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October flew by and now begins the holiday season. I love it because it means spending time with family that I rarely get to see. Thanksgiving and Christmas are always a bit tricky because we go visit Greg’s family and then have to visit my dad and then my mom. It’s always nice to see siblings from my dad’s side that I rarely get to hang out with. He’s currently on his seventh marriage so there’s usually a brother or sister in the mix somewhere that I haven’t seen in a long time. The holidays are an interesting time around here for sure.
It’s easy for me to get caught up in the excitement and skip workouts here are there because things are often so busy around this time. I also tend to start eating more once it gets colder outside and then I’ve got a step mom who makes some mean mashed potatoes (add a tub of sour cream, pack of shredded cheese, and stick of butter to your mashed potatoes and bake). They’re incredible and I never pass ‘em up and always go back for seconds so I need to make sure and stay movin’ so I don’t do too much damage.
Classes I’d like to take:
Monday: strength or yoga
Wednesday: power (total body strength class – exactly like Body Pump)
Friday: strength or yoga
Saturday: spin or yoga
This isn’t set in stone and most weeks I take two days off to rest, but I like to have a plan laid out to make things easier. Some days I just don’t feel like going to the gym so I’ll do a dvd or something instead.
I’ve been logging all my workouts over at Daily Mile where you can see all my workouts. Add me on Daily Mile if you’re on there too!
Some other goals I have:
- Take Pepper to the dog park every morning. I started doing this last month and it’s really helping him socialize and relax around other dogs.
- Make my own water kefir using this tutorial.
- Make dog treats for Pepper. I just think this would be fun to do! If you know a good treat recipe let me know!
- Take a yoga class two times a week. I always slack on this and really need to start stretching more.
- Socialize more. I’m a total homebody and on the shy side and I’ve been trying really hard to break away from that. I will get out there, visit new places, and meet new people!
That’s all I’ve got for this month. I hope the month of November is amazing for you. What are some of your goals for the month?
I can’t believe that it’s already October but I’m so happy it is! This month is a lot like spring to me because I get so energized and motivated. I have quite a few goals in mind and need to get my booty in gear to make ‘em happen. I’ve created a little button on the right side of the page so that I can easily check back in with these goals. I created a post in August just like this but it got buried in with all the other posts and I ended up forgetting about it. This way I can just click and easily track what I am and need to be doing.
I’ve gotten into group exercise classes again and wanted to create a little schedule for this month. Here’s a rough idea of what I would like my week to look like:
Wednesday: Power (total body strength class – exactly like Body Pump)
Thursday: Yoga & Zumba
Saturday: Spin & Cardio Fuel
I’m sure that I will have some scheduling conflicts come up but I will just sub it with an earlier or later class or do a workout at home. I’ve got a ton on dvds and excellent resources like BodyRockTV, Blogilates & ExerciseTV that feature short (think under 15 minutes), intense videos so there’s no excuse not to get a workout in.
I’ve been logging all my workouts over at Daily Mile and there’s also a widget over on the right that shows my latest workout. Add me on Daily Mile if you’d like!
Some other goals I have:
Enjoy the weather by taking Pepper on daily walks
Go to a pumpkin patch & corn maze
Decorate my mantle for Halloween (my favorite holiday ever!)
Add more recipes to my recipe binder – especially lunch recipes for Greg
- Develop a schedule for my freelance work. I’m thinking early mornings right after working out so that my nights will be free to make dinner, pack Greg’s lunch, catch up on housework and laundry, etc.
That’s all I’ve got for this month. I normally get so busy and miss out on corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides and other fun fall things but I’m determined not to this year. This is such a wonderful month and I will be taking full advantage.
I’m a little late on this but that’s better than never doing it at all. I used to do weekly goals but sometimes it got to be too much to keep up with. I love making lists and seeing things checked off and think that a monthly format would be perfect for keeping track of what I’d like to get done. Here’s what I want to get done this month:
- Go to at least four yoga classes
- Take spin every Saturday morning
- Try a Zumba class
- Get Pepper registered as a therapy dog (so excited for this!)
- Walk Pepper every morning before work
- Find side tables for the bedroom
- Donate old clothes that no longer fit (yay!)
- Buy some new basics that do fit (already bought a pair of jeans)
These are totally doable goals and am excited to get started on them. With the way these past few months have been flying by, I am going to have to get started fairly quickly. I’m nervous about trying Zumba because I have absolutely no rhythm and am the clumsiest person alive but maybe if I just hang in the back of the class I’ll be good :]
Have you tried Zumba before? Is it hard to keep up?
On the morning of my 5k I woke up around 6:15 to get ready. I was so nervous the night before that I laid out my shoes, headband, bib, chip and what I’d be wearing so I got ready pretty fast. I ate two slices of apple with a tablespoon of almond butter around 6:40 along with a glass of water. My sister came to pick us up and we arrived to the course around 7:10.
There were so many people and I was so nervous. There was a long line at the registration tent which made me really happy that Greg & I had picked up our bib and chip the day before. If it’s your first 5k I definitely suggest picking those up the day before as it really helped with my nerves knowing I had everything I needed already.
It was a cold morning so I warmed up a bit by walking up and down this huge hill a few times and then doing a little bit of stretching. The race was getting ready to start as it was ten til 8 so I said bye to Greg and headed towards the back of the starting line. Greg was up front because he’s much faster and was looking to hit under 22 minutes. My goal was just to not stop running and make it in under 35 minutes.
The anthem was sung and then I heard the shot and we were off! I was a little annoyed at the slow start because a bunch of people walking the course had moved towards the front and were slowing everyone down. I wasn’t really sure why they would do that, but what are ya gonna do? I crossed the start line and the crowd got less congested and I was finally able to pick it up and pass a few people.
I don’t know if it was my lack of training (as in no running whatsoever) or that I ate so close to race time, but I had an instant cramp in my right side and I started to panic a bit. I kept telling myself to breathe through it and I slowed my pace down to see if it would help. It started to lessen up so I decided not to focus on the cramp and instead just enjoy the beautiful morning. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and having so many people around was really motivating. I remember passing the mile one marker and I just felt so awesome. I was doing something that I’d never done before and I was making good time!
I could see the water station coming up and cold water sounded so good so I grabbed a cup and went for a drink. Yeah, not a good idea because I ended up choking on it! I knew better since I can barely walk up stairs without tripping so I should have known I couldn’t drink and run at the same time. Once I stopped coughing I was good again and decided not to hit up the water station on the way back.
I remember wondering where the two mile marker was. It felt as if I’d been running for so long, but I think it had to do with the hills that were slowing me down. When I saw the huge, bright orange number two in the distance I got really excited. I knew that I needed to keep a steady pace so that I could really pick it up at the end and that’s just what I did. As soon as I heard a lady say there was only a quarter mile left I took off. I started passing people and then I hit the last hill of the race and people started passing me up. haha.
I heard my name and looked up to see my family cheering me on. It was such a great feeling and I crossed the finish line at 34 minutes even. I had to stop to get the chip taken off my shoe and my legs felt so crazy that I didn’t think I’d be able to lift them to walk. It was such a weird feeling!
I went over to the side of the course to talk to Greg and my family. Greg came in at 22:02 and I was so proud of him! He trains really hard and is so motivated and dedicated to anything he puts his mind to. He’s just awesome! But even more awesome was the 92 year old man in a walker that crossed the finish line at 48 minutes. As soon as we all started cheering for him he started sprinting and it was such an incredible thing to see. I found it so inspirational that it was all I could talk about for a few days after. It’s amazing what you can do with the right attitude and staying active throughout your life. Just amazing.
It’s really addicting to run these things because you get so caught up in the excitement and good vibes from everyone else. I’m already looking forward to my next run in July where hopefully I will do just as good. That race is usually a humid 90° run so we’ll see how I do! My goal is to not pass out and maybe perfect my skill of drinking and running at the same time :]
Last week (4/25 – 5/1) I worked out for 1:58 and burned 1,087 calories. Saturday was really exciting because I ran my first 5k!
Here are my results:
28/48 in my age group
I was really surprised that my pace was under 11 minutes. I’m such a slow jogger/runner and I really surprised myself! I was super happy with my time as I was aiming for under 35 minutes. I also did not quit running the entire time even though there were a few moments where I wanted to slow to a walk but I didn’t and kept going. I am so proud of myself! I’ll do a more in depth post on the 5k soon.
Here are a couple of goals I have for the upcoming week:
1. More yoga. I realized how badly I need to stretch after running this 5k so I want to incorporate more yoga into my workout routine.
2. Pack my lunch every day this week. I’ll share what I pack here even though I usually end up eating the same thing every day. Once I find something I like, I stick to it!
I think I will be able to stick to these goals. I need to find some different yoga workouts as I only have one dvd and it can be a bit boring doing the same workout day after day. If you know of any good ones please let me know!
What are some of your goals for this upcoming week?