My due date is still (just under) six months away, but I'm already thinking about my post-pregnancy fitness-related goals. Staying healthy and achieving these goals is very important to me for a couple of reasons. First of all, I want to look and feel great (and there is nothing wrong with the desire to look great -- don't let anyone tell you otherwise!). I also want to reach my maximum athletic potential (whatever that is, I still don't know). Most importantly, though, I want to set a good example for my child. If I am healthy and strong and active, he or she will benefit. In so many ways.
Anyway, these are my goals ...
1) I'm going to conquer the rope climb. Right now, I can't even figure out what to do with my feet. By this time next year, though, I'll be at the top of that rope. This will be a major accomplishment -- I've never been able to climb a rope. Not even in fourth grade.
2) I will do handstand push-ups. Right now, I'm stuck doing a modified version on a plyo box. I know I'm strong enough to do this right now, but I'm uncomfortable being upside down and don't really feel safe. I've managed to get into the handstand position a couple times (thanks to some assistance and encouragement from my gyms pals Susan and Denise), but in reality I'm just not ready. Yet.
3) I am going to compete in Masters Track and Field. This is something I actually planned on doing this year, but I set it aside once I became pregnant. I've realized over the past year or so that I really love sprinting ... it is so much for fun for me that training for 5Ks and 10Ks. I'm thinking about 400m sprints. I'll still do 5Ks and 10Ks for fun, but I'm not going to concern myself with time or anything. When it comes to competition, sprinting is going to be my new thing.
4) Pull-ups. I just want to do (at least) one unassisted pull-up. I'm not strong enough yet. But I'll get there!