I just wanted to remind everyone that Wednesday June 3rd is National Running Day! I am planning to write a post about why I run, and I encourage others to do the same! You can click here to make your own customizable “Why I Run” bib. I was also thinking of adding a link-up to my post on Wednesday so we can all read each others’ posts about why we run. Let me know if you would be interested so I can decide if its worth hosting a link-up or not! You can check out my post from last year here.
I’ll be using these prompts as an outline that you are welcome to follow as well!
- Right now, I run because…
- I started running because…
- When I don’t run…
- One thing that running has taught me is…
- My favorite kind of run is…
- Right now my biggest running-related goal is…
And now, of my monthly check-in!
Believe it or not, May is already over and June is here! I can’t believe we are almost halfway through 2015. It’s time to look back on May and reflect on how my 2015 goals are coming along.
You can read my other monthly recaps so far here:
-I’ve been running again consistently! My fitness is coming back, but I still don’t feel ready to race a half-marathon. I do think that I can still hit a sub 1:40 half this year, but I need a few more months to get more comfortable with that distance/mileage.
-I ran my first race of 2015 this month! You can read about that 5k here. While I am way behind my race/mileage goal for 2015, I have already said that it’s no longer a priority for me. I’ll race when I want and when I am feeling good, but I won’t be overdoing it just to hit 15 races for the year. My mileage will be lower than ever this year, but there’s nothing I can do about that after backing off so much during the first few months of the year.
-I am noticing improvements in my posture, strength, and running form from all the work I am doing with my chiropractor. I’m still working on doing push ups with proper form!
-I’ve kept up with my planks, and this month I have been doing them with leg lift and on my hands (versus elbows).
-I read two books this month: The Girl on the Train and The Silent Wife. I also started reading Becoming a Supple Leapord but that will be a slower read since I have the hard copy (not on my Kindle) and its big and heavy like a textbook!
May 2015 Stats and Highlights
Total miles: 82- this was a big jump from the 42 I ran in April and my second highest monthly mileage of the year (In January I ran 90).
Best run: There were alot of great runs this month. I explored trails for the first time, ran my first race of the year, and added speed work back in!
Favorite non-running activity: I’ve been doing the Iron Strength workout once a week and I do think its really beneficial. It incorporates alot of the exercises I am working on with my chiropractor and it’s gotten me doing things like burpees and squat jumps that I would never do on my own.
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Biggest Accomplishment: I’m happy with my 5k time even though it wasn’t a PR. I think it was good to work on running at a hard effort again!
Set-backs and struggles: I’ve felt like this month I haven’t been getting enough sleep just because I have been so busy. I’m getting up earlier to get my runs in before work, and then it feels like there is always something to do after work. By the time we eat and clean up dinner it’s later than I would like and there’s hardly any time to relax! It doesn’t help that the weekends have been so busy too. Hopefully when the school year ends things will quiet down a bit.
Things I’m looking forward to in June: I’m finally going to meet my new niece in Arkansas this weekend! I’m also looking forward to two more weddings, and a high school graduation! Also, the end of the school year and maybe running another race:)
What was the best part of May for you?
What are you looking forward to in June?
Will you be celebrating National Running Day tomorrow?
Michele @ paleorunningmomma says
You’ve had such a positive month with running especially after struggling for a while, and I’m glad you’re noticing improvements in form from all the work you’ve done in pt! Good things will come from here on out I believe 🙂
Thanks! I sure hope so:)
meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles says
I am looking forward to my birthday this week 🙂 I will totally celebrate National Running Day tomorrow – I don’t know how many miles I would run since Wednesday is usually a short/easy day but I will get something in!
I think that anything to acknowledge the importance of running to you counts! What a great week- your bday and national running day just days apart!:)
She is adorable! This weekend will be fun. I have heard good things about that book The girl on the train. How was it? That may be my next book to read. Good job With your workouts for the mth. Lack of sleep is something I always deal with too. Hopefullyyou’ll be able to catch up on some soon.
Thanks! I really liked the Girl on the Train, you should definitely read it.
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
I’m so happy that you are back to consistently running! I need to start doing Iron Strength workout again. I used to do it (back in the day) and it was a hard one but sooooooo good!
Those burpees get me every time!
I will definitely be celebrating National Running Day – with a run! : ) I think May was one of my favorites because of MDW with friends and family, and I can’t wait to run a half this month and really enjoy the beginning of summer! Hope you have a great Tuesday and so happy your getting your groove back with running! : )
Spring is just such a fun time. Now if only the weather would realize that its June right now because it feels like March outside!
Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl says
Such a cutie!! I already put up my National Running Day post a bit early yesterday and would love to link up 🙂
Awesome, please do! Im looking forward to checking out your national running day post:)
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes says
I’m so happy for you that you’re running strongly and frequently again! I’ll be writing a post for National Running Day and linking up with you :). May definitely threw off my sleep as well with a new routine/time zone, so like you I’m working on getting enough sleep every night now.
A move like that has got to be tough! Im looking forward to reading your post tomorrow:)
Cori @ She's Going the Distance says
I think you’re definitely going to finish out this year healthier & stronger than before. 🙂 And i love the National Running Day outline–totally using it!
I really hope so! But as you well know we can do all the right things and our bodies can still rebel.
Awe, Finley’s adorable! What a cutie. I loooooove babies. Sigh… Anyway, I’m super stoked for you that you’re on your running comeback and feeling stronger than ever. The speed will come and you’ll nail that sub 1:40, I have no doubt.
Thank you! I am hoping so…just might take longer than I would like.
Great job in May. I had more progress in April than in May, but it’s still good to be running.
We can’t always be making tons of progress, so its great that April was a good month for you and hopefully you were able to maintain that progress in May!
I love how you really set good broad goals for yourself- I always want to and then don’t- this is so inspiring and I love the idea of posting “Why I run” and monthly recaps- I may have to switch up my plan for the week to fit this in on Wednesday-thx for the reminder!
I hope that you join in! And the monthly recaps have been a good way to make sure I stay on track with my yearly goals.
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
You had a really great month after all of your injuries and set backs. Kudos to you! My highlight for May was going to Duck, NC for a wedding and I am looking forward to a concert in a few weeks for June!
Sounds like fun! Spring is such a fun time of year:)
Victoria @ Ice Packs and Races says
Congratulations on your running this month! It’s a great feeling to get back in the swing of things again. It looks like it was a really positive month!
Thank you! Its a good feeling to be back to running consistently.
You had a great month and it looks like you are finally getting ahead of your injury. Great job on the planks! I’m doing a 30 day challenge now on my elbows. I might do a second cycle when it’s completed on my hands. Best thing in May? Finishing up the half marathon. Looking forward to in June? Finishing the 10 Miler on Saturday so that I can be completely race free for a few months. I’ll start half training again in July, but I’ll have at least a month where I’m not worried about a race or needed to get a long run done.
Those plank challenges sound really great! And the 10 miler is sure to be a good time, but I know what you mean about needing a break from races.
Lily @ Lily Runs the World says
My highlight of May was definitely my marathon! I’m so glad to hear you are feeling better and starting to build your mileage back up. I’m starting to think about new goals and I’m pretty sure I want to start working on speed and setting a new half PR soon. Happy June!
Those sound like great goals! Summer seems like a good time to work on half-marathon training.
It sounds like it was a solid month for you, congrats Lisa. I am also trying to be more consistent (which has proved easier said than done).
Thanks Hollie! It can be challenging to be consistent with the things we aren’t used to doing, and it’s so easy to fall back into our old ways. Good luck with your goals and staying consistent!
The best part of May for me was probably going down to Atlanta to visit my sister and her family, even though it was only for a few days. In June my husband and I are going to Spain! 🙂 I’m very excited about that. I didn’t know it was National Running Day tomorrow, but now that I know, I’ll definitely be celebrating and spreading the word.
Wow, a trip to Spain sounds like so much fun! Have a great time, and happy national running day!:)
I’ll be celebrating National Running Day tomorrow with a post to your link up (if it happens), a nice easy run to follow my day of speedwork today, and of course, reading other blogger’s posts about National Running Day :).
Nice work this month! It really looks like you’re getting back on track and I bet that feels great.
I will be hosting the link up so I hope you join in! Enjoy your run tomorrow!
Sam @ See Sam Run says
I’m glad to see that this was such a great month for you! I think with all the work you’ve done you’re setting yourself up for a great summer. I know how you feel with it all being busy and feeling like you need time to relax.
The best part of my May was going on Vacation and I think in June I’m most looking forward to going to Maryland next weekend!
The busy stuff is fun, so I don’t like to complain, but I know I can definitely use some more downtime and a little time to catch up on sleep! I can’t believe I won’t be here for the 10 miler…have so much fun!!
You really had a great month full of progression! Congrats on that. I have no doubt you’ll get where you want to be in the coming months. And I’m so glad to hear you are doing Charles St. 12, too!
Love the name, Finley–what a cutie she is!
Thank you! And I am already looking forward to the 12 miler- it’s such a fun race!
It is great to see things going well for you after all the hard work you’ve put in. It shows and is finally paying off!
Thanks! Now its all about keeping up with everything and being smart:)
Wow, you really picked up the mileage this month! I thought I would be doing the same thing and ending the month on a high note and then I went and got bronchitis! So annoying! I am really looking forward to June!
Hopefully June will be your month! At least its forcing you to ease back into running slowly…
Your May was great! It was nice to see you healthy and able to race 🙂 Your niece is adorable!
I love May because we have a lot of birthdays in my family, so it’s always fun to get together and celebrate those and June will be pretty low-key for me with no big plans or races, which will be probably be nice with going back to school in July and a July race :).
Sometimes low key months are the best! Especially the summer when you can always find something to do anyway.
Congrats on getting back to consistent running again!! Love all of your goals and that sub-1:40 is exciting – you can do it!
I really want to read the Silent Wife and I am finishing up The Girl on The Train. It took me so long to finish as it has been super busy 🙂
Also, great work on the planks! I can’t wait to start doing those again.
Your niece is so adorable!!
Thank you! After reading Girl on the train I didnt think the Silent Wife was nearly as good, but its tough to find another book to read after finishing a really good one!
Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen says
Looks like you are picking up some momentum! I’m sure having the move behind you is helpful. You’ll be golden once school is out too 🙂 Have fun in AR! I wish I would be there, but I’m sure you’ll be busy snuggling with your sweet nice anyway! Let me know if you have any questions about the trails or anything. Maybe one day we’ll meet up!
Thanks! Its too bad you won’t be around. Im so excited to get back to that trail!
Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness says
Sounds like it was a pretty sound month for you overall, running and else wise! I would say the highlights of my May were traveling – had a getaway with my hubby to Palm Springs, and just came back from a bachelorette girls’ weekend in Miami 🙂
Sounds like a great month of traveling for you! Both those places sound really fun!
Have fun visiting your niece this weekend! You had a really great month!
Thanks! I hope you had fun at the reunion!