My 2019 fitness goal

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It’s time for my 2019 fitness goal.

In 2018, I challenged myself to get into better shape.  I wasn’t really out of shape, I just wasn’t quite as fit as I thought I could be.  So I set a goal of training for and running a half-marathon before year’s end.

It wasn’t my first half-marathon, but it was my first in almost three years.  I was very much not in shape for this when I started, but I trained hard. I was successful in meeting my objective, running the West Coast Half-Marathon in early December.

So now what? Do I let all of that training fade away, and revert back to where I was?  Nope, not going to do it.  I’m very proud of what I did last year, and I’m just not going to start slacking off now that the race is done and out of the way.

So, am I going to run another half-marathon in 2019?  Maybe improve my times along the way? I considered this.  Certainly there is some opportunity in a goal like that, but it just didn’t seem like the right goal for me for 2019.

Half-marathon training is very time consuming, with some of the longer runs taking hours at a time.  As a working Mom, it’s very hard to stick to this kind of training regimem, especially over a period of several months. It’s a great goal to strive for, and I have no regrets about doing it last year, but I want to do something different in 2019.

My 2019 Fitness Goal

The first thing I should tell you is that while a lot of people set losing pounds as a fitness goal, you’re not going to see me doing this.  Weight is a very personal thing for me, and while I do have some objectives with this, it’s not something I’m comfortable sharing publicly.

The next thing I should share is that I don’t have just one fitness objective.  For 2019, it’s going to be a two-parter.

The general theme here is I want to increase my strength and tone parts of my body that don’t normally get enough focus.

My obejctives are to Run a 27 minute 5k, and to be able to do 100 push-ups in one pass.

Objective 1

While last year was focused on increasing my endurance, this year I want to focus on my speed.

When I ran my half-marathon in December, my fastest mile was just under 13 minutes. Most of the other miles I ran in this race were in the 13, and over 14 minute range.

When I ran the last half-marathon before that, almost three years prior, my average pace was under 13 minutes.  I’ve lost a lot of speed in those couple of years, and I want it back.

My running training this year is going to focus on much shorter distances, but at a much faster pace.  If I ran a 5k today, I’d probably be able to do it at around 40 minutes, so by July I’m shooting to hit 30 minutes.

By the end of the year, I’m shooting to have this down to 27 minutes. I’ll try to schedule a couple races throughout the year to help keep me focused and motivated for this.

Objective 2

One of the biggest changes for me for 2019 is how I’m going to put a lot more focus on my upper body strength this year.

I’m not going to only do one type of exercise, or only focus on one muscle group. But, I needed a simple goal I could discuss and share my progress against.  Recently, one of my friends shared a video of the 100 push-up challenge she was participating in. It’s as simple as it sounds, the objective is to be able to do 100 push-ups without taking a break.

Right now, I can do like five.

Push-ups are a great exercise to focus on for this objective.  They work out your chest, and your shoulders, and your back, and your abs.  The correct form forces all of these areas to work together throughout the motion.  And in order to do 100, in one pass, I’m going to have to tone all of these muscles.

Smaller objectives along the way

Those are the major obejectives I’m going to track my progress against, but I’ve got some smaller ones I will talk about along the way.  These are things I will focus on in certain months that will help me towards my larger goals for the year.

So, what do you think?  Are these good fitness goals for the year?

I’d love to have others train along with me as I work towards these goals.  Let’s share our progress together as we get in better shape this year.

As a matter of fact, my husband is going for these same two objectives with me. He’s probably a little bit ahead of me with the upper body stuff, but I’ve got him beat on the running. So we should even each other out and be able to help motivate each other along the way.

I’m very excited about my 2019 fitness goal.

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