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Falling Back Into Health – My Goals for Fall 2014

I’ve been so focused on this marathon training that it’s been  a while since I last set some goals other than trying to follow my training plan, but soon (just over 3 weeks from now) the marathon will be done (hopefully finished successfully), and it’ll be time to turn my focus to something else. Without goals I go into sloth mode and don’t do anything. The 52 personal training sessions I purchased from my gym will be all used up shortly after the race too, which means it’s time to set some goals for after the race.

To keep up with the demands of marathon training, I’ve really gotten better with my eating, strength training, sleep and hydration. I would say that overall my habits have gotten much healthier, and this fall I really want to continue on this path. (Though as I type this I’m being the complete opposite of nutrition conscious as I just inhaled an entire sleeve of rice cakes).


So without further adieu, here are my fall goals:

  1. Strength Train 3 Times/Week:
    I’ve seen a lot of improvements in my running from the strength training that I’ve been doing with my trainer. One of the most notable is the fact that I’m handling the extra running mileage and haven’t gotten injured. I’ve learned a lot from him and I want to continue with many of the workouts he’s given me to do on my own on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For now this will be done on my lunch breaks, though later this winter hubby and I will begin purchasing equipment to outfit our own home gym.
  2. Keep Going to Bed Before 10 a Few Times/Week:
    As you’ve likely noticed, this blog has been pretty quiet lately. You can totally blame the marathon training for that! I’ve been so exhausted from my training that often I’ve been going to bed when the kids do instead of staying up to surf the net and write blog posts. On the plus-side, I’ve felt amazing in the morning and I’m sure the occasional 9+ hrs of sleep is pretty very good for me.
  3. Keep Meal Planning:
    As I mentioned in a previous training update post, we’ve gotten into the habit of planning out meals and purchasing the groceries for the week on Sundays.  This has made a BIG difference in our nutrition (and dinner time stress levels).  We no longer feel like Old Mother Hubbard at dinner time, and eat out FAR less.  
  4. Maintain My Running Endurance:
    I love that I’ve gotten to the point where running 20 km feels “easy”. I want to run LONG (20k) on every weekend. I may have to make this a Saturday afternoon habit given the kids hockey schedule. Next Spring I would really like to run the Around The Bay 30k road race instead of my usual Chilly Half Marathon. The only way I can do that is if I maintain the endurance I’ve already built up training for the marathon.
  5. Get Back to Using My FitBit:
    In the summer I was sent a FitBit One and Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale to try out. I used the FitBit consistently for 3 weeks and found that it motivated me to take more steps, walk more flights of stairs, get more sleep, and consume less calories. I tracked my body weight and body fat percentage with the Aria scale and found a positive improvement in my body composition. I need to charge up my FitBit and get back to using it again.

This fall my goals are all geared towards helping me to improve my overall health.


Please share in the comments:

What are your goals this fall?



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  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry
    September 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Janice, I need to incorporate a strength training routine to add to my running. I am injured at this time and it is not good. Hoping to get back on track very soon and get into enjoying long runs also. Happy Fall

    • Janice
      September 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Oh no Lynda!!! I hope you heal quickly! The strength workouts (squats, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, step back lunges, seated rows and chest press) that I’ve been doing with my trainer has helped so much!

  • Emma
    September 26, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    My goal is to start swimming! I have big plans for next year that all hinge on, you know, not drowning at the beginning of the race.

    And YES to Around the Bay! You need to do that one!

    • Janice
      September 26, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      And my neighbour is doing ATB too so I HAVE to do it now! Which triathlon do you have your eyes on?

      • Emma
        September 27, 2014 at 7:38 am

        The specifics are all still up in the air! kind of depends how winter training goes. Ideally I’d do an early season sprint race or two, a mid season oly, and a late season half iron. Which pretty much means the goal race would be Barrelman since that’s now the only local late 70.3 (with Muskoka moving to earlier in the summer, dang it). All very tentative though.

  • Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
    September 26, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I was gonna say I don’t have any Fall goals but that is not accurate. I want to lose a little excess weight (like 5 or so lbs) plus I want to continue build up my upper and lower body strength. I need to get back in the gym with my trainer but my husband’s morning schedule is so hectic it is making it almost impossible. Good luck with your marathon. Was talking to my girl this evening who is trying to decide if she is going to enter and start training for the Baltimore Half in a few weeks. I salute all of you long distance runners.

    • Janice
      September 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks Diatta, good luck with your weight loss goals!

  • Jillian @ Baby Doodah!
    September 26, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Great goals!! I need to get so much better at setting goals and sticking to them. Not so much in the eating / exercise arena, there I’m pretty good. But in my blogging world, I need some new goals. I’ve been seriously slacking!! :

    I have a FitBit Zip and love the heck out of that thing. It totally motivates me to take more steps. When I’m sitting at my desk, instead of debating whether I should go get that extra glass of water from the cafeteria (a very long walk), I go do it because I know it means at least 800 steps. Woo!!

    BTW – Great goals!

    • Janice
      September 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Jillian!! What are your blogging goals for this month?

  • Rachel
    September 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Those are great fall goals! My fall goals are to stay active, resume marathon training, and do more strength training. Oh yeah, focus on nutrition too! 😉

    • Janice
      September 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Ugh – the nutrition part is SOOOOOO hard!!!

  • Toni
    September 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

    great goals! My one and only goal is to the run the NYC Marathon!

  • Tina@GottaRunNow
    September 27, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I’m wearing my Fitbit today. I don’t always wear it, but I’m curious to see how much walking I do today and it’s kind of fun to see all the lights light up!

  • steph
    September 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Hmmmm…goals. Not much since I can’t exercise for another month or so. Mostly I’m just working on hydration and making healthy choices when I’m tempted to eat my way through my pantry. Darn breastfeeding hunger.

  • Launna
    September 27, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    My biggest goal is to get 10,000 + steps in each day. I haven’t been at it too long and I feel soreness in my hips (it’s all good though, I know it’ll get easier with time). I’m not giving up 🙂

    I want to work on my core strength, my sister is going to give me some strength training tips for me at home.

    Good luck with the upcoming marathon… I know you’ll do great 😉

  • jill conyers
    September 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    After being an avid goal planner forever the second half of this year I stepped away from goals and just stayed focused on nutrition and a strong comeback to running. A lot of the things you listed just not with a goal mindset. Does that make any sense?

    You’re going to rock your goals!

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    September 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Those are some great goals! I need to start thinking about my goals post marathon too. Sloth mode is not an option, ha ha.

  • Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
    September 27, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I love your goals and is a great reminder for me. I’ve been so focused on running and yoga that strength training has really fallen off for me but it makes such a huge difference. And I need to go to sleep earlier! Good luck with the final few weeks of marathon training!

  • MCM Mama
    September 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    NIce goals! I need to get back in the habit of sleeping more. I made myself go to bed right after my (almost) teen this last week and I actually felt pretty darn good. I’m sure the occasional 8+ hours if I went to bed earlier would make a huge difference.

  • Elle
    September 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Sleeping before 10 is unimaginable to me! I tend to not fall asleep early and burn out by Friday and fall asleep super early.

    My fall goals are to stay active, despite the changes in weather. I haven’t been going to the gym a lot because its been so nice outside and I have been taking advantage of exercising outdoors. Now that it’s getting colder, I hope I don’t stop working out all together because I tend to be lazier as winter comes around.

    How do you like your fitbit? I was thinking of getting one, but I did hear that some people found that it didn’t record the number of steps properly.

  • Jen
    September 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    They sound like the goals I need to be making! Far too many late nights working and not enough sleep means my training results have started to suffer. Really need to get back on track with that.

    Out of interest, will you be combining strength training with your running sessions or trying to fit them in on different days? Best of luck with your marathon!

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    September 28, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Great goals. I need to work on bedtime too.

  • Krysten (@darwinianfail)
    September 29, 2014 at 9:35 am

    LOVE these! Marathon Training is so exhausting. It has been funny, b/c my husband is training for his 1st and I have taken a step back. So it has been interesting to see all of the stages of marathon training from the other side. We have had lots of early bedtimes around here haha

  • Christine {dreamBIGrunner}
    September 29, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I love the idea of goals for each season! My fall goal is to get back at racing and having fun! I want to run a fast 5k and a god half marathon.

  • Axel (@ Iron Rogue)
    September 29, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I’m on my 3rd week of *trying* to fit 3 strength training sessions per week… so far, I keep getting 2, not 3. Good luck!


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