June 1, 2016

May 2016 Review

by pyrad
Categories: General Running and/or Fitness
Comments: 3 Comments

I summed up March with the word TIRED. The word for April was STRESSED. I guess May would be LAZY.

Continuing this feature I started in January here’s this month’s monthly summary at a glance:

May 2016 at a glance
Starting Current Change To Go
Weight (lbs.) 200.0 202.4 +2.4
Fat (lbs.) 50.6 54.2 +3.6 20.2
Goal This Month Annual Average
Hours Sleep 8.00 7.15 7.29
Starting Current Change To Go
PMP PDUs 52 52 0 3
This Month Year to Date
Running KM’s 26 km 504 km


The big highlight and turning point of this month was the Mississauga half-marathon which has been on my calendar since last September. I’d say I gave it my all and was moderately successful. Absolutely giving everything I had in a race was a different experience because I usually try to save myself for the next race coming up. Having given everything I had, I was pretty drained of willpower. And the aches and pains and illness that followed were pretty good at keeping me on the couch for most of the month.

After the race I got pretty lazy. I didn’t and don’t have any immediate plans. I drew up an 18-week training schedule to lead to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon, but I don’t have to start that until mid-June. So, it’s an unusual feeling to see the walls where I usually have a packed training plan, and instead see a blank space. I mean, I like to run, but I don’t have to. And I did run a little. But I rested a lot this month. And considering I haven’t taken a break since this time last year, I think it’s well-earned.

So, if I wasn’t running or going to the gym, what was I doing? I was doing A LOT of relaxing. I was burned out in March, so I think I really needed at least a month to just mentally re-centre. I spent some time doing my often neglected hobby of building model tanks and such, and did a lot of chores like small plumbing, painting, and other handyman jobs. There’s a contractor renovating my mother’s bathroom too and its taking a lot of time to grab materials he needs to finish the job, so I’m glad I had a lazy month to support that renovation.

Work in progress on a big yellow tank with lights called a "Land Raider"
Work in progress on a big yellow tank with lights called a “Land Raider”

Playing handyman. In this particular picture, painter.
Playing handyman. In this particular picture, painter.


And at the end of this month, Sharise performed with her Steps Studio Bachata Performance Team. I was honoured to see her perform (see video below)

With Sharise before her Bachata performance in May 2016
With Sharise before her Bachata performance in May 2016



As a treat to myself, I bought myself a new running watch, a Garmin Forerunner 235! I actually bought this watch back in April, but I didn’t want to try it until after the goal race.

My new running watch: Garmin Forerunner 235 still in its box
My new running watch: Garmin Forerunner 235 still in its box


I’m obviously rather sad to retire my Garmin Forerunner 410. I’ve worn it almost every day for over 3 years. I’ve had to fix the strap a couple of times too. But, after it started acting up on me during the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon in January, I knew it was time to replace it sooner or later.

Goodbye old Garmin. We’ve had some great memories. And 3842 km of running!


3842.37 kilometers and 479:15:15 running
My outgoing Garmin Forerunner 410, Totals of 3842.37 kilometers and 479:15:15 running

I’ll write a full review of the new watch soon. I’ve only used it for one run so I don’t feel comfortable reviewing it thoroughly yet. It is certainly fancier with a colour screen, pedometer, built-in optical-based heart rate monitor, and bluetooth connectivity. I find the pedometer particularly motivating because I really want to hit a steps goal now. It motivates me to walk more to, from, and during work.

Garmin Forerunner 235 left) and old Garmin Forerunner 410 right)
Garmin Forerunner 235 (left) and old Garmin Forerunner 410 (right)

I downloaded a custom watch face for my Garmin Forerunner 235. It looks very advanced
I downloaded a custom watch face for my Garmin Forerunner 235. It looks very advanced



And lastly, an interesting story and decision I made: I was really disappointed when I got injured in the summer of 2013 and couldn’t run the Berlin Marathon. I certainly want to run all the World Marathon Majors eventually, and Berlin’s on that list. I missed the application deadline to run in the fall of 2016, so I was looking forward to 2016. But I was told I had an option to run it THIS YEAR. I had about 24 hours to decide, and, to my chagrin, I declined. I suppose because I’m planning to run the Toyko Marathon in February 2017, I thought it would be nice to space things out. And, I was looking forward to less mileage this summer. Part of me wonders if I missed a great opportunity…



Goal: Reduce Body Fat to 35 pounds by the end of 2016
Status: What I expected

Date Weight (pounds) Body Fat % Body Fat (pounds)
December 31, 2015 194.4 24.9% 48.4
February 2, 2016 194.0 26.9% 47.9
March 1, 2016 193.8 24.4% 46.9
March 28, 2016 198.4 25.5% 50.6
April 26, 2016 200.0 25.8% 51.6
May 31, 2016 202.4 26.8% 54.2

It should come as no surprise that I gained weight this month because I only ran 26km and only went to the gym only 3 times. I don’t feel bad about this as long as I can reverse the trend.

On an interesting related note, by reducing training I’m noticing a marked reduction in appetite. Maybe that’s a good thing, but perhaps my appetite will rebound once I get back into a tough routine.

My trainer has me in what he’s calling a “burn” phase with only high intensity cardio training. He wants me to really bring down my carb levels, but that’s hard. I want to make a change that’s more permanent, not something I’ll fall off of again.

I’m also going to get rigorous about tracking my food with myfitnesspal. I’ve found that’s one of the most reliable ways of keeping myself honest. Just knowing that I’m tracking changes my approach to food.



Goal: My average hours of sleep will be at least 8 hours per night in 2016
Status: Average 7.15 *sigh*

May 2016 nightly hours of sleep

I wasn’t feeling too motivated in May, and I wasn’t keeping good routine habits. But, you can see that my sleep spiked each Sunday! I could sleep in since I wasn’t running Sunday mornings!




Goal: I will earn at least 6.5 more PMP PDU’s by the end of 2016
Status: +0!

I started Managing Project Human Resources this month but I haven’t finished it yet. I should probably schedule a lunch day every week for this, like every Wednesday’s lunch is online webinar day or something.





If my word of the month for May was LAZY, I’m hoping my word of June will be CHOICE. I’m choosing to run again, I’m choosing the food I’m putting in my body, and choosing when to go to bed. Rather than feeling like I have to do something, feeling like it’s something I want to do is empowering and motivating. It makes me want to give 100% rather than just coasting by.

Happy June everyone! Welcome to summer soon!




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  1. Andrea says:

    I’m with you on the mixed garmin feelings. Retired my 405 that I’ve had since 2011 and replaced it with a 230. Loving it so far!

  2. macnic says:

    I love your recaps. I was lazy in May too. We’ve earned it. Like you, I’m making better food choices and exercise decisions this month as well.

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