Happy New Year, everyone!
(I know, I’m more than a week late, but… shush.)
I know it’s been a while since December 22, which is the official start of winter, but I wanted to think about what sort of goals to aim for as my Winter Fitness Goals.
I quickly realized that I have a lot of fitness goals and related topics that I want to talk about upfront. So, I decided to extend my deadline to Summer and split my 2016 Fitness Goals post into two.
We finally got some snow in this region of Canada, but Toronto’s still been so mild that it hasn’t really stuck around much. This means I can run both indoors and outdoors, yay!
I initially wanted to train for a half-marathon (HM) distance or race, but then I realized that it’s only 10 weeks until March 20, which is the first day of spring! I’ve started using Hal Higdon’s Half Marthon Novice 1 Training Program, which is 12 weeks long.
This was the main reason for extending my fitness goals to the first day of summer because I’d rather not risk a shorter training period just to end up seriously injuring myself.
… Okay, FINE. I also made a fitness wager with Chris over at The Other Side of The Box!
If I’m running at 32km/20mi distances as my long run by May 15th, she’ll get me a $50 gift card to a yet-to-be-decided store.
If she manages to lose at least 10lbs by May 15th with regular fitness training, I’ll get her a $50 gift card.
If we both manage to achieve our goals by May 15th, we’ll get each other something nice.
If we both don’t achieve our goals by May 15th, the first person to reach their goals will get their prize.
Basically, my running goal is to get up to 32km/20mi without dying.
It’s gonna be a huge challenge for me both physically and mentally because I’m going to have to overcome my anxiety of going back up to 15km.
I hurt my foot pretty badly last year at the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto. I haven’t gotten back up to that mileage yet so I’m kind of worried that it’s an issue with my feet’s physiology rather than environmental factors. The only way for me to find out for certain is to build it back up and hopefully go even further!
I’ll be on the search for a new belay buddy for a little while since the Monsieur has started his graduation proceedings and needs to focus on his PhD thesis. (Go, babe!)
Either way, here’s my goals…
Rock Climbing (at least 1X a week)
Top Rope: I want to be able to do 5.10a grades comfortably. At this point, I should be okay going halfway up 5.10b as well.
This might seem very conservative for a 6-month goal, but there’s a huge difficulty jump from 5.9 to 5.10b!
Bouldering: V1s should be comfortable and some V2s are challenging but doable.
To achieve both goals, I’ll need to learn new techniques and start doing more formal weighted and/or bodyweight exercises to build up core strength.
We’ll see if I need any new shoes by the end of this!
My current rock climbing shoes
I’m on the fence with this sport, to be honest. On one hand, I love flying around and the absolute boldness of parkour.
On the other hand, getting to the gym is such a pain!
At this point, because I’m such a data nerd, parkour has turned into a casual hobby sport rather than a main fitness focus.
So, my goal for parkour is to ho at least once a month!
Keep an eye out for the second part of my 2016 Fitness Goals!