Let’s get this thing started!

A couple of days ago I posted my December Dozen challenge.   It’s basically my attempt at kicking my arse in gear and getting off this couch that i’ve been stuck to for the last couple of weeks.  Well, tomorrow is December 1.  So now it’s go time!

I’m really hoping that this little self-challenge is the kick i need to get going.  I did the Turkey Strut 5k on the 18th.  And have run only ONCE since then and it was pathetic.  I FORCED myself to get on the treadmill (i HATE the treadmill by the way) and told myself that i had to stay on that dreaded device for a minimum of 20 minutes.  My inner optimist was hoping that once I got to that point I’d be in the groove and ready to knock out at least 3 miles…  uh, no.  This girl had hit stop and was off that treadmill by 20:02!  I mean PATHETIC.  I think I did maybe 1.2 miles?  I basically ran for 2 minutes, then strolled.  I can cling to the fact that at least i got on the dang thing and lasted 20 minutes I guess right?

I was supposed to run on Thursday also, I had the day off work which is the BEST time for me to get a long run in.  No work, and no kid at home.  But, instead I slept in till 9 and just didn’t do it.

But I’m geared up to start on my strength training stuff tomorrow.  (I might tweak my plan a bit based on some tips and suggestions from my friend Leslie who’s worked her butt off in the last year or two and looks HAWT! I’ll post about it later once I’ve decided for sure what I’m going to do.) Speaking of strength training, Fergie’s abs in that video??? Insane!

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I’ve got a 7.5 mile run/walk planned for Sunday morning with a few ladies I know and a couple that I’ve never met.  We’re all pretty new runners and all of us are training for various half marathons in the spring. I already feel better just knowing that we’ve got a meeting place and time setup.  I rarely skip runs if I’m meeting people to run with.

So here’s to a new month and a fresh attitude. Wish me luck!

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A bit over a week ago i turned 39. (I wrote a bit about it here. https://schleppin.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/birthday/

I had decided that I needed a list of things to accomplish by my 40th birthday.  I’ve thought long and hard about it and here’s my list.

  1. Train well and finish the Rock n Roll Lex Half Marathon. (I’m already registered and have sort of started training.)
  2. Take a family trip to ________.  I’m thinking just a weekend or long weekend trip.  Not a full on vacation.  Chicago or DC come to mind, Chicago is much closer and would be easiest.  We’ll see.
  3. Run in at least three 5k races.
  4. Take a cooking class.
  5. Take a trip with Sam (my awesome hubby.)  I really don’t care where, but a few days of quality time with no chores or parenting duties would be like heaven.
  6. Get home to visit each of my parents at least 3 times.
  7. Take part in some sort of artistic class or event.
  8. Host a dinner party or two.
  9. Work on my pathetic pushups.  Train to be able to do 10 good pushups.
  10. Spend a silly amount of money on a pair of shoes I love.  (I’ve NEVER done this, I’m usually way too practical.)
  11. Go to at least one concert.
  12. Attend at least one play or musical.
  13. REALLY for real work on getting a 5k time that doesn’t put me in danger of finishing last.
  14. Plan at least 6 fun mommy/daughter dates with my little SkyBaby.

I like this list, it’s a nice mix of challenges and just fun stuff.  I hate that i have to make myself a list with a deadline to do some of these fun things, but if that’s what it takes, so be it.

So do you have any sort of bucket list?  What goals do you have for the next year?

December Dozen

As I mentioned in my last post, I sort of screwed up my last 4 week challenge.  But I’m not gonna give up!  I don’t consider it a complete failure.  I did have just shy of three solid weeks of goal meeting before I just fell to crap.

So, I’ve created a new challenge for me.  It will start Saturday and last the entire month of December.

I like alliteration, so it’s the December Dozen.  12 habits to work into my life.

  1. Run at least 3 times a week.  (I ALWAYS struggle with this…)
  2. Walk at least 1 time per week.  (I’ve not taken walks in a LONG time, I can get a mile in easily during a break at work.)
  3. Drink 8 cups of water per day.  (To minimize my soda consumption…i’ve got a coca-cola problem…)
  4. Stay away from the fast food drivethru on the way to work. (UGH!  It’s so gross, it’s so bad for me, but it’s so EASY.)
  5. Do a plank at least 5 times a week.  I’ll be shooting for 60 second planks.  (My core is non-existent)
  6. Squats 3 times/week.  (Any suggestions for how many reps/sets for a weakling?)
  7. Bicep curls 3 times/week. (2-3 sets of 12-15)
  8. Bank 30 miles of running or walking for the month. (IF I keep up with #1 above, I should have no problem with this.)
  9. Pack my lunch at least 3 times a week. (I eat out WAY too often.)
  10. Pushups 3 times/week.  (OMG, I SUCK at these…)
  11. Triceps 3 times/week
  12. Situps 3 times/week.  (Not sure how many yet.  I’ll need to fine tune. Suggestions? Again, for someone that’s a weakling.)

I’m a total dork, so I created the little sheet above.  I think if you double click on it you can see it larger?  I printed it out on 11×17 (inch) paper so it’s easy to see.  I’ll cross out one of the decorations for each completed item.  (There’s a key at the bottom of the sheet so i know what each decoration represents.)

I’m obviously no graphic designer, I just wanted something visual for myself so i have a big reminder.  It will hang right by the door into our garage, an area I walk by multiple times a day.  So it should work as a constant reminder.

If at the end of the year I’ve completed ALL of the goals, this chick is getting a massage!!!  So wish me luck!

uh oh

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Which means I’m now stuck in elastic waistband pants until I get my rear in gear and get back on track.

3.5 weeks ago I started a 4 week challenge for myself. And let me tell you, I KICKED it’s butt for the first three weeks. So over 4 weeks I had four things I had to do.

1) Drink 8 glasses of water each day. The biggest reason for this challenge for me, is that if I’m trying to get in the water, I won’t drink as much soda. (Coke is my drug of choice!)

2) Don’t get fast food breakfasts on my way to work.

3) Run at least 3 times a week.

4) Do a 60 second plank at least 5 times a week.

I even created a cute little chart to keep track of my progress.
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Like I said, I was doing FABULOUSLY with all four of these challenges until maybe a week ago. The water thing is no problem when I’m at work. I take a water bottle with me in the morning, then just refill it from our water cooler throughout the day. I hadn’t stopped for fast food on the way to work at all. The plank thing was actually pretty fun. We would have a family plank off many evenings. I rarely could hold it for a full 60 seconds, but I would do two to add up to 60 seconds when I couldn’t hold it all at once. I was definitely improving! The running 3 times a week thing is a challenge for me. I really DON’T LIKE running. And I find it difficult to fit it into my daily schedule. But I was doing it.

Then it all just kind of fell to crap. On Sunday, I jacked up my back, I dunno what happened, but one moment I was fine, the next I could hardly move and I was in pain. I took it easy Sunday and Monday (which means no running and no planks). Apparently if i’m going to sit on the couch all day, I am then required to eat and drink like crap as well. So, it all went downhill. This week I’ve drank a TON of soda, had very little water, eaten fast food 3 times, and not run or planked at all!

Okay, I’ve put it out there. Hopefully that’s enough to guilt me into getting back on track….we’ll see.

Birthday

Today is my birthday.   And it seems like an important one.  Today is the first day of my last year in my 30s!  (for my slow friends, that means I turned 39 today).   I feel like I need to make the most of this year.

40 just seems old for me.   Like when I was a teenager, 40 was ANCIENT!  So I have this nagging feeling that I’m going to freak out a little bit this time next year.  

My plan of action? Have such a great year that I’m coasting into my 40’s on totally good vibes.

The question is, what do I do this year to make it great?

I’m thinking I need to make myself a challenge, or a list of goals to achieve by my 40th birthday.  Nothing extravagant or crazy, and not TOO hard to achieve, the last thing I need is to set goals I can’t meet and feel like a failure at the end of the year.

Obviously 40 goals by my 40th birthday sounds great, it just flows.  But unless some of those goals are “breathe oxygen” or “use the bathroom” there’s just no way I’m going to accomplish them all.

In the next few days I’ll work on putting together a list of goals and I’ll post them. 

 

What a (tiny) difference a year makes!

It was one year ago that I “ran” my first 5k.  Notice the quotes there, they would be air quotes if we were talking face to face right now.  I had just started “running” a few weeks before the 5k, two friends and I were working through the couch to 5k program together.  We finished the race and that was the main goal.  But man, i STRUGGLED.  I walked lots and seriously thought I may puke at the finish line.  My time was 46:56.  Almost 47 minutes to run/walk 3.1 miles.  That’s S-L-O-W.

Here I am a year later, and Saturday morning I ran the Turkey Strut 5k again.  The same race I ran last year as my first.  I’ve only done two 5ks, 2 mud runs, and a half marathon since that first race.  I’ve “ran” fairly regularly over the last year.  Well, let’s be honest, I barely ran at all the whole summer.  But I’ve been back on track for a few months now.  Here’s the thing, I’ve read these stories about people that start running and within a year are running marathons and sub 30 minute 5ks.  Ya, I started running a year ago and Friday night before going to bed, I was totally stressing about whether I’d finish dead last in the 5k today.  (I didn’t, but there weren’t too many people behind me.)

I don’t  know my official time yet, but I think i beat my prior time by about 3 minutes.  I forgot to stop my Garmin at the finish, so I need to wait on the results to be posted to get my “official” time.

I’m not really sure how i feel about Saturday’s race.  I did better than last year, but not too much better.  I really feel like by this time I should be able to run a 5k without walking.  But I can BARELY run one mile without walking.  I’m trying to cling to the fact that I did indeed improve, even though it was by such a tiny margin.  But it’s hard not to get discouraged.  At one point I was running alongside another woman.  She asked me if it was also my first 5k…It was a bit embarrassing to admit that I had been running for over a year.  And in the end, she beat me.  lol.  At least I can have a sense of humor about it.
On the upside, the race was alot of fun.  It’s a really small one, so folks that may not have many chances to place at larger races have a better shot at this one.  A good friend and her husband both placed third in their age groups and one of my daughter’s best friends (a seven year old) placed first in the 13 and under age group.  She was BEAMING when she got that little turkey trophy.

Every journey starts with the first step.

I’m starting this blog as a way for me to track my journey.

I feel like my life is a series of parallel journeys.  There are so many things i am or want to be.  Some roles I fit into easily, others I feel like i’m constantly trying to cram myself into.  This is my space to record my journey, celebrate my victories, and complain about my setbacks.