The above is straight out of my Todoist app.
Most years I set some kind of fitness goal. In 2020, I wanted to complete the 80 Day Obsession (I did, and I have never been stronger than I was then). In 2021, I planned on doing the Another Mother Runner program — turned out not to be a perfect fit for me, but it’s a lovely program (and excellent value) for someone who wants to feel like part of a community and enjoys low-key training plans throughout the year.
2021 ended up not being a banner fitness year for me. I worked out fairly consistently, but kept changing my goals and starting/stopping various programs. I think I did Beachbody (LIIFT4), Peloton Strength, Sydney Cummings, AND Caroline Girvan for various portions of the year! I spent some parts of the year running up to 20-ish miles/week and other periods doing zero running. I attended zero in person fitness classes (thanks COVID) and overall just felt sort of . . . all over the place, both with my exercise and my eating habits.
On the plus side . . . I did not get injured 🙂 That is always good news!
Part of me is content with treating fitness more like a habit and less like a project or hobby.
Part of me is rather bored/unsatisfied with that approach.
So! Here’s my tentative plan for fitness in 2022:
Jan – May:
Work on increasing running endurance/speed!
Build to Daniels Red Plan (~4-5 runs/week, up to 25 miles/week)
~6 week 5K training plan
Race 5K in April / May (we have a neighborhood Mother’s Day 5K that is sort of a tradition – would like to do better than last year’s 9 minute pace)
Continue strength training minimum 2x/week – Sydney/Caroline vs Peloton Strength, might just use the latter because there are multiple strength workouts geared towards runners specifically
May – Aug:
Dial down running to 2-3x week + do more strength work (3-4x) in the gross summer weather
Consider doing a ~8-10 week strength program (Caroline, Sydney, etc)
Sept – Dec:
Start ramping up mileage again
Consider training for half marathon (Hollywood Half, Ft Lauderdale A1A, etc)
This cannot be ignored because overall level fitness (ie, ability to run fast + do hard physical things) depends on both exercise patterns + nutrition (and it is impossible for the former to compensate for the latter, especially when you are a female over 40. Which I am.).
I don’t know what my actual aims here are, though. I considered doing Whole 30 for a hot minute. But that just seems so . . . harsh, and honestly would probably push my carb intake pretty low and not necessarily make running very much fun. I also do not want to constantly be eating meat (for earth/climate change reasons), though I am not even close to a vegetarian.
I just want to eat with intention. I want to eat more fresh food, do better meal prep so that my lunches don’t suck when I’m working (literally ate a bag of sour cream + onion chips + chocolate the other day because the healthy salad I picked up at the cafeteria smelled rotten when I opened it – ugh).
Honestly, this goal is not about weight loss. Of course I’d love to drop some body fat (who wouldn’t?) but I’m essentially the same weight I was in high school (though being real here, despite being at a very normal weight I wasn’t thrilled with my body then, either). At 41, that is really not terrible. But I would like to not feel like garbage for eating like a teenager.
So. Here we are. 2022’s incredibly vague nutrition goal: eat like a responsible adult, at least 95% of the time.
There you go!
Despite being old, I actually think now is a pretty good time to work on these fitness goals. I have no more babies (bittersweet!) and our home rhythms are more predictable.
I will not be doing a full post for each of the 22 goals I listed in Todoist this year, but will highlight the ‘big’ ones and then compile the others into a group post.
PS: One of my goals today is to figure out how/where to do more planner giveaways because I am CLEARING OUT for the new year (and our move)! Anyone know if there is an easy (free) app for that rather than using the blog comments? Let me know . . .