A little delay, and December goals

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to do anything substantial, other than study for the CFA Level 1. Fortunately, I got that out of the way yesterday (thank goodness!), so it’s back to relatively normal life for me for the time being (happy dance!). Here’s a little update on what’s been going on. 

Since studying occupied most of my time for the last couple of weeks, I had to cram in workouts wherever (and whenever) I could. 

I had all of last week off, which was great for studying, and also meant that I had more flexibility with my workout schedule.

The ability to get moving makes a huge impact for me when things get stressful. I’m a much calmer, happier person when I’m able to channel my energy into something else (other than what’s causing my stress). I tried to get some kind of physical activity in every day to break up the monotony of studying. 

However, it didn’t always work in my favor. One night when I went out running after studying all day, I narrowly missed getting hit by a car, and ended up getting a flat tire and twisting my ankle while jumping out of the way. The car did eventually see me, thanks to all of my crazy awesome reflective gear, and my ankle ended up being ok after some ice and elevation, so everything ended well (phew!).

Since I didn’t want to push my ankle too hard, I opted for low impact cross training for a couple days. 

On Tuesday, for the first time ever, I was able to go to the gym before everyone gets done with work for the day, meaning that I didn’t have to share a swim lane with someone else (score!). 

Wednesday was a hardcore studying day, meaning that all I could cram in was some circuit training in my living room (just so I didn’t go completely stir crazy). This also had the benefit of giving me an excuse to lay on the awesome rug on the floor, which definitely contributed to my overall happiness level, haha. 

On thursday, I was able to make time for some hot yoga, which was relaxing and totally necessary after sitting while studying all day. 

Friday, it was pouring down rain – not entirely unusual for December (or anytime, really) in Seattle – but, the one thing keeping me going through the last couple hours of studying was the promise that I’d made to myself to go for a run along the water. 

So, after finishing working my brain for the day, I went out and did just that. It was cold, it was wet, and it was muddy, but the feeling of being outside and the feeling of the cool mist from the waves on my face made it totally worth it. I was also one of the only people there, meaning that my short two miles were pretty much entirely uninterrupted. There is something so rejuvenating about a good run like that (no matter how short). 

The test was yesterday, and unlike a marathon, I won’t find out my results until mid-Janurary (ugh). So, to keep it off my mind until then, here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish this month:

  1. Build a base for my marathon training plan that’s starting in January.
  2. Incorporate, and eventually master, rhythmic breathing while I’m running to help avoid injury (there’s a great article here that describes it)
  3. Work on my cadence, specifically trying to avoid overstriding.

What are your goals for December?

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