Easing into 2014

I have decided to finally start some goals for 2014. I have one major goal, Enjoy! Yes I get that sounds so simple, but yet for me it can be hard. I am a go go go type of person so to sit back and just enjoy the moment can be hard because I am always thinking about the next big thing. I am going to make a conscious effort to just enjoy life as it comes. Of course that doesn’t mean I am not going to plan, but I also want to make sure I life in the moment and enjoy my time relaxing. The perfect example was last night I enjoyed sitting on the couch, watching Family Feud, and painting my nails.

Right now my biggest enjoyment is Marriage:

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Yes it’s cold

Like really, really cold! It was 4 degrees this morning at my house, with a windchill of like -15! But the bright side of the wind chill (making it below zero), no ice on the windshield! I am so not a fan of scraping ice off the windshield. I love my SUV but dang it’s hard to get to the middle of that windshield since I am shorty. Although one of my Christmas presents to me was a remote start in my car, which I am loving yet struggling with because it uses my gas when I am not going anywhere, thereby making my gas mileage worse. That I guess is a small price to pay for warmth, right?!?

So it’s a new year, and it always makes me thing of the weight watchers commercials New Year, New You. Well you know what I like me, and I don’t need a new me. I could make some improvements, sure, but I don’t need an entirely new me for 2014. I am happy with my life and of course a bit more discipline would be great for the new year, but an entirely new person is not necessary. I did purchase one of my favorite gadgets again, the FitBit.  I went with the FitBit Zip this time around instead of the FitBit One or Flex since I don’t like to use it when I sleep.

As I contemplate the new year I am thinking what my goals for 2014 will be. Yes I know I said the same thing in the last post so perhaps it’s time to get going. One thing I am committing to for January is a plank challenge (because you  know you can do a plank pretty much anywhere). Below is the plank list:

The 30 Day Plank Challenge will send your core strength through the roof! Yes, all you have to do is HOLD this position, nothing else! It looks pretty easy, but it isn’t!

Day 1 – 20 seconds
Day 2 – 20 seconds
Day 3 – 30 seconds
Day 4 – 30 seconds
Day 5 – 40 seconds
Day 6 – REST
Day 7 – 45 seconds
Day 8 – 45 seconds
Day 9 – 60 seconds
Day 10 – 60 seconds
Day 11 – 60 seconds
Day 12 – 90 seconds
Day 13 – REST
Day 14 – 90 seconds
Day 15 – 90 seconds
Day 16 – 120 seconds
Day 17 – 120 seconds
Day 18 – 150 seconds
Day 19 – REST
Day 20 – 150 seconds
Day 21 – 150 seconds
Day 22 – 180 seconds
Day 23 – 180 seconds
Day 24 – 210 seconds
Day 25 – 210 seconds
Day 26 – REST
Day 27 – 240 seconds
Day 28 – 240 seconds
Day 29 – 270 seconds
Day 30 – PLANK FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!

What are you 2014 goals you have been thinking about?

Motivation Monday

So now that the half marathon is over I need to keep my motivation up even more! I need a new goal and I think the easy  one (or sort of) will be working on my 5K time. I want to get faster/run longer distances. I am trying to find a race in June that will allow me to concentrate on that. I am doing a 5K in May, but it’s really just for fun so I want to set a goal for something more concrete. I leave with this!

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Any ideas? Anyone want to join me?

Half Marathon Wrap-Up

So the BIG DAY was yesterday (march 16), the DC Rock and Roll Half Marathon was a success! Out of some miracle, Thank you God, it didn’t rain. . .yes you read that right the Lord blessed me with no rain the entire time. It was one of my biggest fears going in to the race on Saturday morning with a 70% chance of rain. The other miracle being the bad right knee, which also was good the entire race. I am not sure if the adrenaline pushed me, or the crowds, or the bands along the way, or the great supporters but something helped push me through all 13.1 miles. I know they have said it before, but you do more than the 13.1, in fact my phone said it was 13.7, that is more than a half mile over what I signed up for, but I digress.

We looked good at the start! Ready to go, despite the threat of rain and it was still dark, and a bit cold!

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It was a good race, although the hills were killer at times . . . I believe the hill just before mile 6 was INSANE! We were lucky enough to have some family/friends at the top of the hill cheering us on. I never realized how important having people along the way would be. We had people at mile 1 (then we went through the park for a while), mile 6, mile 7, mile 10 and somewhere between 10 and 11. The last 3 miles were a bit rough but we made it through. It was great to cross the finish line and know that I completed my first half marathon. I still haven’t decided if I will do another, but at least I can cross this off the bucket list!

Today I feel pretty sore, but mainly only when I have been sitting for along time and get up again. I went to my parents hotel room and had a soak in the hot tub there. After they left I went for a massage, hoping to relax the muscles. I am thinking it will take a few days to feel “normal” again.

Thanks to everyone that followed along my journey! Now I just need to figure out what the next goal will be for me!

 

monday motivation

It’s Monday so we all need some motivation to get through the day. I had a bad feeling that after going 10 miles yesterday I would wake up in an extreme amount of pain. I even told myself that I would not be training today. Well people I am here to tell you a little motivation goes a long way! Yes I was in pain yesterday, and I was actually light headed, a good friend reminded me I need to eat or energize during a long run like that. I managed to recover well…I ate, showered and napped. I felt better as the night went on then, went to bed with my favorite friend Advil!

I woke up feeling pretty good but wasn’t sure if I was going to train. I packed my stuff just in case the mood struck me…as 5PM came I was like hey why not. Let’s give it a shot and see how you feel. If it doesn’t happen you can do just 1 mile or even 2, that’s better than nothing. I instead finished all 3 as the training plan called for and somehow I was ok time was too. I gave the quote below a lot of thought because getting off the couch, chair, whatever really is the first step. And all I continue to tell myself is not matter how long it takes, just finish!

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What have you started lately that you knew you HAD to finish!