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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

March Recap

Miles: 128.21 (+ ~25 miles in the pool)

X-Training: 9 swims

Rest Days: 4

Race(s): None

New gear: None.  My quest for a true red running jacket/pullover continues! This is harder than you would think. None of the major brands seem to be making much in red for women these days. Who would have thought "cherry" would be pink?

Workout goals:

Keep swimming! - Done. Swimming is going well.

Smart running - I'd like to think I did a pretty good job here.  I made it back to tempo workouts at the beginning of the month and added intervals back in two weeks later.  I'm still working on getting my volume back where I'd like it to be, but I made significant strides in the right direction in March.

Stretching and foam rolling - I was semi-successful here. I did a good job of doing all of my PT exercises and stretches every day, but I wasn't foam rolling enough.

Non-workout goal: One of my "personal" goals for 2012 is to volunteer more. I have a few places in mind, but so far I haven't taken the time to reach out and get started. I will do this in March. Sadly I didn't do so well here. I WILL make progress on this goal in April.

I made a lot of progress in March.  After regular PT sessions and being diligent about doing my stretches and exercises every day, I saw significant improvement in my right piriformis/glute. I was able to return to workouts and run fast without pain shooting down my leg. Victory! I know I'm not cured yet, but I'm getting there. I've managed to continue swimming regularly and am really enjoying it.  While I'm sure it would help if I added another swim to my week, I seem to have found the swimming/running balance that I can maintain without feeling overwhelmed. 

April Preview

Workout goals:

Swimming - the BIG race is just over a month away. I need to continue swimming two times a week.

More running - I've been slowly working back up and made a lot of progress during March, but I plan to continue to increase my weekly volume during April.

Core work and stretching - It's very likely that I will "graduate" from PT this month, but I need to continue to be diligent about doing my exercises and stretches.  I don't want to return to where I was in January.

Races: Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run - April 1, 1650 freestyle - April 13, and a TBD 5k the weekend of April 21-22

Non-workout goal: Spring cleaning. I started to de-clutter at the beginning of the year and never finished. Time to get this done and move on.

7 comments:

Beth said...

Oh, I noticed how you snuck into my lane today to scope out the competition. BRING IT!

Sarah said...

It's hard to believe Kinetic is right around the corner

Katie said...

9 swims, but how many with me? and how many where we read the directions wrong and ALMOST DROWNED!?!

Elizabeth said...

Great month! Nice gradual increase in the running mileage.

amy said...

The BIG race. Yup. I'm so excited!

Dash said...

Capital Area Runners is doing a water stop for the PR Marathon in May. Volunteer?

Congrats on your month!

B.o.B. said...

good goals! why is it so hard to find red? i'm sorta over all the pink stuff personally.

just keeping swimming little Nemo! :)