Monday, January 16, 2017

Training Update: Week of January 9

Last week was another week back in the grind of training. I am trying extra hard this year to make sure to do all of the extra things that need doing. Foam rolling. Core. Strength training (ok, let's be real... pure barre is my strength training these days). All of these things because I have my eyes set on a race that I worked so hard to get to. Followed by another a week later...  Back to back marathons...

First, Boston... and next:
So let's take a look at how the week shook out.

Monday: 8 miles with 4x30s strides. 8.55 total. Pure Barre. Foam rolling.
Tuesday: 60 minute walk. Pure Barre. Foam rolling. Core.
Wednesday: 7 miles easy. Foam rolling. Core.
Thursday: 7 miles with 3 at HMP. Pure Barre. Foam rolling. Core.
Friday: 6 miles, easy. Foam rolling.
Saturday: Foam rolling.
Sunday: 12 miles with 5 at MP effort (around 7:57 average). Foam rolling.

All in all, not a bad week, even though I did not do quite as much as I wanted to, especially in the pure barre department. Only 3 classes (yes, I know to some people that will seem pretty good, but my weekly goal is 5 classes.)and so there is always this week to step it up. Fingers crossed.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Goals. And thoughts.

I have set myself goals this year. I know I talked about that last week. I wanted to be able to make continuous forward progress and writing/blogging consistently was one of them. Unfortunately, I am definitely in a struggle right now with ideas and motivation. I feel pretty sad that I have managed to lack motivation day 10 into the new year. But, I guess I am just going to have to work at it and try and find ways to motivate myself to get writing.

My friend Alisha started a facebook group for goals and encouraging each other to reach them. I joined the group and introduced myself to it last week, fearful to express some goals, even though I know that they are long term goals and not likely to be anything that I am achieving within the next twelve months. No one would expect me to do that. And as a result, I am not sure why I am so scared to put it out there. But I think it might be time.

I want to find a way to make a living doing things that make me happy.


I think part of the reason I have not put this out there into words is because that is a pretty undefined goal. People talk all the time about making SMART goals, and this fits none of those categories. And the truth is, I am not sure how to make it fit those at this time. So I just have to leave it at that right now. I am dreaming big, because it  all that I have right now.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Some different thinking...

I am struggling. I had a weird moment when I was grocery shopping with Addie this weekend, and it is something that has never happened to me before, not even close. I talked to my friend/coworker Lauren about it, because I thought she might have some thoughts… and she did, but I am still not sure how to handle it.

So, we shopped at Jungle Jim’s this weekend, which is a HUGE grocery store with awesome beer, organic produce, and an absolutely MASSIVE foreign foods market. Just about anything that you could want, they will have as far as foreign foods. Usually when we go there as a family, we stop at the bar first, Jason nearly always gets a beer in a solo cup for travelling around the store. Sometimes I do too. This week, we had come from the movies and went to the grocery store which was right next door afterward (FYI – if you have a kid, Moana is a much better movie than Sing, we have seen both).
 Addie in the Mexican food section.
A beer for each of us during a Rhinegeist tap takeover.

As we were walking around the store, J left to go get something specific and Addie wanted to see the fish and lobsters. They have live seafood so you can purchase it and get as fresh as possible from the fish counter. So I walked her over there. And as we were standing at these big tanks, looking at some tilapia swimming around, I had a thought…

“That’s an animal… and people are going to eat it.”

So let me state here… I have never really thought about this before. I have toyed with “meatless Monday” and things like that, but only the IDEA of them, never actually doing it. And these things always came from a “health/eat more vegetables” place, rather than an animal welfare place. This has just not been the kind of thing that really has been an influencing factor in my life ever. But suddenly, standing in front of a tank of fish, my heart hurt a little…


Lauren said the same thing happened to her, and that was when she decided to stop eating meat. And her whole family (including her daughter who is Addie’s age) are now vegetarians. It was similar in that it was not the animal that you would expect to create a reaction (a cow, at least, that is what I would expect). For her, it was deer during hunting season. And for me, thinking about fish, I feel like there are tons of people who “don’t eat red meat” or “only eat fish” so it seems strange that a big white tilapia created a reaction. Maybe it’s the fact that we have watched Nemo several times recently (fish are friends, not food), or maybe I just have even more of a heart than I thought, but I think I am going to sit with this for a while, contemplate it, and decide what to do.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Training Update: Week of January 2

The first week of January has come and gone. It was my first "official" week of training, at least that is the way that I am seeing it. Coach Jen might disagree (in fact, I know she does based on the conversation that she and I had mid-week last week), but I had a workout this week, so I am calling training started.
So here is the second of two marathons that I will be running this Spring. The first is my true goal race and is Boston, but I am trying to remain focused and not distracted on my goals relating to that.

So let's just take a look at this first week of training.

Monday: 7 miles with 4x30s strides. 7.66 total miles, fast. 8:02 average pace. Core.
Tuesday: 60 minute walk. Pure Barre. Core.
Wednesday: 7 miles, easy (8:58 pace). Pure barre. Core. Foam rolling.
Thursday: 7.52 miles - fartlek ladder. 7:45 average pace. Core. Foam rolling.
Friday: 6 miles, easy pace. Core.
Saturday: 10 miles.
Sunday: OFF

38.18 total miles
5x core
3x pure barre
2x foam rolling
1x XT

Overall, it was a pretty good week. Onward to the next!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Five XLII

Welcome to the first Friday of 2017!
1. I checked off the first book of my reading for 2017 goal this week. I read 26.2 miles to Boston, which was a Christmas gift from J. I am trying to decide what is the next item on my list to read.

2. Yesterday I worked from my couch with a three year old next to me. I had zero interest in being on the road in snow with loads of traffic for MANY hours, which is likely what would have happened. Better to work at home and actually get some stuff done than sit in my car all day!

3. I am just trying to ensure that I am working toward goals, constantly. I feel like while this is totally normal in the first week of January to feel very focused on this stuff, I am also wondering how I can keep the drive going (but not obsessively) for the rest of the year. Any thoughts?

4. This weekend I need to spend a little bit more time cleaning up all of the Christmas things that are still set up all over our house. Luckily, putting things away that are village related is much easier than getting them out and set up. Because I don't have to worry about fishing power cords or anything like that. Yahoo.

5. J promised Addie we would take her to a movie tomorrow if she is a good girl. We will see if she pulls that off because we have had a few tough days recently. She has been super grumpy in the evenings and we have STRUGGLED at getting her to go to bed. Fingers crossed that she does well tonight. IF she does and we do get to go to a movie, we are going to see Sing, as we have already seen Moana.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Holiday Update

I know that my goals post yesterday was probably a little bit boring. It mostly just covered the very high level things, but I felt like that was probably best because that will allow me to have some flexibility to add more depth (or not) depending on my needs this year.

Regardless, sorry for a boring post.

So this will be a quick Christmas recap from my family. These pictures are kind of in reverse order, but that is ok.
 Post present gazing up at the tree. Still in her "Chippey" pajamas (Chippey is her elf on a shelf).
 Checking out Elana of Avalor. Her current favorite princess.
 Me & the Roo.
 Our beautiful tree. I loved this one.
 Addie, upon first inspection of her big Christmas gift from Santa, a dollhouse.
After Santa came to the house and before Addie woke up. The calm before the storm.
Getting cookies and milk (and carrots for reindeer, of course!) She is apparently getting to that age where they want to smile silly ALL THE TIME. We will see how it plays out when she gets pictures taken this spring.
Merry Christmas from my family of elves to yours!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Looking ahead: 2017 Goals

So, lots of parts of 2016 were successful, but there were some others that did not turn out the way that I wanted. But, a woman needs to move on, and move forward, working toward new goals and new plans.

So I want to take this entry to roughly lay out what I want to get done in 2017. Some goals are going to be more conservative than 2016, but others I am hopeful will push me further than I have before. We will see how it goes. First off, one of my big goals is to keep better track of how I am doing with these goals.

1. 150 blog posts.
2. 150 pure barre classes.
3. Write an outline and start to draft a book.
4. Run 2200 miles.
5. Run 3 marathons (Boston, Glass City, Chicago)
6. Travel somewhere new
7. Take a family vacation
8. Work on yo-yo quilt: 50 circles
9. Read 24 books (2 per month, average) and TRACK them all 
10. Take Jason on an overnight trip for his birthday

10 goals seem like a pretty good number to have set up for the year. In the back of my mind, there are a few other things that I would LOVE to check off, but I feel like this is a good place to start.