This past week I didn’t run again. Although I was feeling quite better, I was still pretty tired. On top of that, this week was the week before my choir concert, which meant I was in Durham until 10:00 3 nights out of the week. I wasn’t even going to try to do anything those nights since they would be exhausting enough. I did manage to get out for a quick 3-miler on Wednesday. I was feeling pretty good and thought I’d give it a try, but started coughing non-stop when I was done. I also felt really tired that night. Saturday I started getting stir-crazy and had to let out a bunch of nervous energy, so once again I went out with the intention of doing a short run and ended up sprinting for 15 minutes. I could not make myself slow down no matter how hard I tried. But it felt good to let it out!
I still have a cough and some sniffles, but I’m feeling pretty good. I’m going to try to jump back in this week, but be very conscious to listen to my body. I’ve been trying to figure out how to hop back into my training. If I backtrack I’ll be WAY behind. The last two weeks I missed were my second build week and my peak week, peaking at 7 miles on Saturday. That would make this coming week a recovery week and an easier place to pick up than the first week I missed. Today was supposed to be a rest day, but since I’ve hardly done any running, I’m going to make it an easy 3 miles, and my long run on Saturday will only be 5. Totally doable. I was planning on running a 5K on Saturday, but I’m going to take it easy. I’ll have plenty of opportunities this year to run 5Ks. Now I’ll just focus on this half marathon.
Anyway, let’s see how I’m doing on my yearly goals…
- Run 3 times a week – aside from the past two weeks, I’m doing well with this goal. It’s kind of hard not to when I’m training. : )
- Run 5 5Ks – still down just the one but, as I mentioned, I’ll have plenty of opportunities after this race to do them.
- Train for and participate in a half-marathon – check. I registered for the race so there’s no turning back now.
- Strength train twice a week – I was counting my yoga as this, so read below.
- Go to a yoga class at least once a week – Wednesday night yoga didn’t work out a few times this month because of Bible study. The young adults at my church are trying to get a Bible study started this night and for right now it’s only once or twice a month, but they’re trying to make it every week, so there goes Wednesday night yoga class. As for Saturdays, it’s becoming too much to do Saturday yoga AND a long run. It was OK when it was 3 or 4 miles, but doing yoga for an hour and a half and then running 6 miles makes me feel like I’m going to pass out. On top of that, by the time I’m done with yoga and my run, my entire day is gone. I could run before yoga but 1) I don’t want to get up early. I just don’t like it. 2) It’s hard to get up early and plan eating for a run along with my medication which I have to take on an empty stomach and wait at least 30 minutes before I can eat. And I can’t run with food in my belly. It’s just complicated. 3) I don’t want to be rushing to finish a run and make it to yoga on time. 4) Last time I tried running before a yoga class I blacked out for a couple of seconds in yoga, so I don’t think I’ll be trying that again soon. So I think that until this half is over, I’m not going to worry about going to yoga class. I’ll do some living room yoga and maybe try to start getting up in the mornings and do it before work. I did that in the summer, but once winter rolled around and I was in hibernation mode, it was impossible to do that.
- Pray every day – still haven’t found a special time to pray, so I usually end up praying in bed while I’m falling asleep. So I suppose that has become my special time.
- Join a Bible study – As I mentioned above, I’ve been going to the young adult Bible study at church.
- Read 20 books – Finished another one this month. Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes. AWESOME read if you’re a runner; I highly suggest it.
- Put away $100-$200 a month for a down payment on a car – check.
- Try 3 new recipes each month – I don’t remember exactly how many I tried, but I tried at least a couple, one being this awesome vegetarianization of a favourite dish from my childhood. : )
How is everyone else out there doing with their goals? What’s something you’re really excelling at and something you might still need to work on? Have you sat down and evaluated how you’re doing with reaching your goals?