Checking In On Monthly Goals!

HOW is it already April on Monday?!? Also- WHY does March always go by so fast? I have so many questions and so little answers. I guess it’s time to check back on my goals for March and look ahead to my goals for April. This last month has been STRESSFUL. I barely hit any of my goals and honestly some days, just felt like I was trying to stay afloat. I hope April will be better, but honestly I think the next few months will FLY by and I may not hit most of my goals (which is OK! I’m human!). Also it’s all good because we have the cutest kitties around.

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March Goals:

  • Yoga 1x /week - YES! I hit ONE of my goals! I’ve been LOVING yoga. Yay.

  • Meditate 1x/ week- I think I got 3 of the 4 weeks. Not bad, but not great.

  • Ski @ 1 new-to-me Mtn- nope…

  • Do 3 pulls up- HA. no. I’m SO SCARED to try them at the gym! I need your tips to get over my very irrational fear.

  • Daily gratitude of 5 things- Yes. I love to do this and look back on my day and find 5 things I’m grateful for (even if it was an unbelievably crappy day)!

  • Visualize Race- I did this more-so the beginning of the month, but have been struggling a bit more with it the past week or so. Hoping to get back on track next month.

  • Save $$$- Did OK with this. Always room for improvement!

April Goals:

  • Yoga 1 x / week

  • Meditate 1x /week

  • Read 2 books

  • Do 3 pull-ups

  • Visualize Race Course

  • PR THE MARATHON!

  • Save $$$$$$$

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What are some of your goals for April???

Any tips to get past my fear of trying to do a pull-up at the gym? Should I just get one of those pull-up bars to have at home instead??!?

Stressed About Everything And My Top FIVE Favorite Pump-Up Songs!

Happy Friday-eve! How’s the week going for you? I’ve honestly had better, but know that on Sunday it will all (mostly) subside. I’ve honestly just been on the struggle stress bus for a while now. I’ve tried to keep my stress at bay (meditating, sleeping, good nutrition, yoga, reading a good book - which these all definitely HELP for sure), but it is still so present and weighing on me. By now I would normally pull-back from something to ease it, but I’m almost done teaching skiing and my skating calendar is lighter for the month of March so I’m staying optimistic that these things will decrease my stress. Work is extremely stressful right now and honestly I just wish there was something I could do about it. You know that something needs to change when you physically dread going somewhere every morning and unfortunately that is where I’m at at the moment. Looking at this face helps.

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Journaling has also really been helping me lately just write down all my thoughts and purge everything on my mind at the moment. My right eye has been twitching for what only seems like a million years and when I get too stressed out, I tend to isolate myself (which I KNOW isn’t good for me, but I do it anyways). I get real crabby and hate to be even around myself. I’m a work in progress and I think it’s a big step for me to just acknowledge how I’m feeling (even if I’m not at the point of acting on it yet).

It’s so funny to me to hear so many reports these days on how ‘millennials are the most stressed generation’, ‘most anxious generation’, ‘we spend 20 percent of our year stressed’ and yet, these reports are making me even MORE stressed out! I would be lying if I said that all of my stress stems from my work, but that’s really the only one that I’m able to talk openly about at the moment (life stress & financial stress are two others). Until I figure things out, I guess I’ll continue to find those moments of peace while journaling, meditating, and doing yoga (oh, and running helps too!). I’m really loving my goal marathon paced runs and long runs because they give me either 1. more time to work through my stressors or 2. run faster and leave it all in the dust (or well…I feel like I am!).

PLUS running to music is my ‘guilty pleasure’ and these are my favorite songs right now to just really run it all out.

1. Glorious By Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey

2. Wild Horses By Bishop Briggs

3. Wings By Mac Miller

4. Litost by X Ambassadors (it’s a slow song, but I just love it for my cool down!)

5. 7 Rings By Ariana Grande

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Favorite way to de-stress?

We need a new movie to watch this weekend- any recommendations?! We LOVED Bohemian Rhapsody!

How many cups of coffee is considered ‘too much’? Asking for a friend….

Tips For Incorporating & Sticking With Your New Years Resolutions!

Happy Friday-eve! I am still slightly in denial that the Holidays are over. It just goes by so fast! But I’m also equally excited to get back on a regular schedule (hello type-A personality ; ) …). I’ve been feeling a bit run-down lately, so I’m trying to listen to my body more and slow down/sleep in (or skip a run) before it becomes a full-fledged cold. I’m unfortunately not one of those people that can just slow down on a run and NOT get sick. It’s funny how it’s taken me this long to realize that, but I’m also excited to finally come to that realization and hope that maybe this means I won’t get another sinus infection this year?!? I’ve also come to the conclusion that this is one of the best desserts- greek yogurt & homemade granola (SO much less sugar when you make your own too- and it’s super easy!).

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When it’s too cold for a morning run (it was -14* yesterday!)- I love streaming this yoga video (AND it’s only 10 minutes and free on youtube!).

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Also- read this book on my New Years Day (I rented it at the library, but loved it so much that I ordered my own copy) and incorporated her 50 miler training plan into my current Hanson’s Marathon Method. The plans were honestly pretty similar in weekly mileage (until April and then it’s all about those longer distance runs), so I stuck with similar mileage and kept the Hanson’s speedworkouts/ temp runs (cut down the warm-up/ cool-down miles) and then increased my runs on the weekend. I’m also going to be adding in some negative-split runs in my longer runs, along with alternating every-other week speedwork with hill repeat work instead. I think it will be a nice blend of the two and I can still keep my speed steady (not exactly increasing it since I’ve already trained for this marathon time goal within the past year) while increasing mileage. I’m also going to be really present on slowing way down on my easy days (I’m thinking 11:xx pace) to keep my heartrate low and maximize my speed. I love this story and will not just be thinking about my race as ‘spreading the peanut butter’, but also my training that I need to spread the PB evenly.

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Tips For Incorporating & Sticking With Your News Years Resolutions!

In 2018, I actually wrote down my new years goals (I don’t really like the word ‘resolution’ because we’re all growing and improving rather than a full-on ‘cut something bad out’) and then incorporated what my ‘long term goals’ were into monthly goals. While I didn’t accomplish all the goals I set out for myself in 2018, I felt like I accomplished so much more since I kept track of them (writing them out in a planner/ on a piece of paper that I often look at). I also believe that this is one of the main reasons why I hit my MS Run The US fundraising goal.

  • Write them down somewhere you can see them EVERY DAY.

  • Make a few larger goals for the year and then make monthly goals to help you reach your larger one. Make sure that they’re something that’s in your control and that’s honestly achieveable. I.E. When I wanted to raise $10,000, I had an A, B, and C fundraising $ goals. My A goal was really achieveable, but my C goal was my ‘dream fundraising $’ for that month. This can also be helpful if you want to run ‘x’ amount of miles, incorporate new fitness goals into your routine, cut down on ‘x’ in your diet, or lose ‘x’ amount of weight. Nothing will happen overnight or in a week, so be patient and work on it in small increments.

  • Re-assess after a month if you’re still unable reach your goal. Is it not attainable? Do you need more support for your family? Are you able to move things around in your schedule to help you reach your goal?

  • Cross them off your monthly goals when you achieve something! Nothing brings my more satisfaction to cross something off my monthly (OR yearly!) goals. It makes me feel like I’m really getting somewhere with my goals and gives me that extra boost to achieve something else on my list.

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Favorite way to incorporate Yoga into your schedule?

50 miler finishers out there- any tips for a beginner?!?

How do you stay accountable with your goals?

THESE really help those stressful days & I GOT IN!- Now What?!

I’m getting myself back on schedule. For Eugene training cycle, my hard workout days will be Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. So I’ll also get my strength training done on those days. Which means —> getting up EXTRA early. Like my alarm went off at 4:30 this morning. I’m going to hop on the treadmill this morning (6* is the low & still snowing) and get some speed going in my legs - I’ve got 7 miles on the schedule and I’m going to throw in 10 minutes of 10 x 1 minute faster surges then the remaining miles easy. Looking forward to catching up on this season of Greys Anatomy!

Also these really make any day better. (I’m convinced that they’re the best type of Sour Patch Kids).

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I also got into the Chicago Marathon!!

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Now I need all of your recommendations! I’m looking at Air BnBs to stay at, but would love to know what is the best option?!? Also what to do the day before and day after the race?!?

Also kitty cuddles because why not?

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Favorite type of Candy?

Chicago Marathon- give me your recommendations!

Do you have any animals?

THIS Will Help Me Reach My Time Goal At Eugene & On My Running Wish List

Happy Friday-eve! FINALLY! This week has definitely dragged along (I’m sure that teaching skiing all day on Sunday definitely hasn’t helped), but I’m so looking forward to this weekend! We’re getting our Holiday cards mailed out, our Christmas tree, exchanging Hanukkah gifts, and everything else Holiday-related. I also did not spend $1 during Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sales- this is a HUGE win for me (especially with all the crazy amount of marketing out there!). My Christmas shopping is all done and I did do ONE purchase for myself- these candles. The ‘Damn It’s Early’ scent is incredible and they’re also a small business, which I LOVE supporting! I’m also trying to get everything I’ll need to train for Eugene now rather than waiting until later so I’m stocking up on gels (I’m going to be trying these), ordering more of these (the watermelon flavor is my favorite), rearranging my chews, and finding my race-day outfit (including sneakers)!

Also it will never get old seeing this! Anyone else apply to be part of the 2019 Hive program?!?

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THIS will also be a staple for me this training cycle. I’ve tried to use the training journal before, but I’ve struggled making it a habit (I typically just use google docs spreadsheet to keep track of my activity & mileage on my sneakers)- this time I’m committed to making it work! I’m 100% positive that it will help me reach my sub 3:40 marathon time in Eugene!

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Flashback to yesterday where Stella & I went on a VERY chilly walk during lunch (I think it was 15* out?!?). I’m saving my run for this afternoon today, so it should be around 20* rather than single digits. WHEN will it get past freezing again? I would love to see the roads sometime this winter (rather than snowy/icy filled ones).

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Happy Hannukkah! We celebrate both Hannukkah and Christmas (Chrismukkah style, as per the OC- anyone else ever watch that show? I was seriously OBSESSED with Marisa & Ryan…might need to binge watch that show on the treadmill!). We light the menorah, but exchange one gift towards the end of Hanukkah (that will be this weekend for us) and try our hand at making latkes (last year we made SO many and they really didn’t turn out too well…). Then we’ll do another gift on Christmas and do Chinese for dinner.

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Here’s a few things that I think should be on your runner’s gift list this year!

  • THESE pants- they feel so amazing on and don’t move on me at all

  • THESE socks- so soft!

  • THIS to help with recovery

  • THIS sweatshirt to keep warm post-run and also because so accurate. (I want this!)

  • THIS mug because everyone needs to know that they run (I want this!)

  • THIS necklace- SOOOO cute and I want one!

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I’d love to know what your favorite Holiday traditions are!

How do you keep track of your training?

The O.C. - team Summer or team Marisa?

Black Friday or Cyber Monday- what sales did you take advantage of?