March & April Goals

I tried really hard to reach my goals in March, leaving some to the very last few days which I don’t recommend. Sometimes when I set goals, I try to make them attainable yet slightly lofty at the same time.

My March goals were: 

PR March Goals

  1. Cycled 105 km (but just got it in during the last two days)
  2. Ran 63 km – nailed that one!
  3. March Break activities with the girls – non stop skiing, skating, library going. Nailed it.
  4. Read a book – nope! I started one a few times but it didn’t amount to anything substantial. I just don’t make time for reading but I want to!

What am I planning for April? Well, that’s a great question. I’ll be training for my May half marathon so that will be part of my goals.

April Goals:

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So my goals really don’t differ from March but I made a few additions.

Running: I’m hoping I can pull off about 80 km of running this month. Technically, if I follow my training plan I’ll be well over 80 km and maybe more towards 100 km but I don’t think my body can handle that many. Also, my training plan has me running 5 days a week and I only ever plan to run 3 days a week with adding in cross training on two expected run days. I’m trying hard not to push it too much with my hip.

Cycling: This is actually going to be a hard one to meet this month. It’s really easy for me to get on my indoor trainer (bike) and peddle out for 45-60 minutes in the comfort of my home. I usually can ride 18-26 km during those time frames but with the weather getting better outside, we’ll be wanting to get out bikes out very soon. If I take my bike off the trainer, it won’t be going back on since it’s a challenge for me to switch out the tire. So we’ll see how this goes!

Play Outside with My Kids: We all love be outside so this one might be an easy one for us. If they want to ride their bikes or scooters, I’ll likely run beside them so I can leave my bike on the trainer as long as I can. However, I want to do some hiking with them and Spring is a classic “road chalk” time, so we’ll likely be out doing that as well!

Start/Finish Book: I’m not a big reader but I have a pile of books to read! I’m currently reading Heather Moyse’s (Canadian Olympic Bobsledder) new book called “Redefining Realistic”. So far so good but I really just need to make time for it. Maybe I should start reading books while I’m on my bike rather then TV!

Strength Training – Upper Body 2x week: My back is starting to hurt again from my car accident last year – whiplash. It’s like someone is standing on the left side of my back constantly putting pressure on me AND like I have the wind knocked out of me. So, back to PT exercises they gave me a year ago plus focused strength training for my upper back.

Physio Exercises: I’ll be going back to my old upper body PT exercises but I need to continue to do my hip/back and oblique PT exercises in order to keep my hip happy. I usually do these after I run or cycle but also on rest days.

That’s it! Those are my April goals – some easy to do, some a challenge ahead of me.

What do you have planned for April?

Cyclists – Indoor or outdoor riding in April?

What’s your favourite upper body workout? 

 

February & March Goals

Have you ever got to the last day of a month and had a bit of a reality check that the next month is the following day? I mean, you know the month is ending and a new one is starting but you just can fathom that the next day is March…no longer February! That’s how I felt last week.

February was a very active and busy month and I managed to hit all my goals!

February Goals

Plank Every Day – DONE, DONE and DONE! Though this was a good challenge, I found myself annoyed some nights when I had forgotten to do my plank. I’d crawl out of bed, plank and then go to bed. 28 days of planking accomplished!

Stronger Hips/Obliques: Definitely worked hard at this one and have passed a few tests at physio but still have to work at this one to get back to 100%.

Cycle 100 km: WOOHOOO, I did it! 105.98 km for the month. I was kinda hoping to do more then that and could have but my schedule just didn’t align to make it happen. I’d love to cycle 1000 km this year and really though it was doable until I realized in the summer months I might not be able to pull off 100 km outdoors. I’m still going to work towards my 1000 km and see what I can pull off.

Ski, Ski, Ski: We got in four trips to the local ski hill. Three with the girls and one by myself on my lunch break. Yeah, I went on my lunch break after a meeting I had nearby was scheduled right before lunch. You don’t miss an opportunity like that, do you?

Olympics: We watched a tone of Olympics and then had Olympic withdrawl. My girls woke up a few days after the Olympics and asked if they could watch it, ha! Poor girls! They loved learning about new sports and watching the athletes compete. Only a week or so until the Paralympics starts!

With a great month behind us, I had not really thought about what I wanted to do in March. I knew I wanted to get in another great month of cycling and start to increase my running but other then that, no great plans or goals.

March Goals:

PR March Goals

For March, I’m going to keep it slightly simple. The girls and I are off for March Break and I’m planning to do a few different activities with them. Reading a book is actually a real challenge for me. Not because I can’t read or don’t enjoy it, I just don’t make time for it….and I can’t read while I run on a treadmill or ride my bike like I can watch TV.

Running 50 km will be a good challenge for me since I really haven’t been running much. I’m hoping I can keep up my cycling as part of cross training for my half marathon. Let’s see what March brings!

Did you reach all your goals in February?

Do you have any goals for March?

Tuning into the Paralympics next week?

February Mileage & March Goals

Oh February, you were a month of little running, massive snow storms (3 in 7 days) and some adventures with our girls. My focus in February was to keep things simple which I feel I accomplish. I did have some smaller goals:

Run 50 km

Ba ha ha ha!!!! I was no where near 50 km and this is how I feel about it:

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I’m 100% fine with not running 50k and just laughing at myself. I was so desperate to get back to consistent running that I set a simple goal of 50k. I’m not sure when it happened but I just didn’t feel the need to meet my goal. The 23 km that I did run were great and I know I have many more months to get in my running miles.

Weekly Yoga or Barre class

I didn’t make it to any Barre classes but managed two yoga classes. One day when I got home from work I was taking my yoga mat out of my car and my oldest daughter said “yoga or barre class, Mom?” I laughed and said that I went to yoga class. I love that she interesting in what I’ve been up to.

Take advantage of the snow:

The plan was to  cross country ski, downhill skiing, snowshoe, skate and just play outside with my kids. We did manage to play outside a lot: downhill skiing with the girls one day, snowshoeing during our big dump of snow and skating at the Oval with the girls. No cross country skiing and time is limited with all the snow melting.

I also had 4 soccer games (speed work), cycling twice (for 40 minutes each) on my new trainer and went bowling with the family. My arm hurt for a few days after.

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In a completely other area of my life – after having a lose tooth for two months, Lilly pulled out her tooth on National Tooth Fairy Day (Feb 28th)!!!!  She was SO determined to pull her tooth out the other night. There were a few tears, some laughter, a few “take my photo Mom” and pure happiness once it was out!

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March Goals:

Okay March….we’re going to get a long just fine. I’m a little disappointed that mother nature has allowed for all the snow we got in February to melt away so I’m still hoping for a little more snow to come.

The plan this month is to:

  • Increase days per week of running.
  • Continue with soccer, yoga and barre.
  • Ski as many times as we can (hello melting snow).

My goals are pretty basic but something to work towards and maybe accomplish or not. I think once I get signed up for a race I’ll be more focused on running and following a training plan again.

How was your month of February? 

Do you have any goals for March?

Any fun weekend plans?