New month, new goals


The jam-packed month of May is now in the rearview mirror and I’m ready to turn my attention to the month ahead. So far this year has been marked by a lot of stops and starts on the running front. I was always anxious to jump back into training for an upcoming race, but it’s clear looking back now that I should have taken more time to heal.

June now gives me a chance to do that! With no race planned until mid-September, this month affords me the chance to right the ship, hopefully once and for all. So for today’s Friday Five, I’m sharing some fitness goals for June:

Focus on Chi Running form — I’ve actually been working on this since the workshop I attended early last month. I especially want to work on my lean.

Photo courtesy of ChiRunning

Improve cadence — Along with my running form, I really want to focus on locking in my cadence. I’ve been doing some of my runs with the metronome app and would like to work on slowly increasing my cadence from 170 to 175.

Prioritize self-care — Time with the chiropractor, massage therapist, in addition to time for foam rolling, are a must.

Eat the rainbow — With May’s hectic schedule there were way too many meals on the run, too much take out, and not nearly enough attention to eating well. Time to climb back on the wagon – especially need to up my fruits and veggies!

Build from the core out — I took a break from daily planking last month, but am getting back at it, along with hip and glute strength work at least twice a week.

Do you set monthly goals? What have you got planned for June?

I’m linking up with Rachel from Running on Happy and Lacey & Meranda from Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five link-up!



  1. Great goals!

    I am so wanting to work on run form too. Good for you.

    My goals:
    -At least 10000 sreps a day;
    -at least 7 hr sleep;
    -run 2 times a week;
    -lift 4 times a week;
    -swim,bike 1 a week
    -follow eating plan
    Let’s see how it all works out 🙂

    Good luck on you goala!

  2. I can tell when my running cadence is off–my feet start to hurt. I guess awareness is the first step, right?

    Good luck on your goals!
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  3. I have tried to work on cadence before as well. It’s tough to change your pace and form. I hope your changes will help your hip feel better. Hope to see you for coffee tomorrow!
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  4. Those are some great goals for June. I’m trying to be more aware of my running form as well as I tend to lean forward, especially when I’m tired. I want to start building in some core work into my weekly workout routine as well
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  5. I notice that cadence makes a big difference in being able to run faster with less effort. The instinct is to increase stride length but apparently that’s not right.
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    • It’s funny you mention stride length – that’s one of the things the Chi Running instructor suggested I work on. Apparently, as my pace increases, I overstride. So much to think about!

  6. My cadence yesterday was 179. I’m usually about 173 so I’ll take 179 as a win! The lean in the one part of Chi running I need to remember to do. My goal for this month is to relax, savor and enjoy being outside as much as possible. Oh and yes plank!
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  7. Yes, yes, yes to self care! As a mom/wife/daughter/nurse practitioner/etc etc etc, I really lost all sense of myself. I decided to proactively turn that around about a year and a half ago, and have never felt better!

  8. I tend to eat better this time of year because so many yummy fruits and veggies are at their best and a plethora of them. This weeks obsession is cherries.

  9. I am so bad at foam rolling. When I do it I still don’t feel like it makes a difference. Maybe if I started remembering to do it more and longer at a time it would.
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    • It’s one of those things I’m forever saying I’m going to do but my follow-thru isn’t the best. When I do it though I notice a difference.

  10. Sounds like great goals and they should definitely help you getting back in running shape! I’m hoping to work mor on core and hip strength in June too.
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  11. Summer is a time for me to regroup and just “enjoy” running. No races. No obligations. I’m going to work on core strength and rehabbing my knee.
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  12. I think monthly goals are awesome! They’re not as overwhelming as long-term goals (or seasonal goals). Good luck with all of your “righting” the ship 😉
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  13. Those are great goals Michelle! With this last training cycle, my strength training has suffered greatly. I am really anxious to get back to my weight lifting routine. And planking ….yes, I need lots of planking!
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  14. I’m really excited to start using our CSA! My goal will be a new CSA focused dish each basket.
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  15. These are great goals. And I seriously have the WORST lean ever. I have to force myself to lean when I’m doing easy or long runs. Speed work is never an issue but wow does my form break down when I’m running slow.
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  16. Great goals for June! I’m not doing monthly goals this year, but in June, I’ll be finishing the Bikini Series {two more weeks} and doing the #RWRunStreak. I’m also doing some purging of my apartment. We have accumulated way too much stuff over the past 5 years.
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  17. I like how you set monthly goals! Running form is constant work for me and part of it is building strength in my glutes/hips. My only goal for this month is have my foot heal (found out I have a stress fracture) without losing too much fitness by spending more time in the pool.
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  18. Good luck on your run form, I read chi runnning many years ago….I wasn’t very successful on changing my form. I have to foam roll more!

  19. I too need to pay more attention to my eating. I’m a tad worried about it for the upcoming summer since we’ll be traveling quite a bit. That means that I need to be extra careful about it when I’m at home.
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