Friday, April 5, 2013

March Rewind ...

Miles Run: 102.12 miles. My first 100+ mile month in FOREVER.

Bike Miles Rode: 224.1. All on the trainer.

Swim Meters Completed: 19586 meters or 12.1 miles. Seeing huge payoffs thanks to the increased swim volume here.

Rest Days Taken: 6. Including 4 days in a row for my sister's wedding.

Highest Run Mileage Week: 3/25-3/31: 28.4 miles

Highest Bike Mileage Week: 3/25-3/31: 58.9 miles

Highest Swim Volume Week: 3/11-3/17 and 3/25-3/31: 5000m or 3.1 miles

Long Runs Completed (10+ miles): 4

Current Book: Right now, I am reading Prodigy by Lu. But I also finished a few other books in March. (Note: For those of you who have asked, if it's on this or any of my lists, I would recommend the book. If I don't like the story or the book doesn't grasp my attention, I don't bother finishing it, thus it wouldn't be listed here.) 

  • Where it began by Stampler
  • The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling by Cummings
  • The Wrap Up List by Arritson
  • Varient by Wells
  • Reached by Condie
  • The Bar Code Rebellion by Weyn
  • The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Altebrando
  • If We Kiss by Vail
  • Kiss Me Again by Vail
  • Legend by Lu
  • The New Rules of Marathon and Half Marathon Nutrition: a cutting edge plan to fuel your body beyond the wall by Fitzgerald
Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Food. I just can't get enough of it.

Current Colors: Shimmer Green and Blue. Just like in my Rev3 Shimmer Suit ...

Current Drink: Hot tea with a touch of sugar. It's freaking cold here right now.

Current Song: Thank You - MKTO.

Current Triumph: I crushed my swim this morning. 2500 meters continuous in 49:01 - My first sub 50:00 time for that workout and a 3+ minute PR.

Current Goal: Be a better me. Each and every day. And tackle my 2013 To Do List head on.

Current Blessing: Health, happiness and love. I've got all three.

Current Excitement: I get to race this month! First, on April 14th, is the Flying Pirate Half. Then, on April 27th, I kick off my tri season with the RTC Sprint.

2013 To Do List:

  • 140.6. That is all. - Registered.
  • Make time for strength training. Don't let training loads eliminate strength workouts completely. And stick to strength training in a group, it keeps you accountable. - Yeah I kind of sucked at this in March. Only one true strength training session.
  • Switch to time-based/HR training. Despite my knowledge of training paces, I have a hard time sticking to them. I'm hoping this will help me train more effectively. - I love it and I hate it. 
  • Log 4,500 cumulative run, bike and swim miles. Up 485 from 2012. - As of April 5th, 740.72 miles logged.
  • Race a 10K with a finish time much faster than your very dated current PR of 53:17. I never managed to register for a 10K in 2012 and I'm not sure where it will fit in this year, but it's on my radar. - No progress on this one.
  • Set a new PR in the Half Marathon, currently 1:57:06. I totally blew this one in 2012 and will likely only have one good shot at it in 2013.- Registered for Flying Pirate Half in April.
  • Run a 5K with Dizzle and Doodle, even if that means tricking them into it. - The kids have been running quite a bit recently. Probably going to aim for the fall.
  • Eat like a gluten-free athlete. After struggling with health issues much of 2012, removing the gluten has been key in alleviating the symptoms. Don't be swayed by the lure of wheat. Or cake.- On point, like usual.
  • Find the race day (and training) nutrition plan that works for me.- Eventually ...
  • Consume no more than 18 desserts from Shyndigz. This number worked well in 2012 and helped me cut back on my serious cake addiction. Plus, their gluten-free menu is limited, so I shouldn't be tempted as often. - As of April 5th, 8 desserts consumed. Only one birthday left in our family this year, so we should be cake free for a while after that.
  • Drink at least 100oz of water per day.- Oh, heck yeah!
  • Only say yes to the projects you REALLY want to work on. An honest no is much better than a halfhearted yes. - Check.
  • Stick to our budget. We've lived credit card (and credit card debt) free for five months. No reason to go back now. - Double Check.
  • Ignore your impulses. Take time to process the true value of the things you are filling your space/life with. - Yes and no. Lots of pondering this one recently ...
  • Figure out what to do with my hair. Keep the mohawk or grow it out. I'm taking opinions on this one.- I am really going to grow it out this time.
  • Continue to balance family life, training and now, work.- Check.
  • Prioritize and be a good example for the people in your life. - Like quadruple check!
  • Help and support J and the kids in reaching their goals. We are a team and that must always be the primary focus of our lives. No one should have to sacrifice so that someone else can reach their goal. If a balance can't be found, it's not worth pursuing.- I would never waiver on this one!


TwynMawrMom said...

You're so disciplined!!
I'm still working on the book I started reading last August, and I'm definitely going to bonk my first race of the season (Broad Street 10 miler next month.)

Zaneta @ Runner's Luck said...

WOOHOO!!! CONGRATS on the 100+ mile month!! That's incredible! :)

Unknown said...

Nice work this month!! I love how you keep checking in with your goals each month!

Anonymous said...

You rocked March! Good job! How did you like the book "The New Rules of Marathon and Half Marathon Nutrition"? I have some stomach issues and I'm looking for a good nutrition book.

5 Miles Past Empty said...

140.6!! That is Bad A! =)

Where did you get the swimsuits??

5 Miles Past Empty said...

140.6!! That is Bad A! =)

Where did you get the swimsuits??