February Check InToday I am linking up with A Change of Pace and alyssagoesbang to check in on the monthly goals I set for February: strength train every day and only take the stairs.
I will be the first person to admit that strength training really is not my thing. Running 5-6 days per week? No problem, I'll get it done. Adding in even one measly day of strength training each week? You can expect that to last 2-3 weeks tops. I know that strength training is important for preventing injury and reaching my full potential, but I can never make it a habit. Even with the added motivation of StrongBody Streak, after two weeks my dedication to this goal began to fade.
On the plus side even with my multitude of missed days, I have noticed some measurable results! At the beginning of the month I could not do any pushups (other than modified knee pushups), now I am able to do 5 full pushups (no modifications!). I have also increased my plank time from :30 at the beginning of January to 1:15.
I was much more successful in taking the stairs every day. So far I have had only one day when I used the elevator instead of the stairs. It was the day after a hard speed workout and climbing stairs was so exhausting that I had to admit defeat and just take the elevator. It was clear that my legs needed a complete rest day.
March GoalsIn many ways March can be seen as a continuation of February. I'd like to continue taking the stairs, because why on earth would I go back to being lazy?! I don't feel like this has fully transitioned to being a habit, but hopefully another month will do the trick.
Instead of a daily strength training goal, I am altering my goal to be 15 minutes of injury prevention work every day. This will definitely still include strength training, but on days when I need to focus on recovering from a hard run it might be focused on foam rolling and stretching or yoga. Variety is the spice of life, right? This also ties in nicely to my goal for the year: do the work.
"Train hard, but smart. Rest when needed. Eat healthy, drink more water, get plenty of sleep.
Put in the miles. Put in the cross training. Get to the starting line healthy and prepared.
Hopefully run some PRs, but if not evaluate what went wrong and learn from it."