May 2014 Monthly Goals

What a month!  April was jam packed, both with fitness activities as well as work and social events.  This past month I ran two races – the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and the Jaguar 5k – and focused on increasing my speed, consistently weight training, and overall, trying to live a healthy, less stressful life.

The first half of the month I was much more successful with the relaxation component of my April goals, while during the second half of the month I was very successful in increasing my running speed.  A month ago, I set three very specific goals, and while I made progress towards reaching all of them, I was more successful in meeting some more than others.

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1.  Run, walk, and elliptical a total of 60 miles.

Grade: A

Yesterday I completed my 60th mile for the month, and ended the month having completed 60.43 miles.  Not only did I log more miles in April than I did in March, but I also increased my calorie burn during cardio activities, and spent more time training in April than I did in March.

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My March and April statistics, courtesy of RunKeeper

2.  Continue practicing yoga.

Grade: C

I was much more consistent with practicing yoga during the first half of the month than I was during the second half of the month.  Despite having had a follow up appointment with my neurologist last Monday, I haven’t practiced yoga since I last saw him.  Bad patient, I know.

3.  Weight train at least twice a week.

Grade: B

I was much more consistent in April than I was in March with my weight training, especially during the second half of the month.

Based on the success and progress I made inApril, my May goals are very similar to my April goals.  Because I have so much on my calendar (we’ll be out of town three out of the next five weekends), I want to focus on maintaining the healthy practices I worked on building during April, and to make yoga a higher priority than I did during the second half of April.

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1.  Run, walk, and elliptical a total of 65 miles.

Since I met my April goal of 60 miles, I’m challenging myself to log an additional five miles in May.  While this may seem like an easy task given how small of an increase it is, my longest training run this month is scheduled to be 6.5 miles, whereas my longest run in April was ten miles during the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.  Between my runs being of a shorter distance this month, and how busy our calendar is, adding an additional five miles will definitely be a challenge.

2.  Make practicing yoga a higher priority.

After neglecting yoga for the second half of April, I need to focus on making it a priority again.

3.  Weight train at least twice a week.

I truly believe that one of the reasons why I was able to successfully increase my running speed is because of the weight training that I’ve also been doing.  I know that continuing to weight train will be important, especially as my half marathon training mileage increases.

QOTD: What are your goals for May?

Also, congrats to Didi M. from DISTherapy on winning the Custom Tutu Giveaway!  Thanks to all who entered, and hopefully it won’t be too long before I host another giveaway!

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27 Responses to May 2014 Monthly Goals

  1. I’ve found keeping up with yoga hard when I’m not enrolled in a class. So I’ve started doing 10 minute sequences every day. Maybe a sequence when you get home from work (that’s when I’d always need the most de-stressing 😉

  2. Love that you are grading yourself! Have you ever tried PiYo? It’s a more active yoga you may enjoy. 🙂

  3. Chaitali says:

    Good job on the goals and keeping going with the May goals!

  4. I loved the grades and you did a really good job keeping with your goals! My goals for May are to finish the alpha phase of T25 while running, strength training and doing yoga at least 2x for each. Good luck in May!

  5. Congrats to Didi for the win! Good luck with the yoga this month. Looks like you did pretty well with your other goals! Keep on keeping on girl!

  6. I’ve noticed weight training helps me increase my running speed, too! I recommend you regularly practice yoga, too, as I’ve found that helps me with recovery after runs.

  7. irenejean says:

    I like how you set specific goals each month! For May, I’m also setting a goal to weight train twice a week.

  8. What an awesome month girl! You did great! Also..I nominated you for a Liebster award! No pressure…it’s just for fun so I understand if you don’t participate. 🙂 http://www.roadrunnergirl.com/2014/05/the-liebster-award.html

  9. Irene says:

    I love that you have a relaxation component to your goals. Very few people think of that, including myself.

  10. Great and realistic goals you have. I’ve become more into yoga the last few months as well. Have you tried Dancing Mind in Falls Church? I love their yoga sculpt class. I’m glad we connected and can’t wait to meet up in person.

  11. Pacefulmiles says:

    These are awesome goals! I need to focus on yoga and strength training more too, because as of right now, I’m not doing either.

  12. Emily says:

    Good luck with your May goals! I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check out the link to my blog for the award’s rules. 🙂 http://www.whateverfloatsyouroats.com/2014/05/liebster-award-nomination.html

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