May is in the past

What a month, not very highlight filled, but it definitely ended better then it started. May was filled with the stress of a new job (and strong consideration of a complete career change), a lingering running injury and poor racing and plenty of time to reassess where I was and where I need to head with training and life in general.
  • Running: 158 miles (22 hours) nice to see this coming back up. Racing, like I said didn't go too well.
  • Biking: 16 hours including spin class and a few nice outdoor rides
  • Eliptical: 2hour 15 min, it is nice to see this decreasing
  • Weights: Continued with 2x week
  • Pilates: Weekly, usually the day after a long run, manged 2x one week
  • I made changes to my diet, very unsuccessful on the breakfast change which only last a few days and the cereal was back! Help, I need more options. Otherwise things are pretty good and I feel better again. 
June will be a new start in many ways; Summer weather is here, I am refocusing my training and will fully get over my leg injury, we are taking a short family vacation and I am taking the first step to making a career change.
  • Marathon #20 tomorrow! Goals will be the same as I had for last weekend before deciding not to run. Last year I ran this and managed a 2nd place AG finish and would love a repeat. Hoping to finish the race with all 10 toenails intact, very unlikely to happen.
  • First duathlon of the year late in June and goal is for a better bike time then last year after all the winter biking.
  • Possibly a 5K later this month
  • Refocus my training, change my strength program and fully recover from this injury.
  • Add in trail running if I think I have any chance of finishing Afton 50K in July standing.
  • Continue to focus on my new career goal. This is meaning stepping way outside my comfort zone and reaching out to near strangers for advice. So far I have made two of these phone calls, so proud of myself!
And now a little food, another variation on the protein bars I have been snacking on the past month.
Pumpkin Granola Bars
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup date puree
2 Tbsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups oats
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup chipped walnuts
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup raisins

Combine pumpkin, date puree, molasses and vanilla. In separate bowl mix remaining ingredients then add wet to dry. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and press down. Bake 30 min at 350F.


  1. Nice work despite injury; i hope june is a little more successful for you in al areas. A career change is pretty huge but also exciting once the intimidation lessens, good luck!

    1. Thanks, I hope so too :) The change is scary, but has great potential and most importantly will be better for me.


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