1) Run at least three half marathons, with the eventual goal of a sub-2 hour half. All done, with two of them at sub-2. Revised goal: Beat 1:30 at the Army 10 miler in October.
2) Run races in at least three new states (but I’m aiming for 5).
Still looking good here. Delaware is DONE. Florida is DONE. Wisconsin is in June. Maine is in August. I’m looking at doing Minnesota in June as well, so I may be able to pull off 6 states this year…
3) Workout five times a week. I need to redefine working out in my mind. Running more than 4 days a week is too hard on my body. For some reason, I do better with four longer runs than with five shorter runs. So, if I can get in four good quality runs and try to walk two days a week, I’m going to call that good. Hopefully once Shoo goes to preschool in the fall, I can take a class or hit the gym once a week to truly cross-train. Summer is starting and with two kids underfoot a lot more, it’s going to be all I can do to get in the running.
4) Stop stressing about my weight and start lifting weights. This experiment has not worked. I’m having a very hard time staying where I want to be. I’ve also really slacked on the weights. My first goal is to stop the mindless eating in the afternoon and the snacking on the lunch foods while I’m packing lunches. I’m also going to aim for lifting four days a week, rather than every day. Once I get back to that, hopefully I can slowly build back to 7 days a week (since I never have time for a full body workout).
5) Run at least 8-10 races this year.
6 down, 4-6 to go.
February 1 -12k (done)
March 15 – half marathon (done)
May 17 – half marathon done
September – I need to find a new race as I can’t do the Philadelphia Distance Run this year.
November 26 – 5k
I seem to have gotten out of the funk I was in for most of May. I just needed to step back and think about what I want to accomplish. I realized that for me, training hard (ie, including hills and speed work as well as distance) means my body needs more non-running days. Running both days on the weekend just wasn’t working for me. I want to still have some runs with purpose, but I need to cut myself some slack. Every run does not need to be a PR. Yesterday and today, I ran because I wanted to, not because I “had” to.
Speaking of today’s run, I wore the Saucony Triumphs for the first time. They were really nice and cushiony, but I wore my Wright socks, which are my thinnest socks and felt like I was sliding around a bit in the shoes. I liked the extra space in the toe area and the heels fit fine, they just felt a little wide. I’m planning to run in them again on Thursday with a slightly heavier sock and see how that works out. The run itself was great for the first two miles, but I made the classic “too fast on a hot day” mistake. The first mile was slightly downhill with shade at an 8:45 pace. The second mile included a half mile of uphill and almost no shade at an 8:57 pace. The third mile included walking. Yeah, that’s what happens when you push yourself on a 90 degree day, when you aren’t used to the heat yet. I’m pretty sure I did the same thing last year. At least I didn’t puke this time.