May Rewind

I’m convinced that May went by quicker than April, which was pretty hard to  beat. May seemed to be more stressful than the other months this year, and I felt like I was always on the go. The good thing about May being over is that summer is almost here!

Let’s take a look at the numbers for this past month.

Miles run: 46

Races run: 2 (Flying Pig Half Marathon & Medina Half Marathon)

Books read: Started Once A Runner

Places traveled: 2, Cincy/Kentucky & Put-In-Bay, but no crazy trips

Unnecessary purchases cut down: Nope

New recipes: Tried a new pasta, Ohio City Pasta is superb to cook with

Miles were down in May, but this was a result of my big failure race at Flying Pig. After the hills I swore off running for a few days, but was back at it to get redemption at the Medina Half Marathon. And redemption I got! I shaved 24 minutes off my time from Flying Pig and finally got out of my half marathon timing funk. Just in time too, marathon training starts next Monday!

I didn’t do much traveling, which is why I’m still not getting anywhere with reading books for fun. I definitely want to make this a priority this month. But I am looking forward to reading Once a Runner, I’m hoping it will help keep up motivation with training.

One of my favorite things this month was the Medina Farmers Market. Every saturday from 9-1, Memorial Day until Labor Day, the farmers market is out on the square. It’s such a great event and really allows you to buy local. I picked up some Ohio City Pasta and have enjoyed cooking with it. I’ll be shopping at the market a lot this summer.

June will be busy, so I imagine it will go by even quicker, but I’m excited for summer to finally be here!

 

Did you do anything exciting in May? What are you plans for June?

 

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April Rewind

April, my favorite month has come and gone. But it can only mean that more exciting things are on the way, such as more races, warm weather and tons of functions with friends and family. We’re now in the transition to summer, a season we never thought we’d see. April for the most part was a good month, let’s take a look at the numbers.

Miles run: 55

Races run: 4 (Miles for Madison 5k, Tree Trotter Half Marathon, Yeti Set Go! Trail 10k, Love A Stray 5k)

Miles biked: 14

Books read: 1 (Best of Me)

Places traveled: 1 (Colorado!)

Unnecessary purchases cut down: Ehhh…

New recipes: 0

Check out the mileage. I more than doubled what I ran in March! It may have taken me a while, but I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. I just needed some time away from running so I could fall back in love with it. This shows by the amount of races I did, two 5k’s for great causes, a half marathon, and my first trail/night 10k. I even got on the bike a few times, including a ride downtown, something I plan on doing a lot this summer.

April also brought our vacation to Colorado! We explored new cities and caught up with friends, it was the perfect birthday trip, even if it was a week early. I was even able to finally finish my book that I started on my last trip in February.

I didn’t learn to cook anything new, but I did eat at a lot of new restaurants, so that counts, right? I also did a semi decent job at cutting back on spending, with so many weddings, bridal showers and bachelorette parties filling up my calendar, it’s hard not to cut back. Really, a majority of my spending was on races, you guys, running is expensive.

April went by quick, too quick, but I’m excited that summer is just around the corner. I’m hoping May brings more miles, more races and more patio reading!

Did you do anything exciting in April? What are your plans for May?

March Rewind

I am so excited to be writing this recap. March is over, which means April is here! April is hands down my favorite month of the year, and not because it’s my birthday month. The weather allows us to hopefully break out those shorts on a weekly basis, trees are turning green and the race schedule starts to ramp up! I usually dread March and feel like it is the longest time of the year, but this time it wasn’t so bad. I was crazy busy all month between work, working out and planning out the next couple of months. Let’s take a look at the numbers for March.

Miles run: 39

Races run: 2 (Lakewood Irish Jig & Jog 5k and Avon Sole to Soul 5k)

Miles biked: 5

Books read: 0 (About 30 pages of Best of Me)

Places traveled: 0

Unnecessary purchases cut down: Well….

New recipes: 1 ( Barbeque Chicken)

My running and racing went up a  bit from March. Not only did I add more miles, but my pace got quicker and I even ran an adult PR in the 5k. I’m really excited that I’m able to get my times down again and hoping that this can continue into April. However, cycling went down hill this month, no pun intended. I need to get back on the bike, and maybe even get outdoors. Living 2 miles from downtown gives me the opportunity to bike to so many shops this summer, so I want to make sure I can handle it. I also added Yoga-lates to my schedule this month. I wasn’t sure I’d like it at first, but it gives me a great way to cross train, and to do some major stretching. I’m signing up again for another month of Om.

Things that didn’t stay on track this month? My reading. I only read about 30 pages of my book, which is awful. I’ll be traveling in April, so I know I’ll get a chance to read more. I just don’t want sitting on a plane to be my only reading opportunity. I also spent a little more than I had anticipated this month. With a new season, comes new clothes, so I may have purchased a few new outfits perfect for spring. What else is perfect for spring? The giant sunroof in my new car!

Blue skies anyone?

Blue skies anyone?

Let’s just call this an early birthday gift and continue to save money like my original plan. Sounds good to me! I’ve got a pretty laid back month coming up with an exciting vacation planned to Colorado. Funny, that’s also a birthday gift….

Happy April! And watch out for the jokers today!

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