One of my fitness goals for 2013 is to run another half marathon. As I was putting away my Christmas decorations I came across a running journal that I had from my first full marathon. In the journal I had listed how many miles I had run, how I felt during the run, who I ran with (the Core 4 as I call them) and even my weight! At that time in my life I was the most fit I had ever been. I had set a goal for myself to run my first marathon under 4 hours and because I had a plan, I met that goal with a few minutes to spare.
That was almost 14 years ago! So much has changed since then. I’ve moved to a different state, had a baby and no longer have that core running group to motivate and challenge me. The time I used to have no longer exists and now I struggle to even get any exercise in, let alone enough to train for a race. Not getting enough exercise isn’t good for me mentally or physically so I’m going to make a change.
My plan is to run a half marathon in May so I have plenty of time to get ready for it. Because I don’t have a lot of time to train, I’m following Hal Higdon’s Marathon 3 program and scaling it down to half marathon length. To keep up my fitness activity on the other days, I’m going to make sure I get at least 6,000 steps in every day and I’m going to track that with my Striiv fitness device.
How I’m Going To Meet My Fitness Goals
They say on average it takes about 2,000 steps to walk a mile. My goal is to walk three miles throughout my day. One of my advantages is that I walk from the train station to my office each day, so about a mile of my goal is already covered. The other two miles I have to work a little harder to achieve but I know that I can do it. My making some simple changes in my daily routine, I can easily add the extra two miles. Here are just a few ways that I’m going to add extra steps in my day:
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Parking further way from the entrance at my daughter’s school or the grocery store.
- Walking my dogs further down the block when it’s time for them to do their duty.
- Instead of emailing my co-workers, occasionally get up and talk to them face-to-face.
The Striiv fitness device easily tracks how many steps I take every day. I hook the device on the waistband of my pants and periodically throughout my day, I see how well I am doing and adjust my activity level depending on how well I am doing! I love the ability to see how well I am doing with my goals and it motivates me to do even better. Last week I beat my goal by 500 steps! If you follow the hashtags #MillionSteps and #BestBuy you can see how well I am doing with my goals.
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And to make sure you’re also adopting healthy eating habits, you can also save 20% on small appliances at Best Buy. One of the things we are doing more of is buying fresh juices. One of our favorite restaurants, Jerusalem Cafe, serves fresh juices – apple, orange or carrots. My daughter loves the fresh apple juice and instead of spending $4 every times she wants one, I’m going to invest in my own juicer so I can make them at home. I’m terrible at eating fruits so this is an easy way for me to reintroduce them back in my diet.
2013 is going to be a great year. What are your fitness goals for 2013?
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