Good Beautiful Morning to you!
It's absolutely lovely here in Kansas this morning. I think Kansas weather gets a bad rap most of the time but days like today remind me why it's the perfect place to live!!
This morning I am setting a couple of new goals for the month of April. Training for the marathon and dealing with these health issues has kept me kind of preoccupied and I haven't been seeing the forward progress that I would like to. It's push time. :)
1. Increase my water intake.
I've been averaging between 1/2 to 1 gallon of water a day, but I'd like to focus on making sure I'm hitting a gallon, if not more, a day. Dehydration has always been an issue for me and it sneaks up on me easily. Especially as the weather gets warmer, I really want to make sure I am maintaining this habit. I plan to run my little heart out this summer and I want to stay on top of my game- be well hydrated and stay well hydrated!!
2. Stretch before I run.
As I've trained for this marathon and felt no aches or pains- not even a little- and bounced back after my long runs with little to no soreness, I really value running injury-free running. Anyone will tell you that stretching/warming up is vital for injury-free exercise. I've chosen to be stubborn and not stretch because I hate it so much, but I'm only asking for trouble. I'm that girl who meets a friend to run and stands there waiting and rambling on while they stretch. So, here's my (non-optional) goal-- stretch before I run. Every time.
3. Finish my first Marathon.
I'm not going to lie, my heart is in my throat on this one. I know this will be the biggest and hardest thing I have yet to push my body to accomplish. I vacillate between "oh my gosh I'm going to die at mile 2, what the heck am I thinking?!?!" and "girl, you've got this, show 26.2 who is boss!" 20 days and counting.......
4. Daily Hiit
Something FUN and KILLER. :) In addition to my regular workout schedule, I'm going to do a daily hiit (formerly bodyrock.tv) workout every day. For those of you who aren't familiar with body rock, they are short, intense workouts. Anyone can find 12 minutes a day to hiit it. I've chosen to do this because I want the extra challenge and variety to my workout routine. I'm in a bit of a rut and I definitely want to keep things fresh and switch it up a little bit!
(Please note that I am not endorsing dailyhiit, their method, message or their apparent allergy to wearing clothing while they work out.) :)
5. Say NO to Negativity.
Something I've really struggled with the past few months is really hammering on myself because of my imperfections. As I continue to get stronger, run faster and change my body, I'm finding that instead of being estatic about how far I've come, I'm beating myself up about how far I have to go.
I would never, ever talk to my friends the way I talk to myself- this needs to change! It's important to build ourselves up and remind ourselves that we are valuable. We are enough. We are a work in progress.
I'm looking forward to a great month!! I'm hoping that you will hekp me stay accountable to these goals. I welcome
nagging comments inquring if I'm stretching. :)
What are your goals for April?
Are you a body-rocker/daily-hiiter?
How do you plan to stay motivated?