The June Stats Report, Part 2: “Super good, but I’ll get better!” And about that #USMNT…

That’s a quote from the late Zig Ziglar, master motivational speaker. My mom used to listen to his talks on cassette tapes in the family car (that tells you how far Ziglar goes back) and he had a pretty solid perspective on staying positive and looking for progress in the right places.

Speaking of looking for progress in the right places…

How about that Tim Howard and the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team yesterday against Belgium in the round of 16 at the World Cup? Wow. Bummer of a loss but WOW, Howard was astounding. That’s what’s called holding steady in the face of relentless opposition. Best Tim Howard tweets here – of course somebody already compiled them. My favorite:

(That’s from Belgium’s team captain after the match. Classy.)

Okay, so today is a quick “part 2” of the June stats report, and the theme is from Ziglar. It was “super good”… AND “I’ll get better” – because there was a ton of room for improvement.

Here’s the good news: I did average a workout every 48 hours (15 workouts for a 30-day month).Here’s the “room for improvement” news – a few of those workouts (the walks especially) weren’t super-strenuous, and I can really feel the difference between an easy workout today, and something that really gets my heart beating. And my overall fitness level didn’t feel like it improved – it was a “holding steady” kind of a month (which, come to think of it, is what an off-season is supposed to be, at least somewhat).

But there was that age-group award at the 10K in Port Angeles to start the month. Yep, that was pretty cool.

The workouts in June went like this:

RUN – 8 (way better than May, but July will have to be better because fall marathon training beckons)
WALK – 2 (one of which was substantial – a solid, strenuous hour with my hubby; the other, not so much)
BIKE – 2
YOGA – 1 (definite need for improvement here, especially as marathon training ramps up)
ZUMBA – 1 (these are fun – I should do more of them)
LIFT – 1 (and it was short – 20 minutes or so – coupled with a shorter run; definitely need more strength training too)

So, 15 workouts total (one of which I sort-of counted double, as it was a lift/run combo). Not bad. But not badass. In judging that, I go for quality as much (or more than) quantity. Gotta step it up in the second half of 2014, because I’ve got more goals than Howard saved yesterday (16, if you’re wondering – most in a World Cup match since Ziglar was taking the stage regularly for his motivational speeches… 1966, to be exact).

More tomorrow on what those specific, measurable, short-term goals are (because they’re the ones that lead to the long-term goals). Today I’m reminding myself that there’s always room for improvement, but at the same time, there’s room to realize where things have already been “super good.”

Have a great workout – see you tomorrow.

Yesterday’s #Every48 workout: Started one of my goals for the second half of 2014 – a DAILY DOZEN, done daily! I’d like to be able to hold a plank – the last move in that series – for three minutes by the end of the year. I’m starting with 60 seconds, which is what I did yesterday. Also did some walking with my hubby, but not quite the strenuous workout I was looking for. (It’s been hot outside, but I can get up early – no excuses here.) Looking for more sweat (from my workouts) in the days to come.



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