoes last week and reinstating my mission to get under 20 minutes for a 5km. It's not been a bad start as I trimmed 3 minutes off at the weekend compared to last from 28m 30s to 25m 30s... game on :)

I really admire those people who can go for a run)) For me, this is something beyond reality ... and I remember school lessons in horror)))