After a fairly mild winter, spring seems to be taking its sweet time coming around. While we have been fortunate enough to have had a few nice days this past week has been grey, blustery, and cold. To top things off our furnace has decided to go out and our house is currently a *balmy* 62 degrees
(as a point of reference, its about 45 degrees outside). For the person who has the space heater cranking in her office in July this has posed quite the problem. I have been sleeping in sweatshirts and socks with oversized blankets but just walking around the house has been fairly intolerable! Mike has been tinkering around with the furnace but can’t seem to figure out what’s going on. At least this is happening at the tail end of the cold season and not during the heart of winter.
|Wearing my coziest socks to stay warm
|Set to 73. Current temperature 62.
I suffered a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) yesterday seeing everyone’s posts about the races that were run over the weekend. Notwithstanding the less than stellar weather there were a lot of major accomplishments! I had quietly set my sights on the Illinois Marathon, which was Saturday (I never officially committed but had set up my training in such a way that I would be ready if I wanted). However with the cold and rain they had (again) I’m not too disappointed that it didn’t pan out. Even so, I am still envious of seeing everyone having so much fun and not being out there myself! My last “real” racing season was 2013 which seems like it was ages ago. Even though I don’t necessarily like racing for the sake of racing, I do miss that high that comes from getting out there and pushing myself. For now, I will continue cheering from the sidelines and living on through the triumphs of my friends 🙂
My mileage in April was nothing to write home about, but given that I was off for nearly a month in March there are no complaints here. I am just thankful that as the weather (hopefully) gets nicer I will be able to take advantage and get outside more. (Oliver hopes so too, as the length of his walks are directly proportional to the temperature outside). Since I am not currently able to lift heavy (and therefore on a break from CrossFit) I have bought myself a set of cheap weights and am hoping to at least start up some sort of mini lifting routine to try to maintain at least some of my strength. I am not good about motivating myself so I’m going to have to seek out a good workout video to follow.
My goals for May are simple:
- To slowly rebuild my mileage (I am not setting mileage goals but instead learning to run by feel)
- To start an easy weightlifting routine and stick to it (hopefully at least 2-3 times a week)
- To incorporate stretching or yoga at least 1 time a week
- To be (better) about my nutrition
- To do what I can, when I can
What accomplishments did you have in April? Are you in the heart of training or in a rebuilding phase? What are your goals for the month of May?