WOW, February went fast! How did you do on your February fitness goals?
I kicked off my 5k walking program this month, and didn’t miss a scheduled walk!
I also got at least 3 strength workouts in each week.
Here’s what’s worked for me so far:
1. Putting it on my calendar: Each walk and workout was on my Google calendar AND my daily paper planner.
2. Make room: I tried to get creative and do walks during work meetings, or walk instead of waiting in the car for Kiddo to finish baseball stuff.
3. Sleep: I’m trying to be better about sleep hygiene –> not bringing work into the bedroom, keeping the lights dimmed after 9pm, using melatonin when needed, and using the night mode on devices after a certain time….
Did you run a race a long time ago and can’t remember when it was, or what your time was? That was me! Thanks to Athlinks I was able to pull up races from 8 years ago! (I was apparently way faster than I am now!).
It also lets you create a Profile where other runners can follow you. If you want to follow me, click HERE.
On the desktop version it shows your best time for each race and the date of that race:
Two other cool features are the Search and Discover features. Discover allows you to look for races near you, and Search allows you to look up any race or unclaimed result by name.
Wanna get started? Sign up and start claiming your running results! And don’t forget to follow me!
Between a cold, dreary winter and my work schedule, I definitely fell off with my training. I still ran the races I signed up for in January, March and April AND finished, but they were rough!
Then, my “good foot” started getting pains, and for a while my podiatrist and I suspected a stress fracture (MRI was negative, thankfully!). In retrospect, there’s a good chance that that happened because I ran/walked several half marathons and a Ragnar Relay back-to-back without proper training before or in between.
So, I needed a REBOOT!
I’m running short distances once a week in May just to “warm” myself up for the REBOOT that starts in June. In June, I’m starting a 13-week half marathon training plan. Realistically, I can only squeeze two runs in each week, so that will have to do for now — especially since I need to use the third day for cross-training (trying to learn from where I went wrong in my last training program).
In addition the new training plan, I am also adding Orange Theory Fitness sessions to the mix starting June 1st. In the meantime, I’ve been doing total body barbell workouts at home 1-2 times a week in May.
I’ve also put on about 50-60 pounds since I broke my foot 4 years ago, and I’m sure that that’s also hindering my running progress. I read in a few places that a runner cuts 2 seconds off of their mile time for every pound lost. That means, in theory, if I dropped 40 pounds, I’d shave 17+ minutes off of my total half marathon time (not including any improvement in time from training). So, I’m motivated to get this done.
Today makes day 10 of following a ketogenic diet – low carbs, moderate protein, high (good) fat. It has been interesting cooking 3 meals a day every day and experimenting with new recipes. I’ve been to the grocery store almost every other day to pick up new ingredients. But, I am trying to avoid eating out for the next 30 days while I’m home (I have some upcoming travel where that will be unavoidable).
Here are some of the low-carb meals I’ve prepared so far:
Of course, what’s training without races?!
I canceled the races I had planned from mid-May until Labor Day so I can focus on training properly, getting stronger, getting lighter and coming back with a bang in September. I have to pay again, but the Popular Brooklyn Half will give me a guaranteed entry for next year. It was for the better.
I DID sign up for the Rock N Roll Half Marathons in both Virginia Beach (9/2/2018) and Los Angeles (10/28/2018). Wanna join me? Use Code RNRBRP2018 to get $15 OFF!
Disclaimer: I received free entries to the Rock N Roll Virginia Beach and Rock N Roll Los Angeles races as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
I am amped about both locations (each beautiful at that time of year), and I can’t wait to make some progress with the new training and weight loss. Wish me luck, and follow the journey!
Last weekend, I completed a Ragnar Relay with 6 other docs from my Mama Docs Run This Facebook group and 2 of their husbands (also docs).
Talk about seeing what you’re made of! Almost 200 miles, 33+ hours, and in/out of a van with strangers (none of us met in-person before the race, but everyone was awesome!).
We met on Thursday in Massachusetts, and attended the safety briefing (we had to bring our reflective vest and headlamp). Then it was back to the house to strategize, eat, and decorate the vans.
Van 1 (Runners 1-6) started at 5:15am, so us in Van 2 (Runners 7-12) got to sleep in with an 11am start. I was runner #11 — My first run was around 3pm (6.4 miles), and my second was around 2am (3.5 miles).
After Runner 12 finished, we passed the bracelet on to Van 1, and headed to the second house for some rest. Then, we were up again to do our third legs. I ran 2.7 miles (with a few hills) at 11am, and passed on the bracelet to our anchor who finished strong with 8.1 miles!
I would definitely do this again, and have actually started planning another Ragnar for November 2019 with a group of friends.