Go for goal!

by Khushboo on September 27, 2011

Now with a new month emerging, who’s setting new goals?  Although I never have in the past, I am doing so this October:

Build up my running mileage to 10 miles (16 kilometres)

After a while of feeling like my workouts aren’t maximising my potential, I am ready to crank it up a notch.  Only once before have I managed to run that distance and that sense of achievement still remains with me.  Running outdoors is really not an option for me nor does it appeal to me given the current rising temperatures in Mumbai.  Treadmill or not, I am actually pumped about the idea of running this distance for various reasons:

  • I want to feel challenged and branch out of my comfort zones
  • My workouts are starting to bore me.  Having a goal to work towards and a schedule to stick to has already renewed my motivation.
  • It’s about time I stop hovering around the 5-mile mark
  • To prove to myself that I still have it in me

Although weight loss/burning calories aren’t even a fraction of my reasons behind my new goal, I will certainly be happy if I lose anything at all.  For the sake of curiosity, I weighed & wrote down my body measurements on Monday and will do so again at the end.

To avoid injury, I am building up my mileage slowly over the next 6 weeks.  It’s based loosely around Runner’s World’s SmartCoach, so that it still lets me incorporate regular weight training and fits well around my lifestyle.

I’m no expert so any advice from fellow runners would be greatly appreciated :) !

What are your October goals?

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Tracy's Treats September 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Hahaha I love the “Booya” in your training plan. The training plan looks good. I think it’s really good that you’re alternating running with strength or cross training. One thing I always do after my long runs is ice my knees. I think this helps a lot with the soreness and achy post-run feeling. The night before my run I put a bag of rice (no joke!) in the freezer and use it after I get home on my knees or any other part of me that is hurting a bit. Hope this helps!

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Khushboo Thadani September 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Thanks so much for your advice! After your comment, I iced my knees :) ! My mom actually said she would put a bag of rice in the freezer for me next week after seeing your comment haha!

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Priyanka September 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm

My fitness goals for October is to incorporate more strength training!! and my life goal- involves getting lots of work done for my thesis!

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Khushboo Thadani September 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Good luck with your goals!

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Parita @ myinnershakti September 28, 2011 at 5:14 am

I love setting goals. I love accomplishing my goals even more :) I think my biggest goal for October is to eat a bit healthier, especially with a huge move coming up. More fruits and veggies for me!

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Khushboo Thadani September 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

No feeling like meeting your goals! Good luck with the move- are you moving apartments or cities?

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Sara K September 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

Hah running in Mumbai is IMPOSSIBLE ;)
My october goals: Unpacking everything; establishing a routine, buying myself a new YSL Bag ;)

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Khushboo Thadani September 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Buying a new YSL Bag goal..haha I think you have it harder than me ;) !

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IHeartVegetables September 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

hahaha I love you booya in your training plan ;)

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Khushboo Thadani September 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Haha I can’t wait to scream it after I actually complete the 10 miles!

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Errign September 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Great goal – I love that you’re doing it smart & slowly.

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Khushboo Thadani September 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Someone wise said something about slow and steady winning the race ;) !

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset September 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Great goal lady… doing it slowly but with determination is the way to go!

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Khushboo Thadani September 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm
Ameena September 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm

It’s so smart to build up your endurance versus forcing yourself to do X miles, even though you know your knees can’t handle it (I’m speaking of myself here unfortunately).

My October goal is to find a job that I love. It’s been my goal since October of last year so let’s hope I make some progress. :)

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Khushboo Thadani September 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Good luck with that goal – I think that’s one we all share :)

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spinach&spice September 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

You go girl!
My October goal, and college goal in general lol, is to walk up the stairs at least twice a day. Sounds ridiculous.. but I’m on the 7th floor! And in my opinion it counts as a pretty solid workout ;)

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Khushboo Thadani September 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

That workout is defo legit!

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