April was an absolutely incredible month. Not only did it include a week long family vacation to Florida, but I was also incredibly active and spent quite a bit of time outside taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather here in Virginia. This past weekend we had beautiful summer-like weather, with the high hitting the mid 80s on both Saturday and Sunday. This gorgeous weather has been incredibly motivating in pushing me out the door and wanting to exercise outside as much as possible.
So how did I do with my April goals?
1. Log at least 95 miles.
After being just short of my mileage goal for the past couple of months, I am ecstatic that I met my goal in April. It was a very productive month when it came to staying active and logging miles.
My current 2017 mileage total is 338.1 miles. I’m 34% of the way towards meeting my 2017 goal of 1,000 miles. For the first time since the beginning of the year, I am just ahead of where I need to be in order to be 100% on track (about 5 miles ahead to be exact). Wahoo!
2. PR at the Loudoun Half Marathon.
Given that I was about 20 seconds shy of PRing at last weekend’s half marathon, I’d say that my hard work definitely paid off on race day. I’m still working on writing my race recap, and am hoping that it will be done later this week.
3. Strength train at least two times per week.
I was so far off from meeting this goal last month. I only met my goal one week last month, and all other weeks only did strength training once. I have to do better this month.
4. Cross train at least one time per week.
Unlike my strength training goal, I had zero issues meeting my cross training goal. Part of that is because the incredibly beautiful weather last month was super motivating for spending as much time as I could outside.
5. Keep up with my training while on vacation.
Other than slacking on my strength training, I successfully kept up with my training while we were in Florida. It was an absolute blast running both at the beach and at Disney.
Even though I’m taking May off from official race training, that doesn’t mean that I can slack off and let my fitness go to the wayside. In fact, I’m striving to do the complete opposite this month to order to maintain my base and to be as strong as possible when I start training for the Chicago Marathon next month.
1. Log at least 60 miles.
Although I’ve temporarily cut back on my running in order to give myself a mental and physical break before marathon training starts, I still plan to run at least one or two times per week. My cross training miles will also help to add up to my monthly and yearly totals.
2. Strength train at least two times per week.
After failing to meet this goal last month, strength training needs to happen this month. There’s no choice.
3. Cross train at least two times per week.
Since I’ve cut back on running, this leaves me with more time to focus not only on strength training but also on cross training, both of which will help me maintain my base prior to starting marathon training.
4. Loose 4 pounds.
Since ending my breastfeeding journey in late December, I’ve put on a couple of pounds and some of my clothes are feeling a tad tight. Even though I’ve been quite active, I know that I haven’t been consistently making the best food choices lately. This is especially evident at work where I’ve been lacking self restraint to avoid trips to the communal candy bowl. I need to make smarter choices, and hopefully that in combination with cross and strength training will help me to shed the weight that I’ve recently gained.
QOTD: What are your goals for May?