May was a great month for many reasons…my birthday, girls trip to Florida, many races.
But too much rain!! Looking forward to a sunny June.
Anyway, here’s how the month went:
I was able to run at least 3 times outdoors most weeks which is great because I HATE the treadmill.
I ran many times while on vacation. I was able to run while working in NYC and while in Rochester.The best thing about my job is running in different places. My weekday runs were usually around 3-4 miles (occasionally more and occasionally less).
Vacation, work and the weather has made it tough to get in my weekend long runs. This is peak racing season so I usually just add miles to my races. But I was in Florida and it was too hot so I skipped my 12 miler. I only ran ONE long run and it was 9 and then I ran a half marathon. But on Memorial Day, I found some new friends to run with and we did 6.2.
I only ran 73 miles so far this month (I may run some more Wed and/or Thurs.). An decrease in miles basically because of vacation and weather. But that’s pretty low mileage for a half marathon month!! The important thing is that I am feeling healthy so all is good.
I had several races on my schedule this month. I ran a humid hot 5k while on vacation, a local 5k in the rain when I returned and a 5k in Brooklyn (while working in NYC.). I also ran the Workforce Challenge with co-workers (as a taper run) and then ran a cold rainy Brooklyn Half Marathon. All were fun and I met up with several friends at each. I was the Senior Grand Masters winner at the Tropicool 5k in Florida, 2nd in my age group at the Summer Smith Memorial 5k and 1st in my age group at the PPTC Summer Speed Series #1 5k.
I went on a tennis vacation so I played tennis 6 days and took lessons 4 times. It was wonderful to get back into the sport.
I did NOT work out at the gym at all.
I did not attend a yoga class. Someday…. really I do plan to.
I did not walk at lunch. But working in NYC does get me a lot of steps.
I went on an amazing vacation to Naples, FL with my tennis friends. We played a lot of tennis, ate out at wonderful restaurants, went to the pool or beach everyday, attended the theater and visited the Warhol exhibit at Selby Gardens in Sarasota. But most importantly, a lot of much needed girl time.
I entered a new age group.
Despite all my work travel, I was able to squeeze in some friend and hubby time. These are usually spent with dinners in a restaurant. I saw the movies Book Club and Tully (recommend BC!!) We even took our boat out on the lake the first time this year.
The Freihofer Training Challenge began in March and went for 10 weeks and I was able to go only ONCE this month. It was the week of my half marathon so I participated in the beginner group workout rather than my usual advanced. Three out of 10 is better than not at all. But probably not cost effective.
Feeling healthy so Life Is Good.
Half Marathon #32 is not until September.
But I do have some shorter races planned .
This is my list so far for the next 2 months:
- 6-02-18 – Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k
- 6-06-18 – PPTC Summer Series #2 5k (in Brooklyn)
- 6-10-18 – Run for Help 5k? or 6-9-19 – Betar Byway 5k
- 6-12-18 – Brooklyn Ice Cream Social 5K
- 6-17-18 – Finest Memorial 5k? or Whipple City 5k or 10k
- 6-30-18 – Adirondack 15K Race to the Lakes
- 7-21-18 – Silks & Satins 5k
- 8-04-18 – 1st Monster Mountain 10k?
- 8-11-18 – Camp Chingachgook Challenge 10K
I am linking to Deb at DebRuns for her April Race Linkup:
I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:
My Topic is: Give your running month a letter grade.
I’d say overall an A–
Despite the work travel and crazy weather, I did my best to get in my weekday runs. Strength training just never happens so I’ve decided not to beat myself up about it. I did play tennis for 6 days while on my vacation in Florida. I ran 4 shorter races (2 in the rain) and had course PRs in two of them. I also won an age group award in THREE of the races. I completed a bucket list and 31st half marathon in less than ideal weather conditions. Three races in the RAIN gives me bonus points, right?