A few years ago I had never even run a mile without stopping. Looking back to that time in my life, I can barely recognize the person I was. Now it seems like every time I hear about some new and exciting way to challenge myself physically, I can’t wait to give it a try! This has been awesome for my fitness and wellness journey, but
not as great for my budget a little expensive.
Still, I don’t regret a single fitness purchase or race entry I’ve made and I can’t wait to try out a whole lot more. I tend to be a little forgetful of things that I want for myself, often saving more brain space to remember what others want (helpful for counseling, not as helpful for self-care), so to make sure I don’t forget all of the awesome things I want to do in my future of fitness, I present to you my Fitness Bucket List!
1. PR at this year’s BAA Half Marathon by blowing my time from last year out of the water. Barring injury, this one should be no problem as my running has improved by strides (see what I did there?) in the last year.
2. Run a full marathon. I’m so excited to put this one on my list. After the half last year I couldn’t imagine ever running a full marathon, but now I have no doubt I’ll do it. I’m aiming for the Walt Disney World Marathon in January 2014. I wish I had planned for it earlier so that I could run it this year (I’ll be 26 in January, so running 26 miles the weekend or so before would have been really neat), but oh well. The important thing is that I’m going to do it!
3. Compete in a triathlon. Despite not being a very fast swimmer when I was on the team in high school, I really miss it. For whatever reason though, swimming always takes a back seat to almost all other forms of fitness for me. Training for a triathlon would force me back into the pool/lake/ocean and would be an awesome way to show how far I’ve come. I’m planning to do this sometime in the next year to 18 months.
4. Do a cartwheel. Okay, so maybe this one isn’t fitness related, per se, but I’ve never done a cartwheel. I was always afraid that my body was too heavy for my arms to support and I was terrified to try so I’m pretty sure that finally doing one will be a big deal for me. The problem is, I need someone to help. Any Boston-area takers?
5. Hike the Inca Trial to Machu Picchu. I love hiking and desperately want to visit Machu Picchu, so that’s a nice little goal rolled into one.
6. Go rock climbing. I can’t believe I’ve never done this because I’ve always wanted to. Again, the trick is finding someone to go with me because I’m not sure I could talk Joe into it, but I’m certainly going to try!
7. Complete another Ultimate Bootcamp class. I adored Ultimate Bootcamp when I did it a few months ago, but my schedule got so crazy that I literally couldn’t make any of the classes after I finished my first month-long class. I’m hoping that now that I have a car I will be able to make space in my schedule for completing another one (maybe in September).
8. Become an NASM certified trainer. This is one that I absolutely know I’ll do because it is an integral part of what I want for my career. I wanted to add it to my bucket list because even though I consider it non-negotiable, it’s something I never would have imagined I could do.
9. Take a group fitness class at my gym. This is an easy one, but I still haven’t done it. I took a few yoga classes as an undergrad and loved it, but haven’t made the time for any of the classes I have at my disposal now. Maybe I will look into a spin class!
10. Bike in Ireland. This one is new to my fitness goals, but after watching an episode of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition at work yesterday during which a woman rode 100K on a bike through Ireland, I knew I had to do it! Both Joe and I have some Irish heritage (him more than me) and we’ve talked about going to Ireland on more than one occasion. I think this would be amazing to do together in the countryside.
While I’m sure there are a dozen (or more!) other things I’d like to do, those are the top 10 I can think of offhand. Now that I’ve broken free of holding myself back from so many things, why hold myself back from anything else ever again?
What is on your fitness bucket list?