A little over a month ago I ran a marathon. I ran with the goal of qualifying for Boston, which would’ve meant finishing in less than 3:35:00. I created a training plan loosely based off one of Hal Higdon’s intermediate plans, but with alterations that kept my mileage below 40 miles/week and allowed me to continue going to crossfit.
I ended up finishing with a time of 3:47:06. I was 27th in my division (F25-29) and the 144th female finisher in a race of nearly 2,000 people, but I was far from qualifying. Looking back, I should’ve known that my plan wouldn’t lead me to Boston. I didn’t include speed work and I had to keep my mileage pretty low because of my tendency to get injured when running too much (it’s a very repetitive motion).
Since then, I’ve decided to set new fitness goals for myself with a realistic training plan to get there, and a journal to track my progress. These are performance-based goals that will hopefully help me get better at crossfit, something I enjoy much more than marathoning and will be more likely to stick with. These are goals that excite me, they’re realistic and measurable, and they make me want to jump out of bed in the morning!
- Goal: Perform 100 unbroken double unders (the jump rope makes two passes per jump) with ease
- Action plan: perform 100 timed double unders a day. Record how long it took and the highest amount I performed unbroken.
- Goal: Perform 50 push ups in under 2 minutes
- Action plan: perform an increasing number of push ups 3 times per week
- Goal: Hit a new back squat PR (current 1RM: 210 lbs)
- Action plan: perform 20 squats, 3x per week for 6 weeks, increasing the weight by 5 lbs each time. This is a popular squat cycle, read more here.
- Goal: String together 10 butterfly pull ups
- Action plan: practice 2x per week after crossfit
Check back as I update on my progress. What fitness goals do you have?