Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Posts this year: 100!!
Race Recaps: 13
Event Recaps: 6
Product Reviews: 4
Blog Affiliations: 5
Most-viewed post: MESTRENGTH Product Review and Giveaway
My favorite post: Magnificent Mile Half Marathon Race Recap
Hardest post to write: Pro Compression Product Review
What I'm most proud of on the blog: The fact that I stuck with it, even if there were rough patches or times I didn't write as often as I'd liked. I've started blogs before but they never last more than a couple days; this one is four months and counting! It runs parallel with my new-found love of racing: I'm learning how to make a commitment to something that really matters to me.
What I'd like to work on in the new year: Posting more regularly. I've had a lot of excuses in 2014, and I know the start of 2015 will be a little rocky too (until we get the puppy better trained), and I want to start *making* the time to write, not just *finding* the time. That's an important distinction to me, and as I start to prioritize this wonderful new "personal time" I finally have, blogging will be taking a huge leap forward in the list.
Thank you all for reading, for commenting, for pushing me, and for inspiring me! It's been a fun ride so far, and I can't wait to keep moving forward with y'all in the new year! Be safe tonight, see you next year!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
Total mileage (since starting the hobby in April): 134.5 miles
Month with the most mileage: August (51.87 miles)
Month with the least mileage: July (4.17)
Longest run: 13.1 miles
Total number of races completed: 20
Number of 5k races completed: 15
5k PR time: 29:08 (A Race for Maggie's Place)
Number of 10k races completed: 2
10k PR time: 1:02:19 (#Run10Feed10)
Number of 15k races completed: 1
15k PR time: 1:52:32 (Hot Chocolate 15k)
Number of half marathons completed: 1
Half PR time: 2:44:40 (Chicago Women's Half)
Oddball distance races completed: 1 (Fort2Base 10NM)
Favorite race this year: Honestly, a tough pick. Probably a three-way tie...
- Brookfield Zoo RunRun for the Conservation Fund
- Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5k
- A Race for Maggie's Place
Least favorite race this year: Muddy Monk Thriller 5k
Accomplishment of which I am most proud: Besides actually starting the fitness hobby in the first place, it's easily running my first half marathon with my dad. I didn't meet my goal time, but I finished the race (and so did he) despite soaring temperatures, minimal training, and a lack of properly-fitted shoes! I proved to myself that I can complete 13.1 miles, and now I'm itching to do it again!
Primary goal for next year: To be more consistent. To actually *train* instead of just running when I feel like it.
Speaking of training, tomorrow I'll be posting a look back at my experience with cross-training this past year, including fitness classes and nutrition, before wrapping up my Year in Review with a look at my blog's performance in its first year! See you tomorrow!
Thursday, December 25, 2014
We had a modest Christmas here, since the big "present" was the puppy last week... But I still got a stocking full of healthy treats and a fancy new heart monitor from my dad! This monitor will be fantastic for helping me better gauge the intervals in my Zumba class playlists, to help maximize the effect of interval training.
Thank you to my parents, my husband, my brother and his fiancee, my new friends at work, and everyone else who has helped to make my December the highlight of an already wonderful year!
Stay tuned next week for my Year In Review posts, looking back at some of the highlights of the past twelve months and reflecting on the many ways I have grown!
How did you make your Christmas special? Any particularly exciting gifts or events?
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Once again I have failed to gain the consistency I had wanted in my blogging - though as usual I am convinced I have a "good excuse.". This time it is my adorable puppy keeping me from my keyboard, and quite literally! Since we can't pull up the carpet in the basement, we aren't taking Kaalia down there until she's more reliably trained, so I spend most of my time upstairs supervising her. Thankfully she is learning quickly, and I anticipate having a little more freedom soon!
In the meanwhile, despite giving up running/gym time to take care of Kaalia, I've still found some Zumba opportunities and am working on some new routines to premier in the new year! I'm also testing some products which I will review in the coming weeks. Work is becoming a reliable routine and I'm finding a nice groove. Once the puppy training wraps up, I think I will FINALLY be ready to make my fitness lifestyle a real priority.
Ideas or suggestions for what you'd like to see in the new year???
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
WE ADOPTED A PUPPY!
Finally! It's been about a year since our old dog, which my husband had owned for 18 years, passed away of a sudden stroke. There have been many reasons to postpone finding a new pet, but now there are no more excuses: I live close enough to home to come let her out until she's housebroken, we don't have any vacations or travel planned, and the house is (sort of) in well enough order that we don't have to work too hard to puppy-proof.
So without further ado... Meet Kaalia, the latest addition to our family!
Friday, December 12, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
This month, though, the changes have led to a situation that should finally allow me to settle a bit. In fact, I may finally be able to establish one of those fancy "work-life balances" about which I've heard tell! I started a new job on Monday - one that's barely five minutes from home, and won't require more than a typical 40 hour work week. With this work schedule, I'll have so much more free time to work on my personal life.
I'm going to start small, to set the foundation before building up to bigger dreams. First, I'm going to focus on my training in the new job. It's a bit different from my past work experience, but so far I'm learning quickly and enjoying the tasks. Once I'm in to my groove there, my fitness lifestyle will get a chance - I'll be able to start using my gym membership to establish better fitness habits, and I'll have more time (and less travel) to start teaching Zumba Fitness classes again! I'll also be able to craft a little more, and I've got some great ideas that I just can't wait to make happen!
And of course, through all of this, my husband and I will have so much more time to connect. My old commute could take hours each day, and on top of long hours on the job, we rarely had time or energy to do more than watch a movie together or maybe play a quick game. Now, we can actually schedule date nights and have more fun together. I've had a tight, stressful schedule for the vast majority of our marriage; it'll be wonderful to finally have a chance to connect again.
All in all, it should be a revitalizing, encouraging month. I'm taking Michael Jackson's advice and making the change - which started with the job change. It'll be fun to see where this takes me!