I’ve never done this before, but I think looking back at the previous month to evaluate my progress and setting monthly goals should help with my training and make me a better runner and just help with my fitness overall. The month of April is now over and I declare today: Accountability Day. It is that time where we look back at what I’ve accomplished for the month before attacking and setting up goals for the month of May.
So, let us begin my “April Run Recap”:-):
- I was able to stick to my schedule the whole month. I did not miss not 1 single scheduled run (Kudos to me).
- I’ve even amped up my training with 1 extra run day (suggestion of a fellow more advanced runner). Did I mention that I’m loving it???
- I’m starting to push past the pain. Little by little I’m starting to ignore the pain and just push forward (Yay me!)
- For the first time ever I’m able to run 1 mile without stopping (Round of applause please). This might be my biggest accomplishments since I’ve started running (if you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll understand).
- I also ran the most miles in a month. I ended the month with a whopping 40.7 miles (almost doubled my mileage for March). My most ran miles in a month prior to that was 29.2
- Lastly I brought my butt back to the gym for 3 days of strength training (Pat on the back).
As you can see, lots of progress in April. Despite some ups and downs, the month of April was good running month overall and I’m happy with myself. Now let’s move on the my running goals for May
- Adding cross training to my run training. I’ve heard of the benefit of cross training too many times for me not to incorporate it in my routine. I am starting out with 1 day of biking before I can figure out how to add more.
- Going back to cleaning up my diet. I kind of fell off the last week of April, and I need to stick to the plan completely in May. That means: no eating out, no alcohol, no processed food. Lots of water. Low sugar and sodium intake.
- 1 extra day of running. I used to run 3 times a week. A fellow runner from Runner’s World suggested I add more days to help get me to my goals. I already started adding a day per week. I’ve slipped off for a couple of weeks, but now I want to have 4 runs a week consistently.
- Run 2 miles nonstop. I was finally able to break the barrier of running a whole mile without stopping last month. By the end of this month, I want to be able to run 2 miles nonstop. I know this will take a lot of mental strength (suggestions welcomed), but I am willing to put in the work.
- Also shooting for 60 miles this month (let’s get it!!!).
There you have it ladies and gentlemen. I hope the month of April was good for you as well in your training and sure hope May brings you more.
Have you set your goals for this month yet? If so, what are some of the things you are trying to accomplish? What are you doing to get you there? Don’t forget to share in the comments below.
In the meantime, Stay Healthy and Keep Running my Friends!