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Power of 3 is back for the final 1/3 of 2017

Focusing on 3 goals at a time per month was a perfect way to start the year, but for the past couple of months I decided NOT to set any goals as I had yet another comeback from injury.

I just wanted to be in the moment and not worry about crossing things off a list.  

About a week ago, I decided to bring back "power of 3" to get myself refocused on the final 1/3 of the year. I was pretty sure the fall races I signed up for would be out, but I was ready to be serious about running goals again.  

My goals were going to be simple -- getting my long run back to 8-10 miles (I was already back to 6), some kind of cross training goal (probably trying out new machines at the gym), and something about doing some kind of race (until last week, I still was confident I could do the Virginia 10 Miler). 

But then ... my foot hurt after I wore new shoes on Saturday for an easy hike. This time it was the right side of my body -- the opposite side of my problems from the past year. 

So ... I don't know what's going on, but I'm tired of running, getting injured, getting better, then repeating. I'm not sad about it -- I'm just flat out exhausted from the process.

The good thing? I've done a lot of cross training since my last injury in June. Lifting weights, riding my bike and a little bit on an elliptical have worked well -- they've helped my running more than I ever thought possible. And those are the things I'm ready to focus completely on for September.

I almost decided to not have any goals for this month as I deal with another injury, but that would get me nowhere. It's time for my "Power of 3" mindset to return in September and for the final 1/3 of 2017.

So with all this said, here are my 3 goals for this month...

  1. DON'T run more than a mile at a time. The only running I plan to do is a tenth of a mile or two with my dog once the pain fully goes away.
  2. Increase max weight lifting by 10%. I'll be testing myself today on a few machines to figure out what my true max is and then try to increase that this month. 
  3. Ride my bike and stationary bike at least 60 miles. With no running, this is my next best thing to have for a distance goal. It seems low, but I'm also planning to do aerobic workouts on the elliptical. 

Power of 3: Reflecting on May

May was a decent month with running. I ran more miles than April, but I'm still stuck in some mediocrity. That said, it was a step forward and that's what's important. 

Here's a look at my goals and how things went:

1. Get my long run back to 6 miles. Done! I did 6 and 6.2 miles on the last two Sundays of the month. 

2. Do a max plank of 2 minutes. Nope. No excuses. I just didn't try hard enough. I'll revisit this, again, some other time.

3. Sign up for a race. Done! While I thought about several different races, I've opted to return to Lynchburg for the Virginia 10 Miler in September. Much more coming on that, as well as my June goals ...

June goals.

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Power of 3: May goals

This month is going to be tough as I work a slightly different schedule, but I'm eager to start running more and having higher quality runs.  

My goals are: 

1. Get my long run back to 6 miles. That's not a huge stretch, but after so many lower miles in the past two months, this is a good number to get back to if I want to get to double digits before the second half of the year. 

2. Do a max plank of 2 minutes. I was headed there before I got sick in February. Time for a re-do. 

3. Sign up for a race. This doesn't mean I'll race again in May, but I need to start adding things to my calendar if the Richmond Marathon is going to become reality later this year.  

Power of 3: April goals

Earlier this week I wrote about 3 general goals for each of the next 3 months, but none of those were things I was ready to definitively set. 

For April, those goals were about running more than what I did in March, getting my long run back to an hour and running at least 20 miles in one of the weeks of the month.

Those are good goals to have, but they feel a bit too much like the same-old, same-old when it comes to my goal setting that has failed too many times in recent years. 

While those will still be goals in the back of my mind, I'd rather set different goals that will continue to bring back my confidence and keep me focused on being happy with running once again. 

So here's what I've come up with and what they mean right now: 

  1. Run on the track again. This is one of my 26 goals before I run a marathon again (that I have NOT forgotten about), but it's also something I need to do to break out of my comfort zone of running this extremely slow pace I've developed. 
  2. Run 4 times a week. Similar to what I did this month with a goal of running half the days of the month, this is focused on maintaining consistency. 
  3. Blog a dozen times. No reason behind this one yet.

Power of 3: March checkup

With one day left in the month, I'm ready to call March a success with running. My goals, in no particular order of preference were: 

1. Run half the days of the month.
Today's run put me at 17 runs for the month. These were are LOW MILEAGE runs at an EASY PACE. I can't stress enough how much this goal was all about consistency only.

Most of the runs were 2-3 miles; a couple of the runs were 4 miles, but that was it. It was a far cry from what I started in January, but so much better than February after I got sick. 

2. Post a daily running-related pic to Instagram.
Done, once tomorrow gets here. I'm really thinking about continuing this into April whether it becomes an official goal or not.

On my running days, this goal force me to be a bit more observant to find different things to photograph. On non-running days, I spent time looking through old photos, which brought back a lot of memories to remind me of why I run and what keeps me going every day. 

3. Blog at least 6 times. 
Done. This is post No. 9, and I feel like I have so much more to say. I won't set a specific blogging goal again for a while (although I haven't forgotten about my goal within the 26 goals before a marathon), but I'm confident that I can carve out time to do this much more consistently this spring and summer.