Sunday, April 1, 2012

Week, Month, & Book in Review

Week in Review:

  • This week I completed one bike ride, three runs, and two walks.  Not too shabby.
  • For the run on Saturday, we did the same crazy hill route that we've run several times before.  This time, however, I took 2.5 minutes off my time from the previous week. Woot! This was not accomplished the easy way (picking up the pace a little bit over the whole run).  Instead, I got mad at the freaking hill and took it out on the last mile, picking up the pace from conversational pace to run-til-you-almost-pass-out pace.  All in all, it was a good workout.

Month in Review:

  • 16.5 miles by bike - Way under what I hoped for.  The weather was horrible on the weekends this month which seemed very unfair given that the weather was pretty nice most of the time during the week, so I only got out on my bike once!  April started off with a nice ride, hopefully will see better weekend weather and therefore better cycling numbers this next month.
  • 19.2 miles walking - Not bad, but a little short of  what I hoped for. 
  • 49.8 miles running - Lots of progress here.  Started off gingerly running 2.5 miles at a time to test my knee and ended the month with some crazy hill runs (still not too long in distance) without knee pain.  
  • 0 swimming - I decided that I didn't want to swim and so I didn't.  That's all I have to say about that.
  • 31 photos - I started a 365 photo project on March 1 and got through the entire month with one photo uploaded to Flickr per day as planned.  334 days to go!

Book in Review*:

  • Had the opportunity to read a free kindle version of "The Ultimate Beginner's Running Guide: The Key to Running Inspired" by Robert Ryan, which is available for purchase through Overall, I feel that it is a good "how-to" book for beginning runners.  It has information that anyone new to running ought to be considering such as how to avoid injury, how to pace yourself, how to properly stay hydrated, etc.  There are even some training schedules to get you started.  
  • There are a few things that I wish the book included, such as some photos or diagrams and a bit more peppered throughout about staying inspired, however, I still think this would be a helpful resource to anyone new to running.   
*I was given a free version of the book to review, but the opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Looks like a great month! Glad the knee is feeling good.

  2. So happy you had a great month! Seems productive~

  3. Way to go on the running this month! So glad your knee is holding up!!

  4. I am with you on the swimming thing. People keep asking me if I'm going to do a tri. I cannot even imagine the motivation I would require to start swimming regularly...GAH

    Glad you're knee is feeling better!

  5. your running is going so well! That's great!

  6. Things are really picking up for you. It will only get better and better. Keep it going!

  7. a good month! focus on doing the stuff that makes you happy :-) in all things.

  8. Way to show that hill who's boss!

  9. Haha! I'm cracking up over you getting mad at the hill. Great job with 365 in March! I am hoping to make April a perfect month with my project after a poor showing in March.

  10. Your photo project sounds fun! Glad you were able to run without knee pain!

  11. Glad that the knee is getting better. Don't give up and keep on running.
    .. and if I can give an advice .... please change your mind about swimming: do it! It is a very good cross training.