This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they fit fitness into their daily schedules. They’ll share tips for keeping kids active, ideas on choosing fitness gear, updates on their fitness resolutions and more.
My Fitness Goal: Run a 10 Mile Race in May
This May, I am running in a 10 mile race. It’s my first long distance race in about 13 years. 10 miles is a huge distance for me. I struggled so much last year with running injuries.
I am still struggling a bit with those running injuries. I easily spend about 45 minutes daily stretching and strengthening the injured areas so I can continue to run. Setbacks like getting sick or too much snow are depressing and frustrating.
So why set such a big goal? Because it keeps me motivated to take care of my injuries in the short term. In the long run, training for a 10 mile race keeps me active, fit, and healthy.
At age 46, menopause is right around the corner. I know being in shape and healthy will help me navigate the ups and downs of menopause. It’s easier to make adjustments to my diet if I’m already eating healthy. I have plenty of practice disciplining myself to eat well, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. I’m in tune with my body’s rhythms and how it reacts to stress and illness.
My Fitness Tools
I track my running and other workouts through the free MapMyRun app available for the iPhone and Droid. The free version offers the following features:
- Unlimited Mapped Routes
- Unlimited Workouts
- Workout Details
- Lifetime Stats
- Personal Goal Tracking
- Fitness Journal
If you want to add in cadence analysis, live tracking, training plans, heart rate analysis and some other features, MapMyRun is $5.99 monthly or $29.99 yearly. Personally, the free version suits my needs. I’ve never had an issue with syncing or using the GPS to map my routes on the iPhone.
The other aspect of MapMyRun that I love – it integrates with my Fitbit One. The Fitbit One Wireless Activity Tracker helps me stay active on the days when I’m not training. I move more and stay motivated to keep moving because I know how many steps I’ve taken for the day.
Last summer, I designed a simple weekly Fitness journal which I printed out and had copied and spiral bound at Staples. When designing the journal, I wrote down reminders for stretching, leg weights, arm weights, strengthening my ankles, and a basic weekly workout plan.
This year, I wrote in my weekly training plan for the 10 mile race and updated some of the reminders to go with the training plan. I can see at a glance how the week is going for my running and strengthening. I keep the fitness journal next to my bed since I do my stretching and strengthening in my bedroom after dinner.
My training plan doesn’t track my goal though it’s vital to my achieving my goal of running the 10 mile race. Since this is only the second time I would run 10 miles, I didn’t want to overdo the training like I did last spring. Then, I pushed too hard with my training leading to a second running injury.
This time, based on recommendations from friends, I printed out Hal Higdon’s Novice Training Plan for a Half Marathon and modified it to fit my time frame. I do 3 of my training runs while my youngest son is in nursery school and the 4th one on Saturdays. As my longest run gets longer, I may need to shift my schedule slightly.
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