Girls on the Run

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Skybaby and I volunteered at the local Girls on the Run 5k. Girls on the Run is an awesome organization. Never heard of it? You should totally check it out. We worked the water station with 5 other volunteers.

water station at Girls on the Run

water station at Girls on the Run

The temps were in the upper 40’s/low 50’s, so great running weather. There were SO many girls there running, some smiling, some looking like they may puke soon. I really enjoyed volunteering, and working the water station was great, but I wish I could have seen some of those girls crossing the finish line.

I definitely need to volunteer to help out at more races though, it was a great time!

In other news, lookie what came in the mail today!! Amazon had an awesome cyber Monday deal on Garmins. I got the Forerunner 410 for $159. That’s like uber cheap. I’m geeking out and reading through the manual. I’ll have it all charged up and ready to go for my long run tomorrow.
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Today is also December 1, which means it’s the first day of my December dozen! I’ll try to give an update every couple of days on how I’m doing with sticking to my plan.

Here’s my plan for the week:
Sunday: run 7.5 miles, biceps,triceps and plank
Monday: sit ups, plank
Tuesday: run 30 minutes. I’ve got a meeting Tuesday evening, so yay I get to run before work. (That’s sarcasm, I do NOT like to get up early.)
Wednesday: squats, plank
Thursday: Yet another early morning run. boo! (30 minutes), plank, push ups
Friday: walk, plank
Saturday is still up in the air. I’ve got 3 miles on the schedule for this weekend. I may even go ahead and register for the Reindeer Ramble 5k this weekend… We’ll see.

So what’s your plan for the week? Have you gotten any new geektastic gadgets?

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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!