May Training Log: The Month That Wasn’t

Hiking San Jacinto Peak from the Tramway me

To be honest, May was probably my least favorite month in the last few years. I had a lot of issues, including getting the flu and not recovering quickly from that and car problems that cost around $4000; this past week has been one of the busiest of my life.

Plus, it was just a busy month, and I felt overwhelmed for the majority of it. Was it terrible? No, there were some good parts but did it feel like it was “one thing after another”? Yes.

I say that not to complain but to explain my month. Not every month can be your favorite or the best.

Miles Run: 228 
Range of paces: 6:30-untimed 
Rest Days: 8 days
Swimming: 8 days

Cinco De Miles 5 miler (34:49)
Bay Bridge 4 Miler (29:51)
Carlsbad 5000 Race Recap (21:42)
Base 5k (21:15)


As mentioned, I got the flu early in May, and it really knocked me out. I took an entire week off of any activity. In fact, I could barely walk from my bedroom to my kitchen without needing rest. After recovering, it took me a couple of weeks to “get over” my cough, and I don’t feel great even now.

I am definitely not in the same fitness level as before the flu. It’s harder to breathe when working out hard. Imagine running, living at sea level, and then going up to 6000 feet and trying to run. My lungs feel similar to that. I had a fairly typical case in which my doctor said I might feel the effects even a month later. But I’m slowly working towards that again.


I sound like a broken record, but it’s been “one thing after another in the last six months.” It’s been frustrating because at the run local half marathon, I finally thought I was making progress towards fitness, and then I’ve had so many small issues pop up. I haven’t been able to get consistent training since my fall in November. After recovering from my fall in January, my ankle swelled up in late February, and then in May, I got the flu. Hopefully, this is the last of it!

With the flu, I also couldn’t get to the pool as much as I would have liked. Running feels hard but holding my breath and swimming feels harder. I’ve been a few times but probably 1/4 as much as the last few months. Anyway, not to sound negative, but the flu was the theme of May for me. That and a substantial and expensive amount of car problems.

As far as my new job, no official start date yet. I have started filling out paperwork. Civilian jobs that work for the military have a lot of paperwork and a long onboarding process (somewhere around 8 weeks), so just working through that. The slow roll has been nice because I’ve seen how working out will fit into my day. Running isn’t as challenging because I’m usually done before 8-9 am anyway, but I don’t know how much time I’ll have for swimming (which is fine).

Anyway, here is to June and hopefully having a better month.

Posts from the Month:

Shoe Reviews:

On Cloudrunner Shoe Review
On Cloudmonster Shoe Review
New Balance 1080v12 Shoe Review
Reebok Floatride Energy 4 Shoe Review

Gear Review:

rabbit Low Tide Review
Ciele FSTVisor Dual SC Review
Hyland’s Leg Cramp Tablet Review
Ener-C Sport Electrolyte Review
TruWild Hydrate Review
Momentous Fuel Review
Hammer HEED Review
WALK-i-TASK Adjustable Desk Review


Best Gels for Sensitive Stomachs

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Question for you:

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1 Comment

  1. we all that right? I learned the hard way a few times, fractured an ankle/fibula years ago, and just over two years ago I fell hard and fractured my left occipital bone, and even though training has been happening, I still battle what’s left of the concussion, but you just work through it…..but, my May was pretty awesome, have been working through something called 75 Day Hard…

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