Almost a former blogger

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

New goal: Keep doing this

I haven’t blogged in a month - that’s usually a bad thing, but in the case of the past several weeks, it’s actually not.

May was a weird month. The lack of blogging comes after a month in which I was really focused on a race, what was next and numerous other thoughts.

I needed a break from all that though and turned my focus to a few other things to help me out long term.

With a day left in the month, I’ll actually pass how much I ran in April, but I will fall short of my overall mileage goal. That goal changed quickly early in the month as I realized that my mileage total was not important.

I instead focused on three other things:

1. THE TRACK
When I say that I got back on track in May, I mean that both literally and figuratively. I made it to the track four straight weeks for a wide variety of interval workouts.

It was: awesome, awful, dreadful, exciting, weird, eye-opening, motivating … you get the picture here. It was a whole lot of things.

My main goal right now: keep doing this. Get to 6 weeks of a wide variety before switching over to “marathon training mode.” Some Yasso 800s will come after that as I figure out my running schedule this summer.

2. WEIGHTS
I was so on track with lifting weights at least a couple of times a week for a long time. Then early this spring I allowed myself to slip into the mind frame that running was enough for me. What a horrible way of thinking.

In May, I set a goal to get to the gym twice a week to start lifting weights. That was oddly easy, and now it feels normal again.

My main goal right now: keep doing this. It’s as simple as that really

3. NUTRITION
Not going to lie … I gained weight at the end of the winter and into early spring. I looked awful in my Blue Ridge Marathon photos. I don’t want to look like that next year.

I did a cleanse at the end of April and early May and, so far, have stuck well to the eating plan that was a part of that.

My main goal right now: Yup … keep doing this. I’ve let myself have a few moments of indulging, but I have been following that up with 2-3 days of really clean eating. I’ve got to continue this re-learning of it being OK to do that and to not let a bad day or two turn back into a habit.

With these changes, which really haven’t felt all that drastic, I’ve lost 9 pounds. Now I’m creeping closer to my “wedding weight,” and I’d love to get there by my 15th anniversary in July. The only thing stopping me is … me.

So now it’s on to June with a lot of “keep doing this” goals. I’ll adjust as I go along during the month before marathon training becomes important again, but for now, there’s no reason to change anything.