We began by writing about our goals, and then posting check-ins along the way. In my first Sisters in Sport post, I wrote about my goals:
“My goal for the next few months is to focus on strengthening my core and remaining injury-free. With only an eight week build-up before my marathon this December, the injury risk is very high. I’m going to use my Believe I Am journal to track my running and strength training and focus on writing about how I’m feeling to head off any potential injuries.”
I was pretty worried about making it through those eight weeks and the weeks following the race. I tend to get carried away once I pick a goal race, but having promised to use my journal to track my progress helped me stay accountable. Even during a hurricane, I managed to stick to my goals.
The marathon itself was a success despite an illness that almost sidelined me and limited my training for the three weeks leading up to my race. I used my Believe I Am cues during the tough parts of my race, and powered through with a win and a new course record. After the race, I had a brand new journal waiting and renewed my promise to keep up with my core and strength training so as not to end up injured, a common post-marathon pitfall.
With a new year come new goals. I recently wrote about my resolutions for 2013, which include consistency as well as “…to run joyfully and to be grateful for what I have.”
I know many of you are fans of those online programs which keep track of your mileage totals for you, but there is something about putting pen to paper that makes a huge difference for me. I’ve enjoyed blogging for Sisters in Sport these past few months, and thanks to my crazy burrito-loving friend Morgan for hooking us all up.
How do you track your training: online or old-school? Who makes the best burrito where you live? How’s your New Year so far?