March’s earworm is Air Supply. Yes, I was actually a fan back in the day and even saw them in concert many decades ago. March is a big birthday month in my family, and there was a lot of celebrating going on. Almost had the entire family together Sunday, but were missing my brother & nephew.
There was very little running in March — let’s just say my running came in like a lion as I tried to rebuild but out like a lamb with almost none due to illness. I wasn’t training for anything so I never planned for there to be much, but March kicked my booty in a bad way.
Most people have a time of year that they often get sick, and for me it tends to be around Feb-April. So why I always feel like this is a good time to really go hard with exercise (not necessarily running) is beyond me. You’d think I’d learn!
Getting in scheduled runs
There are no scheduled runs, but there are runs I’d like to do to maintain my base, but yeah, just as I was rebuilding I was out for the count again.
Grade Earned: B-
Recording my runs
I did do a good job on recording the few runs I ran.
Grade Earned: A
There were still a lot of treadmill runs. Mostly treadmill runs, actually. Just so over being cold! I didn’t really do a lot of dynamic stretching — I foam rolled and then I’d hop on the stationary bike to warm up. Good or bad? You decide.
Grade Earned: B-
I got back into a regular foam rolling routine — until I got sick.
Grade Earned: B-
Nutrition, with no vacation, was better. 2 birthday celebrations in 2 weeks didn’t help, but oddly enough being sick helped me eat better. I made better choices, knowing it would help me heal sooner rather than later.
Grade Earned: B
- Massage? No.
- Chiropractor Appointment? No. But not much going on, and typically I do one every other month to maintain alignment anyway.
- Do I need a hair appointment? Not quite there yet . . .
Grade Earned: B
I hit cross training hard in the beginning, since running is taking a backseat right now. I committed to PITT28 — and maybe that was actually my downfall. It’s only bodyweight exercises, but it’s intense. Or maybe it felt like it was intense because I was coming down with something? Or I came down with something because I pushed myself too hard?
Grade Earned: A+?
March 2019 gets . . .
. . . a B. When it comes to activity, obviously it wasn’t a great month. On the other hand, I listened to my body — there was no reason to push hard, but as I felt better, I also slowly added back in gentle exercise. Eating improved, and hopefully with the slow coming of Spring, it will continue to improve. The longer days — and sunshine occasionally — always puts me in a better mood.
- Continue to Prehab. Y. Until I got sick.
- Strength training 2-3 x week.Y. Again, until I got sick.
- Continue practicing Yoga & Pilates.Y. When I felt better I actually tried out some gentle yoga for Cold/Flu. I’ve never tried that before. While I mostly needed rest, some gentle movement was beneficial. PITT28 (see below) uses some Pilates moves.
- Plan out meals the day before. Y/N. Again, until I got sick. Then I was eating less so mostly I was able to plan out a healthy day either in the morning or as the day went on.
- Foam roll almost daily.Y. Again, until I got sick.
- Play around with savory snacks (and report back on them!).N. For the most part no. Maybe I just need to give up on this goal and call it good with Green Smoothies!
- Meal plan on the weekends! Y. Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan.
Which leads me to April Goals:
- Continue to Prehab. As always, something is always better than nothing.
- Restart PITT28 — Modified. It’s a great program that alternates HIIT cardio and Pilates moves. Many of these moves are great for runners: jumping lunges (or just lunges), Burpees, Mountain Climbers, fire hydrants . . . the list goes on and on. But it’s actually fairly intense — for me, anyway, apparently — on top of running. It’s meant to be done 6 days a week, and maybe that was just too much (even though I never did 6 days). Shoot for a couple of days a week, and maybe one day of ST with weights.
- Continue practicing Yoga. Yoga just makes me feel good. And there are so many different ways to practice yoga!
- Foam roll almost daily. I’d really like to say daily, but I just know that won’t happen.
- Start an Elimination Diet. I am reading a book to review, and it starts off with an Elimination Diet — there are several different levels, and the first level isn’t really that hard. I didn’t actually completely start it last week, but I incorporated some of its ideas and I had my first good weight loss (much needed) in weeks. I’ll write more about it when I review the book, of course.
- Meal plan on the weekends! Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan.
- Plan out meals the day before. I made strides on this in March, but sort of got off track when I was sick (I was still tracking). Hopefully April’s gonna be a healthy month and it’s time to lose those few extra pounds that joined me in 2019.
- A short race? Normally I start April off with a 5 mile race. Of course there wasn’t much running in March, but it’s not the first time I’ve done this race in similar circumstances. Depends on the weather and how I feel.