Celebrate! March

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Thank goodness February is over! Between daily commuting up to 4 hours a day for work and extra personal commitments on weekends, it was a whirlwind of a month. March is thankfully starting out much slower. Working in Austin again (finally!), Spring Break on the horizon, and less weekend plans is making me a happy lady. Planning ahead for a bit of grace last month kept me sane and my goal list manageable. And moving into March, it’s time to ramp back into fun Spring things like cooking and getting back outside.

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February in Review:

  1. Give myself grace to let things go (4. Schedule Rest) // Being realistic with expectations through the long travel days saved my sanity last month.
  2. Give up sugar and alcohol through Lent ( 5. Prepare it) // Minus a few Sunday slips, I have managed to survive early morning drives, late evening projects, and nonstop activity without the boost from sugar, alcohol, or caffeine. Yup, caffeine went too! Decaf green tea and lemon has been my new morning routine.
  3. Run a 4:30 marathon (6. Push) // Didn’t quite make this time goal, but I did manage my B goal of running the whole thing. Feels amazing to accomplish something you never thought you were capable of.
  4. Cook through my CSA (8. Share It) // Many Friday evenings were spent prepping meals after Thursday CSA deliveries. Nothing went wasted! Next month, I’ll share a little bit of this process.

March Goals:

  1. Seek out professional leadership opportunities (3. Grow it) // Time to start networking.
  2. Get back in habit of No Media Sundays (4. Schedule it) // Now that school is winding down and my schedule is slightly less hectic than previous months, its time to focus on maintaining a Sabbath day again.
  3. Finish Lent strong (5. Prepare it) // Some days are easier than others, so planning for energy-filled foods and activities will get me through the month.
  4. Start running again (6. Push it) // After three weeks off, it’s time to get back in an easy, comfortable, fun routine again.
  5. Get back in the kitchen over Spring Break (8. Share it) // So many recipe ideas in my head that I finally have time to work on creating.

Ready for a fresh start and new focus!

Celebrate! February

standard February 5, 2016 Leave a response

January disappeared into an abyss that was the tollway. So much driving. So much exhaustion. So little it felt like I was even accomplishing. But then I was able to see the results of helping people with food. With running. With educating. I was offered my first real RD job. I somehow finally crushed my big, scary sub-2 running goal. I gave myself so much grace. Slowing down doesn’t mean giving up. It doesn’t mean failing. It allows patience. Growth. Rest. We all need to remember to breathe.

2016

January in Review:

  1. Write a business plan (3. Grow) // ALMOST done! Fine tuning all the ideas in my head has proven more difficult than I expected.
  2. Plan 10th anniversary/post-internship vacation trip (4. Schedule rest) // On hold. This was the first to get a pause. Trip is still happening. Planning has time.
  3. Host the first of monthly supper clubs (1. Plan) // So. Much. Joy. Excited for February’s dinner!
  4. Cut out sugar (5. Prepare) // A handful of stress-induced cheating, but mostly successful. Was actually easier than expected after the holidays.
  5. Attempt a sub-2:00 hr half at 3M (again!) (6. Push) // Not only succeeded, but completely crushed this goal, even after a rough training week prior.

February Goals:

  1. Run a 4:30 marathon (6. Push) // Austin is coming up on Valentine’s Day!
  2. Give myself grace to let things go (4. Schedule Rest) // Goals are great, but being realistic with expectations through the long travel days means accepting it won’t all happen.
  3. Cook through my CSA (8. Share It) // Along with long commutes, the cooking has disappeared, and food is sadly wilting in my crisper. Time to batch cook it all up for healthy meals this month. No more Whole Foods takeout!
  4. Give up sugar and alcohol through Lent (Prepare it) // Sugar last month was a good start, adding the alcohol through February and into March. Debating kicking the caffeine habit too, so should be an interesting few months!

Here’s to a Grace-Filled February!

Smarter & Stronger: 2016 Race Goals

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Last year was the first year where I took a “season” of training and then a period of rest. And my body definitely appreciated it. Living in Texas, it is convenient to train through the fall, winter, and spring, and use the hot summer months for rest and indoor strength and cross training work. This year, I am focusing on goals within each season, so that I can be better prepared for race time, and better utilize the off-season and actually rest appropriately.

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2016 Goal #7 is to get stronger and faster. Push my body and brain to continue to improve and grow and build. And through that to cultivate gratitude that I have legs that can carry me, lungs to push me, and a mind that will get me to my goals. We aren’t guaranteed these things, especially as we age, so this year I am going work on being grateful for what I do have and not compare myself to those who are faster, or leaner, or better than me. Running is a race against my self. Year over year. No one else.

Goal: Run a sub-2:00 half.

Action: 3M is up first, but if this doesn’t happen, I will work again for this in the fall (probably Decker).

Goal: Run a marathon PR.

Action: Training for my A goal of a 4:30 race, but anything better than my 4:55 personal best is doable now.

Goal: Strength train 3 days a week during off-season.

Action: Body pump, circuit training, and yoga will be my primary avenues, and the goal is to take a nice long off-season from May through August this year.

Goal: Maintain 6 mile base // Log 2016 miles.

Action: Running every day is not something I feel my body is up for this year, but I am planning on sticking with it for fun, especially through May, to maintain an easy 6 mile base level of running fitness. 5.5 miles per day on average will end up at 2016 miles for the year.

Anyone else have big fitness goals in 2016? Make a plan, and get it done. You are stronger than you think!