People warned me about the "marathon blues" that hits post-race. I basically thought it was crazy. Um, now I don't have to train, and I did something amazing. Why will I feel bad? Saturday I was on a high all day (well, except when I was napping) but I'm already sinking into a feeling of "so what's next?" I do have a spring marathon on the agenda - more on that later - but for now I want to refocus my goals and spend some time working on things OTHER than running.
Like my ABS.
Hold on - ABS in this case is standing for "Always be Sexy", and I'm not alone in my effort. No no. I managed to rope this guy into my plan as well:
I have spent so much time focused on running lately, and I've been neglecting other vital parts of fitness, like strength and flexibility. So Tim and I are both going to spend a few weeks focused on reducing body fat and increasing muscle.
Hubby has managed to put on a little, let's call it "America Weight". Too many good foods in the supermarkets here, clearly. I have no plans to lose weight, but I would like to reduce my body fat percentage and build muscle. The stats:
Tim - Starting BF %: 21.6
Vanessa - Starting BF %: 24.2
For this case, we are both going by body fat. Less focus on the weight, and more focus on what we are made up of. We have a scale that registers body fat percentage, so we will stick with checking our body fat that way (although calipers or a bod pod would be more accurate). Here's a chart I found showing healthy body fat levels for men and women:
That means right now I'm hovering above "fitness" level - and of course I'd much rather be in "athlete" mode. Less squishy, more muscle!
I'll be reporting back here just before Christmas to let you know how we do. I'm hoping to see some noticeable changes through increased resistance training, HIIT, and healthier eating habits.
And hey, if Operation Always Be Sexy results in some abs? Well I certainly won't be complaining.
Clearly drinking champagne in our old kiddie pool is the key to sexy abs. Or maybe working out and eating healthy foods. Definitely one of the two.
Do you ever use body fat percentage as a gauge of your fitness? How do you check it?
I think it's better (for me at least) that weight, definitely. Running keeps my weight the same, but can reduce muscle mass easily, based on personal experience. I check with my Tanita Scale, we have had it about a year so far and it seems to work really well.
Do you like to have constant goals to work towards? How do you feel once you reach them?
I always need an upcoming goal, something to train for and look forward to. But when I reach it (even after a success!) I can be disappointed. So I find something new!