Hey everyone! I’ve been trying to figure out where this blog is going and what I’m doing with it. Simultaneously I’ve been trying to figure life in general out as we’ve had a ton of changes in our family over the past year and a half since my husband retired from the Marine Corps. So, here’s a quick recap of life:
- Moved to PA from FL
- Worked at Walmart for 6 months when finding a job in small town America was tough
- Husband secures better job, which he is totally unhappy at, quits and we’re back to square one
- Work at the YMCA for 6 months and leave to pursue substitute teaching
- Still waiting on subbing months later
- Get hired by VIPKid to teach English online
- Continue booking vacations around the globe!
So life has been busy! My boys are busy! The oldest will graduate from high school in two months. (Someone hand me a tissue…) My middle is busy with Scouts and baseball. My youngest will go to pre-K next year. He’s into everything and keeps me on my toes.
But where does this leave me in achieving my goals? I’ve been reflecting a lot about what I want out of this life I’ve been blessed with and have come up with a few goals for the year:
- Focus on nutrition and eating right. They say weight loss is won in the kitchen, but losing weight will greatly help my running goals as well.
- Consistently train for the Wine & Dine Two Course challenge at Disney World.
- Incorporate strength training into my training regimen.
- Establish a consistent student base with VIPKid.
- Be able to start subbing in the fall.
I think accomplishing these goals will give be the confidence I’m seeking and provide myself and my family the opportunity to enjoy life more through outings and travel. (After all, we just booked our first cruise to celebrate my parents 50th anniversary so I need to look good in a bathing suit next summer!)
So there you have it. I didn’t fall off the planet, but I did struggle with injury, training inconsistency and some major life changes. Hopefully as we’ve found our new normal now I’ll be able to focus on achieving my goals and making 2018 the best year yet!
This past weekend I checked off a huge bucket list item by completing the Glass Slipper Challenge during Disney’s Princess Half Marathon weekend. It’s been a goal since I started running and I was pleased to finish 22.4 miles (including the 5K) very successfully. I am so thankful for a husband who supported me by running, cheering and parenting solo while I prepared for and ran Disney.
While I spend time reflecting on my accomplishments I’m also asking myself what is next? It’s time for me to reevaluate my goals and look to the future. I’ve found that I have some race goals, but that I also want to work on bettering myself as a runner and losing that baby weight for good!
I only have one race on my calendar prior to this summer, the Fiesta 10K in Pensacola. I used this race as my proof of time for both Wine and Dine and Princess so I would like to see myself PR this race. My current 10K time on training runs is already well below what my time was last year, however I would really like to get my 10K time under 1:20. Right now my time is about 1:22. As such, I have been looking at some training plans for improving speed on a 10K. Most of these involve speed work, which confuses me a little so I need to read up on it, and some hill work. (Ugh, but will be good prep for future runs too!) Hopefully having a training plan will keep me on track as last year I slacked in my running between Princess and this 10K.
As I said, my race calendar this spring is sparse. I am only planning on the Fiesta 10K, however my fall race calendar I am looking at three half marathons: the Harrisburg Half, Diva Half and Hershey Half. I haven’t registered for any yet, but would like to complete all three. Doing them would qualify me for Half Fanatics, which would be a pretty awesome accomplishment! If I do decide to do Dopey in 2018 I could use one of these races as a proof of time for that. (Although the proof of time window may allow me to run at least Harrisburg again in 2017 for POT.)
Looking to my next Disney races I am currently planning on doing both the Star Wars Light Side and Dark Side races in 2017. I plan to have the family tag along to the Dark Side so the kids can run their first races. For Light Side I’m planning on the half only as this race is close to a trip I plan to take to visit family in November, and very close to one child’s birthday, so I figure the less time I am away, the better. For the Dark Side I will likely choose to do the 5K and half. With my family with me the older kids might run the 5K, however the challenges are very tiring and I’d want to have the time and energy to enjoy the parks with my kids as well. We’ll see if I stick to that when registration opens this summer! LOL!
My other goal is to incorporate some weight training/cross training into my workout routine so that hopefully with a combination of cross training, running and Trim Healthy Mama I can feel good in my skin again and fit in the clothes taking up room in my closet!
So, there you have it! My goals for the rest of the year! What are your goals, or what is on your race calendar, for the rest of 2016?
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A while back I decided I was going to run at 5K at Disney. This seemed like an insurmountable goal for a girl who could barely run a mile in high school, when I weighed a whole lot less. Finding out I was pregnant pushed that goal back to 2015, as I knew I wouldn’t be ready to tackle this challenge right after having a baby. Then I had a crazy thought…with all this time to train, why not run a 10K too? Right? Why not? After all, it would be a good way to “lose the baby weight” and get back in shape.
It’s been a long road so far. I started out with C25K, and have switched to the Jeff Galloway program. It just fits my running style better. Tomorrow I am to set out and run FIVE miles. FIVE. Just for fun. I must be crazy! But I am determined to accomplish this goal!
This journey has not always been easy. I have struggled through some runs. I have struggled just to get out of bed some mornings. What I’ve learned about myself though is that I am capable of so much more than I believe. I honestly wasn’t sure that I could complete a 10K when I signed up, and I still have moments of doubt, but my head is in the game and I firmly believe that I will cross that finish line in February without being swept!
And the crazy thing is I just might continue running. I may even have my eyes set on a half the next time. Funny how one step and one goal can change us!
So here’s to running. To earning bling. To becoming a better me one stride at a time.
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