Sunday, February 1, 2015

January 2015 Review

Hard to believe January 2015 is already over. That went quick! It seems as you get older, the time really does fly by!

January did not go as well as I had hoped. Not by a long shot. I didn't make a single goal I set for myself. As a review, here are the goals I set for myself in January:

Here's a breakdown on each:

1. Lose 7-8 lbs: Gained 1.6 pounds
2. Run 48 miles: 16 miles {32 miles under goal}
3. Follow meal plan: Not 100%, but actually not too far off. Some nights swapped a meal from later in the week. Ate out a few times more than we should have, but overall stayed on track better than usual.
4. Read 10 books: 9
5. Post Eastern State Penitentiary photos: Still on camera

I will say that I missed a whole week of runs due to my back the first full week of the month, so I knew I wasn't going to hit that 48 miles for the month. But, then I just lost total motivation. I couldn't bring myself to go out and run. Some of it had to so with snow, some of it had to do with my work schedule changing around, but mostly I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I lost the desire to go out. I don't know what happened, but this whole running thing just wasn't it this month.

Kinda annoyed I missed my reading goal by one book. Bah! Last January I read 19. Guess that's tied to that whole I lost the desire to do it this month. 

Not sure why the photos didn't come off the camera. I honestly thought about it many times. It just never translated into me actually doing it. Maybe this month?

So, I guess February is a new month and a new start. The monthly meal plan is written out. I do need to go over goals for the month, but at least I kept the one positive thing going...the meal planning.

How did your January go? Did you meet your monthly goals?       

Monday, January 26, 2015

Motivational Monday

I've been thinking on this concept for months now. I have so many things I want/like to do, but I have a hard time focusing on them. I have so many things I would like to do for a living that I have a hard time deciding.

I want to write a book {I've started writing three}. I want to work in pubic history {I do now, but not how I would like to}. I want to be an historian {but they aren't really in-demand and there is a lot of competition}. I want to be an event planner {weddings/galas/etc.}. I want to be a paid photographer {I've done one family session, one wedding reception and have another wedding coming up this August}. I want to be a person who makes history interesting to those who hate it {most people...}. I want to be involved in the weight loss/fitness industry in some way {along the lines of helping those who are overweight see they can workout rather than thinking they can't}. And I'll bet there are a few more things I want to do that are escaping me right now.

I need to work on narrowing down my choices. Or I need to start going forward in several directions to see which sticks. I just feel like all this indecision is making me turn my wheels and get nowhere.

And it's scary - to venture out into the unknown, to leave behind what I know in case I fall on my face. But, working PT as a manual laborer can't be that much worse than falling on my face trying something I would love to do.

What are you having trouble focusing on? Are you going in too many directions too?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Several years ago, hubby and I hit up Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Half Marathon. He was running, I was there for moral support. The night before we wandered the city and the night was gorgeous! This photo is of City Hall that night.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Motivational Monday

Oh how I needed to hear this today. I didn't lose weight last week {stayed the same, will post a Friday catch-up soon. Oops!} and I went a little crazy over the weekend.

My normal routine is eat healthy Sunday through lunch on Friday. I allow myself to indulge Friday dinner, lunch and dinner Saturday. It works for me. Unfortunately, the indulging didn't end Saturday night. I had an odd schedule Sunday and I ate way more than I should have. I snacked and had sweets when I should have been eating healthy. So frustrating.

So, when I saw this quote this morning it hit me. Each day is a chance to start over. I can get up this morning and put yesterday behind me. I may reap it's repercussions on Friday, but I can say yesterday is over and get back on schedule. I can do this today. I can't change yesterday and I can make the best laid plans for tomorrow, but can control. I can do this!

Remember that today friends. You can do this! Whatever you set your mind to, you can do!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Weekday Training Runs

For the past year, maybe more, I've been awful at getting in my weekday training runs. I scheduled them for Monday and Wednesday for 30 minutes. Then on the weekend would be my long run. But, I would only get one run in during the week...if I was lucky.

This year I switched up when I do my weekday training runs; I scheduled them for Monday and Tuesday. These are my days off during the week from work. My reasoning being I'm off all day, I can run in daylight, and not worry about running behind schedule for getting ready for work.

I went out Monday around 4:00 p.m. for a 2 mile run. I decided that right now I'm running about 2 miles in 30:00. I like the idea of just going out for a certain number of miles and seeing if I can get it faster.

I have a 2 mile run perfectly mapped out with 1 mile out and 1 mile back. It wasn't as cold as it's been around here, but I was all geared up.
I picked up this jacket over the weekend at T.J.Maxx for $24.99. This run was my first time taking it for a spin. Let me tell you, it's awesome! I'm debating going back for a second one. LOL! It's Avalanche, if you're interested and I'm getting nothing from either T.J. Maxx or Avalanche for saying that.

The last time I ran 2 miles only, it took me 29:30. On my long run Saturday, it took me about 32:--. I really hoped I could break 29:30 honestly. It's been so long since I've been consistent in my training that I know I'm in for a long way back.
Woot! Hello! I'll take it! That made me exceedingly happy. LOL! I know my 2 mile time isn't as fast as most people's, but right now that time is thrilling! I admit, I knew I could beat 29:30 at 1.5 miles and I booked it as much as I could. Who knew I would beat it by that much?

I apparently overdressed because by the end of my run I was hot! So, I had to strip a bit... {get your mind out of the gutter! I run near a middle and high school!}.

Then I actually went out for my run on Tuesday! Went back out at the same time {4:00 p.m.}, but this day the sun was shining bright! Needed the sunglasses for this run.
Yes, I'm wearing the same jacket. It's so comfy and warm! I believe it is my new go-to running jacket. I'm totally in love with it!

The run on Tuesday was 10 degrees colder than Monday's run. Though I remembered gloves Tuesday, I should have had something around my neck and should have doubled up on pants. Those were the two parts of me that were sooo...cold....

I decided I wasn't going to push this run like I did on Monday. Just 2 simple miles. Nothing fancy. Same course, same me. Nothing too crazy. Plus, the sidewalks were much better than they had been Saturday and Monday.

In the end, I was really consistent with Monday's run. Kinda surprised because I know I didn't push as hard in the last half mile Tuesday as I did Monday.
Fourteen seconds slower than Monday. I'd say that's pretty consistent, especially since I busted my butt Monday for that time and felt Tuesday I was just running normal. This is a mental boost. Good to see I can hit these times consistently. Maybe by next month I can hit the 27:00s?

Since it was 10 degrees colder Tuesday, the hood did not come down!
Plus, look at that sky! So pretty! The color is great. So nice compared to the fogginess from Monday!

How has your training been going so far? Is it cold where you are? Have you found gear that lets you run in sub-freezing temperatures?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Motivational Monday

Good morning! Happy Monday to ya! How was your weekend? Mine was better than expected, thanks for asking. :)

Today's quote {to me} fits January perfectly. It is all about the now, something many of us totally miss in our beating ourselves up over the past and hoping for a better future.

Last year may not have gone as planned. I know mine didn't! But, it's over. The year is past and we can safely leave it there. We are no longer tied to it. I'm not writing 2014 on things anymore, so I don't have to think about what went wrong every time I see the year.

2016 is a whole year away. Sure, I'm making plans for things in 2016 - my 15th wedding anniversary is in 2016. I'm deciding now how I'm going to pay for our trip back to Jamaica to celebrate, but I'm planning what I'm going to do now for next year. Something I have to do in the here and now.

So, here's to 2015! Here's to deciding what we want, figuring out how we're going to get it, going after it, and enjoying the hell out of it once accomplished! It's a whole new year. A whole new attitude. A whole new realm of possibilities all waiting for us to find them. Let's focus on today and forget about our failures of yesterday and daydreaming about our tomorrows.

What goals are you striving for in 2015? Have you started planning them out?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

8 Mile...7 Mile Run

All last week I fought back pain. I talked about it in my Friday post and had been dreading my 8 mile run for Saturday. Not for my normal reasons of having to run 8 miles, but because I was scared my back would go crazy and leave me crying on the side of the road cursing myself for trying to run {I'll end your curiosity now...I didn't end up crying on the side of the road cursing myself}.

I went out  a bit later than I wanted. I had hoped to get out about 9:00 - 9:30 a.m., but I didn't actually get out until 10:15 a.m. Eh. It was cold no matter when I was going to go out, so really what did it matter?

What fun running temps! LOL! I'll be honest, I kinda feel like a badass going out in temperatures like this. I had so many layers on though {wear all the clothes!} - two pairs of pants, knee high socks, a cami, short sleeve shirt, long sleeve cold weather shirt, two jackets, a hat, gloves, and over the ears headphones that cover the entire ear. Running in the winter is my favorite time to run. I much prefer running when it's cold because it keeps me from getting too overheated.

I started out with my fingers in so much pain. It wasn't until I was 1.5 miles in that my fingers felt normal. I ran slow. But, because of the back issues I decided to just go slow and see what happens. I ran in the boring neighborhood that I hate having to run long distances in, but it's only a mile from my car at the furthest if my back kicked in.

Happily I felt good for almost the entire run. I was slower than I would have liked. Not 100% sure if it was due to being careful about my back, all the ice/snow that people hadn't cleared from their sidewalks I had to walk through, or I'm just this slow. I'm hoping it's 1 & 2.

I had some technology issues at mile 4 that I had to stop to fix. Stupid technology. Then off to finish my 8 mile run. Until about 6.75 miles in. I started to have left leg pain as I ran, which turned into a limping run. Since the pain was on the same side as the back pain, I got to mile 7 and called it a run. I am sure I could have gutted out another mile, but I didn't want to make whatever the injury was worse. So, I walked at least a quarter mile back to my car in temperatures that are not conducive to walking. LOL!

So, I finished my shortened run. Not happy with the time, but at least in less pain overall than I thought. I didn't think I'd get two miles in, so seven was pretty nice.

Did you get out this weekend? What it a cold run?