goals, Running

Oh Look, A Race!

Most of the time I have a pretty good head on my shoulders and for the most part I make smart choices.  But when it comes down to signing up for long distance races all bets are off.  All it takes is a little peer pressure, a dare, and the opportunity to earn some bragging rights to get me to throw my name into the ring.  I always start with great intentions when I click the submit button and get my confirmation number.

I WILL train, I WILL lose Weight, I WILL be in shape.

Every time without fail, I always find myself completely unprepared.  Usually 10 lbs heavier and in worse physical shape.  I seem to forget that every ounce of my free time is devoted to the activities of my 3 active children.  I also seem to forget that when something looks okay on paper that it doesn’t always translate in real life.  I always complete the race, I am always in pain, miserable and I vow I WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN.

This is my thought process:

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My last half marathon back in June followed this exact cycle.  Being quite over weight and not running a single mile before the race was painful (as it should have been!). I remember praying for death at mile 9 and swearing with every step I took.  I was certain, this time I definitely was done and I vowed that I would never run another race untrained. 

Well…Hello Moth, see that flame?

I just secured my spot in the 2019 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in June.  Without skipping a beat, I announced to the world that I am signed up and I will train.  My friends and family know me pretty well!

My Facebook Post:

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And then the comments from my buddies started coming in:

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Then some more comments:

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My husband’s reaction (if the picture isn’t worth 1000 words, There was a “Bitch please” and an eyeroll):

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My friends and family know me pretty well but this time I am determined to prove them wrong (insert their groans here).

Here is my plan:timeline

As you see from the timeline, I have quite a bit of time to train.  I am starting slow by phasing in with the Couch to 5K plan.  From there I will slowly add mileage.  I have a treadmill to knockout miles when the weather is bad.  I also have a extra driver to help with the schedule and I have this blog to keep me accountable. No excuses!  I will be ready for June.

Now I just need to find my running shoes!

 

 

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August Goals

It is that time again to set the goals for the month.  August is always such an awesome month but it is bittersweet because you can start feeling a twinge of Fall. We have so many fun activities planned over the course of the next 31 days.  We have a family reunion, Birthday Mania (all three of my kids were born in August within 13 days of each other-BAM!), Kid Rock Concert (I am a huge fan), a girls weekend, and the Minnesota State Fair.

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My goals for August:

  1. Lose 10lbs.  While I know that might not exactly be realistic and a tad aggressive, I need to get the scale going in the right direction.  Birthdays, travel, and food on a stick are not exactly a good recipe for my weight loss. I am smart enough to know all things in moderation but cake and fried foods are my kryptonite.  If I set an aggressive goal, I might (MIGHT) be able to control myself a bit especially if I am posting this goal for the world to read.  I will be tracking my intake on My Fitness Pal and I have signed up for Healthy Wage (more on that in a different post).
  2. Run an entire mile.  I know I covered 13.1 not that long ago but I could not run a mile at gun point.  One of my 2018 goals is to find my way back to running.  I know a mile isn’t much but I get winded walking to my car at this point.  Baby steps.  I plan on using the Couch to 5K program to get me on my way.
  3. Pack lunches.  In an effort to tighten the fiscal belt, I am going to pack my lunch for work.  I am spending way too much money because I am too lazy to throw a few items in a paper bag.  I find it obnoxious that a basic salad can cost $12 when I can make 5 meals for that amount of money.  Plus I will be supporting goal #1.

Now that they are published I am going to feel like a fool if I don’t get after it!