Well, I’m still here without my computer. My dear husband took it apart last night, bought a new part that he thought would fix it, and got it all assembled – alas, it still didn’t work. I give him a lot of credit. I would have no idea what to even try. I don’t think he’s given up on it yet, so I’ll be waiting as he tinkers around with it.
Now for my May updates. For the month of May, I changed up my fitness goals. In the previous few months, I had been setting a goal for number of crunches, pushups and dips. For May, I felt like I needed a change. I set a goal to follow my half-marathon training plan, to do at least fifteen workouts other than running, and to attempt to lengthen the time I could hold plank position.
How did it go? I did follow the running plan, and I ran my half-marathon on May 21. Since then, I’ve been on the taper side of that training plan with an 8 miler last weekend and 3 milers during the week. I just squeaked by with fifteen other workouts (mainly dvds) throughout the month. I did have a lot of fun with these workouts, and doing some different moves, I felt the burn in some muscles that hadn’t been used in a while! I never did get very far with the plank. I just didn’t do it much, and I only improved my total time by about 15 seconds.
I considered what to do for June. I finally made a decision that I hope will work well for me. I will continue running, but I will not set any specific goals other than my running plan. I have so much going on this month that I think working out whenever I can will be a great stress reliever, but if I’m trying to meet a certain number of this, that, or the other thing, I think the workouts will just be one more stressor. I don’t want that.
What’s on the docket this month? Weekends away, planning for next year’s co-op classes, Ragnar Relay Chicago, playing with my kids, lots of running I hope, mowing the grass, weeding the garden, cooking lots of farm-fresh veggies, going biking and swimming with my kids, watching their sporting events, work, cleaning, planning our homeschool curriculum for next year, maybe golfing with the family. Basically a mix of work, play and preparation for the fall, which will come quickly! I have no idea if this sounds like much, but I do know that I have felt extremely busy these last couple of weeks and have had a hard time fitting everything in.
Exercise, especially running, is a good stress buster for me. I want to enjoy every minute rather than worry if I’ve logged enough minutes to meet my goal. So that’s how I decided to ditch the specific fitness goals for now and enjoy a busy start to summer. 🙂
What are your best stress-relieving tips?