Power of 3: Reflecting on May

May was a decent month with running. I ran more miles than April, but I'm still stuck in some mediocrity. That said, it was a step forward and that's what's important. 

Here's a look at my goals and how things went:

1. Get my long run back to 6 miles. Done! I did 6 and 6.2 miles on the last two Sundays of the month. 

2. Do a max plank of 2 minutes. Nope. No excuses. I just didn't try hard enough. I'll revisit this, again, some other time.

3. Sign up for a race. Done! While I thought about several different races, I've opted to return to Lynchburg for the Virginia 10 Miler in September. Much more coming on that, as well as my June goals ...

June goals.

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Remembering the small things

One thing I have tried to do in the past couple of months is acknowledge my progress.

I was well on my way "back" at the beginning of the year and was failing to write down some really great things that were happening. When it all fell apart in early February when I got sick, I realized what a disservice it was to myself to not mark minor milestones. 

Well, this is my attempt to make sure I write these things down. 

Today marked the first time since late January that I ran at least 4 miles on back-to-back days. It's one of those things I didn't really think about until I finished my run -- it was just like any other week where I run a few times during the week, but not really paying attention to distance. 

I've had so many runs between 3-4 miles that I'm almost tired of it, but hitting 4 yesterday and 4.1 today just felt different. And when I looked backed on my runs in the past few months, I was surprised it had been so long since I hit that mark on consecutive days. 

Now it's on to even bigger and better things ...  

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.