2014: 1/2 year report card
I'm confident in saying that the first half of 2014 has been a success with finding a happy-medium that I've been searching for since ... well, I don't really remember when. While it's had some ups and downs, I've found consistency.
In the past couple of months I have enjoyed giving myself a report card for my overall health and fitness, with running playing a large part, so I felt like the same scale can be applied for the first 6 months of the calendar year.
Overall mileage: B+
Every month I've fallen a bit short of what I really wanted to do, but I can't complain about being 24 miles away from 500 for the year. That's only 4 miles a month off my goal of 1,000 miles for the year. I'm in the perfect spot to increase my mileage a bit and then get ahead of that pace.
Quality mileage: B
The photo above is a track workout I did when I kicked off June. I've added a decent amount of speedwork to my routine, but I know I have more in me.
Cross training: C+
When I first think about cross training, I think about my bike. If I did that, I'd give myself a D, but I've managed to add more weights to my routine in the past couple of months, and I'm starting to think of a July 4-Labor Day goal that will greatly enhance my cross training grade. Anyone want to do a plank streak?
Good ... but not great. Bad ... but not awful. I struggle with sweets around my office. That has to end.
My attitude about running has improved drastically this year for so many reasons. I've gotten rid of some negativity around me in a variety of ways -- I highly encourage others to do the same ... or look in the mirror.
Overall grade: B
How do I get this to an A for the whole year? Run more. Run smart. Eat better. Eat smart. Cross train a little bit more. Knock off another PR to improve everything.