Thursday, March 6, 2014

February Review

February was a month of discovery. I got my focus and routine back. I made the transition to severely cut back on running and to not stress about it, and instead up body weights and exercises. I've been religious about yoga 2x week, t25 5x week, and from there getting in a run when I'm able or another class. On the social front, the roommate and I have also grown a lot closer since her and the boyfriend broke up. I rarely have those "lonely" moments when I have nothing to do because she's always finding different activities for us to participate in, and through that new friendships with others have been made!

Total Mileage:  61 miles- haven't broken 60 miles since November... ironic that when i decided to 'cut back' I run more mileage--- mostly due to Ragnar.

Highest Mileage week: 23- all my miles were during my 2 day Ragnar Del Sol stint- didn't run a single mile outside of this during that week.

Races Planned / Completed: 2/2

My first ever 15k- instant PR- Recap HERE-- organization of Ram Racing was great, swag was awesome, course and weather were brutal.

Another Ragnar Relay crossed off the list- escaping to sunny AZ while the rest of the country still has bitter cold temps- best decision ever! Recap HERE

New to Me: (Because you should always be trying something new) 

  • Bought T25 focus and am well into week 3. Originally was doing it in my living room with the roommate, but then my downstairs neighbor complained about 'excessive jumping', so my new home for 25 min each day is our yoga room
  • 15k was a new distance
  • Went to Tunica, MS for a trivia tournament- who would've thought they had these types of events?

Accomplishments for February 
  • I finally found my focus and am honing in on sculpting and transitioning from "runner" to "athlete". Already notice increased strength, flexibility, and flatter stomach! Its nice to have structure again. 
    1. Branched out of my traditional distance and tried something new for a change
    2. Ran 2 races without a care about time and never once looked at my watch (kind of a big deal for me) 
    Current Book:  Nothing at the moment

    Current Excitements/ Obsessions:
    • Ragnar Trail Atlanta with Elizabeth, roomie, and 6 other lovely ladies I have yet to meet to represent Nunn.  Team Elecktrolit (their new flavor) is bound to be a blast 
    • Watching my body transform
    Current Songs

    Since I've misplaced my ipod again, I've been using my phone (pandora) to fuel workouts. Can't get enough of Knife Party, Skrillex, and Dead Mau5--- great beats. 

    Current Treat
    Last year around this time I kept finding random flavors of my favorite cereal- first there was 
    Then a week later I found this gem

    Now here I am finding yet another (and my current treat)
    What will they come up with next? For me its a great 'finisher' after dinner when I want something sweet. Healthy- no, but it could be worse. 

    Current Goal (s):  

    Same as last month: Main focus is to do what I need to get my body back on track before summer (Mid May- June) :
    • Lose 10-15 lbs (down 4lbs, however noticing a big transition in my mid section and legs, so not as concerned with scale #s
    • Although I'm still going to run- my focus is switching to more weights / sculpting- currently running about 1x a week. 
    • Up the produce-- every single meal has a ton of veggies, now I just need to work on the fruit
    • At least run 1 race a month- got in 2 last month and have at least 1 planned for the next few months
    February Major takeaway:  Consistency has ALWAYS been my downfall, so its continually been something I try to work on. Having Leah join me in T25 has been a  blessing since she has become my accountability partner to keep me on track. It's not rocket science, but its amazing when you make something a priority, how you start to restructure your day to ensure said activity gets done.  I've found myself on more than one occasion waking up early to get in my workout because I know I won't have the opportunity to do so during or after work. I'm not a morning workout person, so this is progress for me. Can't wait to see what March has in store. 

    How was your February?


    1. Sounds like a great month Lisa!! I love how building in strength workouts can really be awesome when you start to feel strong!! I think it's hilarious how your neighbor complained about your jumping!! Never thought of that before!

    2. So impressed with your focus on strength and toning, you will look great in your bathing suit!

    3. Sounds like a great month. Great job on getting back into a routine.

    4. What a great month. You are more faithful to T25 than S is, but he's doing it a few times a week. Isn't it amazing what non running workouts can do to help transform your body?

    5. excited to see your final results from T25. Funny, I eat a ton of fruit and think I could be better about my veggies (eat them with meals-rarely as snacks). February was a good month for me- 2 races, a good month at work, and traveling to different cities for work allowed time to explore/run new places.