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Dear November…

This is the usual “let’s go over the previous month’s goals and set new goals for this month” post. I’m clearly a few (or more) days late. You probably realized I’ve been a bit preoccupied with some bitch named Sandy.

What did I want to accomplish in October?

  1. Do a plank for 5 minutes, comfortably. If I do not do one everyday, it alright. Yea that did not happen. I only did Planks at Refine Method and for Lindsay’s October Photo Challenge.
  2. Continue practicing yoga and pilates. I actually don’t think I went to one yoga or Pilates class this month. That’s really awful.
  3. Complete 2 (hopefully) successful 20+ mi runs! I did one. I ran 20.2 miles. I wanted to do another but figured my training at that point in time was sufficient for the NYCM. Now I hope that ONE 20.2 mile run was sufficient for Richmond.
  4. Do 2-3 strength train sessions each week. The only strength training I did was Refine Method, and that was once a week and only twice this month.

What did I learn about myself this month?

I need to get my act together. I was probably in the best shape of my life WHEN I WAS INJURED! I cross trained and strength trained, I did yoga and pilates and a lot of Nike Training Club and core work! I was 10 pounds lighter and although I was miserable that I was not running, I was definitely more fit.

So what did I accomplish? Nothing out of the goals I set, which is sad.

November Goals (starting 11/5):

  1. Complete the Richmond Marathon with a smile on my face.
  2. Realistically, go to yoga OR pilates once a week!
  3. Go to Refine Method once or twice a week.
  4. Run 100+ miles for the month of November.

Let’s see if I can do MUCH better this month and not write a post full of complaints and self-pity 🙂

 

Dear October…

September was a great month. More than great actually. I went to Vegas, I turned 27, I started running again. I feel like I accomplished a lot.

  1. GOAL: Literally do a plank every day! ACTUAL: Not even close. I always forget and the Plank Police yell at me on Twitter.
  2. GOAL: Run a sub-23 minute 5k race. ACTUAL: Not ready to run those paces yet.
  3. GOAL: BECOME A CERTIFIED SPINNING INSTRUCTOR! ACTUAL: I am now a Certified Spin Instructor 🙂
  4. GOAL: Continue practicing yoga and pilates. ACTUAL: Not as much as I would like. I found myself focusing more on running again. I don’t want to fall into this trap. I need to adjust my priorities again!
  5. GOAL: Try new (healthy) foods that I have never tried before. ACTUAL: I have no idea or do not recall if I tried anything new but I hope I did.
  6. GOAL: Run. Anywhere, for any amount of time. ACTUAL: Done and done and done at Ragnar (I will do a review soon, when I can actually sit down and process the amazing experience)!

I am so elated that I am running again (not fast, but freaking strong) that I do not care about missing the other goals right now. There is time for them in the near future!

October 2012 Goals:

  1. Lets keep this one going from August until it actually happens: Do a plank for 5 minutes, comfortably. If I do not do one everyday, it alright. I won’t post pictures of my plank times anymore either, until I hit 4 minutes and 5 minutes!
  2. Continue practicing yoga and pilates. I will get back into the game with both of these. I feel better after both classes and there is no reason to only focus on running!
  3. Complete 2 (hopefully) successful 20+ mi runs!
  4. Do 2-3 strength train sessions each week. I need to work on my core as well! This will help to complete the NYC Marathon.

What are your goals for October? 

 

Dear September…

On August 1 I was four weeks into my marathon training and I was high as a kite on running. Then I got hurt and my kite got struck my lightning and it burst into flames. Dramaaaa Queeeen. Let’s see how much I accomplished in August…

  1. GOAL: Do a plank for 5 minutes (and more than once). ACTUAL: I got to 3 minutes before I got hurt. My doctor told me NOT to do planks until I was healed. So this goal is pushed back a month.
  2. GOAL: Take a spinning class once a week. ACTUAL: COMPLETED! This is going to be a goal every month, FYI.
  3. GOAL: Run a sub-23 minute 5k race. ACTUAL: Not a chance. Moving on….
  4. GOAL: Go to a Refine Method class with Katherine. ACTUAL: COMPLETED! I friggin loved it so much (but couldn’t take more classes during the month due to the cardio movements but I will in the future) See my review here.
  5. GOAL: Learn how to cook tofu successfully (and with flavor). ACTUAL: COMPLETED! and so excited about it! I made a yum Tofu Piccata for Heather’s Meatless Monday A to Z challenge!

I accomplished 3 of the 5 goals and missed the other 2 because of an injury and not because of pure laziness. I can deal with that!

September 2012 Goals:

  1. From August: Do a plank for 5 minutes, comfortably. Mini goal: Literally do a plank every day! #stopforgettingdummy
  2. From August: Run a sub-23 minute 5k race (I plan on running again next week if all goes well, if not, we will keep moving this back).
  3. BECOME A CERTIFIED SPINNING INSTRUCTOR! yippee. More info coming soon.
  4. Continue practicing yoga and pilates.
  5. Try new (healthy) foods that I have never tried before.
  6. Run. Anywhere, for any amount of time.

 

Alright, Let’s do this September!

What are your goals for September? 

 

Here’s to Hoping

I am generally not a deep-thinker. My posts contain my thoughts; unfiltered and raw (sarcasm included). When Stacy sent me an email about a blog-writing relay on the subject of “Hope,” I was intrigued (yet still weary that my brain could put together a post about such a meaningful word).

Melanie Crutchfield started the “Hope 2012” relay because she was inspired by the Olympics. She wanted to pass the torch of “Hope” around the blogging community. Melanie will be compiling tidbits from each post (which should contain some serious inspiration). She said, “Hope, in its beautiful, strange, unexpected and stalwart forms will be noted. Documented. Acknowledged. Appreciated.

That is deep. I thought all day about what I was going to write. I finally realized that I wanted to relate it to my blog and to running, but the only thing I could think of was that because of an injury, I am not running. When I don’t run, I am not happy. I am over-dramatic about too many things and I have a bad attitude. It took an entire day of deep thinking and in 9 seconds, this train of thoughts unknowingly scripted the my thoughts on hope.

Here is my small, but honest, contribution to the 2012 Hope Relay…

I believe that we too often think of hope as something that comes to us during moments of distress.  I believe I am a realist as opposed to a dreamer (John Lennon, my apologies). In the past I have struggled with balancing hope with reality; wanting to be happy when I was not, wanting to do more when there was no time, wanting to be run faster when I was felt like I was crawling, and most recently, wanting to run when I was hurt.

Never Despair.  ~ Winston Churchill

I believe hope contains an element of trust. I trust myself and I trust others. I look to myself and to the people (and things) that I truly care about as a source of motivation. I have desires and goals that are realistic. Hope is the only first step in accomplishing those goals. The next step, the hard work, is what defines me (as a person, a runner, a friend, daughter, sister etc).

  • I want to always be honest with myself and with everyone in my life. It is such an important quality in a person.
  • I want to always maintain the relationship I have with my friends and family (my boyfriend is included in both of those categories). I cherish the love I have in my life.
  • I want to foster shelter doggies. I have two dogs right now, I am working on my boyfriend to let us take some pups-in-need into our home (in a non-hoarding type of situation).
  • I want to be a semi-decent cook, so I bought cookbooks and ask questions. I make shitty meals and I learn from the mistakes. The meals are turning out much better (and the smoke alarm is going off less and less).
  • I want to qualify for Boston one day. There, I said it. I know it may take a long time, but I am (and will continue) putting in the work to enhance my running.

I see each day is an opportunity to combine my hopes with reality. My happiness lays in my own hands and I accept that challenge.

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.  ~ Christopher Reeve

Time to “pass the baton” (if it were real life, I would be disqualified for dropping it). Lora’s posts about training for the NYC Marathon (LVRunsNYC.wordpress.com) are well-written, thought-provoking and all around a great read. So Lora, take it and run 🙂 I can’t wait to read!

Thank you Melanie for starting this. It was more difficult than I originally expected, but I am happy I had the opportunity to write this. Thank you to Stacy for passing it along to me (and for being hilarious, of course) and thank you Lora for the post you didn’t write yet, but that I already know is going to be great.

Dear August…

This summer is going by very quickly. I can’t believe I am already in the fourth week training for the NYC Marathon!

Starting this month (and until November), my schedule is packed with exciting things! Two of my best friends are getting married, another is having a baby and fitness wise, I will be busy with training and I am actually running lots of races!

As a reader of other fitness and running blogs, I like to see others accomplish goals they set for themselves each week, month year etc. I decided I want to start setting monthly goals for myself as well!

Here are my goals for August 2012:

  1. Do a plank for 5 minutes (and more than once). Currently I am LOVING the #plankaday challenge. I can hold a plank comfortably for 2:30ish before I shake and fall.
  2. Take a spinning class once a week. There should be no excuses for this one. My gym is 2 blocks away from my office and there is a class offered everyday of the week at lunch time.
  3. Run a sub-23 minute 5k race. Help me find me a 5k race where I can sprint my ass off before Aug 31.
  4. Go to a Refine Method class with Katherine.
  5. Learn how to cook tofu successfully (and with flavor)

There you have it! Check back with me in a month and hopefully I will have accomplished these 5 tasks.

What are your fitness goals for August? 

Have you ever been to a Refine Method class?

Please send me a good tofu recipe. That is a request/beg.