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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.

Week 1: Shamrock Marathon training update

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
— Henry David Thoreau

I chose to do a 19-week training plan for the 2015 Shamrock Marathon because: 

  1. 20 weeks sounded too long, and have proven to be too long for me.
  2. I needed more than a 16-week plan, which is actually my preference with better base mileage.
  3. I was coming up with a lot of excuses to not run more. 

The first week of training wasn't supposed to be much more than anything I've done in recent weeks. It just had the word "official" in front of it, as well as the elimination of trigger foods that was sending me to a circle of hell laden with Utz potato chips and Skittles

Week 1 sounded simple: run 20 total miles with a long run of 6 miles. This week threw the same curve balls I've had for quite some time with two kids, but it's the first week that I've had in a long time that I hit my running goals. 

I had to shift a couple of runs around due to lack of sleep and not feeling great all week due to a sore throat, but a successful week 1 is in the books. Nothing more, nothing less with my mileage goal.

I also feel TREMENDOUSLY better since I've given up a lot of empty calories and bad carbs. I can still do better, but I'm going to roll with my changes from last week for another week before making other intentional changes. 

Now it's on to week 2 with a couple more miles ... sounds simple, right?