I sit here in front of my computer trying to take inventory of the past month and come up with a plan of attack for April. At the beginning of the new month I enjoy looking back at what I have just accomplished. It is good for me to review my running log and portfolio. What I found in my review is that I was extremely productive during the month of March. My inspiration was a bit low due to the shear magnitude of work I juggled. I project that April will be a similar type of month. My eye is twitching as I type! In March I was able to complete 90 miles, 10 hours of yoga, photography, illustrations, printmaking and more. I had more days than I would like with mediocre work but there were a few pieces that rank very high on my scale.
Looking forward to April and further down the road to May; these months will continue to be difficult due to freelance work deadlines, my teaching schedule and the creation of my online course. During these busy months I want to try to bring back consistency in my work and take the time to develop a more conceptual portfolio. I have been very processed oriented since the beginning of the blog. This month I want to create a series of composite images that will build on my current fairytale and forest fairy series. Before I can move on I must complete at least one of the current assignments; my Juniper tree linocut and illustration. These projects are at a difficult stage; I want so badly to finish them but I am exhausted by the images. The linocut should be carved out by the weekend but the illustration maybe another month before it is complete. Mesh illustration takes a long time and is tedious work.
In my training I would like continue building up my runs, core strength and flexibility. I plan to incorporate strength training this month. I have listed my workout below in some detail. I designed this work out and it is one of my favorites. I pulled bits from coaching soccer, from working with trainers and from other runners. I started doing this workout before my second daughter was born when I was trying to jam as much as I could in an hour workout.
- Warm up run (distance varies upon schedule and weekly training typically a 5K)– easy
- Interval training sprints – 1 mile
- Lunge kicks/ Bicep curls – 3 sets of 20
- Jump squats / Overhead press – 3 sets of 10
- Toe taps on ball – 45 sec/ Triceps’ dips – 3 sets of 10
- Jump rope – 2minutes/ Push ups – 3 sets of 15
- Wall sit/ Seated oblique twist (punching the floor with feet off the ground)– 3 sets of 1 minute
- Burpees (ugh as many as I can muster but I will build – this is a new element)
- 2 – 1 minute plank
(I may start off with one set and build up to the 3 by the end of the month. I was in similar shape when I was doing this before but my mileage was a little lower)
I look forward to April but I tread lightly as I know it will be a challenging month.