Nashville Zoo Run Run

One of the best things about traveling for my job is the ability to explore new areas… and complete races in new cities!

Fiancé came down from New York to visit me this weekend and I did my best to show him a good time. He has never been to a Mellow Mushroom, so we went there for dinner and drinks! I had a delicious barley wine (didn’t get the name) and he had an Ace Pineapple Cider. If you’ve never tried one, I highly recommend it! It tastes just like a white Lifesaver candy and is extremely drinkable! We split two small pizzas (with LOTS left over) and headed to the local hockey game. I still do not understand hockey 100% but it was fun!

On Saturday, we had a lazy morning and got ourselves ready to head to Nashville.  We left late in the morning, bringing out race clothes with us to change into… Let’s just say that was a bad idea. I have never done this race before, but I just assumed there would be access to the zoo bathrooms.  There was not… so that meant an awkward changing-in-the-car situation.  It wasn’t the best moment of my life, but I got it done!

It was a beautiful day–sunny but a little chilly. We headed over to the race start area to hit up the bathroom and hit a few snags. There were probably between 3000-5000 people there.. and only about 8 restrooms. After a long wait, we finally got in the starting line and got ready to go!

The race was supposed to kick off at 3pm, but didn’t actually start until around 3:20.  We got slowed down in the beginning by the walkers, but after about a mile we finally got into the groove. The race FLEW by and we even got to stop for a couple pictures!

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The elephants were so CUTE! They’re fiancé’s favorite animal so we HAD to stop. I wish I had taken pictures with the flamingos. The flamingos are the best!

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***NOTE: I’m currently using invisalign… So that’s why my teeth look all crazy. The “anchors” that are adhered to my teeth make me look kind of a vampire. And they hurt. Beauty is pain right?

We finished at 27:38… Didn’t hit my goal of 27 minutes, but hopefully I will get it this weekend at my next 5k. Overall, I had a great time and definitely would run the race again!.

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Goals for 2015

New year, new me, right? Like everyyyyyone else, I’m going to set some goals for myself this year! First, a review of last year’s goals and how well I met them (or DIDN’T meet them).

Goals for 2014:

  1. Run a half marathon (Did a half marathon AND a full marathon!)
  2. Weight 130-135 (Riiiight. Came close though!)
  3. Learn another language (Learned and continuing to learn Polish)
  4. Max my PU / SU on a PT Test (Still working on maxing my pushups! But I totally got the situps!)
  5. Ace my GRE! (Didn’t take!)
  6. Apply for a Ph.D program (Maybe after a little bit of time in my new job…)
  7. Read every book I own (Was deployed… and books were in storage)
  8. Read the entire Bible (Again) (Started, but didn’t finish)
  9. Run 4+ days a week (Definitely did this throughout the year!)
  10. Travel to another country (Afghanistan counts, right? I also stopped in Romania, Kyrgyzstan, and Spain enroute…)
  11. Volunteer (Helped out at some events while deployed!)
  12. Reduce debt (pay off all credit cards and 1 student loan) (Still have a couple student loans hanging around, but I will get those taken care of this year!

Soooo…. A lot of the ones that were important to me were met… But I think my expectations for myself were way too high last year. So this year, I was a little more realistic:

Goals for 2015:

  1. Run 30 races (I turn 30 this year, so I want to complete 30 races to commemorate this!)
  2. Run a sub-2 hour half marathon
  3. Weigh 125-135 pounds (Let’s try this again…)
  4. Get married to the love of my life!
  5. Follow these guidelines from Pope Francis:
    1. “Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”
    2. “Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of your time, attention, and love.”
    3. “Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.”
    4. “Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity, and worldly decadence.”
    5. “Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.”
    6. “Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion, and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord. “
    7. “Be careful of envy, lust, hatred, and negative feelings that devour our interior peace and transform us into destroyed and destructive people.”
    8. “Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness that leads to existential euthanasia; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.”
    9. “Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker … the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.”

So! There it is for the year!  I’ve already started on some of my goals!

Camarillo Half

Camarillo Half Marathon! It was a great course- flat and easy to run! However… my hip and ankle started to bother me around mile 5, which resulted in some walking breaks and a run time of 2:24. I have a LOT of work to do in order to achieve my goal of a sub-2 hour. I plan on signing up for the DC Rock and Roll Half Marathon and will hopefully get closer to my goal!

Stay tuned for my adventures in running and life… and achieving goals and becoming better!