Greetings 2016!

An Instagram New Year’s Eve post by IdeaFit:

 I wanted the first page of my book to be Awesome!  Therefore Day 1 of 2016, in Colorado at 5400ft elevation and nearly freezing temps, I donned warm layers of rarely used running gear and joined my friend for a run, following a trail around a frozen lake with views of distant snow-capped mountains.

  I can’t remember the last time I ran with snow on the ground.  Living in San Diego with its near perfect weather has me spoiled.  However despite the frigid thin air, my breath was steady and my body warmed up as I appreciated the glistening snow under sunny blue skies and the company of a friend whom I haven’t seen in 2 years.


To top it off, I finished my 37 day holiday strength streak (Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day) doing 2.5 pull-ups on this bar conveniently located on the trail in addition to the push-ups and squats I did to warm up prior to the run.  A woman walking by said “Way to go” and I considered it as a congratulatory note for my effort in completing the challenge.

Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I want to introduce my fitness and health goals for 2016.  Some of these goals are already work in progress. One of the books I started reading during our road trip to Colorado is “Meb for Mortals” by one of my favorite elite runners Meb Keflezighi.  The first chapter addresses “Goals”.  He believes it to be one of the most significant aspects in being a successful runner which is why it’s the first subject in his book.  “With the right goals and the commitment to keep pursuing them, you can achieve more in running than you ever thought possible”.

1. Half marathon PR by training consistently and following a plan that includes lactate threshold workouts.

2.  Improve my running form by incorporating form drills 1 to 2x/week. Chapter 2 of Meb for Mortals is all about running form.  Mine needs plenty of work as I’ve noticed poor form on many of my race pics especially those taken when I’m really tired.

3.  Continue to strength train at least once a week.  My strength streak has taught me that even on very busy days I can still take 10-15mins to focus on a few multi-jointed strength movements.  The big 4-0 is also on the horizon this year and the older we get, the rate of muscle loss (sarcopenia) increases.  Conserving muscle and bone strength is a definite must for me.

4.  Eat more whole foods and be aware of the glycemic load of what I eat to reduce my Hemoglobin A1C % and triglyceride levels (see related post).  My plan is to have my blood tested in late spring.

5.  Reduce stress through mindful breathing.  This is a practice I would like to master as I need to teach my body to relax more and let go of useless tension.

I plan to review  these goals every month to assess my progress in achieving all of them by the end of the year.  Happy 2016!

What did you write on page 1 of your 365 page book?

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