Brrr! I hope you all are staying warm on this arctic cold Tuesday! I know many of you are even colder than us right now, but ten degrees in Oklahoma is pretty frigid. Luckily, we’ll be enjoying a balmy forty degrees by tomorrow.
I had every intention of popping in with you all yesterday, but, unfortunately, Sunday morning I woke up with a pretty nasty case of something. It’s your typical head congestion, throat soreness, and runny nose that has stuck around for the last two days. I’m a wee bit better today, but only marginally which means I’m going to have to take another rest day. I decided that I really must be drinking the Crossfit Kool-Aid because the absolute worst part of being sick is missing my WODs! Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll be mostly recovered so I can get back at it.
In the mean time, let’s check in with my December goals and set up some new ones for January. January is always a great month to talk about goals since so many people are trying to focus on healthier habits. I like to break my goals down by months to make them manageable and attainable, and checking in with all of you keeps me accountable!
1. Finish 5K in under 29:00.
I didn’t quite make it, but I did PR in my December race with 29:15. There were a ton of factors that contributed to it including the bitter cold so I know that it wasn’t my best race possible. As soon as I get through my second half in March, I’m going to start focusing on speed training. That should be interesting!
2. Do a handstand push-up
I did! I did! I did! I can now do several handstand push-ups. I don’t have complete range of motion yet, but I am definitely doing a push-up and I am so excited about this. One of the things I love most about Crossfit is how fast your fitness level comes along. I’m so much further along than I was when I started just three months ago, and, quite frankly, I feel like a bad ass :).
3. Start a Christmas tradition
John and I just didn’t get this one done this year. We did decide to open our gifts to each other in private Christmas evening after all the other festivities were over so I guess that could counts, but it’s not exactly what I had in mind. That’s okay though. We had a bit of trying and unusual Christmas so we’ll work on this next year when things are a little more normal.
4. Do some winter backpacking
Done! We had a blast the weekend before New Year’s out in the wilderness with some pals. I managed to forget to take a single picture, but sometimes it’s better to just be in the moment, right?
1. Dog training
Obviously, we have a new puppy in our world.
We are enjoying the new addition so much, but having a puppy means training. We are determined to do a better job of training Gus on a leash than we did with Max, and we also want to work with Max more in that area. Just like everyone, we have a laundry list of things to do everyday, and by the time we get home in the evenings the last thing we want to do is work with the dogs. Play, sure, but not work! I told John we need to start out with a manageable goal so this month I want to spend ten minutes per dog per day working on some training exercises. Wish me luck!
2. Change resistance bands for my pull-ups
Many people use resistance bands to do pull-ups since they are such a tough exercise. When I started, I was using the thickest band possible! I’ve already moved to thinner bands since that first one, and I’d like to move to the next level this month. I really struggle with upper body exercises so this one will be tough.
3. Make sustantial progress toward the goal I mentioned last week
Again, I know I’m being impossibly vague. Soon I will have the courage to tell you guys all about it, but I need to prove a few things to myself first!
In recent years, January has become one of my favorite months, and this year is no exception. It’s a chance to slow down and refocus after the stress and chaos of the holidays, and this year my January is going to be spent focusing on all of the above!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to take some DayQuil and watch some trash TV. Stay warm!
What are your January goals? How cold is it where you are?