Celebrating fitness accomplishments, spring & summer goals

Good morning!  How’s your week going?

I feel like it’s flying by, but that could be because I’ve been slowly preparing for our vacation this weekend.  Yesterday I got the tires rotated, dropped off the dry cleaning & picked up a few things from Costco.  All of the little things add up.

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I’m in taper mode this week, so I ran an easy 5 miles around the Google campus. 

One day when I’m rich, I am going to fly you guys out here to run with me here.  It’s so fun to run over there!

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Thoughts of a training plan kill my running soul, so I just do what I feel like at an easier pace.  That probably doesn’t make sense, but then again neither do I. 

I hate to feel like “I have to” do something.  Running is my passion and it’s a lot of fun for me, so I never want to force it, ya know!?

So this week I’m just running a few miles twice and focusing on strength training & hydrating.  Which are going well so far.

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P.S Sperry’s are totally normal cross training shoes.  Totally.

I’ve also been wearing my compression socks like a champ too.  Bam’s a little jealous of them.

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Like most, I find myself striving to be better.  A big motivator is to see if I can out do myself.  For the first time in almost 2 years, I am finally back up to my pre injury monthly mileage.  I threw down 60.10 miles in March!!  I know this may not seem like a lot, but for me it’s a HUGE amount. 

Since I am a nerd, I write down every single run I’ve done and flipping through my calendars this morning and realized I averaged about 50ish miles a month back in the day.  I am definitely off the injured list!  Wahoo!

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So, where do I go from here?  Hummm well, here are a few spring goals I have in mind:

  • Run the SLO half marathon
  • Start training on my bike for the California Classic 35 mile ride
  • Continue strength training and challenge myself a little more.  With reps, add weight or exercises that are a bit more challenging.
  • Complete the CA Classic ride & half marathon
  • Continue to work on and staying in half marathon shape
  • Focus on hydrating & eating balanced meals. 

Here are my summer goals.  They may not even happen, but I’m just throwing them out there:

  • Try out trail running
  • Find a summer half marathon
  • Maybe look into trading my road bike in for a mountain bike

I may or may not be warming up to the idea of running a full marathon.  Maybe.

I’m not trying to get ahead of myself here, I know some of these most likely won’t happen, but I’m a dreamer and chess player in life.  So it’s fun for me to think ahead.

What are your spring & summer goals?

How many miles a month on average do you throw down?

Do you follow a training plan?

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0 Comments on “Celebrating fitness accomplishments, spring & summer goals

  1. Long comment: You’ve been warned. ha! I’ve been in a running/workout slump since my first half in February. I had a bad race, it took 3 hours, 48 minutes. Which I realize it’s my first half, BUT I trained five months and I was disappointed that by Mile THREE I was struggling.

    I think I half-assed training unintentionally if that makes sense. I did follow Galloway’s run/walk method, but I was not logging in enough running. My endurance sucked. I did other cardio/weights, but clearly not enough.

    Since then I have worked out ZERO times. I’ve mentally beat myself up enough about that race and am ready to move on. I would like to lose 20 pounds before my next half which is in December. I do think being overweight hindered everything with my running.

    So my goals are to try to eat a lot cleaner than I have been, get off the junk foods, get back to running several times a week and supplement the other days with Yikes! Jillian Michaels DVDs and some weight training.

    I love reading your training posts btw.

    • I really struggled running my first half marathon big time too. After feeling negative about it, I decided to run my 2nd half to “redeem” myself. Ha! I learned from my mistakes on my first half (fueling & inconsistent training) and made it my mission to run a race I was proud of. I PRed and I felt like I gave it my all.
      I think if you learn from your mistakes too, and train hard your 2nd half you will feel & do so much better. I hope this helps encourage you to take that other step in your training. 🙂 Please let me know if I can help you in any way.

  2. Sooooo it isn’t until December, so it’s not exactly a “summer” goal for you, but I highly recommend the North Face Endurance Challenge race series. It’s a trail race series that has distances from 5k-50 miles and they have them all over the US. Their San Francisco one is in December. I ran their DC Half last summer and absolutely loved it.

    Congrats on officially being back (and better) from your injury!

    • You are so awesome!! I’ll have to look into this. It sounds like a blast! You need to move to Cali so we can run together.

  3. Until you’re rich, you should just fly one person out to run with you. Someone who can identify with injury. Therefore, I will take one for the team and volunteer. 😉

    When I am not injured. I usually run 40-75 miles a month.

  4. What size compression socks do you wear? I bought a S/M because I wear a size 9.5 but they go up over my knees!
    Love your positive attitude and hearing about Bam.

    • I wear an XS and wear a size 7 shoe. They do come up a little over my knee, but I just scrunch them down a bit.

  5. My summer goal is to run my first 10K in June and train for my first 1/2 marathon in September! I HATE being injured, I broke my ankle 2 years ago and had to have a plate and screws put in so it would heal correctly. It was about 6 months before I could run the way I wanted to. Which is why I average a little over a hundred miles a month, it’s an addiction!

    • Oh man what a bummer about your ankle. I’m so happy you’re coming back. Please let me know how your race goes!! Good luck.

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