Friday Five: April Fitness Goals

So, today was destined to be a good day. First of all, FRIDAYAY. Secondly, this is a fun thing to be able to say:

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Don’t get me wrong — March was an overall great month for me. I’m just stoked we’re counting down the days til it feels like Spring has truly sprung, and “April” just sounds so much happier. It’s really such a nice word, too, I think, and I’m all about words that make me happy. 🙂

What’re you looking forward to in April? I have some good things: my man’s bday, the arrival of my bff’s second baby, a family trip to Chicago, and nicer weather for running —

Which segues nicely into this week’s Friday Five Linkup theme with the DC Ladies Mar, Courtney & Cynthia:

5 April Fitness Goals

  1. More morning running. I miss my days of running outdoors regularly at 6am before work, and with the advent of warmer weather, I’m determined to get back that. I’m making it a goal to run before work at least two days a week this month, on top of one after-work run and my weekend runs. This also means earlier bedtimes, I hope!
  2. Easy does it with the leg workouts. Granted, I’m saying this in the wake of a “Whoops that was too much” leg workout earlier this week from which I’m still unable to walk easily, but I really do try not to overdo it on the leg strength session when I’m training for a race, as it negatively impacts my ability to run in a big way. With the BK Half coming up in May, I need to keep my legs in good running shape (ie, I’d like to be able to walk without wincing). 😉
  3. Strength train 2x a week. This has been going really well and I want to keep doing 2 mornings a week, primarily upper body (see #2 above!). Push-ups, kettlebells and planks are the name of my game, and I’m really happy with how strong I feel.
  4. Speedwork. Okay, so this is something I’ve rarely incorporated into my exercise routine, and never consistently — but the past two weeks I’ve done a bit, and I rather enjoyed it. I want to try to commit to one speed workout a week and take it from there, even if it’s nothing too crazy. I think it’ll be good for me.
  5. Watch the nutrition carefully. To me, healthy living is a balance between working out and paying close attention to what I eat, and I’ve been feeling better lately since I’ve made an effort to clean it up even more. I’m eating almost entirely gluten and dairy free, with very little sugar or processed foods, and eating a lot of lean protein and good fats — and I’m happy with the results and want to keep monitoring what I eat and how I feel.

With that, I’m off to see a client, meet the boyfriend and kick off this wonderful weekend! Hope your Friday finds you in high spirits as well!

Enjoy today, friends. ❤

Any April goals, fitness or otherwise?
What’s April weather like where you are?
Favorite “clean eating” meal or snack?

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WILW {4.2.14}

1. April.even though March flew by for me and included some really great things (BFF’s wedding, a lot of salsa dancing, and the addition of some fun new people in my life as well as spending more time with some of my faves), it’s a holiday-less month signifying the end of Winter — and April just seems like such a relief. i mean, the word just sounds springy and full of promise and all things sunshiney and bright.

aprilfun fact about me: i’m a fan of all things Shakespeare. any excuse to fit him into my daily life, i’m taking it.

2. still thinking about yoga. this picture makes me feel better about the fact that if i ever do start doing yoga, i might not be the very most inflexible beginner in the class who has no idea what she’s doing:

yogaand aside from that, this picture just makes me giggle.

3. workouts & rest. my running and strength training have been great lately, including an awesome session with my trainer yesterday that made the first step out of bed this morning pretty darn painful. i haven’t taken a rest day in probably a week, so today is it. it’s hard for me to force myself into taking a day off, but i know it’s so necessary, and my body is screaming at me today. i think i need to start making yoga my rest day, as that’s probably the only way i’ll get myself to do it, at least in the beginning.

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4. pinot noir. pretty sure this was the first varietal of red wine i really got into in my early 20s (you know, after you graduate from white zin to pinot grigio and finally to red), and although i like most wines, a good pinot noir is always high on my list. i tried a De Loach pinot this week for the first time and was really happy with this California wine. and now i must visit this Sonoma vineyard.

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a sign of getting not-so-young: it’s taking me all week to drink this bottle. and i reallllly like it. sigh.

5. play with your food. i really can’t wait to make these healthy fruit plates for our summer lake BBQs this year (yes, my mind is already there). this is my idea of “cooking” in the warm weather. the more fun, the better.

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Questions:

what are you most excited about in Spring?

try any good new wines lately? (yes, i’m going to keep asking this)