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What a great way to ring in the new year!  I decided to get involved with my local running club this year and this seemed like a good way to get

The crew willing to run in 20 degrees!

The crew willing to run in 20 degrees!

started.  For the last few years, they have held a New Year’s Day Fun Run/Walk.  They essentially have 3 routes figured out – a 2 mile out-and-back, a 3 mile out-and-back, and a 4.5 mile loop – you pick your distance and speed.  My sources say they run NO MATTER WHAT.  And from what I can see, that’s true.

When I got up yesterday, it was cold.  Forecast was 13 degrees and I’ve never run at that temperature before.  So I layered up – thermal pants under running tights, thermal long-sleeve top under a short-sleeve T under a Carhartt hoodie.  I added a pair of gloves, and my new neck gaitor and stocking hat I received for Christmas.  I figured I would be warm enough…..

I only knew one person when I got there, but quickly made some new acquaintances.  Everyone was super welcoming.  Luckily, the person I knew offered to run with me for a while, which was good because I made myself keep going, when I ordinarily would have slowed down even more.  I know that I was slower than her usual pace, but it was nice to have the company.

Alma & I  (I'm in the back)

Alma & I (I’m in the back)

When it was time for me to turn around, she kept going, but I met up with someone else on my way back and finished the run with her.

My time for the race (as per my Garmin) was 47:35.  Not a great time, but given that the sidewalks weren’t completely clear and I haven’t run much in the last few weeks, I’m ok with it.  If nothing else, it gives me a benchmark for the year and I have something to work on.

I was happy to use this as my Resolution Run for the challenge issued by Run to the Finish & Mommy Run Fast.  My running this year is going to force me to be patient with myself and to be patient with my family.  I often get too anxious about making progress – or rather not making progress as fast as I would like.

Here’s what I learned on this run:

  1. I need to work on my clothing.  I was really cold on the way out, but only slightly warmer on the way back.  Maybe I would have been warmer on a longer distance, but not yesterday.
  2. can come out of my shell when needed to meet new people….even my funky shoes helped me start conversations.
  3. Running with someone is fun and pushes me to keep going…which means I also really need to work on my endurance….(see, patience again!).
  4. I’m looking forward to some of the running club’s group runs.

Did you run on New Year’s?

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A Look Back

2012 was a good year for me, overall.  I lost almost 40 pounds, ran my first 1/2 marathon, and logged 315 miles since Mother’s Day.  For the local Grand Prix, I came in 7th in my age group (one of my best friends came in 1st – yay!).  I overcame my fear of free weights.

Southern Tennessee Plunge 1/2 Marathon with my beautiful niece Bethany

Southern Tennessee Plunge 1/2 Marathon with my beautiful niece Bethany

Not that it wasn’t without its struggles.  I battled heat, knee pain, foot pain, and a general lack of motivation at various times during the year.  I started, stopped, and restarted New Rules of Lifting for Women and Couch to 5k.  I started and finished some challenges (Y’s Weigh), but started and did not finish others (Holiday Squat-a-thon).

But you know what?  My family didn’t completely fall apart while I was working out.  I figured out how to work around everyone’s schedules, for the most part.  Yeah, it was tough getting long runs in, but I did it – even though they were mostly walks.  My family learned all sorts of different words – energy gels, hydration belt, heart rate monitor, foam roller, and negative splits.  I learned how to plan workouts, nutrition, and life so that I can accomplish those things that I need to finish.  My girls learned how much fun the finish lines of races could be – kids’ stampedes and mommy’s races.  They learned that if you work hard at something, it doesn’t matter if you win or come in dead last – you finished it.  My husband learned that sometimes it’s easier just to let me go running (or let me talk about running) just so that I can get my nervous energy out.

A Look Ahead

What do I want for 2013?  I want a lot of things.  Here are some of my main goals:

  • 5k time at 30:00 (or less)
  • Run my first full marathon (scheduled for 9/23 – Quad City Marathon)
  • Run all Grand Prix races and come in better than 7th in my age group
  • Participate in Muscatine Running Club group runs
  • Lose 30 pounds
  • Complete Couch to 5k (currently on week 4)
  • Complete Insanity
  • Complete Best Body Bootcamp (starting cycle 4 on January 8)
  • Complete New Rules of Lifting for Women

This isn’t all, but they are the first ones that come to mind.

I have the following challenges lined up for the year:

  • #13in2013
  • 5 by the 5th
  • Y’s Weigh
  • BMI Challenge at my work
  • #BestFoot Challenges
  • Run this Town

Will I get through them all?  I don’t know, but I’m going to try.  I will get through them with the support of my husband and kids.  I have learned that I just need to stay quiet to essentially everyone else.  People don’t always understand, and it’s easier to just stay quiet than to keep explaining why you are doing some things.

What are your goals for 2013?

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You know, sometimes, life just happens.  Sometimes things don’t work out how you have them planned.  That’s been my experience with HBBC the last few weeks.  Between school concerts, choir practices, meetings, and just plain schedule issues, workouts haven’t happened.  Meals have not been the most organized thing happening.

Are those necessarily valid excuses? No.  I saw this picture (from Run with Jess).

Source: Run With Jess

Source: Run With Jess

But are they my excuses for the last few weeks?  Yep.  That doesn’t make me a bad person, that just makes my choices different than maybe they should have been.  I was focused on keeping my kids at their activities, getting my things done, trying to stay rested (and healthy), and keeping myself sane.

I had some HBBC Facebook interactions during those 3 weeks.  Plus, I got in a bunch of cleaning/cooking time on Christmas Day.  But I know my attitude suffered while I wasn’t eating right or exercising.  I know I’ve been more stressed out than usual.  I know that if I had followed through on my plans, all of that would have been different – even slightly different.

So what’s my goal for the last week of HBBC?  To make it through the last week with some kind of mileage and workouts.  We will see.

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So last week in the HBBC 2012 scores, I had a big, fat, 0 staring me in the face.  Sure, I got 7 points during the week for checking-in on Facebook, but there were absolutely NO exercise points.  Boy, did that suck!

This week, I slightly redeemed myself.  I had 6.85 exercise points (ok, so 5.85 exercise points and 1 fruits/veggies point).  Still not spectacular, but considering I waited until Tuesday to be “released” by my chiro to exercise and then my birthday was on Wednesday, I think I did ok.

Here’s how my week ended up –

  • Monday – 1 Facebook point and 1 freggies point (plus 30 squats)
  • Tuesday – 1 Facebook point (plus 35 squats)
  • Wednesday – 1 Facebook point (it’s my birthday!) (plus 40 squats)
  • Thursday – 1 Facebook point (had workout plans, but they were superseded by hubby & kiddo plans)
  • Friday – 1.75 mile run and 40 minutes of yoga = 3.75 points + 1 Facebook point (plus 1 set of 45 make-up squats and 1 set of 50 squats)
  • Saturday – 1 Facebook point (plus 55 squats)
  • Sunday – 2.1 mile run and 1 Facebook point (plus 60 squats)

Here’s why I like this challenge.  First, it’s introduced me to a bunch of new people.  Second, it’s keeping me accountable for my actions when I would usually give up and just let things slide.  Third, it’s motivating me to try new things – like a 13 in 2013 challenge.  I may not win any prizes during this challenge, but if I can lose some weight and inches, then I will be happy.

I’m looking forward to the remaining weeks in this challenge and am hoping I can get back into the swing of things, even with as busy as my schedule will get.

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In my recap from Week 1 Recap, I said I was thwarted in my goal of earning points about half-way through the week.  Well, that continued through this week.  I finally started feeling better on Friday, but not enough to push through an actual workout.

Yesterday, I tested my endurance by going Christmas shopping with my mom and my 2 daughters (ages 4 and 8).  For 4+ hours, we shopped and shopped and shopped.  I managed to stay on my feet and not fall over hobbled by pain.  I consider that a success!  Plus, all 4 of us came home safe and sound (and tired).

So how many points did I earn this week?  A whole 7 – and those came from checking in on Facebook each day.  Yep, I’m disappointed.  I have a hard time getting fruits and veggies in my diet – they are just not what I reach for first.

So how do I plan on changing this next week?

  1. Eat more fruits and veg.  I bought a bunch of clementines and apples at the grocery store, plus I always have blueberries on my morning yogurt.
  2. Workout.  I may not start Insanity right away, but I am going to restart week 3 of Couch to 5k and try to do some yoga during the week.
  3. Plan.  I need to re-evaluate my workout plan for December and redraft it.
  4. Relax.  I need to not obsess about my injuries and instead try to focus on my recovery and how to work with the pain to get better.

What are my challenges for this week?

  1. Schedule.  I have a lot going on this week, but I’m hoping to work within that schedule to get my workouts done.
  2. My birthday.  My birthday is on Wednesday and I need to make smart choices that day.  In reality, I probably won’t limit myself too much, but I will at least watch how much I eat, not what I eat.

And here’s my new challenge.  I have decided to join in the Holiday Squat-a-Thon.  I know I need to work on these and am hoping to strengthen my knees and legs with these.  Here’s the challenge:

Holiday Squat-athonYou should think about joining me!

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I often get sucked into negative thoughts.  For whatever reason, I sometimes feel that I’m not good enough – not a good enough mom, not a good enough wife, not a good enough employee, not a fast enough runner, not a ______________ (fill in the blank).  I’ve been working on changing those thoughts over the last few years.  It’s a struggle sometimes, but I think I’m making progress.  I ran across this picture a few weeks ago and it really hit home….

Today, anything is possible.  It’s my choice to get up and run.  It’s my choice to take a deep breath and not let my frustration get the better of me.  It’s my choice to be the best that I can be.  Today, no mountain is too high, no run is too long (ok, so maybe it’s not realistic, but still), no workout is too hard for me to do my best.  I know it’s hard sometimes.  I know that I can’t always be Miss Cheery or Miss Perfect, but neither do I want to be.  I just want to be someone that my family wants to be around, that makes good decisions, that my friends want to hang out with, and that I can feel happy being me.

Today, I started the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge for 2012.  It marks the beginning of a 7 week challenge.  This is a challenge in which I can use the tools and skills I have gained through the last year to make it through the holidays.  It gives me a way to make sure I am staying on target, and maybe, just maybe, I will win some really cool prizes.  I can guarantee I will make some on-line friends and that I will gain some great advice from some awesome coaches.

What things are you making possible today?

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I have been saying lately that I needed a challenge to tide me over until the Y Weigh challenge starts in January.  Amanda from Run to the Finish is hosting this challenge again this year.

It looks like it’s going to be fun.  There are different levels based on your activity preference and points will be awarded for various items.

More information is available here: Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge Overview.

The challenge will start November 19th.  Join me!  Click the below button to sign up and say you I referred you.

Join The Holiday Challenge

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