After a bit of upheaval and a move to the Mid(b)set, I am back (again) and feeling the fresh-start vibes. Now that I live in a city packed with parks, trails, rivers, free yoga, and friends who love to play outside, I anticipate many more interesting tales to tell. Many of them might even involve sweating (elegantly), especially since it's mid-June and 100 degrees in the shade.
That heat must be to blame for what I've noticed is a seemingly contagious sense of sluggishness. Everyone complains, and nobody works out. Why bother when simply walking to one's car feels like a Saharan marathon? Not even air-conditioned studios will suffice; all I wanted to do this week was put in my hours at work, rush home, strip naked and lie face-down on the dining room floor. Instead of actually burning calories, I am filling my time with dreams of burning calories. Summer's official start is still 3 days away: To what should I aspire this season, athletically speaking?
These are the #goals for the rest of 2016:
- Run another marathon in a new state. (7 down, 43 to go!) Maybe Virginia is next? Or Colorado?
- Practice yoga on my own in my own home 3 days every week. This is how you grow, people. You build discipline and the creativity by free-flowing solo.
- Play. More. Tennis.
- Invest in a fishing rod and reel. Apparently there is great small-mouth bass 'round these parts.
- Commit to a major climb in 2017. I'm thinking Whitney or the presidential range. Dreams!
Achieving goals is a lot like taking standardized tests. Tackle the easiest ones first, and then get after the big ones piece by piece, devoting all your energy to that one easily managed chunk. In my case, the easy targets should be playing tennis and practicing yoga on the back deck. Kilimanjaro will be akin to solving algebraic functions. (Did you know I had to take college algebra twice and that I almost didn't graduate because of it? Shout-out to my TA for his patience.)
What are your fitness #goals for 2016 Q3 and Q4?