New Day = New Week = New Opportunities

It’s almost July and I can’t even believe that. It feels like this year just started and it’s already half over. There has been so much that has happened in the first half of the year.

Here’s a few things that happened since the beginning of the year that I never dreamed would have happened.

  1. I signed up for the NYC Marathon Lottery and got in. EEK! You can read about that here.
  2. Training for my second marathon…never thought I’d do that again.
  3. Signed up for some cross training with OrangeTheory Fitness and I absolutely love it.
  4. Took a leap and went through some testing with InsideTracker. You can read about the results here and go to InsideTracker here.
  5. Work got out of control busy and I’m still learning new things.
  6. I’m no where near the half way point of my 1,000 mile challenge for 2015.
  7. Started this blog. Who would have thunk!
  8. Ran 2 half marathons 8 days apart. That was crazy! Who thought that was a good idea?!
  9. Will attempt something crazier, a 5k on a Friday, 13.1 on a Saturday, and then a 5k on a Sunday in September. I know…who signs up for this stuff?!
  10. Having a blast!

Things are constantly moving and forever changing. No sooner do you have a plan then it always changes. I hope the second half of 2015 is fun and adventurous and enjoyable. Here’s to the next 6 months!

February Goals Check In

Hello!

I can’t believe that it’s already the last day of the month! How incredible and it seems like February just started. February was a busy month for me and so therefore the running took a back seat. So March will be for getting back on track and starting to work out again. I only completed 47.4 miles this month.  BOOO!! But yes 47 is better than 0. And 70.52 for 2015 all together! Far from the 1000 that I would like by December 31, 2015.

SO….because of that, and because of March means spring, I’m going to do the 100 mile challenge for March. That averages out to 3.22 miles per day. I have 2 half marathons this month (yes I have a plan for those that I’ll share next week) and some long runs leading up to the 2 halfs, that are 8 days apart.  I even got my outfit put together (I’ll share that too) and it’s probably the first time that I’ve planned an outfit this far out. I’m super excited about it. And yes more sparkle included.

I hope you were able to reach your goals for February, and if not, that’s ok too. Lets hit 100 miles together in March! Who’s with me??

BRF (Best Running Friend)

I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would have a BRF. Best Running Friend. When I first started running, I wasn’t going to run outside and thought I would spend all those miles and hours on the dreaded treadmill. Well that changed and I started running outside. It definitely helped with the change of scenery and everything that went along with it. Well then last summer, while I was training for the Marine Corps Marathon, I got another BRF on the weekends. I had babysat her kids years ago and still do on occasion. I don’t know exactly how it got started, but she said she would run my longer distances with me so that I wasn’t running alone but it also gave us time to chit chat and talk about random stuff.

K and I running together on Saturdays or Sundays then turned into texting each other and signing up for races and discussing which ones we wanted to do next. Which is how we came to the DC Rock n’ Roll half. YAY! I ran this race last year and was sick during the race. I still finished in 2 hours and 40 minutes. My goal this year, is to finish in 2 hours and 39 minutes or faster. I haven’t been able to train like I had hoped. Working 2 jobs does that and limited sleep and on top of all this find this really awesome guy who encourages me to do more and more each day.

I couldn’t ask for a better running friend. She’s awesome! She is faster than me but runs with me and walks if I need to walk. I can’t wait to find more races and have our running dates back. I find out next week if I made it into the NYC marathon and if I did, I’ll have lots of running to do.

On another note, if you are snowed in a cold here’s a picture from my favorite place to run during the summers.

Cape Cod

Hope you have a good Thursday and I hope you find yourself a BRF!

Yay for Long Weekends!

I had a long weekend, but not as long as some people I know. I was off work on Friday for my other job and was on a pool deck for a few hours. My kids swam great and I couldn’t have asked for better results. I’m proud of these kids. They have worked hard and we have one more meet to compete before the end of the season.

The end of the swim season also means that I can get my training back on track and start really running again. I try not to sign up for any races in the early spring, like March time frame because my time is so limited when I’m coaching. Anyways, I’m excited to get back on track and start running again (even though it’s a love hate relationship) and working towards my goals. I am hoping to hear by the end of February if I made it into the NYC Marathon. And if I did, great, if not that’s ok too.

I ran the For the Love of it 10k in Reston this past Saturday. I did great considering I had the lingering plantar fasciitis in both of my feet. I erred on the side of caution running .5 and walking .25 for most of the race. I tried to keep everything going and wanted to make sure I could finish and not be near tears like I was the previous week. I am proud of myself for getting through it. I did hit a wall, or at least what I felt like a wall, around mile 5 and so my first half marathon that is coming up in 25 days (YIKES) is starting to freak me out. I’ll be able to finish but I’ll still want to do well. I’m hoping that between now and then I’ll be able to get some more miles under my belt and still do well. I know that I’ll be able to finish…the question is how long will it take me. It shouldn’t be too bad. Fingers crossed.

With Monday being a federal Holiday it was nice to just relax and enjoy it. And we got snow last night which was a welcome with as cold as it is, I want snow. But I still had to come to work today, so no snow day for me. I’m contemplating signing up for another race that’s in the next few weeks before my March half marathons. Kind of keep the training going and if I can do 10 miles, then I know I won’t have a problem with 13.1 right? And who wouldn’t want to earn another medal anyways?

What did you do this weekend? Any accomplishments?

I’m going streaking!!!

….ok not that kind of streaking. I’ve been in a slump and most of that is due to my insane laziness, time constraints and well I find lack of sleep unattractive. So my training has 10940434_10100278760923193_1577890398167385316_ntaken a back seat for a little bit and I would get a run in whenever I found time. With coaching winding down, now is the perfect time to start on a fitness track again. So I’m joining my fellow cool kids and running or walking at least 1 mile every day for the month of February. So in the balmy 32 with possible snow, I set out to do just 1 mile. I know, but after being so inconsistent, I wanted to make sure that I started somewhere easy. I have a friend that I follow on IG, and she’s started it for the month.  She’s great…so positive and I love to see what she’s been up to.  @pinkcupcakegirl …go find her.  You won’t be sorry!

I signed up for a 5k this weekend just to keep the streak going and to have something to train for. I also have a 10k on Valentines day. So I have plenty of running to do soon and what scares me the most, is that my first half of the year is coming up very fast. Almost too fast.  The DC Rock n’ Roll will be here before I know it and that’s the first big race of the season. I ran it last year with very few training miles under my belt and I was sick as well. I finished and it was definitely not a PR by any means. So I’m hoping that I can do better this year and get around my PR time. I’ve decided to start by adding a few things into my training as well, more stretching, yoga, and some strength training. I need to get those in order as well.  I was doing some body weight exercises last night during the commercials from the big game and wow…I’ve been out of it for so long. I’m hoping that after a few weeks it will start making a difference and it will make a bigger difference in all aspects of my training.

I’m still working on my goal for 2015. 1000 miles. And well, I’ve made a baby dent. And by baby dent I mean only 24 miles down and 976 more to go.  I am hoping that this month I’ll make a toddler sized dent and get back on track. I really am starting to question why I thought this was a good idea. But it’s a goal and on 31 December 2015, if I complete it, I will definitely be doing something nice to treat myself.

So who is joining me? Lets go streaking!!!

What did I just do?!

Are you all ready for a spectacular Friday? I know I am. I’m ready for a fun 3 day weekend that’s for sure. Swim meets, training runs (or 1 training run) and who knows what other trouble I’ll get into.

Do you ever have that one or several races that you want to run one day and have them planned out and which years you’d like to get them done? Well the NYC Marathon is one of those races for me. Yesterday the lottery opened up for the race and will be open until February 15. I got the email from NYRR and looked at it and even pulled up the website to explore. Then I deleted the email.  I was hemming and hawing because I didn’t know if I wanted to spend the time training for it if I did get in, but then again I would like to attempt another marathon this year. But the money and race entry fee, hotel, food, and everything else. Did I really want to sign up, knowing with my luck that I would get into the race. Sure you get charged to be in the lottery and it’s a nominal fee, but the race entry! WOW! The training takes a lot of time, and I wasn’t sure that I was ready to spend another summer going for 4-5 hour training runs. Yes, that long! I’m not a fast runner and I definitely take my walk breaks! Luckily I have people who understand and support me 100% in my journey. That is the best feeling ever.

Well I did it! I signed up for the lottery. EEK! What in the world did I just do?! No, seriously that was my reaction right after I signed up. November 1 has been marked out in my planner so that, just in case I get in, I can go.  Once they run the selection, I’ll be able to really start making plans for going to NYC. I’ve been up there for a day, but I hope to be up there for a few days to enjoy the city and friends before I run the race.

I get ahead of myself! I must bring myself back to reality and know that it’s a lottery and that I may or may not get into the race. It will be great either way. The next adventure!

Good luck to all who have entered the lottery or who plan to enter! For those who got guaranteed entry! You will rock it!

Happy Friday!

2015 Goals

Morning!

I actually got to the gym yesterday to run on the dreadmill.  Not my favorite place to run since I’ve become an outside runner. When I first started running, the only place I would run was on the treadmill. Now, I dread it like no other.  Anyways, since I have been bad and haven’t worked out for a few months, I went and ran on the dreaded treadmill. IT WAS NOT PRETTY!  I ended up walking half of the 3 miles I completed. 40 minutes for 3 miles.  Like I said, it wasn’t pretty.  But I did it!

While running last night, I was thinking about my 2015 mileage goal and if I was really crazy and out of my mind. I want to complete 1000 miles in 2015. That averages out to 84 (I rounded up) miles a month. I don’t know if this is even doable after taking so much time off and starting from the beginning again. Last night was the second time I ran since 1 January 2015. UM….I must be crazy! I know that it will get easier with time and once I get back in a groove and it’s still not even the middle of January. I saw a tweet from Healthy Way Mag on twitter about how your goals should make you uncomfortable.  That is true, they should. And this 1000 mile goal does make me uncomfortable because I don’t know if I can reach it. Time will only tell, and we are only 14 days into the year.

I keep thinking about 14 March…the DC Rock n’ Roll half marathon. I’m running it again this year and race day will be here before I know it. So, yes, I do have to get more running in if it’s on the dreadmill or outside. I’ve used all the excuses in the book, my 2 jobs, the lack of sleep, etc. This is always a hard time of year for me to train because it’s the winter, and my jobs, and I’m just not motivated because sleep sounds so much better.

So here’s to 11 miles down and 989 more to go for this year!

Cheers!