1.Run the Capitola Half Marathon (my first race since 2010!)
I was lucky enough to win an entry into the Capitola Half Marathon from Elise at PhD Strides! I don’t have a concrete goal for this race…my intention is to use it as a gauge for pacing for the San Francisco Marathon in July. My old half marathon time from 2010 is 2:12…I’m not going to lie, I’d definitely like to do better. But I’m not going to get too upset if it doesn’t happen.
2. Stretch EVERY DAY
As I’ve mentioned before, I have really, really tight hamstrings. Throughout April, I really made a conscious effort to try and stretch them out every day. Some days I would only stretch for 30 seconds or so, other days it was 10 to 15 minutes. I missed a few days here and there, but overall I was pretty consistent. Progress has been slow, but I definitely notice a difference. My goal is to be able to do a full forward bend by the end of 2012.
3. Bump up foam rolling frequency to at least 5x/week
My goal for April was to roll a minimum for 3x/week. I’d like to bump this up to 5. When I go too long without rolling my IT band I start to feel a bit tender in my left knee. Foam rolling is something I tell myself I never have time to do…but in actuality it takes five to ten minutes. I waste WAY more time than that on the interwebz each day. Time to step up my foam rolling game.
4. Run a 40 mile week
According to my marathon training schedule, I should hit a 40 mile week toward the end of the month. This is a big mental milestone for me as it will be my highest mileage week ever! Hopefully I don’t look as tired as Homer does.
5. Work my way up to 5 push-ups
Yes, I suck at push-ups. If I can get up to five push-ups in May, I’ll start the 100 push-up program in June.
6. Bump up strength training to 5x/week
While marathon training, my strength routine is mainly consisting of Zuzana’s (former Bodyrock host) ZWOW workouts, as well as her older Bodyrock workouts (this site has a great directory).
What about you, what are your goals for May?