Monday, April 7, 2014

March in Review

I don't know about you but this year is moving too fast!  Although I'm not sorry to see the winter go, I am ready for spring and summer.  Chicago is trying...temps will be ranging between 40-60 degrees so that's an improvement.  Let's see how things shaped up for March.

Running Miles: 77.22
Swim Distance: 2,350 yards (2 swim days)
Crossfit Days: 0
Strength Training/Cross Training Days: 8
# of Workout Days this month: 20 (64.5%)

March was definitely a step in the right direction. 

Running: My running mileage improved with 77.22 for March (January was 63.66, February was 55.09).  I was sick the first week of March so I barely ran during the week, and I probably would have run 1 or 2 more days this month if I hadn't been sick.

Swim Distance: This also improved as far as total yards went although I still did only get in 2 days of swimming and that was in the second half of the month. Total yards have been 800 for January, 1,625 for February, and 2,350 yards for March.  My goal for swimming this month is to swim at least 4 times regardless of total distance each time.

Crossfit: Well, that was zero because I stopped going when my groupon ended.  My idea was to buy the punch card and go 1 or 2 times a week but I never wanted to fork over the money. We will see what happens with this. I really liked going.

Strength Training/Cross Training:  This category includes all things not running. So biking, swimming, walking, ab work, etc.  I did decent this month, the same as for the month of January and a step up from February. I still need to get better in the strength training department.

# of Workout days this month: I realized that I didn't want to put too much emphasis on this category but it is fun to keep track of. So far every month, I've worked out 64% - 65% which is interesting. Again, with the week of being sick, I took 4 total days off for being sick and probably would have worked out 2 of those days so my average could have been a bit higher this month. No worries. As long as I'm moving, I'm good.

Weight Loss - another thing I was doing was weight watchers. As I said before, I originally lost 90 lbs on weight watchers but put back on 30-35 pounds. My goal is to take that off.  I lost 12.2 lbs so far but last week was less than stellar and put back on 3-ish pounds. That woke me up (and that hurt!), so dusting myself off and back to the grind!  I will keep you posted on my progress.  I'm very happy with it so far and feel great.

This past weekend, I watched and helped out some amazing friends run the Lakefront Ultra 50k. I ended up running a total of 14.28 miles, mostly with my friend Sharon and then with Melanie. They all did great and I'm so proud of them! Makes me want to do another...sometime. 

Running some miles with Melanie

After the race L-R, Melanie, Julie, Judy, Jill, Amanda, Me
(Jill and I did not run the 50k - just supporting!)
Melanie and I posing at the turn-around sign.
Running selfie - Ran into Maggie on the trail!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I know I did! My friends are awesome people!


  1. Congrats on your highest mileage month of the year so far. It is very cool that you helped your friends run a 50k. What an accomplishment! Also it is cool that you bumped into Maggie on the trail!

    1. Thanks Pete! I'm a bit behind in my mileage for the year but the winter was so hard. I should be happy to have gotten in what I did!

    2. That is what happens when you run at noon. You see me on the trail, haha. 7am? Not so much.

  2. WOO HOO!!! Sorry to hear about you being sick the first week of March, but even despite that way to blow your monthly mileage out of the water this month! And how awesome that you ran into Maggie on the lakefront trail. What a gorgeous day to run. It is a little crazy to think that we're already more than a third of the way through 2014, isn't it? The brutally long winter will do that to us. BTW - I'll see you at the Michelob Ultra 13.1 in June, yay!!!

  3. Amen to our winter being over!! It's so nice to see the grass again, even if it isn't green yet.

    I think you did great considering you were sick for a week!

  4. I love those pictures from the race!! It was so nice of you to come run with me (us, lol)!