Lots of introspection this month!
Up until mid summer I feel I was doing pretty well with workouts. I was improving running, feeling stronger, etc.
Then I started coughing. And coughing. I’d have bouts where I’d nearly throw up. Bouts that stopped me running.
I was also tired all the time. I was waking up at 3 am and not being able to fall back to sleep. I was so frustrated.
I’m feeling better now — the asthma seems under control, and I think my tiredness was in large part due to the stress of getting CRK to the publisher in what, in hindsight, was a terribly short (self-imposed) deadline.
So here are the goals:
Hiking: Go on a hike once or twice a month.
I have several books for hiking in Southern & Central California. Obviously, if I’m planning a hike once or twice a month, it needs to be a day trip, so that’s going to limit just how far south or north we venture. However, despite urban sprawl, there’s a lot of open space here, too: the San Gabriel mountains, the Santa Monica mountains, all sorts of beaches.
This last weekend we went to Eaton Canyon, a very popular (honestly, too crowded for our tastes) hike in foothills of the San Gabriels. I’d never been there before, so it was fun to see something new. Rosemary & Curtis came with us. Curtis made it to the falls, Rosemary stopped before all the stream crossings (quite wisely; on our way back we saw a poor woman with a hideous compound fracture — luckily, the park is so close to civilization there was cell phone service, so her friend called 911). It’s an easy hike, but the stream crossings can be a bit treacherous if you’re not good at bouncing about on rocks.
How to make this goal work? Research & plan at the end of each month what we’ll do for the next month. I don’t have any set goals regarding distance or duration. I just want to be outside.
Walk/running: I’ve started run/walking again, and am planning on starting up Couch to 5k officially next week (since I’m leaving for TNNA at 5 am tomorrow morning).
I am planning on going for a run/walk this morning with Rigel.
I’ll come up with subsequent goals at the completion of the 9 weeks. Overarching goal? I’d like to do a half marathon next winter. We’ll see. I’ve not done one of those in quite a while. If nothing else, I’d like to do one of the XTerra trail runs, probably the 11k Pt Magu run.
Bicycling: go on a weekly ride with Dave (probably on the weekend). We have some nice places to bike around here. The PV peninsula is great on a quiet Sunday morning. I actually like riding on the Strand, by the beach, in areas where there aren’t many pedestrians ignoring the rules that it’s a bike path, bikes only, no peds.
I should include some gym/core/stretching goals, but I need to dwell on that a bit.