When I first started this blog (broken record- how many times have I started a post with this sentence?!?!) I did it as a record of my training and progress as I dove into the world of running and triathlon. I have spent much of the last few months re-reading my old blog entries. Mostly because I wanted to remember how awesome it was when I was blogging but also because I knew it would motivate me back into my training. It was really fun to re-read all my race posts; it was especially great to see how far I have come over the years. It definitely did the job of motivating me. But you know what wasn’t fun- seeing how statistical I had become. Holy shit, I kept track of ever step I took! Or at least it seemed! I did weekly reviews, months reviews, broke down my mileage for swimming AND biking AND running. I really feel it is important to keep a training schedule and I still think it is important to keep track of my miles, but I also think I took it to a level of crazy before. In planning how I was going to approach this year, I knew staying healthy and uninjured were at the top of the list. That meant following a good nutrition plan, not pushing too hard and following the 10% rule like it is my job. Obviously, this means I have to keep track of things as I go along. But more than that, I need to stay accountable. Which brings me back to the exact reason I started this blog. As a record of my training and progress. I don’t need to do specific re-caps. But I do need to stay accountable with at least a monthly post of where I have been and where I am going.
So where was I in January?
Running- I ran consistently two times a week building a base throughout the beginning of the month. Towards the end, I threw in a third min-run as I began to get into my half-marathon training schedule. Right now, my “long” runs are still short and I am working on speed and consistency. As the mileage builds, I will focus more on endurance. My runs thus far have been good for the most part and I am pretty excited to see where this training cycle takes me.
Ballet– I am loving these classes. I take one ballet class and week and one Barre class a week. When I get rare Monday or Friday night in, I do an extra one. Ideally, I would be doing two of each a week, but unfortunately a schedule like mine isn’t very accommodating. I am looking forward to Spring Break when I can pick up some more classes. If you are looking for a new way to strength train or just a new activity, I high recommend a Barre class. I cannot believe how much my body has changed in just six weeks. My weight hasn’t dropped all that dramatically, but I see and feel such a difference!
Nutrition- I have been using My Fitness Pal to track what I eat. Accountability matters most here. I don’t put the cookie in my mouth because I know I have to write it down. I don’t have the second glass of wine (or even the first lately) because I don’t want to use my calories for it. I am eating so much smarter this year because I know I have to own it every single day. This isn’t new information; it is a n0-brainer being accountable for what we eat will result in eating better. With that said, I am always amazed at how much I change when I practice this on a daily basis.
Sleep- I am pretty sure that as long as I work two jobs and have to get up at 5am for the first one, I will never get enough sleep. Maybe I can catch up on Spring Break?!?!?
Resolutions- I am trying. In January I finally set up my guest bedroom so that was a huge check off my list. I haven’t read a single book but I did pay off more debt. I also continued my promise of only paying cash for everything. If I don’t have it, I need to either pick up another waitressing shift, or not have it until I can better afford it. The only purchases I put on my credit cards are online purchases. The only other way I will use my credit card are for big purchases (new appliances coming soon and hopefully new living room set) and real emergencies.
Other life events-
-As you already know if you read my blog, my friend Jessica lost her battle with CF two weeks ago. Sadly, last week, only a week after Jessica passed away, my friend Will lost his battle with lung cancer. It has been an emotionally tough month for me, but I have been blessed overall and that is what I am focusing on right now.
-I am really excited that the Raven’s won the Superbowl. Joe Flacco grew up a few towns over, went to school with my cousin and is married to a friend of our family. I don’t follow Pro sports all that much (I love college sports) but I do cheer for the Ravens, so that was an exciting game 🙂
Do you track what you eat? How much you exercise?
What do you focus on when you are going through a tough time?