Weekly Recap – April 8th

MONDAY: Body Pump

TUESDAY: 5.6 miles outside

WEDNESDAY: Rest – I needed a night off to be an introvert 🙂

THURDSAY: Rest – choir rehearsal

FRIDAY: Rest – taught three voice lessons

SATURDAY: Chocoholic Frolic 10k – recap coming shortly!

SUNDAY: 2 mile walk to loosen up the legs

April Mileage: 13.8 miles

YTD Mileage: 107.1 miles

Notes: I had a very busy week with both running and music – it was wonderful! Plus, I PR-ed at the Chocoholic Frolic 10k (despite crappy weather and crappy hills). I’m planning to start integrating some swimming and other cross-training cardio options as I continue to ramp up mileage to give my legs and body time to recover.

Happy running, everyone!

How is April starting off for you? Has the weather cooperated for outdoor exercising in your neck of the woods?

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Something’s Gotta Give

So…I blinked and it’s now April 3rd! This means, time for a new set of monthly goals. Last month I wasn’t terribly successful (I need to take more pictures!), so here’s a late-entry for a bonus point:

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I got a haircut!

As I consider what I want to focus on this month, I have Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “Something’s Gotta Give” running through my head.

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Often, songs pop into my head that perfectly describe how I’m feeling at the moment – it’s completely subconscious and usually neat (unless it’s an obnoxious song such as “Tubthumping”…I know, what kind of crazy subconscious mind do I have?!). At any rate, I’m feeling spread thin. I am part of a running club that starts running 2x/week shortly, choir that rehearses weekly, I teach lessons two nights per week, blogging, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and oh, my job that has picked up in workload recently. Also, I am an introvert, so I gain energy from alone time which I have been severely lacking in. I found this a few months back and boy does it resonate with me – check it out:

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I feel that I’m at the point where I’m on the edge of a breakdown, which typically consists of shutting down and doing nothing. I think part of the reason why I’ve been able to continue with such a busy schedule for so long is that I genuinely am enjoying everything I’m involved in. I love teaching – it brings more joy to me (and hopefully my students!) than I thought it would. I love singing and making music. I love being physically active. I love the fact that I’m getting to know a young person and hopefully be a positive adult role model. I love connecting with other runners and music lovers in this amazing blogging world. So what now?

After many days of pondering, “what now?”, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to get comfortable having a busy life. I need to get comfortable living outside of my comfort zone. So, that’s my goal for April – get comfortable with the new me.

And take more pictures…I still need to take more pictures. Smile

Are any of the rest of you busy people? How do you cope?

Weekly Recap–April 1st

What a week it has been – even though I was absent from the blogging world, I was physically active outside it! As I type this recap, I’m considering what goals I should make for April – check back for a post on those tomorrow.

MONDAY: Rest – sick day

TUESDAY: 5.6 miles outside – it was beautiful!

WEDNESDAY: Rest – Sick hubby

THURDSAY: Rest – Hung out with my friend before she headed back to TX

FRIDAY: 3.8 miles outside – I ran one of my miles at a less than 11 minute per mile pace!!

SATURDAY: Rest – Fun with the “Little Sis” from Big Brothers Big Sisters

SUNDAY – Happy Easter!: 3.8 miles outside solo – first solo run since the allergic reaction in December

March Mileage: 47.2 miles

YTD Mileage: 93.3 miles

Notes: I had some breakthroughs this week with speed – have I mentioned that I’m a “slower” runner? I typically average around a 12:00 mile, and on Friday I ran one of my miles at a 10:50 pace, and my run on Sunday, I averaged at a pace of 11:30. Perhaps the Body Pump and Yoga are already starting to help? Or, I’ve really started ramping up the mileage in anticipation for Grandma’s in June, and that has helped make me more efficient. Either way, I see my yearly goal of running a 5k in under 34:30 and lifetime goal of running a 5k at a 10:00/mile pace as very attainable!

Happy running, everyone!

How did your training go in March? What changes are you looking to make in April?

Weekly Recap–March 18th

MONDAY: Body Pump and Yoga – two hours of torture…I kid, I kid…

TUESDAY: 2.5 miles outside – it was cold and I wasn’t feeling well (had planned 4 miles)

WEDNESDAY: 3.8 miles outside, plus teaching afterwards

THURSDAY: Rest – choir night

FRIDAY: Rest – Fondue with some friends!

SATURDAY: Rest – I wasn’t feeling well

SUNDAY: 5.5 miles with temps at 0 degrees (before enjoying ourselves at the bar for St. Patty’s Day!)

March Mileage: 26.4 miles

YTD Mileage: 72.5 miles

Notes:  Overall, I feel pretty good about the week – I managed to survive Body Pump (and even joined the Y on Sunday so I can continue to enjoy it!) and get some mileage in even though I wasn’t feeling 100%. Looking to step it up into half marathon training this next week.

Happy running, everyone!

How was everyone’s St. Patrick’s Day??