Best time to run? Any time.

When I chose a year and a half ago to return to my career roots, I knew I was in for a wild ride. What I didn't quite expect, though, was my schedule being crazy and always changing. 

Starting next week -- and most likely lasting through summer -- I'll be working a really early shift, going in at 5 a.m. every day. I've worked this shift a couple of times a week quite a bit, and it's not nearly as bad as it sounds. 

It's just really easy to be extremely tired when the end of the day rolls around. 

So when it comes to running I'm going to be faced with having to run at my all-time least favorite time of the day -- mid-afternoon. 

But how bad is that, really? When I had a job six years ago when I ran in the middle of the day in crazy heat, I was in the best shape of my life and PRs started falling. After leaving that job, my running hasn't been anywhere close to that good. 

So I say bring on the summer and the heat and running at 3 p.m.  Just remind me to take water ... 

No. 1,219

For anyone still reading after so many years, you know that I like to occasionally number my posts based on what numbered blog entry it is. Funny thing though ... "occasionally" hasn't happened in nearly 4 years. 

If I've done my counting right -- and it's very possible that I screwed up by a few posts -- this is my 1,219th blog post. These are reserved for random bulleted posts when I don't have one topic. So here goes my first attempt at this in a LONG time: 

  • I really should've set a blogging goal for this month. After setting one in March and April, I didn't realize how much that goal kept me focus on writing at least a little bit. And writing leads to much better things overall with running. 
  • I had an article pop up in my Facebook memories that I NEEDED to read again this week about why exercise is so much more important than any career path. Don't read into this being a bad or good thing ... just know that I needed it. Check it out
  • I really want to run the High Bridge Half Marathon in September, and I really think I should set a goal that's close to a PR. But man oh man ... I am slow right now. 
  • I'm moving again in June due to some complications with our current lease. I really don't want to do this again -- it always messes up my running, so I need some serious goals in June related to weight and higher quality runs as I officially start Richmond Marathon training. 
  • Did I mention how slow I am? I'd say I'm at my lowest point in years ... probably not my very lowest point, so that gives me hope. 

On to post 1,220 ... 

Power of 3: May goals

This month is going to be tough as I work a slightly different schedule, but I'm eager to start running more and having higher quality runs.  

My goals are: 

1. Get my long run back to 6 miles. That's not a huge stretch, but after so many lower miles in the past two months, this is a good number to get back to if I want to get to double digits before the second half of the year. 

2. Do a max plank of 2 minutes. I was headed there before I got sick in February. Time for a re-do. 

3. Sign up for a race. This doesn't mean I'll race again in May, but I need to start adding things to my calendar if the Richmond Marathon is going to become reality later this year.  

Power of 3: Checking off April goals

I kept things really simple this month, all with the purpose of making sure I capitalized on a successful March after my disastrous February. 

My goals were:

- run 4 times every week: done. 

- run at the track: done, with a lot of eagerness to go back

- blog 12 times: done, with this post. It's the most I've blogged in years.  

I haven't finalized my May goals yet, but I believe I'm ready once again to challenge myself to get back to where I was in January before I got sick. It's time for more miles, other cross training and a focus on nutrition. 

Green is back

Several years ago, I never meant for green to become "my" color. I just happened to get a few green shirts and green shoes to wear for Shamrock. That just carried over to a few other races. 

Last month during a #RunChat, my good friend Angie brought this up and in a matter of a few tweets, I decided I needed to bring green back. 

So I did. And I have embraced it fully thanks to the Brooks Running Launch. 

Embrace the green. #runchat #runhappy #brooksrunning

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I need to add a few more green things to go all in again, but if it worked before, it'll work again, right? ...