Does anybody else feel like they’re extra motivated at the beginning of a new month? I definitely felt that way this past week, especially since I not only wanted to close out March on a strong note but kick off April even stronger. Overall, it was a great week!
Monday, March 27th
We spent Monday flying back from Illinois. Between a delayed connection, and having to pick up our dog Riley after we landed, it was a long day with no time to work out.
Tuesday, March 28th
I made up for Monday’s lack of training with a 4.50 mile run. Despite the fact that it was a humid evening, and I had pushed little man in the stroller, I managed almost negative splits during my run.
Wednesday, March 29th
Even after a long day at work followed by a chiropractor appointment, I still managed to squeeze in 20 minutes of strength training while little man played with his toys. My fourth blogiversary was also on Wednesday. Its hard to believe that this little space on the Internet is already four years old!
Thursday, March 30th
My birthday was on Thursday, and I celebrated in one of the best ways possible: by going for a 4 mile run with my little running buddy.
Friday, March 31st
Friday after work I headed to the gym, where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of full body weight training. I left the gym feeling sore, which is always a sign of a great workout.
Saturday, April 1st
Saturday was a very long day. I started the day off at school proctoring a practice AP exam for my students. Afterwards I headed to a friend’s bridal shower. By the time that I got home, I felt like I had put in a full day of work (I was gone from about 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Little man’s godmother had been with him while I was gone all day, and we decided to head out for a little outlet shopping and dinner after I got home. It was a long, but fun, day.
Sunday, April 2nd
I had 10 miles on tap for my long run, and after a little debate, decided to run the hilly route that got the best of me at the end of February when I had set out to run 14 miles but called it quits at 12. It was in the low 60s during my run, and the sun was shining brightly during my early afternoon run. Looking at my splits, it is quite obvious which splits were a net uphill and which were a net downhill: 10:27, 10:00, 10:09, 10:05, 10:04, 10:31, 10:15, 10:22, 10:10, 10:03.
I am so happy that I was able to maintain my 4:15/0:45 intervals for the entire run, including when I took a Gu gel at miles 3.4 and 7.75, and a couple of Clif Shot Bloks at mile 5.8. When I arrived home, Preston and little man greeted me outside and I was able to celebrate a successful long run with them.
Total Weekly Mileage – 22.37 miles (4.53 miles more than week 2)
Total Loudon Half Mileage – 56.43 miles
QOTD: Do you find that you’re more motivated at the beginning or at the end of the month?
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up. I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up. Be sure to check out their posts as well.