Goals for 2017: April Check-In

*insert witty intro here that I’d write if I weren’t absolutely losing my mind from traveling three weekends in a row, taking a half day, a full day, and two days off of work for the past three weeks as a result of said traveling, AND being absolutely, insanely swamped at work due to a coworker leaving with six days notice and needing to have all of her work transitioned over to me–work that I have never done, mind you–in that time*

Goal #1: Publish at least one freelance piece
Still not making much headway on this one. I pitched another piece in April and never heard back. I meant to follow up, but basically anything involving free time on a computer got pushed to the very, very bottom of my priority list this month (see: previous paragraph). I have had roughly two free hours per week–per WEEK–to do computer work for the past four weeks, so just trying to keep my head above water in terms of emails and blog responsibilities has consumed all of that time.

I did hear back from the publication I pitched in March this month, though. It was a rejection, but the editor told me to let her know if I had any other pitches, which, after analyzing it with the same enthusiasm and thoroughness eleven year old me analyzed instant messages from any of my manifold sixth grade crushes, I have determined to mean, “We think you’re a fabulous writer, even if this piece wasn’t exactly what we’re looking for, so keep submitting and eventually we’ll publish you!” That may or may not be a correct conclusion, but I certainly filed the “please let me know if you have pitches in the future” phrase away to return to once I have time to, you know, breathe.

Goal #2: Get rid of at least 50 things
Success! I hit item #50 on April 8. Woohoo! I got up to 53 items this month, and would’ve gotten farther if I had had time to actually fold the laundry I did two weeks ago (yes, I do still have clean laundry that I washed not last Wednesday, but the Wednesday before that, on my floor. I’m not kidding about this lack of free time situation!). But since I only got through folding the laundry that actually mattered (i.e.: non-workout clothes), I didn’t get around to the clothes I plan to get rid of, so my total stayed at 53. I do expect to have a lot of free time over Memorial Day weekend, however, and hope to get that number much, much higher this month!

Goal #3: Finish Dutch on Duolingo
I got through six more lessons this month and only have eight more to go! I was really surprised when I saw that I’m so close to the end. I’m excited to finish this, if not in May, then definitely in June. Then I can move on to reviewing instead of just forging ahead with new content.

Goal #4: Stay healthy and out of PT
I’m healthy and not in PT, so I’m successful on that front. In terms of more specifics:

– Strength train once per week, minimally, during running season: I don’t remember the last time I strength trained. It might’ve been mid-April. Oops.
– Stretch after every run: 😦
– Foam roll after every run, even if that means with a Moji rather than a full-blown foam roller: 😦 x2
– Do at least three PT exercises twice per week: 😦 x3

Most of these 😦 are a result of having a totally wonky running schedule for the last two weeks of April with the two half marathons and the 5K. Stretching and foam rolling after all the races wasn’t particularly feasible, and doing PT wasn’t on my mind, either. While my May doesn’t look like it will be particularly low key, but it won’t be busy due to racing, so I think my workout schedule will return to normal soon.

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2 thoughts on “Goals for 2017: April Check-In

  1. Whoo hoo congrats on getting rid of 50 things!

    I have given myself permission to basically give up on strength training as a goal. I’ve tried to get into it so many times and if it hasn’t worked by now it’s probably never going to. If something happens that I really need to work on it, I’ll do so, but until then I’m just going to focus on running. That said, I have been trying to add a few core moves to the end of my runs: like, a plank and some glute bridges or ab bikes, etc. It’s so much easier to get into that habit than it is to add separate strength training workouts. Although I often forget to do it.

    • Thanks!

      I’ve found that doing a few PT exercises as part of my post-run cooldown routine is basically the only way I ever remember/can convince myself to do them. I don’t know why I seem to think it’d be such a hassle to do them at other times, when it takes maybe five minutes of my day, but incorporating them after my run definitely seems to be the only way that I actually get around to doing them!

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