I think it has been pretty obvious around here that I’ve been beating myself up lately over my lack of fitness, healthy eating, everything. I keep trying to make big goals to try to get my healthy life in gear but I always feel like I’m not doing enough.
And then today, I checked my Garmin Connect. It is Garmin’s platform for all of their fitness devices like the VivoFit (their new fitness tracker which I don’t have, yet…) and my Forerunners (GPS running watches). Well, I uploaded my run from this morning (woot! I ran today!) and decided to check out my yearly mileage. One thing became obvious: registering for the Philadelphia Half Marathon was a good decision.
I made the decision to register for the Philly Half Marathon back in June. My foot injury had finally let up (from August 2013) and I finally have the time to exercise more (summer vacation). I didn’t get started right away but eventually that decision paid off in motivation.
While I didn’t do my training like I should have (grad school and stuff), one thing is clear from the above graph. I need to stop beating myself up over not doing enough and see how far I have come in the last few months. While it might not have been as much as it should have been for the half marathon, I am still doing more than I was. This graph doesn’t show all of my workouts, but running is my staple and it fluctuates like the rest of my workouts do. I usually do more running than anything else so just looking at a graph of my mileage is pretty indicative of how active I am at the time.
So I guess I learned a few things today.
- I’m doing more activity than I gave myself credit for.
- Singing up for races works for me.
- I still need to get into a regular routine.
That last statement can be seen on a different chart on Connect where it shows the number of tracked activities per month. My goal is to get a nice steady, level line on that chart that shows consistency. Now I just have to be happy with what I have done and improve on it!
Are you realistic about your activity levels?
I still don’t think I do enough, but at least I am doing way better than just a few months ago! That was surprising to me.