Yup, had this post *almost* ready to go last week, but not quite ready. So I’m wrapping up April today. Technically I only missed running those last couple of days in April.
No real plans for any big goal races any time soon. Heck, at this rate the 5k the beginning of June will be my big goal race! It’s been a tough couple of months. So why do I keep returning to running?
Because most days I still love the way I feel after a run. I’m a much happier person. And yes, I was a huge Captain & Tenille fan back in the day.
Getting in scheduled runs
Still no scheduled runs. Thankfully no longer any snow, unlike March. I am still running without a real goal. I had just pretty much gotten a good base back — until last week. May will be another month of rebuilding that base slowly.
Grade Earned: A
Recording my runs
It must be easier when I’m not actually training for something and the mileage is low, because I’ve been good about recording my runs..
Grade Earned: A
Still skimping on this one. I can’t blame it too much on cold. Time and/or procrastination . . . that’s a different story.
Grade Earned: B
Every once in a while I get too busy to foam roll. My body tells me the next day I’ve been a bad girl.
Grade Earned: B+
Nutrition has definitely been tightened up. Still going through the discovery phase from Eat Live Thrive — read about it here, and at some point you can expect a follow up post. Of course the last week I’ve mostly been eating eggs, white rice, and drinking bone broth (but hey, that’s May, not April, anyway).
Grade Earned: B+
- Massage? A short massage after the Delmar Dash.
- Chiropractor Appointment? Still not much going on, but it’s probably time for a maintenance appointment.
- Do I need a hair appointment? I had already made one for tomorrow. Gotta look decent for Mother’s Day.
Grade Earned: B+
There has been a lot of yoga, a lot of Pilates, and strength training is slowly being reintroduced. I get my best results as far as how I look if I’m lifting some — not to mention it’s really important as we age to keep those muscles strong! I get on the stationary bike as a warm up for workouts frequently. Well, that was all before I got sick, of course.
Grade Earned: A+
April 2019 gets . . .
. . . a A-. One race. Recreational running. Yoga, Pilates, and some strength training. Better nutrition, trying to discover the foods that really work for me, a slight weight loss. Some spring like weather — finally! Of course we can’t control the weather, but I can’t tell you how desperately I need some sunshine (too bad it went away again at the end of the month).
- Continue to Prehab. Y. The foot is feeling better. Coincidence? Nope!
- Continue practicing yoga.Y.
- Restart PITT28 Modified. N. Decided to just stick with Yoga + Pilates for now.
- Plan out meals the day before. Y. Most of the time. It helps.
- Foam roll almost daily.Y. Most of the time — although I will admit I’ve fallen back to foam rolling only when I run, and I do personally see a benefit from it on non-running days too.
- Start an Elimination Diet. Y. To me it’s been fascinating (see my review of Eat Live Thrive Diet for a little more info here).
- Meal plan on the weekends! Y. Most of the time. It’s always a fluid practice, as it should be — but having some kind of plan helps you to stay on track.
- A short race? I went into the Delmar Dash undertrained (read about it here) and unsure of whether or not it was really the best idea. Glad I ultimately decided to do it.
Which leads me to May Goals:
- Continue to Prehab. As always, something is always better than nothing.
- Strength train 2 – 3x week. I did start a little strength training again in April. I don’t want to go crazy with it — I have a tendency to think I must always squeeze it in and push when I probably shouldn’t — but I would like to push just a little bit more. Stronger person = stronger runner. Except of course I need to ease back into it again.
- Continue practicing Yoga. Yoga just makes me feel good. And there are so many different ways to practice yoga! It actually has helped in my last two illnesses.
- Foam roll almost daily. I’d really like to say daily, but I just know that won’t happen.
- Start the Lifestyle Phase of the ELT Diet. As I write this I am almost done with the Discovery Phase. I only had 2 foods left to test! I should still be able to start Discovery this month. It’s time to move on to figure out just how many carbs my body really needs.
- Meal plan on the weekends! Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan.
- Plan out meals the day before. I have definitely found that doing my planning in an afternoon break works well, but I still do have days where I don’t have that afternoon break. Progress, not perfection, and consistency are the keys.
- A short race? Hmm, do I want to do a 5k that isn’t far from my house this Thursday evening? Maybe. Again, stay tuned! Yeah, well, obviously that didn’t happen. It wasn’t meant to be.