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April 2018 Goals Recap

April-Running-Recap

So. I didn't exactly hit all of my April goals, but I knew some of them (okay, all of them) would be a stretch given my travel and work schedule. But I still think it was a successful month even though I missed some goals. 

Here's how that all shook out - 

Goal: Run at least one race - Done!

I still have to post the recap, but I ran the Run for Adela 5K beach run on April 21. It wasn't fast (nor was I trying to be), but it was a well-executed run. I ran a comfortable pace with negative splits and my little toddler runner boy ran the last .1 mile with me. Recap on the way. Really, it is.

Goal: Do 2-3 at-home strength and/or yoga workouts per week - Nope

I am just not an at-home workout person. Maybe I should try doing some HIIT workouts outside or at the beach or something. Home isn't where it's at for me with workouts. Perhaps because I don't have a dedicated space for it? Once we get our garage climate controlled, maybe I'll find motivation. Maybe not. Anyway, this will not be a goal that rolls into May.

Goal: Run 4 times per week - Nope

Okay, so I did kind of okay on this. I ran 5 times one week, 4 times another, 3 another, and 2 during the week I traveled. So for the first three weeks of the month, the overall run amount was equal  to if I had run 4 times all three of those weeks (12 runs). I just ended up distributing it differently because of schedule conflicts. The week I traveled for work was just ridiculously busy and I was exhausted. I'm lucky I got in 2 runs.

I'm hoping May is a little calmer (no work travel!), so at least I have that going for me.

Goal: Get myself to Orange Theory - Nope

It was kind of silly of me to put this as a goal since I knew at least 2 of the Saturdays in April weren't available for this (race and travel). But I thought I'd try. Maybe May will be my month?

Even though I didn't quite make my goals, I'm still pleased with my progress this month. I ran my highest mileage month since last October (and before that, my highest mileage month since May) and I continued with strength training as much as my schedule allowed.

april miles

I haven't been running a lot of miles in the past year and I'm glad to be slowing adding more miles each month. My speed is picking up a little, too, and while I don't expect much during the hot, soggy summer months, maybe by fall I'll be feeling kind of speedy again. 

I also posted a few more blog posts in April. Here they are in case you want to catch up:

Weekly Recap: Training Reboot Week 5 (4/23-4/29)
Weekly Recap: Training Reboot Week 4 (4/16-4/22)
Dream Day
Fall 2018 Race Planning
Weekly Recap: Training Reboot Week 3 (4/9-4/15)
Weekly Recap: Training Reboot Week 2 (4/2-4/8)
April Running & Fitness Goals

Weekly Recap: Training Reboot Week 1 (3/26-4/1)

How was your month? Did you set (or hit) goals?

Posted on May 5, 2018 and filed under Goals.

Fall 2018 Race Planning

fall 2018 race planning

Now that I'm back on the road and hopefully the injuries and illness of the past few years are behind me, I'm starting to think about an actual race schedule that may include...a marathon. 

This may be completely crazy of me, but I wouldn't run said marathon until 2019. And I won't make a decision on it until I see how base building for my half marathon fall training cycle goes, so that's August(ish). 

The loose plan (because we all know what happens with plans around here)

  1. Train for a goal half marathon in December (Wilmington Historic Half)
  2. Monitor my training to determine when a marathon will fit (i.e., do I run the half as part of training and run the marathon sooner, or do I run the half and then roll into marathon training after that?)
  3. Possibly run either a February or March marathon

Any later than March and it's just going to be too hot here in the South to attempt a marathon. I'd really prefer February, but we'll see how training goes.

Based on that, here's how my race schedule will shake out:

  • Run a bunch of 5Ks, a few 10Ks, and a test half marathon on my way to the goal half marathon
  • Goal race: Wilmington Historic Half Marathon - December 2, 2018
  • Marathon possibilities: Run Oak Island (Feb), Myrtle Beach Marathon (March), Palmetto Bluff Marathon (March)

Fall 2018 race schedule

While I'm only registered for the two December half marathons at this point, I'm really feeling like I need a test half marathon before the goal one.

It's been so long since I've raced a half (and not slogged it or paced someone else) that I feel like I need to remember how to race one, even if it's a training race and not an all-out goal race.

The timing of the Myrtle Beach Mini seems perfect for that. Plus there's a 5K and 1-mile dog dash the day before. It would be fun to do those, too (including the 1 miler with Macy Dog). That race is my current PR and the course is a pretty decent course. I doubt I'll PR on it this year, but at least it's familiar.

This is how it looks like my fall race schedule will shake out based on that goal half marathon:

  • September 3 - LABOR DAY 5K
  • September tbd - TURTLE TREK 5K (beach race) 
  • September 15 - BOHICKET MARINA 10K
  • October 6 - ISLE OF PALMS CONNECTOR 5K
  • October 20 - COASTAL 5K and 1-MILE DOGGIE DASH
  • October 21 - MYRTLE BEACH MINI (HALF) MARATHON (test race)
  • November 10 - SUMMERVILLE SWEET TEA 10K
  • December 2 - WILMINGTON HISTORIC HALF MARATHON (goal race)
  • December 8 - KIAWAH ISLAND HALF MARATHON (pacing a friend)

So all of that means, the rest of my year breaks into the following training chunks:

  • May through July - continue to base build and run some races just for the fun of it - no goals (because hot, humid, summer, Charleston) - and to remember what racing feels like
  • August - Begin ramping up training for the Myrtle Beach distance as my test race
  • October - December - Train for goal race and if I'm doing a marathon in February calculate that into my fall training

I have to say, it feels awesome to be planning races again and possibly thinking about PRs. I don't think any PRs will happen until close to the end of the year, but in the meantime, I'll get in plenty of practice. And at this point, I'm not sure what specific time goal I'll set for PRs - they could be big, since I've been sick for so long, or they could be small because that's just the way it rolls sometimes. In any case, I'm glad to be back!

Have you started planning any fall races yet?

April 2018 Fitness Goals

april 2018 goals

First of all, how is it April already? Second of all, it's been a long, long, long (long, long, long, long!) time since I wrote a goals post. But I think I'm ready now to at least set some smaller goals. 

Do 2-3 at-home strength and/or yoga workouts per week

I'm not talking about full-blown gym workouts that last an hour. I just want to do some quick 15-20 minute strength and yoga at home to build strength more consistently and keep up my yoga practice.

My schedule just doesn't allow me to get to classes as much as I'd like and now that I'm feeling better (*knock on wood*), I need to prioritize running over other workouts while not letting strength and flexibility slide.

Run at least one race

I don't plan to race this race. I just want to get out there and run, probably harder than I normally do on regular runs, but this is less about racing hard and more about testing the waters and remembering what the experience of a race feels like.

I have a work trip during the time of the race I really wanted to do (Wando Hearts & Soles 5K), but I found another race the week prior. So, it's looking like my first race back after a long hiatus is going to be on the beach at the Run for Adele 5K on April 21.

Run 4 times per week

I'm slowly working my way up to running 5 times per week on a regular basis. I've been mostly good about getting in 3 runs per week most weeks, so now it's time to get that 4th one in consistently. That should also bump my weekly mileage up to 20-25 miles per week instead of the 12-15 I've been hovering around for a while. 

Get myself to Orange Theory

I've been wanting to try this place for a while now and just haven't managed to get myself there. My plan has been to do it on a Saturday mornings since that would fit my schedule the best. This is the month (I think). Maybe?

What about you? What are your goals for this month?

Posted on April 2, 2018 and filed under Goals.