I am more and more realizing that fitness is what provides the foundation for whitespace in my life, and I have discovered this as I’ve worked my way through training for my first marathon and writing about it. When I pay attention to my health and fitness, I am generally a happy person in other areas of my life. If you have been a long time follower of my blog, you have probably noticed my blog posts have been leaning toward health and fitness and the lessons learned through fitness, how it can improve our lives inside and out. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
All my life I have been a very active person, preferring the outdoors to the indoors on most days, and preferring activities that involve movement over those that don’t. I need to move. My brain functions better when I have had more movement throughout the day, my emotions become stabilized and I have a stronger sense of well being overall when I keep movement in my life. Fitness is fun!! For me, fitness activities bring out the child in me and it feels like I’m playing when I’m participating in fitness activities.
As I have been looking around at other fitness blogs, one thing I’ve noticed is all the goal setting these bloggers do. As you know, I have a definite goal, one that hopefully I will achieve in October, but as I approach that date, I realize I need to set other goals. Otherwise, when the marathon comes and goes, I will be sitting there with nothing in front of me. It’s important when you have a big goal that you are reaching for, that you realize that when you’ve reached it, afterwards, you can develop “the blues.” All the time you invested into that goal and all the energy, now has nothing or nowhere to be invested in. It’s not post-partum depression, but maybe it’s post-event depression. I don’t want that to happen to me. So, I’ve been thinking about my goals and I want to share them with you. I guess this is also sort of my fitness plan leading up to the marathon and then just beyond.
Current Running Goals
- September 15: Run 15 miles
- September 22: Run 23 miles
- September 29: Run 18 miles
- October 6: Run 26 miles
- October 13: Run 18 miles
- October 20: Run 3 miles
- October 21 (Columbus Marathon): Run 26 miles
Current Weight Lifting Goals
Just yet, I don’t have any weight lifting goals per se, because I’ve only been doing this one week and I don’t know enough yet to know what type of goals I should be setting. However, I do plan on, at this point, changing up my routine every six weeks. So, based on this, my main goals for weight lifting is this:
- September 14: Fat check! I will use the bod pod to get my baseline fat percentage. You would be surprised how much fat I have on my body, even though I run and look thin. I am excited about bringing this down and letting my muscles show through. I don’t want to be skinny-fat anymore!!
- October 13: The end of my first 6-week stint of weight lifting.
- November 24: The end of my second 6-week stint of weight lifting, this time, a new routine.
- November 26-30: During this week, I want to go back to the bod pod to see how much I have improved!!
Fitness Learning Goals
October 31: Sometime after my first marathon, but before the end of the month, I will register as a personal training student. I don’t know how long this will take yet, but this is when I want to get started on at least studying for it. I am very excited about this. This is a big goal for me, and one which will take the place of marathon training. I won’t stop running, but this will be a good one to keep my mind busy in the aftermath of the marathon, so I don’t develop post-event blues.
So, there you have it!
What goals have you been working on to give you more whitespace in life? Are they fitness related? Family related? Self-development goals?