Monthly Goals – May 2015

May 6, 2015

The year is going by so quickly! In terms of goals, April was a so-so month.  If I had to give it a grade, it would likely be a B minus. Today I am going to recap my April goals and share my May goals.

1. Run/Walk/Elliptical 80 miles

In March I had a goal of 75 miles and ended the month with 79.57 miles.  Based on that number I increased my April goal to 80 miles.  I ended the month with 50.4 miles, almost 30 miles shy of my goal.  There were two weeks in April (1 and 3) in which the mileage was lower than scheduled.  I am not too disappointed in myself as I just came off a solid 20+ mile week and incorporated speed/hills into my runs this month.

2. Strength Train 2x/week

I had to miss a couple sessions due to work commitments, but I was pretty good with this one!

3. Yoga/Barre 2x/week

No bueno, Jennifer, no bueno….

4. Plank 2x/day

Check, check! Once in the morning and once in the evening. 

5. Swim 1x/week 

Zero. Ouch! 

As you may have noticed, I decided to freshen up my monthly goals! I rotated out my strength training and planking goals because I’ve been pretty good about accomplishing those goals each month and they have been embedded into my routine. 

1. Run/Walk/Elliptical 80 miles

I think the momentum from last week will carry me throughout the month! I know 80 miles is attainable (hello March) and I would like to increase my mileage before marathon training begins in June. 

2. Hit 10,000 steps/day

I’ve been using my Fitbit Flex for about 3 weeks now and loving it! I love seeing the green stars when I hit my daily goal of 10,000 steps/day.  Not all my steps will count towards my mileage goal (example walking aimlessly in circles or back in forth in my apartment…other people do that too….right?)

3. Swim 1x/week

I will need to make swimming a priority this month – the Quantico Tri is three months away. While this list is not prioritized in any way, I thought it may help subliminally if I placed it higher on this list.  I also plan on scheduling my swim workouts onto my calendar instead of saying “when I have time”.

4. Yoga/Barre 2x/week

I noticed I was a lot more sore and tighter this month.  Could it be correlated with less yoga classes? Yes, no…maybe so.

5. Log Food Everyday

I would like to lose some weight before marathon training (and keep it off during marathon training).  It would be nice to run 26.2 miles carrying less weight around!  This month I would like to lose 4-5 pounds.  Because I am pretty active (calories out),   food (calories in) is where I need to be a little more conscious (yes…I fall into the… I run a lot so I indulge a bit).  I plan on logging my calories everyday, luckily the Fitbit app has been easy to use for this purpose. 

How did you do this month? 

Do you have any new goals for May? 

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    1. I recently made a goal of logging food every day. I also find it gets away from me if I just eat to hunger (because I’m ALWAYS hungry). I’m 7 pounds up from my pre-triathlon weight in summer 2013. I know there’s some muscle increases but when it comes to running the more weight you have to schlep around the harder it is…
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        I am up 5-10 pounds from NYC marathon eeks! Hopefully we’ll both have a good May!

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        Thanks Nan! Ooph for some reason your blog does not appear in my reader. Will set a reminder 🙂 Just added you as a friend!

    1. I love my fitbit! And I totally walk in aimless circles around my living room. It drives Mike crazy but otherwise there are evenings where I sit on the couch for hours straight. I’m trying to be better with the food logging too since I’ve completely fallen off that wagon.
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        Haha.. I do admit I’ve gone through a crosswalk a couple of times until it changed in my favor 🙂 Weekends are tough, and that is the time I probably indulge alot more.

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        Thanks Kathryn! Can’t believe April has already passed – we were just in Virginia Beach!

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        Thanks Mindy! Your weekly logging inspired me – hopefully I can keep it up!

    1. Those are great goals! I’ve been lacking in yoga and strength training, which I’m starting to feel. I recently started a food log to help resolve tummy issues (it’s really interesting to see what I indulge in daily).

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        Thanks Jenny! Hopefully it resolves your tummy issues!

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        Thanks you, Jenn! Your hill and speed work this training cycle inspired me this past month! While I don’t love them (who does) I know they will help in the long run 🙂

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        Thanks! I’ve had marathon brain this month… need to remember about that tri.. and respect the sprint distance.

    1. Great review and goal-setting, Jenny! I know you can do it! I’ve had a pretty good month; I’ve stayed on top of my nutrition (a HUGE hurdle for me) and I can feel the difference. I’ve decided that consistency is key and if I have a day where I want to eat more (or a treat) I can, but that it doesn’t need to completely derail my whole week. Congrats on your efforts and thanks for sharing!
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        Thanks Tara! That is a great way to approach it! Want to be in good shape for the fall – very excited.

    1. You can do it girl! Awesome job on getting the planks in…makes me sore just thinking about it 😉 I know what you mean about wanting to carry around less…that’s one of my goals to work on between now and Chicago. I’ve been adding wall sits into my routine and am still working to incorporate more barre workouts too!

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        Thanks Alaina, we can do it! We can keep each other motivated 🙂 Wall sits are a great idea – something I could do in my cube.

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        Good luck Abby! Based on your recent post, well done 🙂

    1. Great plan for this month! I’m working on incorporating more yoga in my routine. I love my fitbit! Now, logging food… not my favorite thing for sure.

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        Yoly, thanks for stopping by! I am a behind on the Fitbit craze, wish I could it sooner 🙂 I find the hardest part of logging food is during the weekends.

    1. Great goals! “Walking aimlessly in circles” made me laugh 🙂 Logging food has also helped Chris keep to his diet. He uses myfitnesspal.

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        Hehe thanks! People probably think im nuts 🙂 Ahh yes I’ve heard good things about MyFitnessPal. I used the LiveStrong app for a little bit, and it wasn’t that great.

    1. Hahaha, welcome to my life! I’ve got the “calories out” thing down with no problem, but like you, when I’m marathon training (and my appetite goes WAY up!) I have such a hard time not falling victim to that “I ran 8 miles, so I can totally eat this” mentality, lol. I have the same goal; I’d like to drop the weight I put on since I FIRST started marathon training (yikes) in time to start training for NYCM this summer.
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        Hehe. After NYC.. I was still eating like I was training for NYC. This year I am going to pay better attention about what I eat before/during/after a race/training cycle 🙂

    1. Nice goals for the month! We should be fitbit friends. Hubby always laughs when I try to get more steps while watching tv. 🙂 I’ve been invited to step challenges during the week and they are great motivation.
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        Yes! Just added you as a Fitbit friend, you should be getting a notification soon 🙂 I haven’t ventured into the world of challenges yet, that would be fun.

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        Thanks Sherry! I find the same thing happens to me..when it gets busy… only runs make it . Hope you have a great month as well!

    1. Best of luck with your May goals – you can do it! I’ve found logging food/meals really helps me stay on track, because I, too, fall into the indulging category 🙂 Seeing how a treat might affect my overall calories for the day is usually enough to help me stay on track and say no to extras more than I might otherwise!

      Btw, two planks a day is great! Maybe I’ll make that my May goal!
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        Thank you Sun! It has been helping for sure – and been better about temptation. Hopefully I can keep it up this month 🙂

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