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.
- PR in the 5K at the Glo Run!
- Set myself up to crush my next longest distance: 5 miles. (Finish 4.75 miles strong).
- 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?
Hi! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Victoria, and I am a twenty-something living in Washington, D.C. I have been learning to run for less than a year now. Last June I signed up for my first race (a September 5-miler), but by July, I was experiencing deep, tender pain in my shin. I had transformed into an injured runner before I’d even crossed my first finish line.
If the early shin pain wasn’t already an indicator to you – I’d never been a runner before training to complete that 5-miler. In fact, I dreaded the 1-mile fitness test in gym class, and I don’t think I had ever run 2 miles without stopping to walk. I could count how many times I’d done that with a mile on one hand. In college I ran every once and again on the treadmill for fitness, and I would feel encouraged to pick it up more permanently, but it never took off. I always gave up. What was the point? (There were plenty of other machines and classes I hated less if sweating was what I wanted). And yet, as I have seen time and time again in other runner’s story’s — something finally clicked. I wanted to try again. This time, I stuck.
I credit that first injury for keeping me motivated. I wanted to finish what I started. In fact, I couldn’t stop dreaming up more races, new distances. I caught the bug. I sought a running coach last fall and learned about foot strike and strengthening exercises. I ran hard drills on the National Mall until my lungs burned, and I biked home exhausted. I got better, and then the pain returned. I got better, and then the pain returned again. (This is where the ice packs came in). Finally (plenty of time-off running later), and I started 2015 ready to begin again. Smarter. Things were/are looking up.
And here I am. I spent a lot of time gaining inspiration from other running bloggers and decided it was time to throw something myself into that little corner of the internet world. Let’s do this.
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