Hurts so Good

Nike Fuel has this adorable little feature that allows you to set goals for yourself. Maybe you’ve figured this out, but I sort of love goals- hence this whole blog project. My first goal was to complete 52 miles per month, and though I no longer total out my months obsessively like I did when this whole shabang was started, I’m still doing my thing! So when I found out that my fuel band could create goals for me, I was psyched.

The first goal that was created was actually prompted by the App itself: Burn 16,000 Calories in 4 weeks. The time came and it was exciting to see my progress. The weeks kept me informed that I was on target in a vibrant green lettering. When the 4 weeks were over the screen let me know hey girl, you’re the best “goal accomplished.” At least it said some of that…There are few things more phenomenal in life than that feeling of hitting your goals. It makes me want to give myself a high five or a gold star. Now, as fun as it was to test myself, weight loss and calories has never been my true goal in this process- though it’s not a bad outcome either. This time I was determined to challenge myself because who doesn’t love creating external pressures on a regular basis, right?!

I tend to pile on work for myself in life. I recently joined a book club (hi ladies!) Of course, for some unnecessary reason, looking uncannily similar to high school and college, I saved reading the book for the week before club. I finished the book 10 minutes before leaving for Book Club. I’m embarassed by that statement- I know kids think it’s cool to brag about procrastination, but I’m slightly sickened by my underlying love of the stress associated with procrastination. It hurts so good. But I can’t help to feel that I thrive in these situations. So, in my everlasting need to increase challenges in my life I set out to complete a three week goal called “Run More Miles” and made my goal 17 miles per week. Ultimately, I do need to run more miles so I saw this as an opportunity to challenge myself and truthfully, this is mandatory if I’m in running this half because to be honest, I’m a slacker and running a race is nothing to procrastinate training for. I have these awful dreams:

Flash forward to my future: May 1st, 2014. I think I’m going to train starting now.  panting, sweating, dying, crawling towards the finish line. Shame on your family!

So, here I am, in an effort to get on the early train for training- I can’t put this one off. My Nike fuel plan was activated and the goal has been in effect for over 1 week. So, how am I doing?!

It turns out the notification is only in green when you’re on track to accomplish your goals. This time the goal was written out in yellow-orange- the color I associate with slamming on my breaks at lights so I don’t get those sneaky tickets from the light cameras. That’s how I feel about that color. My friends, I am not on track for my running goals and the truth hurts. Did I bite off more than I can chew? Was it too much too soon? Or am I not trying hard enough to obtain my goals?

The truth hurts, folks, and it’s time to be realistic in my expectations of myself. Maybe the pressure to succeed in these intense situations isn’t the best method despite the outcomes that I have historically had- success under pressure.

Does anyone else struggle with these sorts of things?! Or am I the only one creating their own crazy?!

The Best Part of the Day

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There is nothing more gratifying than getting home after a run and throwing your disgusting clothes into the hamper. It sort of makes me feel like Rocky Balboa climbing the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I guess the word is accomplishment, even if it’s a small one it can feel enormous.

Tonight I incorporated my bike into my workout. I rode my bike to the end of the boardwalk, locked it up (*my last bike was stolen), ran 2.25 miles, and then biked home. By the time I got back, nearly 5 miles in total, I felt accomplished- I’m actually doing this. I honestly can’t believe that I want to be doing this. The me of 4 months ago would have laughed at the idea of this operation I have going on. I always believed never say never I guess it’s just nice to be living in it.

Goals

THANK YOU AL GORE FOR CREATING THE INTERNET!

I am a huge fan of technology because I am lazy and anything that accelerates my life and helps keep me organized is AOK in my Kindle. Today I created an account on mapmyfitness.com. I’m all about keeping track of what I’m doing since there is a goal to this whole blog- I am supposed to run 52 miles per month people! This website helps you not only to keep track of your workout goals, but also your nutrition goals… nothing like typing in “bacon cheeseburger” to make you feel like a real health fanatic. I also downloaded onto my phone their nifty running app because as they say, there is an app for that… this app uses GPS to track your workout, the time, and the calories burned based on your height/weight. Yes, I kind of felt like big brother was watching and it did kind of creep me out that this phone knows where I am at all times… but I’m a sucker for this stuff! I used it today on my run and it definitely helped me see where I am at physically since it allows you to compare and contrast prior workouts.

I also created a new goal- because one isn’t enough. I started out aiming to not only run 52 miles per month, but also to complete a 5K in September (see here). I have been running on average 2 miles/day, but ultimately I want to be up to 4 miles by the end of next month! Here we go!

Goals

So, my advice- go set a goal, any goal! Make it something that you believe you can do, something you will be proud of, and something that you can modify once it had been accomplished!

Now for the rest of my day I have a yoga session, a bike ride, and some tacos in the horizon… All of which I will be documenting on the app.