Summer 2012 Intentions

I love my summer vacation; I am grateful for the time off and love getting active outdoors. It’s a time to rest, reflect, and reset for the upcoming school year. In order to use last summer (2011) to the fullest I created a list of 10 intentions – 10 things that were a must to do that summer. They included activities with family, friends, and new fitness adventures. It worked out great and I had a lot of fun! Setting these intentions challenged me to continue to set goals, to try something new, and it encouraged me use my time off effectively.

Summer 2012 is here, and it’s time again to create that detailed vision for my ideal summer. Here is draft #1. Hopefully it inspires you to check in, get it done, and have lots of fun while doing it.

Here is my summer 2012 Top 12 To-Dos!

  1. Stand up paddleboard once a week with Supgirlz
  2. In August complete my own 30 day yoga challenge at 889yoga at theThompson
  3. Go on 2 kayak adventures with my dad
  4. Continue to build my blog posting at least twice a week
  5. For July continue to put a priority on my Master’s (I only have class in July)
  6. Try at least two new fitness trends – Barreworks and another TBD
  7. Race two more triathlons this season – Toronto Triathlon Festival and the Toronto Island Triathlon
  8. Put a fitness priority on my Triathlon/Marathon training, including coming to Hamilton to train with my NYC marathon crew
  9. Participate in fitness professional learning – RealRyder training at CanFitPro
  10. Getting my workouts done during the day, so when the family is home I can tune in and be present.
  11. Create a buisness plan for what my own fitness business would look like
  12. Develop my health and phy.ed. teacher web series – 30 videos in 30 days

I’m in to Finish: NYC Marathon Class of 2012

While I know it is just over 4 months away, I am so excited to take on NYC again! I think it likely has something to do with my sister demolishing her goals last weekend in the Welland Half Iron Distance Triathlon, that I can’t wait to conquer mine head on.

In 2010 my sister had the joy of together rocking this race as our first marathon ever – hey, go big or go home. So I’m excited to take on the challenge again. This time with 2 more years of running and racing under my belt.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to the most:
1. Racing the 26.2 miles with my sister again. Finishing together – strong, smiling, holding hands like the cheese balls we are, and likely shedding a few tears too. This time as an added bonus our superstar coach, Kim Agostino, will be racing with us as well – No doubt she’ll be singing, dancing, and referencing random motivational quotes – which is why we love her – can’t wait!

2. Sticking to my training plan. I love racing because I love the routine and schedule training provides. Knowing my workouts months in advance and being able to plan and stick with them. This would be the part of me that loves crossing those goals off a list and my training plan is one thing to cross after another.

3. Sticking to my race plan. I can honestly say this did not happen our first time in NYC. We got caught up in, well, racing NYC! So I’m really looking forward to putting the race lessons I’ve learned over the past 2 years into action. Setting a plan for success and sticking with it – to me that’s what makes a great marathon.

4. Enjoying NYC. Although we frequently visit the Big Apple, it’s definitely a city I adore and never take my visits for granted. I am very excited to enjoy the race this year, as well as the city. To not be so nervous, to relax, and to have fun with it. There were times that I know I checked out of the race mentally, and that definitely won’t happen this time.

So my training will be starting soon enough, and I don’t doubt that come October my friends and family will be feeling a little like this:

But in the mean time, I’m enjoying reflecting and remembering on being part of the class of 2010, and hoping for the joys and experiences of what being part of the class of 2012 will bring.

Check out this 2010 time lapse, I think you can see Nanc and I at 0:25 😉