My fitness hibernation always comes to a thankful close once the school year ends and I have a little more time on my hands. As much as I wanted to be consistent with my fitness during the school year, it just never really turns out as planned. My only real consistency is my twice a week cheerleading practices.
With this coming summer, I’ve decided to create fitness goals for myself. In doing so, I hope that it will keep me on track for my strength training this summer.
I’m going to start out with my running goals. This fall, I plan to run my first full marathon. I also plan not to die. I have done three half marathons at this point, each with not much training at all, but I know that I will really have to put in the effort if I want to do 26 miles.
A challenge I have with it being summer is how difficult it is to run in the heat. I feel the most motivated to run in the middle of the afternoon, but I am barely able to get any miles out of my run when it’s 90 degrees outside. I have to motivate myself to run either in the early morning or late in the evening (and with evening runs, I need to make sure I finish before it gets too dark outside).
I’ve decided to create two running goals for myself this summer. One is a consistency goal while the other is a numerical check-point.
Running Goal #1: Two Runs / Week
I know that the word consistency is used way to often when to describe fitness, but it is especially important in running. I plan to run my first full marathon this fall, and I know that consistency will help me get there. With three half marathons under my belt, I have realized how important consistency is to build up the strength in my lungs and the endurance in my body.
I am setting my goal at running at least two times a week. I have decided not to put a distance set for every single one of my runs because I know it will vary. I know that sometimes I will only be able to get a three mile run in because it is just too hot to go any farther. I also know that sometimes I will have a great runners high that will make me go even farther than I had intended. Like I said, this goal is about consistency.
I will also be starting up a marathon training plan at the end of June, so I would like to have so consistency already set in my routine.
When you are writing down your own goals, make sure to include a consistency goal. People don’t get to where they are by jumping from zero to 100. I know that I have hardly ran all month. My last run was only three miles, but apparently I will be running 26 this fall. In recognizing that I am not in shape, I know that if I just start adding my runs in each week, I will start improving, no matter how far they are.
Running Goal #2: One 15 mi. Run
With my consistency goal, it’s also nice to have a numerical goal to work towards. I have three months to reach this goal, and I think it’s reasonable. Being able to run 15 miles in one trip will help to make sure I am on the right track for my training.
Inserting these mini goals into your routine will help to make sure that you are on the right track to your main goal.
Next, we have the strength training goals. Though consistent running is a great way to prepare for a full marathon, I need to incorporate strength training exercises as well to make sure that my body can go for that long. I also really love strength training. I love building up muscle through these workouts, and they can add variety to my routine. With strength training, I have a few more goals for this summer on pursuing the strength training passions I have.
Strength Goal #1: Two Strength Training Sessions / Week
Like my running goals, I’m starting out with a consistency goal. Keeping it the same as running will make it easy to remember to do two of each per week. I don’t specify what kind of training it is because I know that there are a lot of different strength training styles I want to try out this summer.
I also know that there are a number of unconventional ways to get exercise like riding a bike or hiking or cleaning. This goal leaves room for the fun summer activities that can building muscle as well.
Strength Goal #2: One Yoga or HIIT Session / Week
This next goal is more of an experimental goal. I really want to try out different ways of working out that I haven’t done before. I love lifting weights, but I know that yoga and HIIT sessions can be really great for the body too.
Try and put a goal on your list that really challenges you to get out of your comfort zone. Trying out different workout styles is a great way to keep things interesting when you just can’t be bothered by a basic weight lifting session.
Yoga is a phenomenal way to build strength, especially core strength, and it’s something I would really enjoy adding into my workout routine more. I am a sucker for body weight exercises, and this is one way I can get back into it.
I have also been wanting to incorporate more HIIT into my workout sessions in order to challenge myself. It is a great way to smash out a workout in a short period of time too, and I know that having that knowledge and experience will be helpful when I head back to school. HIIT workouts can be really satisfying, and they are also just a different way to incorporate cardio into my routine when running becomes a drag.
My Bullet Journal
I’ll be the first to admit that it’s hard to keep yourself working towards goals. Because of this, I decided to log my fitness in my bullet journal. You can add yours to your own journal or you can great a separate fitness journal where you can log all kids of fitness and health related things! I like having things down on paper because it feels more real, as though I am really committing to something. It is also a great reliability partner with my fitness goals.
I’ve been logging my runs for two months now, and I really love it. Please excuse my terrible month of May where I basically didn’t run at all. But, that’s okay. Looking back at how little I ran in May motivates me even more to run more consistently in June.
I’ve also decided to start a general exercise log to make sure I am being consistent and keeping to my goals for both running and strength training. This is a very basic log, but I like the perspective of the whole month, and it’s super simple to keep up with.
For each day I exercise, I also plan to write down what kind of workout it was (arms, legs, abs, yoga, hiking, etc.). This will help me to make sure that I am workout out my entire body and to make sure I am adding in HIIT and yoga regularly.
Now it’s time for you to write down your own fitness goals. Take just ten minutes and think about it. You can just type them up on the notes section of your phone or spend a little more time writing them down in a journal.
What are your fitness goals this summer? Make a list and share them in the comments bellow.