Monday, June 2, 2014

May In Review

I was going to take it a bit easier for the month of May!  So how did I do?

MAY IN REVIEW

Running Miles: 80.76
Swim Distance: 2,150 yards (2 swim days)
Strength Training/Cross Training Days: 12
# of Workout Days this month: 25 (80.6%)
Bike/Run Bricks: 3

Running: I ran 80.76 miles in the month of June. In order to make the goal of 1,000 for the 2014 year, I need to average around 83 miles every month. I actually expected to run much less than this during May.  I wanted to take it a bit easy before marathon training started in June.  There was definitely one reason my run numbers hit 80 this month (which is pretty good for me).  It probably has to do with the two half marathons I ran this month.  I ran the Palos Half on Sunday, May 4th and the Chicago Spring Half on Sunday, May 18th. To be honest, I got in to both of those free through illegal running means!  Don't tell!  I tried racing the Palos Half as best I can right now and got a 2:09 and ran the Chicago Spring Half "easy" and got a 2:16.  I was pretty pleased with both races even though I'm far off of a PR.  A PR isn't always everything!
Palos Half

Chicago Spring Half
Swim Distance: I swam a total distance of 2,150 yards for the month of May.  That's actually the most I've swam so far this year in one month.  But I'm not too thrilled with it as I only swam 2 days.  I swam once in the beginning of the month for 1,400 yards and once at the end of the month for 750 yards. With my triathlon next weekend, there isn't much left to do but hope my minimal time in the pool has prepared me enough!

Strength Training/Cross Training: This category includes all things not running. So biking, swimming, walking, ab work, etc.  The weather was a bit warmer and I did more outdoor cycling. I tried to incorporate yoga but only did 1 day of that. I had the walk for Autism which was at least 4-5 miles total that I walked that day. My actually strength training is definitely lacking. This NEEDS to change for June! 

# of Workout days this month:  I did very well as far as the number of days I worked out in some form this month. I only missed 6 days!  My normal has been about 11 days missed.  So I did some form of exercises or activity 80% of the days this month!

Weight Loss - I'm not sure that I actually lost ANY weight this past month. I've been up and down about 1 lb all month. It's my fault as I haven't been tracking any of my food or my points for Weight Watchers consistently. I was feeling pretty down about it on Saturday when I weighed in but after a stellar workout weekend and a mostly stellar weekend of eating, I feel great today. It helped that I tried on a skirt that was too tight to wear last year and it fit with room to spare!  I apologize in advance for the messy bathroom in this picture. As always, I did take it to post it. I just sent it to my boyfriend to tell him how happy I was about the skirt! But I guess you need a picture too! Ha!  Anyway, that makes me pretty happy and definite motivation to lose the last 20 lbs I want to lose.
 
The once-too-tight-but-now-fits skirt
Bike/Run Bricks: I did 3 bike/run bricks this month. Ok, I thought it was more. It felt like more!  Those brick runs are HARD!  But this is actually pretty good for me. I don't think I did this many while training for my triathlon last year.  And my pace on the runs have been pretty good considering I felt like I wasn't even moving!  I also doubled up my half marathons/long runs with a couple bike/run bricks to prepare for the double weekend I have this weekend (half marathon followed by triathlon). I'm hoping that will help me!

I'm pretty excited for my upcoming triathlon this weekend! It will definitely be a challenge to do the half marathon the day before, but I have plans to hopefully help me prepare for it and to recover for my triathlon!

Also, my marathon training technically starts this month (the week of June 15-21). Wish me luck! Nerve-wracking!

11 comments:

  1. You look great in the skirt!! Woowoo!! and no way does marathon training already start, ahh! not ready, lol!!

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    1. Thanks Melanie! Considering I had a pitty party for myself Sat. about my weight... I'm still down this time around about 13 lbs. And yes! I can't believe it! Hello marathon training!

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  2. I'm excited for marathon training to start! Good luck!

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  3. Way to go! Bricks ARE hard, but they are so worth it!!!

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  4. You DO look fantastic in that picture (and outfit) !!!!!! You are doing great!

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    1. Thanks Lynn! Super hard at my work and I've had my struggles lately!

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  5. So maybe you've lost fat and gained muscle? You look fantastic!

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    1. Eh, I wish. I was eating poorly for a bit. Thanks! It's a work in progress. Gotta live too, ya know?

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  6. Great month Amanda! You look great!! Keep up the good work! I'm still debating whether or not I want to retire from the marathon. Happy marathon training to you!!

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    1. Thanks Jodi! Trying to lose a few lbs before marathon training because I know how that goes! lol.

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