Autumn Fitness Goals
I’m really loving autumn this year. I think it’s partly because the enthusiasm for the season across the blog world is catching, although I haven’t embraced the pumpkin trend just yet (I’m not 100% sure that I actually like pumpkin). We’ve had some lovely weather in the UK over the past month which has emphasised the gorgeous autumn colours. It’s also been a bumper year for apples and pears and I’ve been reaping the benefits.
My Dad gave lots of big juicy pears from his garden.
And Peter’s parents gave me some of the many apples they have grown. These are seriously crunchy and tasty.
I’ve been munching on these many times a day, as well as enjoying them in smoothies and as a topping for porridge. It’s also a fantastic way to cut down on my grocery budget and contribute to the Big Budget Challenge.
For me autumn represents new starts and after my half marathon last week I’ve been reflecting on how I’m going to progress with my fitness routine. I want to give myself some time to recover, but I also want to stay motivated and keep my routine interesting. So, I’ve come up with a few goals that I want to achieve between now and Christmas.
1. Run 4 times a week and keep to my training plan. I have devised a training plan leading up to the 10k I have entered in November. Obviously I will be flexible with this within reason because life has a habit of getting in the way (I have an autumn cold which is threatening this week’s routine already!)
2. Include one interval or tempo run every week.
3. Go to a yoga class once a week. When it’s not possible practice at home instead.
4. Include strength and toning exercises twice a week. I’ve not quite got fully on board the strength training bandwagon yet, although I completely see the benefits. I do want to include some short weight and toning workouts into my routine and build up from there.
5. Take a complete rest weekend. This one will be easy because I’m heading for a girly holiday in a couple of weeks where the only exercise will be lots of dancing!
6. PR in the 10k. It’s a flat course and I think I’ve got faster since July, so it should be possible.
I’ve been doing OK so far. This week has looked like:
|Wednesday||Strength & core workout|
|Thursday||5 mile run|
|Saturday||4 mile interval run|
|Sunday||4 mile run (had 5 on plan, but felt sick) + toning|
What are you loving about autumn (fall) this year?
Have you got any exercise goals at the moment?