I’m looking forward to May. It’s gotten off to a really rainy start, which I know is going to pay off in huge dividends with my garden and my flowers. We get to start getting veggies from our CSA this month and I have a few fun races on the schedule. All good things. 🙂 Plus, I get to experience this month with a cast-less kid! This first week without the cast I suspect is going to be as difficult as the first week WITH the cast was, while he relearns how to walk. I had to leave work early yesterday to go get him because he’d tried to run on the playground and had a huge fall. He refused to walk afterwards and all of his teachers were terrified he’d re-broken something. I think he was scared more than anything. We talked a lot today about walking before we run and being careful. I totally understand his desire to run though. After a month in a cast, the sense of freedom must be overwhelming.
Before we get to May’s goals, a quick look back at April:
– Finish my runs with mental strength: I totally rocked this goal, which paid off on that hot race day in Lincoln this weekend. Every run was a “strong finish” run which meant I ran up the stupid hill to my house more times than I want to think about. 🙂
– Practice race strategy with fuel and intervals: I did practice my planned race intervals in several runs and my fueling strategy. I think in future training cycles, I’m going to incorporate longer chunks of “race pace” running to get a better sense of pacing. I still stink at regulating my pace on the road.
– Stay safe: Done! No injuries pre-race (knock on wood – no injuries after race would be nice too!)
– Focus on quality fuel: I’m really proud of how well I did this. With every choice I made in the week before and after the race, I thought about whether or not it was healthy fuel. At no point did I give into that “I earned it” mentality that has gotten me in trouble before. 🙂 The scale is still up a few pounds, of course, but I can live with that a lot better knowing it is still fluid retention when I can look back at a week of healthy choices.
– Sleep 8 hours a night: Well, the broken leg sort of screwed that goal and none of us got great sleep all month. Ah well, you can’t win them all.
– Plan my garden: Done! This year Darrell has done all of the work, but we still had fun planning as a family. I can’t wait to see how all of these plantings pay off!
So what are my goals for May?
– Turn off all electronics by 10 pm: I may not be able to control the kid wake-ups that make 8 hours of sleep elusive, but I can control my own behavior. No more phone or iPad after 10 pm.
– Drink 64 oz of water a day: I had been doing great with this goal and then got off track with binge-trigger-period a little while ago. Time to get back on track! What I’d really like is to drink less soda, but I know myself well enough to know that I do better when I focus on ADDING a good thing rather than restricting a less good thing.
– Run at least one of my upcoming races Garmin-free: I would say tech free, but I like having music when I run. I may actually run all 3 of my upcoming races “naked” (Papillion Half Marathon, Boys Town 5 mile, Mission Possible 10K). I don’t have time goals for any of those. This month, my running focus is just going to be getting out there to have fun and acclimate to summer. Training and serious work will start again soon enough for Des Moines in October.
– Speaking of getting ready for Des Moines in October, I’m going to read Hanson’s half marathon book and Racing Weight this month. I’ve skimmed Hanson’s enough to know that I’m not ready for that kind of training plan. It would be a huge jump in mileage and neither my body nor my lifestyle are ready for that yet (it suggests that your mileage is 30 miles a week as a baseline for the beginner plan! I don’t get that in peak training!). However, there are definitely some concepts in the book that I think would help me in my next training cycle. Similarly, I’ve got to admit that a) losing a few pounds and b) really fueling for running would help those efforts. I’ve heard good things about Racing Weight so I’ll put that on the list this month too. I’ll of course update you guys with reviews of both!
– One thing I’d like to do in this between-training cycles period is get back on the strength training wagon. I really think regularly doing some strength work during this training cycle helped me avoid a lot of the aches and irritations I’ve had in the past, but I could definitely step it up. Since I won’t be pushing it much on the running front for the next month or so, it’s a good time to think about my strength training game. As a step in the right direction, I’m joining up with this little strength challenge for May with Heather. I’m going to be a week off schedule since I didn’t remember that I was supposed to be starting squats on Monday (that post-race soreness distracted me and I forgot!), but I’ll just start it next week. I’m dreading the lunge week, which means that’s the probably the one I need the most. I HATE lunges.
Anybody have vacation or a big race or anything else fun on their schedules for May? Do share!