january wrap + february goals

It’s Groundhog Day – six more weeks of winter – and time to see where we are at.

January ended with a bit of a whimper. We had a bit of an emergency at home, which took precedence over pretty much everything, so my training came screeching to a halt.

I was really hoping to score 85 miles for the month, which would put me on track for a whopping 1000 miles in 2017. However, I am 12 short, which really grinds my gears.

I also fell off track with my cross training. The start of the month was all systems go, but my calendar filled up pretty quickly, and with Mr PugRunner not feeling well for so long, I was getting run down and worn out, myself. Usually, I am pretty good at keeping things together, but it didn’t work out like that this time.

Planking was going great, until January 28, when things unraveled a bit. Certainly, I’m not proud of myself for allowing the derailment, but the best we can do is shake it off and move on.

What’s the plan for February? I have a few things in mind.

Running – 

  • 90 miles. That should compensate for my deficit and also be pretty good for my base for some of my longer upcoming races. I really want running to become more comfortable and second-nature, and I think the only way to manage that is by adjusting mimics to allow for it.
  • Time to resume bridge training. While it’s a little later than I would normally start for Gate River Run, I’ve just been incredibly conservative about my training and feel comfortable pushing myself again.
  • Maaaaaybe add in an extra day of running, dedicated to shorter speed workouts? Maybe.

Cross Training – 

  • I am starting back to boot camp on Monday. I promised my running buddy that I would get my butt up at 4:15 AM to meet her for class and I am committed to it.
  • I want to go to yoga at least once a week. There is a Thursday morning class I can usually attend, and they have added a sunrise Wednesday class that I can snag otherwise.
  • Francine the Bike needs to get some fresh air. I already scheduled a long ride with another friend, and now that the weather seems to be warming up a little, getting out on that bike seems way more feasible.
  • I am back in the plank challenge and I plan to plank every dang day.

Nutrition – 

  • I’ve been slacking on my water consumption, and I need to dial that in immediately.
  • I plan to continue being consistent with my protein intake and trying to bulk up on fruits and veggies while watching carbs and sugars. Nothing too strict, but awareness is good.

I love staring down at a clean slate, and I hope that I can get back to feeling like forward progress is happening.

What are your goals for February?

How did you end things with January?

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27 Responses to january wrap + february goals

  1. Darlene says:

    Yikes!! 4:15 am. You are some friend.

    I need to get in some yoga but I can’t get motivated. I need a buddy to get me out of bed to work out too.

    Congrats on a solid month and an even better Feb.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I am “that friend” LOL! If anyone ever tells me they can’t get moving in the morning, I let them know that I am happy to call/text/show up at their front door, ready to go. It’s gives me a boost to be able to help motivate someone else, and I get some extra accountability in the process.

  2. I wish I had half of your motivation! I need to drink more water too. I’ve been reaching for sodas too often lately. No bueno.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Diet Dr Pepper is my life blood. I have never really liked water. I feel like the best thing I’ve done as a parent was to instill a love of water in little man. He prefers it to everything else. Yay!

  3. A new month always provides a clean slate- that is the best part! 4:15 am on a week day, whew! You are a warrior !
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  4. Kimberly G says:

    You have SO much motivation. I have been lacking motivation the pass month, but this month I have committed to doing a form of exercise every day for the month of February.
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  5. Gina says:

    I love that you wrote the goals down. I’m going to try that for sure! Don’t beat yourself up over 12 miles.
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  6. I need to get back in the routine of early morning workouts/runs….I was like a robot last fall…and now I’m “snoozing” a little longer than necessary (but, it is still my off-season…). 12 miles should be an easy “deficit” to make up…especially if you think of it as an extra mile (or so) for each of the remaining months 😉
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Short-term challenges vs. long-term goalsMy Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      Sometimes, it’s really hard to get up out of bed. Especiallyy in the winter, and especially when nothing major is brewing on the horizon. I actually had my first “late morning” run the other day (it wasn’t too hot), and it was nice to be able to do it not at the crack of dawn. It will all work out.

  7. Looks like you have some great goals planned for this month! A 4:15 wake up for boot camp is very impressive!

  8. Rachel says:

    Those sound like great goals!

  9. Well ave you seen, sometimes life…just gets in the way. Still, you’ve done a job! Good luck meeting your February goals!

  10. New month new start! Life can get in the way of our best plans sometimes
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  11. Cassandra says:

    I can’t bring myself to get up that early for my workouts. Race day, yes. Regular training, I just roll back over.

  12. I need to keep cross training. I love to run, but my body needs the variety (even if my mind prefers the run endorphins).
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  13. My big goal recently has been to prepare to teach my first group exercise class…and that happens on Monday! Wish me luck 🙂

  14. Toni says:

    My goal for February is to continue to build muscle through strength training and to get down a pre run routine to help prevent injuries.
    Toni recently posted…Weekly Workout Wrap-Up 1/23/17-1/29/17My Profile

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