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So far, in 2014…

I have run two miles so far in 2014. Yes, just two.

I live in Wisconsin, and in case you’ve been living under a rock, you should know about that thing called the Polar Vortex. We had some historically-record-low cold days in January. I already dislike running in any weather colder than 50 degrees… and even the most die-hard runners don’t run in sub-zero temps. I was able to escape the arctic weather in the beginning of the month. I was supposed to return to work for two days before taking off for our family vaca, but thanks to our Polar Vortex friend, my winter break was extended by those two days (and my resulting break was three and a half glorious weeks) and we headed south to the Caribbean. Our family went to Beaches Turks & Caicos, and it was amazing. My family had been before when I was in eighth grade, but the place was twice as big as the last time we were there. It was relaxing and beautiful and perfect.

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Any way, I packed my running gear with the intention to run at the resort. And I did. Once.

The fitness schedule at the resort had three different runs on it. All in the morning at 6:00. Two were “trail runs” and one was a beach run. I already knew I wasn’t cut out for beach runs. I don’t like the uneven terrain. I got out of bed for one of the two trail runs, though, and had high hopes. The unfortunate part was that the resort’s trainer runs a 10k in my average 5k pace. So he is literally twice as fast as me. There were only two other resort guests on the run, and they were able to keep up with him pretty well. And me? I lost them about a mile in, and I was ready to die– because I started way too fast.

I’m usually pretty good at amping up my speed when I’m running with people who are faster than me, but these people were way too fast. I finished the first 2-mile loop (at least I think I did… I had to guess what the second half of the loop was, since I lost the group), and I went back to the room to get breakfast with my boys. I didn’t get up for the second trail run.

 

Well- I returned to Chiberia, and rather than resign to the dreaded treadmill, I have been doing some Insanity workouts. They’re really challenging and I feel good when they’re over– just like running. So I’ve decided rather than do one of two things I despise– run in the cold or run on the treadmill– I’ll do Insanity (which really lives up to its name- FYI) for January and February, and then run in March when the weather gets nearer to the 40-degree mark. I’m making the determination now that 40-degrees is acceptable. (And after the winter we’ve been having, I’m sure that first run or two will feel downright tropical).

In related news, I have about ten pounds of post-baby weight hanging around. I had made it back to my pre-baby weight around Skip’s first birthday, but slowly over the course of the next year, by his second birthday, I had put ten back on. I’d like to lose at least half of that. It’s not necessary- I’m not overweight- but it’s a personal goal. For starters, I decided I’d log my calories every day. I use the My Fitness Pal app, which gives me a realistic calorie goal to healthfully reach my target weight. I haven’t done much to change my eating habits quite yet- they aren’t necessarily horrible to begin with- but awareness of what your food is actually “worth” towards your daily total is a fantastic place to start. I’ve already altered the way I approach certain meals, especially lunches, with the mindset of what I’m in the mood for at dinner. A la, “can I afford (calorie-wise) this?”

 

I’m making progress on my goals to be a #FitMom in 2014.

{Other than the four brownies I ate at our Marriage Retreat we went on this weekend… but those calories don’t count.}

I have already signed up for the Color Run, and I’m making a decision as to what my first 10k for the year will be– I’m debating a few. I look forward to the warmer weather (I’m sad that I’ve resigned to 40 degrees being acceptably “warm”) because I’m itching to run. Until then, I’m letting Shaun T. challenge and motivate me.

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Progress Update: June

We’re already well into July, so I figured I better get my June progress update up. Why has it taken a while? Well, for starters, I have been busy this month getting HIRED. Yep, that’s right. I got a job. I’ll be teaching third grade this fall, and I am super excited about it.

The other two reasons I have for lagging behind in getting this posted are:

1. We went on vacation at the beginning of the month.

2. It’s embarrassing, like usual, to admit that I didn’t meet my mileage goals.

 

There are 30 days in June, but I did not run 30 miles. I did, however, start training for a fall 10k. My friend and super-runner, Katie, wrote me a training plan to have me running 6.2 miles by November– and this helped me log some consistent miles at the end of the month. Alas, my total for June? 19 miles.

 

I’m starting to realize that I probably won’t meet my 365 goal, but I’m letting that realization sit in the back of my mind so that I don’t lose motivation to keep going, keep running. The goal of the 365 miles wasn’t just to log miles, but to get me running more often, and at that, I have succeeded so far. And I’m always getting better. So, even still, I am proud of myself.

 

So far in July, I’m doing well, just battling with the heat. Some of my runs have been hot with a capital H. It’s a tremendous advantage, though, to have someone sending me my runs for the week. It was something I was having a hard time recreating this year. Training for my first 5k was “easy” when I had an app telling me what to do on every run– the only mind game I had to play was getting myself out the door. The mind games doubled when I was no longer doing the program, because not only did I have to get myself out the door, but I had to give myself some sort of “objective” for each run, and that’s difficult when you’re struggling for the motivation to just DO IT in the first place. Katie has taken on this role for me and is the one telling me what to do every week, and it’s a big help.

{Thanks, Katie!}

Here’s to July, the heat, and adding some miles. Cheers!

 

2013 Miles Goal: 365

Miles Run So Far: 102 (three digits!)

Miles to Go: 263 (I’m pretending this isn’t real life.)

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