Goals, weekend and training update

We had a fairly calm weekend compared to what they’ve been recently. I didn’t have anywhere I had to be on Saturday except to run. I got 7 miles in, struggled, but it got done. Caught the last half of Ally’s softball practice, caught up on laundry and a little cleaning. Ally decided to clean out her closet and we did a little shopping. We didn’t have much luck finding her anything.

Mellow Mushroom finally opened here and we decided to meet some friends for dinner. We got there at 5 and we finally got dinner about 8. We were there for 4 hours. It was fun hanging out with friends, but we will wait a few weeks for things to settle down before we go back.

Ally’s last softball game is tonight. We’ve had a fun season, some wins, some losses but it’s a great group of girls and parents!

Warming up at her pitching lesson.

Warming up at her pitching lesson.

School is out Thursday morning, just have to stay for the awards at 9:30. Have I told you how ready I am for school to be out? Going to fully enjoy this summer. We have a few things that need to be done around the house, but definitely planning lots of fun stuff on my days off. I’m going to church camp with Ally in July. It’s her last year at pre-teen camp. She starts in the youth group next week.

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It’s been a while since we’ve talked goals. I’m still hard at work (most days) but I like to re-examine them periodically.

  • Water. I got really dehydrated at my half last week so I’m drinking water like it’s my job!
  • Mileage, it’s climbing and except for adjusting to the temperatures I’m handling it well. I love track workouts!
  • Strength training. Still going to the gym 1-2 times a week. Our running club moved locations and now we meet in the same parking lot as my gym so I may be able to head over there after running.
  • Half marathon goals. I did not hit my 1:50 goal last week, I came real close. So, now I need to decide what goal to work for the Fall.

Training last week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Patriot half marathon (recap here)

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: rest day

Thursday: 6 miles

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 7 miles

Pace was not great this week. I’m going easy on myself for that because of the race and the temps/humidity. But going forward my goal will be to get my pace down. I know it will take hard work and I have to stay on top of my hydration to be successful.

I don’t have a race until October as of now, so I have plenty of time to just focus on the work.

Surround yourself

Did you workout today?

Have you made new goals?

When is your next race?

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Turn “I can’t” into “I will”

I can’t is no longer in my vocabulary. If it’s in your vocabulary, I’m hoping you find the courage to scratch it. When you find the courage to go after what you want, things change. You change. You realize you are capable of so much more than you ever thought possible.

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It doesn’t matter your pace, where you are in your goals, whether you just started or you’ve been at this for 20 years, most of us have something that we want to do, but something is holding us back. Once you figure out what that is and push it aside you will see great things. You have to want it, you have to decide to make a change. It’s not easy and there will be times you will want to quit. Surround yourself with motivating people and put in the work. I have a Pinterest board that’s just for motivation. Go read it, start one for yourself. I keep thinking I need to print some of them and tape them to my bathroom mirror.

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I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m not the skinniest I’ve ever been, but that’s not how I define healthy anymore. I have accomplished a lot in the last 3 years. Lost 40 pounds, kept it off, started running, lifting weights, racing, half marathons, full marathon, gained self confidence.

And I still have a lot left in me. Here’s my “I will” list.

  • I will PR a half marathon this year.
  • I will PR a full marathon this year.
  • I will break out of my comfort zone and pick up my pace.
  • I will stop being negative.
  • I will be an example my daughter can look up to.
  • I will encourage my friends.
  • I will love myself.

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What’s your “I will”?

What’s holding you back? And how are you going to kick it to the curb?

Did you workout today?

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I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Goals Check

Happy Monday! I started the week off with a 6 mile run this morning. Normally Monday is a rest day for me, but I’m changing things around and trying to add a 4th day of running.

Haven’t looked at goals in about a month, it’s a little past due.

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I have a half coming up in about 30 days. I’ve really seen some improvements since starting track in March. I’m looking forward to seeing a PR next month.

  • Run 4 days a week
  • Gym 2 days a week
  • Water, water and more water.
  • Food, was under control, then I started splurging too much, then it was good again. Need to get it consistent. I have splurged more than I should but it hasn’t been an all out eat fest, so that’s a little better.
  • Stretch every day. More running means tired legs and my ham strings haven’t been happy this week.
  • Food prep more consistently

Did you workout today?

Have you set new goals?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Goals Check {link up}

It’s past time for a goals update! Time to get focused.

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I have lots of goals for the year. Both personal and fitness related. I will break them down weekly and share a few for the year. I have to keep these goals in front of me each week to stay on track.

Weekly:

  • Water: drink it.
  • Food: gotta track it in MFP. Every single day. I’ve been gaining weight these last few weeks. I haven’t been completely out of control with food but it hasn’t been perfect. I’m working on getting back on track. Seems like this is a never ending battle.
  • Training: it seems to be good. I’m getting in my workouts, changed things up, adding a spin class when I can, I’m going to the track and running.
  • Weights: keep lifting. Start working on lifting heavier.

For the year:

  • Half goal of 1:45. Most likely in October at the Michelob Ultra 13.1 in Dallas
  • Full Marathon, Dallas, December 14. Haven’t decided on a goal time yet.
  • 5k time under 24 minutes, but deep down I want under 23 minutes.

These goals are going to take hard work and dedication. That includes my diet. I know that eating garbage will not get me my goals, I just have to keep reminding myself that.

Do you set goals? Share one with me that you are working on.

How do you track them?

Set your goals and link up here! 

 

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Goals Check & Marathon training

We had a crazy, busy weekend and I never got my marathon training update out. Saturday, Ally was in a cooking competition with 4-H. It was literally all day. They had electrical issues with all the cooking so they didn’t really get to finish cooking their dish. The competition had to be revised to accommodate it. My long run was Sunday, 12 miles. It’s finally taper time!!

Cowtown is in 13 days.

Yikes.

12 miles 2-8

As soon as I hit the 10 day mark I will start watching the weather to decide what to wear. Sunday morning was 40 degrees and very, very foggy. It felt like rain.  It was still dark and I needed a long sleeve. But 40′s in the sun could/should be warm enough for short sleeves.

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Last week wasn’t great. I had ok days, but not good days where food is concerned, and I can tell.

  • Water: pretty good, except Saturday
  • Food: meh, needs to be much better!
  • Workouts: good, several days of abs, weights, running and cross training
  • Eating out: so-so. I already have a better start to this week with food prep last night!

I made chicken taco soup, egg muffins, oatmeal bites for pre-runs, and chicken salad for lunch.

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Don’t forget about the Active Accessories giveaway, it ends in 2 days!

How do you decide what to wear for a race?

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Goals Check + Fab Abs Day 3

My goals are more important the closer I get to race day. I have to remember to keep my food and water in check these next 3 weeks.

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This last week went pretty good. I got 32 miles in for the week and 3 days at the gym. In fact my arms and chest are so sore today that I almost couldn’t dress myself this morning….

  • Water: good. Drinking at least 6 a day. I know it needs to be more and I’m working on it. That doesn’t include any water I add to my smoothies.
  • Food: tracked all week. Most days were good. Saturday was, well…I had 2300 calories to replace. I started with a chocolate malt.
  • Abs: adding this to my weekly goals. I worked on my core several days this week. And I’m starting to work my way through our Fab Abs calendar.
  • Weight: up and down, up and down. This drives me crazy. I know I’m doing better though because the clothes that had gotten a little tight are feeling not as tight.
  • Eating out: I’m going to continue my quest to not eat fast food for lunch this month. I did eat it once last week.

Here’s the Fab Abs calender in case you missed it. We are on day 3, working on bicycles today. I did these yesterday too. My goal is to build on these each day.

Fab Abs February

Did you set new goals this month?

How are you doing on your goals?

How about abs? Are you working your way through the calendar with me?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 27: Goals Check + Giveaway

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Anyone else feel like that? This month has flown by! I wish time would slow down a little. It may have something to do with the fact that I’m counting down to my marathon, that is probably making time go faster.

Monday brings goals check time. How’d you do this week?

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I did ok this week. Not great but good.

  • Eating out: I caved and ate fast food for lunch on Friday. It was a moment of weakness.
  • Water: really good! Maybe the best week ever!
  • Weight: I was up slightly on Friday morning, but I’ll just give it my best this week.
  • Food: I did track it, even on the bad days.
  • Workouts: Ran fewer miles, but got some good workouts it. Tried wall balls with squats for the first time.

Overall I’m pleased with my progress. I’m definitely headed in the right direction. I just have to keep making good choices and change those bad habits.

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It wouldn’t be Monday without a giveaway from Active Accessories. We have one more On-the-Go accessory pouch to give away. This one is black with white polka dots. Isn’t it adorable??

There are several ways to earn entries in the rafflecopter. This giveaway runs from 8AM CST January 27, 2014 until 8PM CST January 31, 2014. Winner will be contacted via email. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to enter. Must be a US resident to receive the prize.

Go visit their page and give Active Accessories lots of love for all the giveaways this month!

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Did you workout today?

Try any new workouts this month?

How’s the weather where you are?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 20: Goals Check, giveaway and a contest!

I have a big favor to ask everyone! Zooma has started an inspiring blogger contest. Whoever wins gets a trip for 2 to the Napa Valley race AND gets to give away a trip on their blog to a reader. I’d love your vote, you can find the info here.

ZOOMA Ambassador Badge 2014

It’s Monday again! (yep every week) It’s also day 20 and goals check time.

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January Jumpstart is about fitness, it’s about goals, about trying new things (scary I know), it’s about getting back on track or starting from scratch. Wherever you are in your journey I’m glad you are following along. It’s time to update you on my goals.

  • Food: tracking every single day. Did not have fast food for lunch last week. Yesterday wasn’t a great food day. I think Saturday’s 18 miles was catching up and I was hungry and fighting a headache all day long.
  • Water: doing good, but Saturday was not near enough. (probably what triggered the headache)
  • Workouts: good, marathon training is trucking along and I am headed to the gym this morning.
  • Close to about 2.5 pounds off since January 1.

The weather here has been great on the weekend. John was able to grill dinner Saturday night for a change. Ally has started pitching practice as well. Softball will start up soon. I’m glad she decided to play again.

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We have Active Accessories on deck again this Monday for a giveaway. This week it’s the On-the-Go Accessory pouch in black! There are several ways to enter in the rafflecopter. This giveaway runs from 8AM CST January 20, 2014 until 8PM CST January, 24, 2014. The winner will be contacted January 25, 2014.

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No purchase necessary. You must be a US resident to win. Void where prohibited by law.

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Just a reminder there’s a January JumpStart board on Pinterest. I’ve pinned all the blog posts and a few exercises in there as well. You can find the board here.

How are you doing on your goals?

Are you checking them each week?

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart: Day 13, Goals Check + Giveaway

Welcome to day 13 of January Jumpstart! It’s Monday, let’s make this a great week. Did you stay on course this weekend? If not, it’s ok, today is a new day. We get another chance. I’m starting the week with Goals Check.

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  • I logged food every single day so far.
  • Down 1.4 pounds since January 1!
  • Water intake has been pretty good.
  • No fast food for lunch since December 30 and only once for dinner so far.

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We have another awesome giveaway today from Active Accessories. This week the On-the-Go Accessory Pouch in Pink and Gray Polka Dots. The giveaway starts today, January 13, 2014 at 9AM CST and ends January 17, 2014 at 8PM CST. Winner will be notified January 18. No purchase necessary to win. Must be a US Resident to receive the prize. Void where prohibited by law.

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Don’t forget the Sweaty Bands giveaway ends January 14!

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Did you work out today?

How are you doing on your goals?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jump Start: let’s do this!

Today is the day we kick things off! Maybe you are already working out, maybe you just need a little push or maybe today is the day you are starting. Wherever you are, glad you are here. We have some fun things lined up!

If you didn’t see the intro post, it’s here and you can still join us! Everything is free, we just ask for your participation!

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I will weigh and measure Friday this week. I try to do that on a day I’m not working out. It’s too hard to weigh and measure at 4:30 in the morning before heading out for a run. You don’t have to do that, but it will help track your progress.

I’ll admit I have not gotten on the scale in over a month. I know that it’s just a number, but that number has gone up and I’m afraid of it.

A few goals of mine this month:

  • Track food in My Fitness Pal
  • Drink my water!
  • Work on my core
  • No fast food for lunch. This has to be taken a week at a time. It’s a hard one for me.
  • Try something new

Our first giveaway starts today! We have 1 pair of Swiftwick pink compression socks to give away, size Medium. I love compression socks and Swiftwick is one of my favorites! I really believe in compression for support during a run or workout and recovery after. They boost blood flow which aids is muscle recovery after a hard workout. I also think the socks help with shin pain, but I haven’t found anything solid on that. The socks are tight, but not uncomfortable. They are moisture wicking, which all your workout clothes should be. If you are working out in cotton t-shirts you should try moisture wicking clothes just once!  They also prevent blisters.

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The sweepstakes in open from January 1, 2014 at 6AM CST until January 4, 2o14 at 8PM CST. The winner will be announced Sunday, January 5, 2014.

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It’s a gym day for me today. I need to get back to working on my bench press. I got side tracked during (the first round of) marathon training.

Did you workout today?

Did you write down your goals?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1