still working on this...

    One of my current favorite songs to run to is Kate Nash’s Paris. It’s fun, upbeat and adorable, and it’s like getting a little pat on the back every time I hear her sing the opening line: You’ve come so far/Well done, darling. So, before I start writing about this weekend’s race (!!!!!!), I thought a progress post might be in order.
    In no particular order, here are some things I can do now, after a full year of seriously dedicating myself to health and fitness for the first time in years, show how far I’ve come. And, because what’s the point of looking back if you don’t also look behind, a short list of things I still want to work on. I’ll have a post about more specific goals soon.
  1. Run up and down stairs multiple times without pain.
  2. Do 100 pushups. Sometimes more. I’m on my knees and I have to rest, but I’m getting there. (And am considering doing the 100 pushups challenge. Just need to add it to my workout schedule…)
  3. Run a mile in under 10 minutes. So far, 8:30 is my record. It’s only good for one mile – so far, 9:22 is the absolute best I’ve logged for about 3 miles – but that’s the fastest I’ve ever been and I’m incredibly pleased about it.
  4. Be on my feet for two hours solid with minimal foot pain later. Sure, my feet hurt after long runs, but nowhere near as much as they did last summer.
  5. Run several consecutive 10-minute miles. I ran just shy of five miles yesterday, clocking in at 10:05. My mind is boggled by this even now.
  6. Run a half-marathon.

Of course, there’s still stuff I need to work on.

  1. My core is still pretty weak and I need to continue to work on that.
  2. I need to be more consistent with strength training rather than just focusing on cardio.
  3. I need to watch my portion sizes a little more closely – it’s too easy to eat too much at each meal, especially on days I run longer than 30 minutes.
  4. My body fat level is still too high – 31%. I want to drop that to under 30% by the end of summer.
  5. Consistency is killing me. I work out hard for two weeks, then slack off hard for one (as in, do nothing at all). I can’t meet my goals if I’m not more consistent.
  6. Weight training in general is a challenge – I need to come up with better plans for better use of my time so I don’t end up wandering aimlessly.