I’m never sad to see February go. Of all the months, February is the shortest, but always drags itself out and feels like the longest 28 days of my life.
Let’s not even mention Leap Year.
But in that shortened month, I surpassed my January running total by a few miles. I will definitely make that happen again this month.
And since it is a new month, it’s time to figure out what I plan to improve upon next.
In February, I challenged you to the Fab Ab Challenge and I’m pleased to say I completed it feeling good — and I’m feeling the positive effects of that core work in my running. Did that last day nearly kill you like it did me? The 2-minute plank is torture. But I did it. And, I do plan to continue those three little exercises in my day-to-day.
I also added to my race schedule, thanks to an improptu prompt from my blogging partner KHP. My only hope is that our third partner, Claire, will meet us there — or consider the Nov. half marathon on the list. Here’s my updated 2013 race schedule. Not bad, but I think it needs to be rounded out to 10. Race suggestions are welcome.
- April 7: Cherry Blossom 10-miler
- April 27: Park-to-Park Waynesboro Half Marathon
- May 4: Crossover 15K
- June 1: Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon
- July 4: Brandermill 7.4k
- September 20-21: Colonial200 Relay
- November 16: Richmond American Family Fitness Half Marathon
And, how can any of us forget my February breakup?
So what’s next? Here’s what I’m planning. It’s a two-part deal.
After the Fab Ab Challenge, the crunches and push ups aren’t that bad — and I may add to what’s above since I spent a month building up to doing so many of them. However, I really need to add the lower body stuff in, so this will hold me to that.
Part two, for me is diet related. If you want to participate, your Part Two can also be what’s below — or anything related to improving your diet. Just be sure you post what you commit to improving below, so you’re accountable.
Part II: Because I run mostly at night, I need to give up the snacking I do after those runs. It’s not recovery snacking I’m doing, it’s indulgent snacking. So during the week, no more eating after 7 p.m. If I need something post run, I can have a bit of protein-based something — protein shake, chocolate milk, a bit of Greek yogurt. But nothing snack-y: No dark chocolate bits. No ice cream. No salty chips. None of it. And, the other part is that I can only drink alcohol two times a week. I’m a sucker for a glass of wine on any given night — especially post-run — so twice a week is all I’m allotting. Even then, if there’s no good reason (like a night out), then once a week is preferable. And if you must know, I’m not giving it up entirely because one shouldn’t be completely without a vice. I didn’t spend all that time in Louisiana for nothing: Spirits are good for the spirit. Plus, as Bertrand Russell said, no one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.
Running log below. I hope you see signs of spring soon. Here’s to longer days, green leaves and cool, early morning runs.
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