I’m a bit late with this report, but here you go:
- Running: 70 miles
- Swimming: 4000 meters
- Core fitness workouts: 2
- Lower body workouts: 2
- Yoga sessions: 3
- Pounds lost or gained: No idea
1. My main accomplishment this month was the Virginia is for Lovers 14K. I finished it in 1:50, which was a personal best for that distance because my pace was 12:38 overall. For anything longer than 7 miles, my pace typically slows to 13:15 or so. My race report is here.
2. I stopped weighing myself until after the half-marathon. It is just frustrating to run 20 miles one week and gain two pounds. I refuse to keep being disappointed with my weight when I’m working so hard and eating well.
3. Due to the increase in mileage in my training plan this month, I slacked off on cross-training. My IT band has not acted up as a result so I’m not too worried. After the half-marathon, I’ll add in more cross-training and do lower mileage runs. The problem is that all of my runs now are at least 1 hour long and almost 3 hours for my long ones. After that, I just don’t have time to come back and do strength training if I want to have dinner and enjoy at least some of my evening or weekend.
4. We had a health fair at work last month where we got our blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI checked and then talked to a counselor about our numbers. All of mine are excellent except my HDL. It is 47, which is normal, but they prefer that women keep it above 50. I talked to the lady to try to find out what I can change to improve this number. Here is the conversation we had:
- Me: “What can I do to improve my HDL?”
- Mean lady: “You can start doing aerobic excercise.”
- Me: “Well, I’m a runner already.”
- Mean lady: “Do more.”
- Me: “I run 20 miles a week. My marriage might fall apart if I spend any more time exercising.”
- Mean lady, with a look on her face that she didn’t believe me: “Well, you can eat more fish and nuts.”
- Me: “Thanks, have a nice day.”
- Me, inside my head: “THANKS BITCH! YOU ARE SO CUT OUT FOR A CAREER IN HEALTH COUNSELING.”
So, anyway, I am eating more fish and taking an Omega-3 supplement now. I also snack on almonds on my breaks at work. We’ll see if that works.