Over Christmas break, I decided to sign up for the Run the Year 2018 challenge. I figured that having a lofty goal (38.8 miles a week) and would motivate me to train hard for some Spring and Fall races. Unfortunately… I’m already falling behind, but there are some health-related reasons that have limited my running.
However, I DO have a few races lined up over the next few months. First up is the Cupid 5k in Kansas City on February 10th. It is part of the Progress Series. Unfortunately, I missed the first race so will not be a part of the series. I am still planning on running a few of the races. I plan on doing a run/walk/run for the races. It is the first time that I will be deliberately walking during a race, so I’m interested to see how how fast (slow?) I end up running the 5k. It is also supposed to snow this weekend during the race, so that should make things interesting.
The second race on the schedule is Liberty Hospital Half Marathon on March 3rd. Again, I plan to run/walk/run this race and Husband will be running with me. I’m hoping the weather will be a little more favorable than the Cupid 5k weather, but Kansas City is pretty unpredictable. The course is relatively flat compared to the Kansas City Half. The course cutoff only supports a 14:00/mile pace, so I will have to make sure to keep my run/walk paces low enough to finish in time. If not… I will be slightly embarrassed but still happy to complete another half marathon!
The third race (and last race that I have signed up for thus far) is the Shamrock and Run on March 11th. Husband will be running this race with me as well… more like run/walk/run, but it still counts! I will miss my beloved Under Armour Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5k, but I am confident this race will have the same energy. I mean, it’s a race celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! People will be running off their beer calories, right?
I’m looking into a few other races, but haven’t committed to anything yet. I really want to do a couple of fall races, but I don’t know where my body will be at medically during that time (more on that later… as I find out more).
Wowsers. It has definitely been a while since I’ve written here. Well. The good news is that I did accomplish my goal of running 30 races in my 30th year. In FACT, I finished my 30th year completing 31 races total, to include a half marathon trail run on New Years Eve. Pat on the back for me. Ish. It was rough.
I found out a lot about myself that year in racing. I definitely burned myself out. I found that I didn’t do as well. Quantity does NOT mean quality. As I completed races week after week, I found that I didn’t really GAIN anything except a pile of medals that really didn’t mean anything to me. I literally have a bin of metals. And I don’t look fondly upon them and reminisce about the race that lead to them. Honestly, I barely remember them. How sad is that? That’s not what I wanted this whole experience to amount to.
2016 was a little different. I did a few races here and there. My training went to the wayside and I focused more on my job and my pending wedding. My annulment went through and we went into full throttle planning a small (but heavily detailed) wedding for the fall of 2016. I was selected to a highly coveted position (unexpectedly) and my life kind of got turned upside down (a’la Fresh Prince). However, I realize how incredibly blessed I was to be selected and have been soaking up every minute of it.
But here we are now. Life is about to change again in the coming months. My job is coming to a close and I’m about to move to a new location for some additional schooling and I need to focus back on the things I originally started this blog for- fitness, well-being, health (let’s be honest-weight!) and my relationship with God and involvement with the Catholic Church. That’s not to say that I haven’t been an avid Church-goer. D and I love our Church here. But as I move onto my next location and a new Church, I want to remain engaged and give myself. ALSO! It’s almost Lent… Time for reflection, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I want to re-engage this blog as a means to hold myself accountable and forge onward as the best version of myself!
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!
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!
***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!.
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:
- Run a half marathon (Did a half marathon AND a full marathon!)
- Weight 130-135 (Riiiight. Came close though!)
- Learn another language (Learned and continuing to learn Polish)
- Max my PU / SU on a PT Test (Still working on maxing my pushups! But I totally got the situps!)
- Ace my GRE! (Didn’t take!)
- Apply for a Ph.D program (Maybe after a little bit of time in my new job…)
- Read every book I own (Was deployed… and books were in storage)
- Read the entire Bible (Again) (Started, but didn’t finish)
- Run 4+ days a week (Definitely did this throughout the year!)
- Travel to another country (Afghanistan counts, right? I also stopped in Romania, Kyrgyzstan, and Spain enroute…)
- Volunteer (Helped out at some events while deployed!)
- 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:
- Run 30 races (I turn 30 this year, so I want to complete 30 races to commemorate this!)
- Run a sub-2 hour half marathon
- Weigh 125-135 pounds (Let’s try this again…)
- Get married to the love of my life!
- Follow these guidelines from Pope Francis:
- “Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”
- “Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of your time, attention, and love.”
- “Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.”
- “Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity, and worldly decadence.”
- “Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.”
- “Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion, and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord. “
- “Be careful of envy, lust, hatred, and negative feelings that devour our interior peace and transform us into destroyed and destructive people.”
- “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.”
- “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 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!