On Monday I posted about my status on my yearly goals and that got me thinking that I need to think about my fitness goals now that my main goal from the first half of this year is over!
There is no denying marathon training gets you in relatively good cardio shape but to be honest, the rest of my fitness is completely gone right now. I used to feel a
lot little bit more toned/fit better in my clothes than I do now and I also used to not have so many aches and pains in my legs so I know the two main points of my current fitness goals are going to be:
1. easy on the legs
2. get toned
I also have a half marathon in September that I am planning to do a little bit of training for so I need to fit this in somehow. I was initially thinking of targeting sub-2 at the September half but I think my body needs a little more recovery time right now so it’s probably going to turn into another half for “fun” There is always next year and the year after than to target sub-2!
Adding all those things together and I am thinking I will take another 2-3 weeks completely off running and with minimal impact for the cardio I do attempt and then slowly start adding in a few shorter runs a week for another 1-2 weeks and then add in an abbreviated version of some sort of half marathon training plan in the weeks leading up to the Fox Cities race in September. Hopefully I can at least cross the finish line in September Even if I have to power walk the whole thing!
For cross training, I am planning to rediscover my kickboxing DVDs and also do a small amount of Insanity. Insanity is an awesome workout but I am pretty sure it is far from low-impact so that is the reason I am planning to just do a little. One a week, max.
Weight training will also be a much larger focus of the weeks to come. I need to lift some serious weights… I can feel how much weaker I have gotten in the last 2 months or so I cut down on this. I am not sure if I will keep up with the gym and Body Pump classes but I will be sure to lift 3+ days per week, focus at least 2 days a week on some serious core strengthening and try to really focus on my upper body strength as well.
I am planning my weekly routine to look like this for the next few weeks:
Sunday: Insanity or Tae Bo DVD + core
Monday: Walk + Tae Bo
Tuesday: Body Pump or Weights
Wednesday: Insanity or Tae Bo
Thursday: Body Pump or Weights + core
Friday: Rest/Short Walk
Saturday: Long Walk + weights
I’m sure each week I will make certain little changes to this but I work best if I have some sort of plan to focus on. Hopefully if I can follow this plan and actually make some fitness progress, I will be in a better, stronger state to run my September and October half marathons. Then marathon training starts again…. eek! Hence the extreme importance on recovering fully right now!! I have an angryish IT Band and a whole left leg that is not too happy with me…
PS, a monthly goal I have is to get in 10,000 steps a day… Sister and I have a bit of a competition going on this one We both started off the month by hitting that number and then some on days 1&2 of July! Whoop!
What do you do to recover but also not completely stop exercising? I know swimming is a good option but I am such a horrible swimmer it’s kind of embarrassing…