Continue working hard in physical therapy.Grade: A-. Working in physical therapy was very intense in September, almost gruelling. I did a ton of legstrengthening and balance exercises and would feel pretty fatigued on almost a daily basis. The only reason I give an A- is that I did fall back from doing my PT in-between sessions, so I do think that my running relapsed a little with knee pain creeping its way back in. My physical therapist let me know that he was leaving the office AGAIN, so I decided to stop going in and just focus on doing the exercises on my own.
Get back to a consistent yoga practice.Grade: C. I did a few days’ practice of yoga in September, but I was not consistent at all. While I do enjoy doing yoga before bed, I’ve just been so tired that I convince myself to skip the sessions on the mat. I have an alarm set, but I always turn it off, smh!
Limit time on mindless social media apps.Grade: A. I actually did really well with this! My time on Instagram plummeted dramatically, and I have no complaints! It’s too easy for me to get caught up in the comparison game with other runners, especially mother runners, so I have to keep my distance. Twitter has become a lot more entertaining to me, but I only spent spurts of time on that app and keep away from negative subject matter!
Finish the Philadelphia Trail Half Marathon with a smile. My 20th half marathon will be taking place on October 16! Clearly, I did not have the typical training cycle, since I had several weeks where I needed to rest my poor knees. So my main goal for this race is to finish and be proud of this accomplishment. I’ve always wanted to run a trail race so I’m really looking forward to finally experiencing that atmopshere and to of course enjoy the scenery along the way!
Incorporate PT exercises into a daily routine. This is absolutely one of my most important goals moving forward so that I can say goodbye to runner’s knee for good. I have to keep up my exercises and I’m more motivated than ever! I started logging exercises in my Believe Training Journal again so that I keep myself honest. I’ll be going to the gym at work to take advantage of the leg machines and TRX. It can be tough to create a habit, but I’m committed to making it happen this month!
Enjoy my vacation days. This should be an easy goal to accomplish, right?! I have a few vacation days scheduled off in October, and they are long overdue! But it’s so easy for me to get so caught up in my to-do lists that it feels like I’m doing more work than actually relaxing on my day off! My vacation days will be opportunities for me to have time to myself, to do errands or heck, even do some window shopping. As much as I am an extrovert who is energized by being around other people, I really miss having quality alone time, especially in the middle of the day!
Do you have any wellness goals for this month? What are you looking forward to?