April 18, 2014

Friday Five: Fitness Goals!

The girls from DC, Mar at Mar on the run, Cynthia at You Signed up for what and Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC have a Friday link up and this week the topic is fitness goals.  I decided to join the party and take part by establishing what my fitness goals should be for the remainder of 2014!

1. Strengthen my core  My core is the weakest part of my body. My goal is to start strength training with a coach in May, with the hope of this improving not only my running but my overall fitness. Last year I participated in a strength challenge during the month of August and it really helped tone my middle!




2. Run a really strong 10k  My race calendar has been set with big races until April of next year, but I do not have a 10k on the schedule.  My time is not that great and I really want to have a PR in that distance!

3.  Become a better swimmer I have no goal to become a triathlete, but swimming is something I enjoy.  I would like to learn to do a proper flip turn and to be able to swim for at least 45 minutes without dying.  Advice anyone?





4. Improve flexibility with stretching: Despite leaving my foam roller and Yoga mat next to my chair, they are not used near enough.  Starting today, I will attempt to spend at least 10-15 minutes every day using these items to keep flexible and injury free for running!

5.  Plank for 2 minutes without a break  This will be the easiest item on my list of fitness goals, because I try to do a plank at least 3 times a week.  However, over the last few months, I have slacked and it definitely shows in the amount of time I can hang on.  Hopefully by June I will reach this goal!

What's on your fitness goal list?
(Pam)

19 comments:

  1. Great goals! I don't have any specific goals, just being consistant with my fitness routine. I recently started using my foam roller daily. I have it out in the living room so when I'm watching tv I remember to use it. I can definitely tell it's been workig bc it doesn't hurt as much when I use it. Goodluck on meeting your goals!

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  2. Thanks Lacey. I know you have a big race coming up soon. Are you in taper mode yet for Big Sur? Can't wait to read your recap!

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  3. I really need to work on my stretching. No matter how much I do it never seems to be enough to keep my legs/knees happy. I also need to start planking again!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  4. I am looking forward to a 10K as well (I will finally have one in June). Swimming - you will def gain endurance as you train more (I guess holds true for most sports hehe). Bilateral breathing (breath both sides, so odd stroke count) will help. Good luck with your fitness goals!

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  5. These are all great goals, Pam! Like you, I don't use my foam roller on stretch enough and need to be more diligent about doing it. I definitely need to make it a priority.

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  6. I have a very weak core and would love to hear what you do with your coach when you start your training! (glad to see you joined the Friday 5 link up)! -M

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    1. The performance kit - it hurts so good.

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  8. Great goals! I found swimming was the easiest sport to quickly see improvement. Similar to running, once you figure out the breathing you will quickly improve stamina. I've been doing hot yoga once a week and I really enjoy the added flexibility. Happy to be part of the Friday Five

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  9. All excellent goals! It sounds like Christine could help you with number 3!

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  10. Great goals Pam! I know you will achieve them all!

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  11. great goals!! I slacked on planking as well for awhile and trying to build back up to a sustainable number! I get about 45 secs and drop :) coming back from injury I'm just trying to get stronger but hope to see some PR times throughout the year!

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  12. Awesome goals! In my Pure Barre classes, we plank for 90 seconds and I can't wait for the day I can make it through the full 90 seconds without dropping to my knees!

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  13. Great goals, I think core strength is so important and it's one of the areas I really need to work on too. I like to swim but I can't go longer than 30 minutes and I have no idea how to do that breathing on both sides or flipping at the end. I think I need actual lessons.

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  14. Love the goals! Planking is great...I need to do more of that. That should help a lot with your core goal too!

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  15. Your goals are awesome! The flip turn, the planks - all of it. I've been avoiding flip turns since I've returning to swimming for triathlon training. As for the 45 minutes, I built up to that last year and feel pretty good about longer times in the pool now - you can do it!

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  16. These are great goals! I was working toward a two minute plank and did it a couple of times, but it's a long, long time! This is a pretty inspiring post. We all should make goals like this!

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  17. a 2-minute plank, wow! I can hold for maybe 45 seconds. That's amazing!

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  18. Awesome goals!! I need to really strengthen my core as well. That 2-min plank goal sounds tough, but definitely one I bet you could work up to quickly!

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