Friday Five: Blogs to Love

I’m excited to link-up with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run today! This week’s theme is blogs to love.

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[Blueberry maca muffins from runonveg.com]
  1. Running on Veggies: This is one of the newest blogs I’ve started reading, but I already have plans to make Lottie’s pre-workout blueberry maca muffins. I’ll post my results when I finish! Once you check out Lottie’s recipes, I’ll be surprised if you’re not motivated to try something yourself. I’ve got dark chocolate peanut butter banana overnight oats lined up next.
  2. Ginger RunnerThis is more of a vlog, but Ethan supplies overwhelming running inspiration and a lot of helpful information on different running products in his short films and videos. His review of the Hoka One One Clifton shoe convinced me try a pair on at my local running store (side note: they’re the best). Check out Altering Expectations, which follows someone completing their very first ultra marathon at the Oregon Coast 50K.
  3. Eat Pray Run DC: As I mentioned above, Courtney is one of Friday Five’s sponsors! This was the first DC area blog I started to read, and it’s a pleasure to read about running from someone who appreciates this city as much as I do. I especially love the training week and race re-caps – details this beginner runner enjoys reading. She also has great advice and transparency on starting or maintaining a blog!
  4. Fit and Faithful: I initially found Chelsy’s blog through Instagram (my favorite thing). She was training for her first 75K at the time, which is an incredible feat and distance! What really struck me, however, was her journey from a 5:11 marathon to a BQ and an ultra marathon! It makes me believe that goals that seem out of reach right now might not seem so impossible with a little more experience under my belt.
  5. Running Out of WineLisa lives in the nearby Baltimore area and is another one of those blogs I started reading right when I was getting into running. Reading about her weekly training and meal-plans fed my running bug!

Do you read any of these blogs too? What else do you suggest?

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Let’s Talk About April

April is almost over (can you believe it?), but I wanted to acknowledge my goals for this month before it flies by and we’re chatting about May. I also wanted to note where I’m at before I move forward with training! My gains have been small in number, but they’re so big for me. I remember how hard it was to run one whole mile without pausing to stop, and now I’m finding strength in the third mile! When I’m lucky 😉

2015 progress report:

Since January, my mileage has varied from 3-12 miles per week and 1-3 runs per week. However, this March and April, I’ve been running at least two times a week but prioritizing three. I’ve been logging my progress and weekly workouts in the Believe Training Journal, and I’m a big fan!

January: 18; February: 26; March: 40; (Expected) April: ~45 .

Currently training for…

I’ve spent 2015 simply trying to establish the ability to run three times a week and (very) slowly increase my mileage. My next goal is reach 5 miles!

In regard to races, this weekend I’m running a 5K Glo Run race, which will be a good test of my current fitness, but I’m really working toward the 10k Capitol Hill Classic and ultimately, the Navy Air Force Half Marathon in September.

April goals:

  1. PR in the 5K at the Glo Run!
  2. Set myself up to crush my next longest distance: 5 miles. (Finish 4.75 miles strong).
  3. Stay healthy! Watch out for any shin pain and re-incorporate shin strengthening exercises.

Let’s do this! What do you want to accomplish this April?