Hello there bloggies! Welcome to Fitness Friday!

In this past Wishful Wednesday entry, I reflected on the things I’ve done this past year. One of those things was training for and completing my first half-marathon last fall.

It was fun and incredibly motivating to have such a big goal I was working toward for a few months. But, right at the moment, I don’t have one of these big fitness goals, and I am having trouble coming up with a new one. Anyways, here are some of the ideas I have so far.

The first idea is totally unoriginal; I could simply train for another half-marathon. I ran my first half in the 2:05-2:10 range. I think my exact time was 2:07, but I honestly forget. I had wanted to get under the 2-hour mark, but just missed it (I blame the runner grid lock during the first 5 miles of the race. I couldn’t get by the big groups of people and it made me go way slower). I could re-train this summer and see if I can get under the 2-hour mark this year. I could see myself enjoying the training process again.

On the other hand, I could be crazy ambitious and try to double that half-marathon into a full marathon. A few of my friends have completed or our currently training for full marathons. It could be an unreal experience to go through as they train for their own races. Two things do concern me about the prospect of marathon training. The first is simple, my body. When I train for long distance running, my body starts to break down some, and I tend to get injured. I am 6’3” tall and weigh around 190 lbs. My knees, hips, and feet endure a lot of strain on long runs. At the end of half-marathon training, my hips and knees definitely needed a long break from running. The second thing is the amount of time you need to carve out to train. Long runs take a long time to get done. I’m concerned about finding enough time to do it right. I have those concerns, but it would be an amazing feat to push my body and see what it can do.

The last idea I have right now has nothing to do with long distance running. I’m been toying with entering a USTA tennis tournament. I almost did this last year and actually had entered one, but graduation, moving, and life all got in the way. So, I had to withdraw. I’ve started playing weekly again, similar to what I did last winter in Connecticut. I’m still rusty and definitely not match tough at all. It would be such a thrill to get back on a competitive court and see what I can do out there. It would be ideal if I had some time to regain my form and get in better tennis shape, which would make it something to work for.

I know that I do miss having a longer-term fitness goal. I’m not sure which of these I will choose if any. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions of entirely different goals to go after? Comment below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.

Thank you for stopping by! I’m off to watch my brother get married this weekend…so excited!

Have a great weekend!

-Dr. F

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