Still riding the love train (read about it here), and this month I give you Bonnie Raitt. You’re welcome. I chose that one because sometimes races are just ok — not necessarily anything you did or didn’t do, it happens.
Last month it was “What is Love? Baby Don’t Hurt Me”. Well, my race (read about it here) did hurt me, in the form of a blood blister, but overall I was fine so I guess it sort of worked.
Getting in scheduled runs
I get very lucky with this training cycle — I managed to get all my long runs done outside. That also meant the last 3 or 4 were in the same neighborhood, and by the time I left I felt that if I had to run there one more time, I’d be scratching my own eyes out.
Luckily the next week was all running in Savannah.
Grade Earned: A+
Recording my runs
I have continued to do a good job recording runs, including making copious notes all over my journal while in Savannah.
Grade Earned: A
I’m still struggling with this on cold days. If I ran more at home, I’d do it inside, but I rarely ended up running in my own neighborhood (often icier than where I did run). I did not do my warm up mile in Savannah — the streets can be uneven and who wants to trip on the way to their race? However it was a mile and a half walk to the start, so there’s that.
Grade Earned: B-
I did great with this right up until I got home from Savannah . . . and no foam rolling. Really broke my streak! No PT exercises either. With no running, though, things still feel pretty good. I’ll get back to it — I’ve gotten back to the foam rolling, not to the PT exercises yet.
There’s a lot of debate whether or not foam rolling is really helpful — read Wendy’s review of “Good to Go” here — but I’m #teamfoamroller. Not #teamicebath (never done one).
Grade Earned: B
If you don’t count Savannah, my nutrition in February was pretty good. That’s kind of like saying if you don’t count the bank robbery, he’s an upright citizen. Am I the least bit regretful? No!
Grade Earned: B
- Massage? Yes.
- Chiropractor Appointment? Yes.
- Do I need a hair appointment? Done.
Grade Earned: A+
I committed to Iron Strength while training and stuck to it. I did more yoga, and more Pilates, too. After the race I’ve spent some time on my stationary bike, usually as warmups for strength training. And still doing yoga and Pilates but not running — by the time you read this, that will probably change (yes, it has).
Grade Earned: A
February 2019 gets . . .
. . . an A-. I think I’m going easy on myself here, quite frankly, there are lots of Bs here. I completed my race and my training despite the stress of losing Giz. I also allowed myself #allthefood in Savannah — good thing I don’t drink; Savannah may be a foodie city, but it’s also a drinking city. Let’s just say there was a lot of adults having a lot of fun there. #thestruggleisreal when it comes to warmups in cold weather, which ironically is when you need it most.
- Continue to Prehab. Y. Until we got back home, yes.
- Add on some short strength training 2-3 x week.Y. I was faithful to my Iron Strength workouts once a week. Right now many of my workouts are short, often bodyweight, but it’s getting done.
- Continue alternating Yoga & Pilates — emphasis on Yoga.Y. Even though I was heavy on the R&R when I got back, I have definitely continued to do yoga and Pilates.
- Plan out meals the day before. Y/N. Sometimes . . . not as often as I should. I’m working my way back to making this more of a habit, but I’m not there yet. And obviously all bets were off on vacation.
- Foam roll almost daily.Y. Again, until I got back from vacation.
- Play around with savory snacks (and report back on them!).N. Yeah, no. I just haven’t been super motivated in the kitchen lately.
- Meal plan on the weekends! Y. Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan.
- Be mindful of eating on vacation. Y/N. I definitely indulged. I also never felt bad due to food choices, and I got right back on track with healthy eating when I got home — I think that’s really key.
Which leads me to March Goals:
- Continue to Prehab. As always, something is always better than nothing.
- Strength training 2-3 x week. Pilates is a great workout, but I truly believe that actually lifting weights will help me age better. So while I’ll continue to concentrate more on Pilates and Yoga, I need to start lifting, even if it’s just a little.
- Continue practicing Yoga & Pilates. I actually enjoy both and see benefits from both.
- Foam roll almost daily. I’d really like to say daily, but I just know that won’t happen.
- Play around with savory snacks (and report back on them!). I am still really struggling with this one and it probably means I really need to do it.
- Meal plan on the weekends! Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan.
- Plan out meals the day before. Another habit I’m really struggling with. I think I need to try doing it earlier in the day. Most of the time by night I am tired and have a lot of other little things I need to get done before going to bed.