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April Recap / May Goals

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April Goal Reflection: My April goal was a no-brainer, as I’d been training for my first half marathon since January. Since I posted a race recap yesterday, I won’t rehash all the details here. I’m also still planning to post a pre-race feature on Friday, including photos of the Expotique and sightseeing in DC. I realized earlier today that May begins tomorrow. When you’re out of the office on a Monday, it can certainly throw off the week. I thought it was best to fit in a monthly Recap/Goals post before looking back on the rest of my trip. But looking back on all of my Half Marathon Monday posts has been like flipping through a scrapbook of my training journey. I braved the polar vortex, attended Nike Training Club Week, connected with Everyday Hero, completed my first run commute, and learned to love to run. Everyone was right. I’m hooked on the half.

May Goal Setting: So, what’s next? In May, I plan to focus more on boutique fitness classes that became my cross training in recent months. I’m especially eager to work on upper body strength. This month, look for class reviews from Row House, Brick New York, AKT in Motion, SOHO Strength Lab, and more. Still, I plan to continue running at least twice per week because I’m about to register for my second half marathon. I’m almost certain that #2 will be the Chicago Half Marathon on September 7. A few friends have talked about making the trip with me. And if one more wasn’t enough, I’m also going to enter the lottery for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco on October 19. Right now, the hilly course sounds intimidating, but I enjoyed DC so much that the hills would be worth it. Fingers crossed for the lottery! More on these races in coming months. Until then, I have some new fitness studios to crash.

Chicago Half Marathon

Nike Women's Half Marathon SFImage via Run Nike Women Series

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