It takes a village to reach a goal

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As May is winding down, I’m looking at the goals I set for myself. The one constant is support from my husband, kids, family, friends, students and colleagues. I am a believer in being public about my goals (clearly, I post them on the internet). Not only does it keep me accountable, but it’s easier to ask for help. Most people enjoy the feeling of helping another.

50 Miles in May

Holy cow – the miles are done!! This past week, I logged 17.11 miles and wound up with a total of 60.2 for the month. Crazy, I know!

Here is the craziest part, I was going to back off this week. We had the holiday, I’m running a 5k this weekend and it seemed like a good time to relax. My friends and husband definitely gave me the extra push I needed and I’m thankful for it!

Friday, I ran with my friend and it’s really becoming a highlight of my week. I thought we would miss this week because of the 5k, but standing in the parking lot after running – my friend booked our next run. Calendars out and we picked Thursday.

We ran yesterday and knocked time off our run 🙂 We talk the whole time, so time isn’t the priority. Practice is definitely paying off.

I hit the 50 miles on Sunday. As I wrote last week, this was my plan. Then, we were having friends over on Sunday and the boys’ flag football was a little wacky, schedule wise. Seemed like a good day to skip the track and get things done around the house. My husband casually mentioned one friend was planning on meeting me to see the goal reached. Then my other friend texted to make sure we were meeting.

I couldn’t let them, or myself, down. Off I went to the track while our youngest practiced and I hit 50 miles. It felt amazing!! I’m so happy my friends and husband kept me accountable.

Last night, I went for a walk in the neighborhood with our youngest and my husband (our oldest was at baseball). This has been one of my favorite additions to our week that’s stemmed from the mileage goal.

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What a week of poses! This week was what helped me want to take on the challenge. I set the goal of working on arm balances, and I knew it was an easy one to back out of. By logging a photo every day, I was helping build up the confidence to try the strength poses.

Not only was I building confidence in my practice but also asking for help. I think everyone I know helped take a photo this month! Thank you!!

It also gave me confidence to ask fellow instructors for help. I found explaining the challenge and why I needed their help was a great way to start the conversation. I can’t believe there are only two poses left!

Here are last week’s photos…

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This weekend will be fun and busy. We are running a 5k on Sunday with friends and our oldest has decided to join us. It will be his first 5k and he’s very excited 🙂

How are your May goals? Are you racing this weekend?

Keep going!

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Consistency is key. We all know we have to keep showing up, but then what? Having danced my whole life, I know how to approach similar classes. I can see my goal and work for it. I was completely lost on the treadmill.

As I continue to work towards jogging 4 miles, I realized what a mess I was. I had no direction or plan. I would get on the treadmill from time to time and begin to run fast, then I would get tired and walk at random paces and inclines then I would try running at a different pace. No wonder I hated it!

By doing some research and setting my goal, I began doing intervals. I found a pace that made me work, but didn’t kill me. Each week, I add a minute at the faster pace. I am feeling a sense of accomplishment and I can see my progress.

I realized some of my students feel the same way. They come to class and try the hardest modifications and then they are beat before class is over. I am encouraging them to pick their level at the beginning of class and follow it all the way through. Just like finding the right pace on the treadmill, it’s important to work at the right level in class.

Keep going at your perfect pace and you’ll meet your goals 🙂