Is it September already? This summer just flew by since we were so busy with our move. It's strange, the past few years, the end of my summer was always marked by some big race: the Annapolis 10 Miler or the Nations Tri from last year. Even though I didn't have a race planned, I still had a good summer fitness wise. With the move, I thought I wasn't going to work out as much, but I've managed to still get it done. Last month, I joined the Awesome August Challenge with Julie at Simply Sole Searching. My goal was to hit 80 miles of running, walking, biking, swimming or rowing. I hit 91.5 miles! I really enjoyed WRITING THINGS DOWN again (what a concept), and decided to keep up with it this month. Now that we are settling in somewhat, it's time to talk goals again. So here's what I'm thinking for September:
1) Running mileage of 65 miles. Last month I counted all miles, but this month I'm only going to count running mileage. I think a goal of 65 is doable and gets me ready for the Istanbul 15k without me sacrificing any of my Crossfit or yoga time.
2) Yoga Challenge. Looking back at my blog over the past few months, two things stand out: yoga and strength training. I'm still a runner, but I feel my perspective is shifting. I've been spending more time on yoga, which was my focus for awhile anyway. But I'm going to continue down this path. There is something there. I'm not sure how it will come to fruition, but it's a strong enough feeling for me to follow. I'll be doing the #balancebasics challenge with Athleta. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook and join the journey!
3) Book Review. I have been reading this Crossfit book and I am enamored with the sport even more. I can't wait to write a review on it. This book, along with the new Crossfit group I am a part of, has really sparked my motivation again. I want to get my review out by the end of the month.
4) Track Strength Training. I did a good job of tracking my mileage last month and it was key in keeping me motivated. I'm going to do the same with my strength training. Specifically, I want to improve my deadlift. I downloaded the WOD app, to help me with this. No more eyeballing it when it comes to weight. I should have a better idea when I start a WOD of how much to use - just like I know how long it takes me to run a certain number of miles. I want to have that same kind of confidence and control when it comes to lifting.
5) Learn the Ashtanga Chant. I do yoga everyday because of the challenges I'm in, but if I do an actual class on the laptop, it's been of the Ashtanga Style. My next book review I want to do is about Ashtanga Yoga. I was turned on to it because of Kino MacGregor and I'm curious to learn more about it. Each class starts with the Ashtanga Opening Mantra. I want to learn this and start saying it before each time I practice. I think it would be a good form of meditation, which is something I want to improve on. I also want to see if it will improve my practice.
वन्दे गुरूणां चरणारविन्दे
सन्दर्शित स्वात्म सुखाव बोधे ।
vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde
sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe |
I bow to the lotus feet of our great teachers,
who uncovers our true self and awakens happiness
संसार हालाहल मोहशांत्यै ॥
saṁsāra hālāhala mohaśāṁtyai ||
Like a Shaman in the Jungle he brings total complete well-beeing.
He can even heal the most awful poision of conditioning and illusion.
शंखचक्रासि धारिणम् ।
śaṁkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam |
The upper body of human shape, carrying
a mussel horn (original tone), a discus (infinity) and a sword (power of differentiation)
सहस्र शिरसं श्वेतं
प्रणमामि पतञ्जलिम् ॥
sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ
praṇamāmi patañjalim ||
having 1000 bright heads,
I bow to Patanjali.
I like to think of these more of frameworks rather than goals. I realize that these aren't as specific as goals should be, and I won't be heartbroken if I don't complete them. These are areas where I want to put my most effort into when it comes to fitness and I'll be happy with whatever progress I make.
What are your goals for September?
Until next time,Michele