Wow! It’s April… Finally! The weather here is warming up (slowly) and running outside is becoming a lot more enjoyable. Last month saw a big change in my training. I hired a coach and my motivation came back. I ran, lifted and sweated more, and even began logging my food and eating better. This month I hope to continue with the positive changes and have broken out my goals into a few categories to try and make them easier to follow.
Here are my goals for April:
As I mentioned on Tuesday, last month I ran 100 miles, so I’ll be following the 10% rule and have set a goal of running 110miles next month, provided that I listen to my body. Last month was a BIG mileage increase for me – I went from 43 miles to 100 miles. Although I didn’t get injured from that, that was only over a 4 week period. There could be some break down and injuries starting from last month that haven’t reared their ugly head yet, so I’ll have to keep “listening” for aches & pains. On Saturday I was supposed to run 20 km, but my whole body just felt like I was hit by a truck, so I did 10km at a much slower pace instead. I also cut some 8.5km runs down to 5 or 6km last month. It’s that kind of listening that I’ll need to do in order to keep progressing.
In addition to my twice a week strength training with my coach, I will actually do the planks, push ups, clamshells, hamstring bridges, pistol squats, and rotator cuff exercises etc that will supplement my strength training.
There’s a pool at my gym so my conditioning coach wants to assess my swimming. I need to start getting into the pool at least once a week, so my April goal is to swim laps 4 times. Swimming is my least favourite part of triathlons.
I want to keep logging my food on myfitnesspal, and to keep up the healthy food changes I’ve made (I’ve logged my food for 35 days straight now!). I went for my annual physical yesterday and my Doctor and I discussed my age related nutritional needs. She reminded me to make sure that I get enough calcium, magnesium and vitamin D because I have a history of stress fractures and we’d like to help prevent osteoporosis by taking early precautions. I personally would like to stay clear away from stress fractures because the immobilisation is a real PITA to recover from – I still have lingering effects from being casted 14 yrs ago (loss of proprioception and decreased ankle range of motion). In addition to healthy eating, and taking my iron, I’m going to start eating the Swiss Natural Calcium chews that I reviewed quite a while ago – they were really yummy and will help to maintain the strength of my bones. I also want to try and further reduce my sugar consumption. Last year I started drinking my coffee, tea etc black, and recently I’ve managed to give up sugar cereal, and mid-morning muffins. My next goal is to give up evening cookies, ice cream sundaes etc. It will be pretty hard this month with all the Easter chocolate that I’m sure the Easter Bunny will be bringing the girls. I’m really going to have to muster up all the willpower that I can find and make smart substitutions such as the Dr. Joey’s Skinny Chews I was sent (review coming soon)!
I need to complete my taxes, and get my laptop issues resolved. The RAM in my HP laptop somehow crapped out, so I went to Best Buy and had Geek Squad install new memory sticks. During my initial diagnosis phase of my blue screen issue, I decided that software was the issue and deleted my Operating System. Unfortunately the issue was hardware, not software, and now the re-installation of the Operating System causes the laptop to overheat 90% of the way through and causes a thermal shutdown. If I can’t get the OS re-installed onto my laptop, then I’m going to have to borrow a laptop and do my taxes with the web-based Turbo Tax software. I suppose that I’ll have to use my tax return to buy myself a new laptop or pay someone to get the OS re-installed. I’m a little ticked that my Hewlett Packard laptop has died after only 18 months of use.
Oh – I almost forgot to share pictures of my new haircut with you! I absolutely hate getting my haircut – I have been completely unsuccessful in finding a hairdresser who doesn’t go all Edward Scissor Hands on me, so I only go once a year. They always take so much off that I get traumatised and I don’t go back for a year. I tried once to go every 3 months, and over that 9 month period my hair just got shorter and shorter. I have no idea how a hairdresser can interpret the word trim to mean 4-5 inches. Yesterday’s annual haircut was no different:
She at least did a great job on my hair colour and managed to lighten it so much that I’ll have no choice but to go back every few months so that I don’t get that grown out “ring” of lighter and darker hair around my head. I even had to change my Bitstrips Avatar as a result of yesterday’s hack job:
Have a great April everyone!!
When was the last time you had a haircut?