Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Training Recap: Week of March 21

Another week of training down the tubes, I am at less than 5 weeks out from the goal race. I was running at peak mileage last week, it was pretty high, and I was definitely feeling tired early in the week, but as my body continued to adapt, I started to feel better toward the end of the week.

However, right at the end of the week, I was smacked in the face with real life, and then my long run just didn't happen. It is a little bit circumstance, and a little bit other things that I had going on. I have been having issues again with my low back and glute. But I managed to get in the majority of the work, minus the big run of the week.

Monday: 8.59 miles. 8:04 avg CORE
Tuesday: 7 miles, 8:50 pace
Wednesday: 9.35 miles, track workout
Thursday: 50 minutes elliptical
Friday: 7 miles, 8:53 pace CORE
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: 6.44 miles NOT GOOD

Not an awesome week, mostly because of that Sunday workout. But I still need to be pleased to have gotten everything else done that I wanted to. Honestly, the weekend was rough, mostly because we traveled to Toledo for Parker's birthday and that kicked my behind.

Hopefully this week will be better.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday Five XXI

Somehow I am entering the 21st week of posting about Five random things on Friday. Holy smokes. And because I am not a fan of an intro, here you go!
1. Going along with my post from Tuesday and my new goal, I am also up for a promotion. It is a new position, so I do have to interview for it, along with some external folks. My interview is on Monday, so PLEASE wish me luck!

2. Wee birds are BACK at Oiselle! #fbf to the original wee bird at 7 months old. Let's be clear, she is now approximately 31 months. How teeny she was!
I might have spent a ridiculous amount of money on the new wee bird hoodie (ok, and tee shirt) for her. But I did get the biggest size. That way it'll last! (Because that makes spending a lot of money better?)

3. I have spent the last few days waffling over the purchase of some bluetooth headphones. I will let you know what I decide...

4. I love my daycare that we send Roo too. They send me pictures of her every single day through the app that they use, and I am so glad to get goofy things like this:
5. I started wearing a top knot for running. I love it and it makes me feel like a bad ass.
I have a LOT of hair, and this does not feel too heavy, and it stays put pretty well.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A marathon selection

So, I have eluded to this a few times, but I have officially selected and registered for my fall goal marathon. And I am going to be clear upfront on this one. I am REALLY going for that BQ time.

I am headed back to Illinois, the Chicagoland area, in September for the Last Chance to BQ marathon. And this marathon is LITERALLY the last chance. It is on Saturday, September 10, and registration for the 2017 Boston Marathon starts the following week.

On their website, they say "300 Boston Focused Runners. Elite Runner Treatment." and everything that I have read so far leads me to believe that is the case. They seem to be really trying to help take all of the question marks out of your BQ attempt in order to really focus on running your race and completing it to the best that you can possibly do on that day.

J sent me the link to their website a few weeks ago, I waffled on it for a while and talked about it with both J and Coach Jen. And then I got the courage to pull the trigger. I figured with the fact that J sent it to me in the first place indicated that he was more on board than he might be with something else. PLUS this would get me in for 2017, which by running Chicago and then Indy last fall was the original goal anyway, so I am still on track for Boston at the same time I originally thought.

It is exciting already to me to see this on my plan:
That is a snip from an un-filled-in section of my training plan from Jen. And seeing that makes me excited already and I know that I am really going about chasing this goal in the right way. I am proud of the progress that I have made mentally and physically, and I have enjoyed showing that off in the two races that I ran in March. So here I go!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Professional development

I had therapy on last Tuesday afternoon. One of my March goals was to return to therapy, and at the end of February, I managed to get in for my first appointment. And I know that I briefly wrote about my return to therapy when talking about things that I need to do for myself. But now I am working hard to make sure that I am making progress.

This past week, the discussion really focused on me and my job. We have discussed many things in the two years that Amy has been a part of my life, but my job is one of the things that we have not touched on quite as much. I don't spend a lot of time talking about my work on the blog in general, so unless you are "lucky" enough to know me in real life, you probably just know that I am an accountant.

But I have been working the same job for three years now. I have held this position, I have grown and developed and I feel like I have made significant progress. But I have never been promoted. I have never advanced. I have never done any of those things and every once in a while, I have serious feelings about it.

So, there is an opportunity within my company, within my team. And I am not automatically being given it. I have to interview for it along with some external people. I don't know what that means, and I am not sure how I feel about it. I mean, it sucks to not just be "promoted". But I am not being given anything.

I have decided that this is something that I want. For sure. It took me some time to get there because it is hard to think about the long term, it is difficult to realize how far I have come, and yet how far I still have to go to really be able to make an impact as a professional.

Here are the things that are hindrances to me getting this job (AKA - things that I have to work on):
1. no CPA
2. lack of confidence in my knowledge and ability
3. lack of development early in my career with this company.

I cannot really do anything about number three other than work hard like I have been to make up for it. Number two is something that is going to take time, but I am working on it, and writing this post is part of that, I think, because I am publicly acknowledging the fact that something like this truly is important to me. It truly IS something that I want.

Now... number one...


Monday, March 21, 2016

Training Recap: Week of March 14

I cannot believe I am down to 5 weeks. I cannot believe I have only 5 weeks to go to my goal spring race. I cannot believe all of the things that have happened and all of the improvements I have made in running since fall. Committing to a spring half was a good decision. And I know that I am going to walk away from this race ready to focus on a fall full. The fall full that I have registered for (post to come) and really hone in on all of the mental things that are going to make me so much better in the long run.

I didn't race this weekend, the first weekend in the last three that I didn't have a race on the schedule, and that is ok. I am glad I have some opportunity to race this spring as it definitely helped my confidence a TON.

So let me take a look at the week.

Monday: 8.56 miles, 8:21 average CORE
Tuesday: 7 miles, easy, 8:45 pace
Wednesday: 9.13 miles - track work. 8x800 m with 2:00 walking recovery
Thursday: 50 minutes elliptical, CORE
Friday: 7 miles, easy. 8:53 average pace CORE
Saturday: 14 miles with 5 at marathon pace
Sunday: OFF

45.69 miles
3x core
1x XT

Another awesome week of training and working. I am really starting to feel more than ever that all of the extra mileage is paying off and making me STRONG. I am sure that this is all making me better in the long run, and I am really looking forward to testing that out in 5 weeks time at GCM and hopefully parlaying that into my fall marathon.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday Five XX

And now... the twentieth edition of the Friday Five! Holy crap. If nothing else, I can say that I have consistently blogged on Fridays for 20 straight weeks.
1. Sorry about the lack of a post yesterday, I had something that I wanted to write about, but unfortunately I was way too slammed to get it out the door. I am a little bummed, but at least it gives me something to talk about on another day.

2. I had a big speed workout on Wednesday of this week. I went to the track and ran 8x800m. All of these 800m repeats were faster than my goal pace of 3:25. Also, I learned my lesson after my crazy long track workout of the past and changed directions on the track with each 800. That helped with pain/soreness from running on a little oval for more than 9 miles (also I did my warm up and cooldown running to and from the track from the office - this also helped).

3. J is out of town this weekend. Addie and I plan on doing all kinds of super fun girl stuff. To be clear, I have NO IDEA what that means. So far, it meant eating a dinner that I love and Jason will tolerate. Better to eat it when he is not around, since he isn't a fan anyway, right?

4. I started working on something last night. It had to do with the post that I did not write for yesterday. Whoops. More to come and sorry for being so vague.

5. I have 14 miles to run this weekend. And they are going to be on the treadmill. While that sucks, I am determined to get them in and I did not make arrangements for a sitter this weekend. I am actually looking forward to all of the momma and Addie Roo time that will be happening!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Race Recap: The Heart Mini 15K

On Sunday, I ran a race. The Heart Mini 15K. I have run this race once before, in 2013 (I was preggo) in 2012 I ran the half marathon and in 2011 I ran the 5K (no recap...)
I planned on using this race as a tempo run, hoping to really test my legs out at half marathon effort and see where that left me. Obviously, my goal for Toledo as of right now is to run a 1:39:xx. So I was hoping that I would be able to run 7:30s. But I also was being relaxed about this goal, deciding that obviously this is not a goal race, and I was feeling really wiped out last week, so if I started running and it was feeling like hell, then I would just relax and roll with a conversational pace.

So I arrived downtown very early.

This is why. No lines! And thank goodness. Because I had to go by the time I got downtown, and I was relieved to walk out of my car, down the street, and then whew... potties.

After going, then heading back to my car, coming out and going back to the bathroom again, I headed over to the start line to do a few warm ups. Some leg swings and just trying to get my hips feeling better and feeling warm and dry. It was not raining, but maybe misting a little. I talked myself out of wearing my raincoat, thank god.
It was dark, and it was the time switch the night before so I was an hour less sleep than I would have gotten even in a good place.

My friend Brett's daughter sang the National Anthem and we were off, running down 5th St, as it connected to 50 going east (Columbia Parkway). We immediately ran into rolling hills, some longer and some steeper than others. I was hurting, and started to think "well... maybe I should ease up a little bit." and then my watch beeped. Mile 1 - 7:20. Schwoops. No wonder it hurts. But at the same time, that boosted my confidence. I was not going to let up. I knew it was going to hurt, and when I am running harder than planned, it will DEFINITELY hurt.

The first 5K flew by in 23:02 (7:26 pace). It was not long before I reached Delta in Mt. Lookout, and we were at the turn around. I felt a little bit like Galen Rupp in the trials marathon a few weeks back, taking it SUPER carefully to make sure that I did not slip on the wet pavement. Because this race is mainly an out and back (with another little out and back around the 10K mark), it was at this point that I started watching for friends who were behind me. I saw Karen first, Jenn, Chelsa, and others out there.

Around 5.5 miles, we turned up Torrence, which I believe is the most difficult part of the course, you basically run uphill for a half mile. It was also the slowest mile of my entire run. 7:46 mile. But that did not matter overall, I crossed the 10K mark on my way down the hill, and because consistency, I ran the second 5K in a 7:27 pace, so I was through 10K in 46:10. As soon as you get to the bottom of that hill, you turn back onto Columbia Parkway and start climbing again.

I was really feeling it at this point, coming down hill reminded me that I had quads, but I was still holding a good pace. I was not really chatting with anybody, but I had been with the same group of people for a few miles, and then when we reached the 15K/half marathon split, I realized I was mostly alone. There were no other women around me.

I pressed on, and crossed the finish line in 1:09:03 or a 7:26 average for the full race.

Nailed it. After collecting my Top 5 age group award, I spotted the following.
Ummm. Top 15? In such a BIG local race? Holy crap. Is it possible that I am locally legitimately competitive?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cheesecake bars - more baking


I had saved a recipe on my facebook when I saw it pop up, and this weekend I decided it was a good time to bake it. You can find the recipe here.

I made Lemon-raspberry cheesecake bars, and I followed the recipe with zero modifications. I used the lower fat cream cheese, I used as much sugar that was called for, etc. I was not trying to make a healthy dessert, I was trying to make a dessert that I thought was yummy.

So after getting my graham cracker crust put together and popped into the oven, I focused on my filling. As soon as I pulled the crust out, I put the filling inside.
Then I got the filling all spread out evenly...

Then added the raspberry swirl.
And baked it off.
It was so delicious. And I definitely recommend baking it yourself!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Training Recap: Week of March 7

Another week of training has come and gone. I feel like I am down to only 6 weeks at this point? Ok, yes, I just counted. 6 weeks are all that are left before I go for it with my big spring goal race. I am trying to stay focused on it, even though I know what I want to do in the fall. But let's keep the focus on the NOW.
And the NOW is the Glass City Half Marathon. And the goal as of this moment is to run a 1:39:xx. I am not yet ready to commit to a goal any faster than that, and Coach Jenn and I will discuss that when we get a little closer (I told her I was not ready to talk about it yet and jinx myself!)

So let's look back at a cutback week of training, see how that shook out.

Monday: 6.8 miles, watchless. (mapped when I got back to the office) 4x30s strides
Tuesday: 5 miles, 8:49 pace, treadmill. Core.
Wednesday: 6.28 miles. 8:19 pace
Thursday: Strength, upper body. Core.
Friday: 4 miles, easy. Core. Sushi wars.
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: Heart Mini 15K (race recap to come), sushi wars

31.46 miles run
3 days core
1 time strength

Another boom-worthy week?

Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday Five XIX

Whoa...  I am on the 19th Friday five?
1. This week has been a step back week in running. Thank goodness because more than 40 laps on the track last week did a number on my legs. I am hopeful that the fact that I really tried to take it easy this week will give me good results Sunday (I am racing my tune up). Not to mention (more importantly) getting ready to go into the next 4 weeks of my training cycle.

2. I am honing in on my goal marathon for the fall, where I am once again going to BQ attempt. More to come on this.

3. Addison is officially OBSESSED with ballet. As seen below.

She is taking ballet as an enrichment class at daycare, and she is loving it. This was her first little recital. We have since gotten her tights, shoes, leotard, the whole shebang.

4. I am SLOWLY trying to get back on the 4:30 am workout train. Whatever I can do. That will allow me a lot more flexibility in my work day if I am already done with my workout. Even if I land one of these per week right now, I am happy with it, and we will see where things go from there. Hopefully they will start to increase. It was two this week.

5. I think spring is maybe here? The temperature has been warmer, it has been rainy, etc. I am ready for outdoor runs in SHORTS!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Race Recap: Bockfest 5K

Last Saturday, I ran my first race of the year. The Bockfest 5K, which is part of the Christian Moerlein Beer Series - served up by the Flying Pig marathon. I have run this race two other times, and I actually skipped all of the Beer Series races last year, so I have run this 3 of the 4 times that it has ever been run.

This year, obviously, I have come up with much greater goals for myself than finishing some race, so in turn, I have kind of steered clear of some side racing over the last year or so. Not to mention, dedicating more time to Addie, and making sure I am available to her. But I kind of included it in my plans, not necessarily RACING, but running most of my long run, and then putting in some good effort, since I missed racing in 2015.

So, I went out and ran 10 miles downtown and through Kentucky. I swung back by my vehicle to pick up my bib (I didn't want to run downtown for an hour and a half ish with a bib on) and then headed up to Bockfest Hall, approximately 1 mile from where my car was parked.

In order to keep myself under control, I did not reset my watch, I just kept it going (well, paused) for twenty minutes until the 5K started. So I was at approximately 11.2 when the 5K started. So I was not getting mileage beeps in line with the actual mile markers. I think that if I knew exactly where I was at any given point, I might have run harder. At the end of the day, I did the right thing, because I have been able to run this week.

I did clock a sub 7 mile (Mile 13 was 6:41) which is the fastest mile that I have record of, I think. In addition, I also have 3 OTHER new records on my strava. Best 5K effort (which does not line up with the actual race, i think it started a little before the race?), best 2 mile effort, and best 1 km. As I came around the final corner of the race, I passed a volunteer. He shouted out "You're the 8th woman!" I held my hands up for a second, excited, and dug in to pass one more woman before the finish.
I think if I had known how close to a PR I was, I would have kicked it a little more. I could see the 6th and 5th women. If I had more room after I heard I was in 8th, I would have dug in to pass them, but hey... What's done is done, and I came in 7th out of 1103 women. That is like the top 0.5%. Yowzers. Who knew?

I saw some friends when it was over, we enjoyed some beers. It was Bockfest after all....
I had a great time, and a great race. And I am really excited to keep working hard and seeing what can happen.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Baking on a Sunday

So, once again, I needed to come up with a brand new recipe to make for this month to continue to keep me on track with my 2016 goal of making 12 new things. This month - at least so far - I decided it was a good month to BAKE. I have done meals so far this year, and decided to mix things up a little bit.

J and I had paged through an issue of food network magazine, that is actually about a year old. I think I included it as a pretty simple/basic gift for him for his birthday last February. And when we were trying to come up with meals this week, we got that out looking for recipes, and this particular recipe caught my eye.

Dulce de Leche cookie bars.

HOLY SMOKES. These are some GOOD cookie bars. The cookie part ends up kind of like a shortbread, and then it is topped with some caramel sauce that is jazzed up a bit, and chocolate chips (full disclosure, I didn't have any walnuts, I skipped them all together.)

Yeah... J and I needed to try them before I could even take a picture.  They smelled so awesome when I got them out of the oven, and so we could barely wait for them to be cool enough to get them out of the pan.

You should REALLY make these. Let me know if you do.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Last week's track day

Last Wednesday, I had a crazy track workout, to the point where I had to get clarification on it from the coach to make sure I understood what I was supposed to be doing. Because it was complicated, I wanted to lay it out here, the prescribed workout and the actual workout, because they differed a little - you will have that when you are running more than 40 laps on the track and you have programmed that all into your watch so you can just zone out.

1 mile warm up
        1 mile, 0:45 recovery, in 7:30
        800m, 0:30 recovery, in 3:30 (7:00/mile)
        2x 1:00 stride, 0:30 recovery
        2:00 recovery
1 mile cooldown
Approximate mileage from the coach: 8.5

Now, looking at the approximate miles, I can see that is definitely going to be low. In reality, we are at 8 miles with the warm up, cool down, miles and 800s. So I should have thought that part through, and known that this was going to be a long one. I mean, I did have in my head that it was going to be more than 9 miles, but that was kind of all I had figured out.

So I guess let's take a look at the workout I actually did.
1 mile warm up.
4x 1 mile, 7:13, 7:13, 7:14, 7:19 (all hot)
4x 800m, 3:27, 3:27, 3:24, 3:26 (all hot)
And then the strides are where I screwed up. I did my 2x1:00 and then two minute recovery for all, but after the last one, I apparently had accidently programmed another 2x 1:00 into my watch and then into the cool down. So in reality, I added 3 minutes (less than a half mile) to my run.

So after 11:47 mile, I arrived back at my car, and my watch beeped. I stopped it and realized that I had run for nearly an hour and a half, and I was at a pretty large amount over 11 miles. Schwoops.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Training Recap: Week of February 29

Another week of training for this goal half in Toledo has come and gone. I think I am around 8 weeks to go? Hard to believe, because even though I know that I have been training for this for a few months now, I also feel like it has been no time at all. I think this might be the benefit of training for a half. It just kind of feels like a lot of solid mileage weeks, and my mileage has not been building all that much!

So the volume on this week was quite high, but I think I handled it pretty well, and it forced me to really focus on recovery mile pace, which I have been stinking at recently (running too hard on easy days). So let's take a look at the week.

Monday: 8.56 miles, Sushi Wars, CORE
Tuesday: 7 miles, Sushi Wars, CORE
Wednesday: 11.47 mile track workout (I am going to write this up for tomorrow), CORE
Thursday: 50 minute elliptical
Friday: 7 miles, easy, core
Saturday: 14 miles, Sushi Wars
Sunday: OFF

Yes, I took a few days off from sushi wars this week, work got crazy. But it is ok, my knee was also a little tweaky, likely from 40+ laps on the track. I am working on it.

48.03 total miles. 3 days core. 3 days sushi wars/strength.

Pretty solid week and now I am rolling into a low mileage week. I was finally able to run what I wanted to for the easy day on Friday after that high mileage track work out.

Do you run easy on easy days?

Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday Five XVIII

WOO HOO! Finally Friday!
1. I am pretty happy with getting my 2016 goal recap out there already. I am also happy that I am making such progress on the goals. Maybe 2016 will be my best year? Ever?

2. I have already accomplished one of my big goals for March. I wanted to get back in therapy. And I have been back twice already since setting that goal for myself. I am not 100% feeling good  yet, and I certainly have not said all of the things that I want to talk about yet, but I am making progress, and that counts for something.

3. Because it is March, that means I get to officially start using my new planner. Yahoo!
4. Karen had a birthday party last night. it was a surprise party. J had to work late, but Addie and I made it out there. We had a good time, and it was nice to get to spend some time with her and her family. Plus I got to see another friend of ours that I have not seen in a long time! She turned 30 yesterday!

5. This is going to turn out to be a pretty high mileage week for me, and I am pretty excited for it. I am still feeling motivated to keep running and add on all the miles.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sushi Wars

I mentioned on Monday that I had been doing a workout six days per week called "Sushi Wars 2.0". The title of the workout has pretty much nothing to do with the workout itself but rather the motivation idea behind the workout.

Sushi Wars was created by my friend Jes. The woman who got me hooked on this little running thing. The woman who convinced me... "oh, you have run 5 miles? You can DEFINITELY train for a marathon!" And now I have run three. A woman who really is my inspiration in a lot of ways.
This is the sign that our coach, Brett, made for us when we were running the Flying Pig, my first marathon, and a BIG PR for Jes. We were team JEM.

So Jes - if you see this - I mean it.
Also, PS - how much leaner am I since this day? The day we crossed the finish line of my first marathon holding hands?

Anyway, the original idea of sushi wars was to find a way to keep consistent with strength training during marathon training. I have suffered from this as well. Dropping the ball when mileage gets higher, times get faster, and workouts become more important to marathon training. And I do believe that caused issues with my hips and glutes in the fall. I want to stay strong, because being strong will make me a stronger runner.

So in reality, this is a 25-ish minute body weight workout (at least, I just do body weight) that we do 6 days per week. The idea behind the name of the workout is the following: If I do the workout 6 days in a week and you only do it 5 times, you buy me a sushi lunch. I am not officially participating in this, because Jes has a partner, but I am thankful that she shared the 2.0 workout with me, and when 3.0 starts, I will be ALL IN.

I don't want to share the details of the workout, but it is all of the leg and core work (along with pushups) that is needed to really improve my running.

Do you consistently strength train while marathon training?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A day in MY life - work day

Sometimes I feel like writing is done by formula. My writing in particular, here. So instead of that, I am going to skip trying to write a blog post by formula, because I am writing this for me, not for the public anyway. Especially since I do not get the kind of page views that lots of others get.

So let's look at a "day in the life" kind of post, rather than some other more focused post. I am just feeling like as a working mom, (more than 40 hours per week at my job outside of the house) who is doing a ton of training (for me), and trying to manage her home life is interesting enough as it is, right?

So here we go, let's look at my life last Friday, February 26.

5:30 am
My alarm goes off, dogs go nuts, so as usual, no snoozing for me. I take them downstairs, feed them, clean out my email inbox from my phone (as the majority of the emails I get over night are junk, I just scan through them and trash them), and then head back upstairs with my gym bag to get ready for the day. I usually shower the night before so I just get dressed in running stuff and get my hat and gloves out of my bag before putting jeans and stuff in the bag to change into after the run.

5:50 am
Head into Addie's room, turn on the light. I know it is early but we get her to bed early, and we have been doing this daily for nearly 2 years now. I pull her clothes out of the drawers and start chatting with her while she wakes up. After she acknowledges me, I pick her up and we cuddle for a few minutes in the glider which is still in her room. After she is dressed (Friday in teal pants and a shirt with butterflies, and her "pink running shoes"), we go back to my room to say good morning to daddy who is still in bed. After some cuddling and a family hug, Addie and I head downstairs to get our breakfast, and we are on the road by 6:10. This day I had to stop and get gas, so I did that before getting on the highway.

6:58 am
Arrive at Addie's daycare, we finish listening to the song that is playing on our Princess CD that I keep in my car, and head into the daycare. I take Addie to the potty, put her hair in a ponytail, and handle a few of her stalling techniques (there are lots these days) before kissing her goodbye.

7:18 am
Three minutes behind, I arrived at the rec center to meet up with Charlie. I had 7 easy miles on the schedule, and he had 8. We figured we would stick together for the 7 and then he could continue on (running loops around the rec center or something) to get to 8. We headed out, kind of winging a route, as we had not run from that location before. Charlie hit 7 about 0.15 miles before me (we are guessing maybe my watch was not completely synced up when we started or something?) but of course, I needed to keep going to get to 7. So according to my watch we did 7 at an 8:30 average, which is a bit too fast.

8:25 am
I arrived at work then, and went to my desk and filled up my coffee cup and spent some time chatting with some folks prior to heading into the locker room to take a shower. After my shower, I settled into my desk to get some work done, and of course, kept email open because that is how I get updates on Addison throughout the day. Yesterday morning she got to play with one of those awesome parachutes!
I am a little jealous. You gotta love those!

10 am
I was scheduled for my weekly accounting meeting at this time. I went into the conference room that we had booked, but naturally, no one showed up. I was already kind of in a lousy mood, and this definitely added to that. Basically, Zak and I went to the meeting, but neither Rick nor Will showed up. I gave Zak the update that I had, but then after 10 minutes, we went back to our desks and got back to work.

11:30 am
Rick asked me if I wanted to go have lunch, I told him no, I had too much to get through, and I had packed. Plus, in reality, I was not feeling super social because I was having a bad day, so I just stuck to my desk chair. Addie was busy sorting shapes at school.
The work day continued, I was in and out of a few meetings and tried to knock out a few important things that had come up, but overall, I was just angry for the majority of the day (not wanting to discuss this anger yet).

4:53 pm
I packed up my laptop and headed to the car. I was needing to go and fetch my Roo. I was tired and sad, and not feeling good at all (physically fine, emotionally burned out), so I gave up on the day. I got to daycare and Addie's class had just gone outside, and apparently they got some new toys that she wanted to try out BADLY.
She cried when I pulled her off of that thing.

We drove home, I made dinner (BBQ chicken pizza) and J arrived at home right as I was getting dinner out of the oven. At 6:20, we sat down at the table and ate.

7:45 pm
I took Addie up to bed. We brushed teeth, sat on the potty, got into our PJs, and read a story before watching a video from her dance recital and then laying down. I came downstairs, did sushi wars, and then settled onto the couch with J for Cutthroat kitchen. We went up to bed around 9 pm and were out by 9:30.

So yeah, we are pretty boring, even on weekends, but that is a-ok with us.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February Goal Review

Another month down, 10 to go. I am continuing to make progress in my goals and get further down the path of awesome. haha. 

1. Run the year.
I ran 193.76 miles in February. That was nearly ten miles more than in January and in two fewer days. That puts me at 378 miles for the year. That means I have 1638 miles remaining in 10 months. So 163 ish miles per month. That is down from the 170 that I needed to get at the beginning of the year. So I am making progress and hope to continue to do so.

2. Travel to someplace new.
Not yet, obviously, unless you count a new local brewery that we visited? (seriously, I just left that from January because that is something I did in February as well, this time a brewery (or 4) in Indianapolis for J's birthday!

3. Read 52 books
I read two additional books in February. One of them was SUPER long (950 pages) and so I am considering it a win and sticking with some shorter books in March  to try and knock a few more off the list.

4. Write 200 blog posts. 
I wrote another 22 posts in February, which puts me at 156 to go. That involves averaging approximately 16 per month for the rest of the year. More progress.

5. Take Addison to Bronners
Rachel and I have picked a tentative date, two days before my Spring goal race. April 22.

6. Work on the development of the team at work
This month I took someone on the team out to lunch. I do not frequently do that, because it truly is out of my comfort zone, and I would often much rather go to the gym or head out for a run. And it ended up being good, but I definitely WAS uncomfortable the whole time.

7. Do one thing for myself EVERY DAY
So far: check. Most days it is running/workouts. But I am also reading some and coloring as well. I need have been working on something new that will display these accomplishments, but unfortunately I have been stinking and maintenance with it. In March, I would like to get that on track.

8. Cook 12 new recipes.
I made that skillet chicken earlier this month, which was a hit with both J and I. So I was pleased with that, and we will make it again, I think.
2/12 new recipes cooked.

9. Show my coworkers and team more of "Runner Emily"
Obviously, no real way definitions around that, but I am working on it. And I am doing ok and keeping my head up and smiling. It is a start?

10. Figure out certifications
Progress. I have made progress. More to come.

Do you have goals for 2016? How is it going?