I love starting a new month because it allows me to reflect on everything I have accomplished the month prior and set new goals for the new month. But, it goes without saying that April didn’t go exactly as I had anticipated. And by not exactly, I mean, NOT AT ALL! I mean, I was supposed to run the Paris Marathon and celebrate my 40th birthday with my family. Instead, like most of you, I spent a lot of time inside my apartment. My cat is SO over me being home all the time 😉
Like many of you, I went through different stages of grief over the past few weeks. I have good days and bad days but I try and focus on the positives, though I’m not always successful. Yes, my trips and my races were canceled (I was supposed to race the Coastal Maine half marathon next weekend and visit Acadia national Park with friends). But my job wasn’t canceled and I realize how lucky I am to GET to work from home and still be able to pay my bills/my mortgage. I know that’s not the case for a lot of people who either have to go to work and worry for their health or got furloughed, laid off or had to temporally close the business they own and worked so hard to build. It took me a while to get used to my new normal and find a routine that works for me right now (OK, if I’m being honest I’m still struggling with finding that routine bit…). Having to suddenly stop marathon training was hard. I made it up to the sweet 16 training run so I was well under way. One of the things I appreciate the most in the process is the discipline it forces me to have (and the race pictures too course!) The Paris Marathon is rescheduled to October, but I honestly cannot fathom that it will actually take place and I actually don’t want to get my hopes up and be disappointed and sad all over again (been there done that). But I also don’t want to lose all the hard work I put in to getting to where I am with my running. So after trying out a bunch of online workout classes that didn’t quite do it for me, including the Orange Theory Fitness at home workouts unfortunately, I decided to just focus on running for now. Races might be canceled but running isn’t. And getting out for a run is usually the only time I get outside my house so I really appreciate that too.
My plan right now is to maintain my running fitness and work a bit on my speed. I always run alone and while I really miss my running groups and the social aspect of running I’m saving a lot of money not going for post run beers at BlueJacket (I did get $60 worth of cans from the brewery delivered when the stay-at-home orders first started) and I am getting through SO many audiobooks!! I try to stick with 50 km / 30 miles a week, with one long run and at least one shorter speed work run. My boyfriend lives in Crystal City which is about 5 miles from my place so running to and from his place twice a week has been a great way to get some miles in! I’ve also loved being able to do some social media running challenges, especially when they’ve had a charity component. My friend Nicki challenged me to run a 10K on instagram and that particular day I had no motivation to get outside and do anything but feel sorry for myself. But I did go outside, and I ran 10K and I didn’t regret it. I rarely regret ever going out for a run. I was also tagged in the ‘Run 5 Donate 5 Nominate 5’ challenge, which originated in UK as a means to raise funds for the NHS. In the US, I donated $5 to Feeding America and tagged five friends to do the same. I also did a 5K put together by DC Run Crew to raise money for Mighty Meals (and contributed $15 towards meals for frontline health workers). And this one wasn’t for charity but I did make a point to go out and log my 6K for the November Project’s Best of Sunrise run. These runs help break a bit of the monotony of always running alone by giving me sense of (virtually) running with others since we’re all doing the same run, tagging the same hashtags or raising money for the same cause. They also give me something slightly more interesting to post about than “I went for another solo run all by myself” 😉
So altogether I ran 214.4km / 133 miles in April. I’ve ran at least 50km every week in April, typically running every day except for one rest day. I haven’t been great at crosss training though, but Caitlin and I have been trying to do a class together every week, which has been one of the silver lining of this whole thing… getting to do workout classes with my bestie in New York City, because, you know, now they’re virtual…
I have two half marathons (virtual, obviously) planned for May so I’m going to adjust things accordingly. I still want to run between 45-50 km (25-30 miles) every week though it might be a little lower overall factoring in the half marathons and tapper and recovery. I’m toying with the idea of maybe doing a running streak or maybe something like the Yeti Challenge (I would have loved to do that one but running in my neighborhood, even just around my block, in the dark isn’t safe right now…) just something to keep it fun and motivating you know… If you hear of any fun challenges or charity runs, let me know!
How was your month of April? And how are you approaching May now that you’ve gone through April (and basically know that races or fun social runs aren’t happening anytime soon?) I’d love to hear and share ideas…
Also, I haven’t done a running post in a while, but I’m going to try and do more of them, even if they’re just shorter. And Monday fitness post means I’m back to linking with Kim of Running On The Fly and Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner for their weekly wrap-up. Make sure you check out their blogs as well.