I don’t usually wait until six days into the month to share my monthly goals, but given that I decided to take the second half of last week off from blogging while I continued to enjoy our vacation, and then spent the weekend super busy with errands, chores, and an Easter celebration with extended family, there just hasn’t been time to sit down and write!
Last month was quite an interesting month. Now that the weather is finally starting to get nicer here in Northern Virginia (and will hopefully stay that way!), I tried to be outside as much as possible. Whether that meant completing a long run outside, going for extra walks with Riley, or simply just being outside, it meant that my time at the gym became limited. And thus, I didn’t do as much weight training as I usually do. While weight training wasn’t one of my March goals, its always something on my mind.
This past month also included my ongoing chiropractic care from January’s car accident (I’m still seeing the chiropractor three times a week), which also takes time away from working out. I also worked more long days each week than I prefer, but I’m hopeful that that’ll change this month as we enter fourth quarter at school, which usually means fewer students wanting to stay after school for extra help.
Despite how busy this past month was outside of working out, I’m proud of the fitness goals that I was able to accomplish.
1. Run, walk, and elliptical at least 75 miles.
Not only did I meet my goal, but I crushed it with my highest mileage month yet: 85.6 miles, topping my 85.2 miles from December 2013. Running four races definitely helped push me to a new monthly best (St. Patrick’s Day Double, Shamrock 8k, and Shamrock Half Marathon – which I know I still need to recap), as did all of my training leading up to my goal race, my fourth half marathon.
2. PR at my fourth half marathon.
I’ve already shared with all of you that I not only met my A goal, but that I crushed it, by PRing by over 10 minutes. I’m hopeful that now that I’m back from vacation that I’ll be able to share my recap with all of you this week. It definitely wasn’t an easy PR to achieve!
3. Cross train at least once a week.
I was better about cross training some weeks more than others. I know how important cross training is, and being busy shouldn’t be an excuse for not fitting it in.
Now that I’m not “in training” for a major race, my monthly goals are shifting a bit. While they are still fitness and general health oriented, they’re a bit different than they’ve been for awhile since my fitness focus has also temporarily shifted until I start training for half marathon number five.
1. Run, walk, and elliptical at least 60 miles.
Yes, this is a huge decrease from last month. But since I’m taking a break from training for a major race, this month will be a test to see how much mileage I can log even when I’m not in training.
2. Get enough sleep.
I will fully admit that with how busy March was that I did not get enough sleep. I need to be better about going to bed at a decent hour, especially during the week.
3. Weight train at least twice a week.
Now that I’m not currently focusing on training for a race, I want to spend more time working on weight training. The amount I’m able to lift is still not at my pre-car accident amount, and I’m not able to lift for as long as I would like to, nor am I able to do all of the weight training activities I want to do. Anything that involves my lower back either cannot be done or can only be done with a very small amount of weight. But the little weight training I am able to do I want to focus on to help make myself stronger.
QOTD: What are your goals for this April?