2017 Reflection; 2018 Goals.

Holy #$%@

2017 came and went! It sure did make for a good year; albeit, a quick one. A lot happened. Let’s take a look on back.

  1. I coached a handful of runners, and got them to the finish line of their goal races
  2. I completed the Gasparilla Distance Classic Michelob Ultra Challenge
  3. I competed in my first ever triathlon
  4. I got pneumonia
  5. Went to Rhode Island
  6. I ran my third full marathon, and got to be there every step of the way for my baby sister’s first full
  7. Got to spectate the Boston Marathon
  8. Participated in the Walk to Cure Arthritis- Tampa
  9. I competed in a handful of short distance triathlons
  10. Overcame my fear and got back on a horse, 17 years after being thrown off
  11. I turned 30
  12. Fell in love with red wine
  13. I signed up for Ironman Florida 70.3
  14. I coached myself all the way to the finish line of Ironman Augusta 70.3
  15. I signed up for Ironman Chattanooga 2018
  16. I bought a Tri bike

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I appreciate all that 2017 gave to me, but I could not be more excited for what I have in store for 2018. It’s gonna take some hard work, but I’m prepared to give it my all. Some of my goals for the new year include:

  1. Work on doing a better job of getting in early morning workouts
  2. Track my daily food intake, and better understand my nutritional needs
  3. Meal prep weekly
  4. Make strength training a regular part of my training
  5. Bullet journal consistently
  6. PR my marathon
  7. Do 10 REAL pushups (don’t laugh!)
  8. BECOME AN IRONMAN!!!!

And, while I’m not making it a “goal”, I would like to do a better job about tracking (and sharing) my journey-to-Ironman.

Here’s to 2018! Let’s do this!

Today is the day, and “oh and…”

Today is the day…

Today is the day I take my test to become a certified running coach. I am beyond excited for this new chapter in my life, and cannot wait to help others discover their own love of running.

Oh and… I’m becoming a certified running coach.

A couple months ago, after much consideration, I applied for the Marathon Running Coach certification program through the NAASFP (North American Academy for Sport Fitness Professional.

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While I plan to do a full recap of the certification program after completion, I opted for this one over, say RRCA (though I do eventually plan to become dual-certified with both organizations), because it is a more intensive program and takes a minimum of 22 weeks to complete. There are three components to the NAASFP program, the written test is the first. Next I will have to create a training plan for a hypothetical client, and finally the third tier, will be to train a real-life client through a 18-week marathon training plan.

Oh and… did I tell you I got a second job coaching?

Early Fall, Fit2Run Tampa (finally) adopted a Galloway-method training program. I immediately volunteered to be a “coach”, and have loved every moment since. In November, the store was looking to hire an additional coach for the training group, and things just lined up correctly, and it just kind of all worked out.

So, while I had to dust off my decade-old retail-world shoes, I am so thrilled for the opportunity to do what I love- and to get paid for it.

Oh and… did I tell you I’m running again?

I FINALLY, in October, got cleared to start running again. It took me a good couple weeks to actually start trying. It’s scary being injured. Still to this day, I have to ask myself, is what I’m feeling in my leg, or just in my head. But, I will get there!

Oh and… did I tell you what I signed up for?

IRONMAN AUGUSTA 70.3!!!

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I may be crazy, but I’m also determined. For these next few months, I will be gradually increasing the number of workouts I do weekly, and once I complete my next Marathon (April), that’s when training will kick into high gear. I’m looking at 6 days a week, with some days days being 2 workouts a day. I’m such a dork, but I cannot wait!

Oh and… my next marathon is in April

I’ll be running the Newport, RI Rhode Race in April, and… MY BABY SISTER WILL BE THERE TOO!! Since dad is living in RI until June, I figure it’s a great time to check off RI on my states-to-run-in list, and to spend some time with dad. The whole family is making  a vacay out of it! 🙂

Oh and… speaking of races.

Last month, I did the Hot Chocolate Run in Tampa.

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I had registered for the 15k pre-injury, and while this was the first race I could do some running in, I still had to walk the majority. But, almost my entire Galloway group did it too! And they rocked it! 🙂

And, then of course there was Vegas! Pre-injury, I registered for the Rock ‘N Roll Las Vegas Marathon as a charity runner for St. Jude’s. We also planned out a week-long vacation around it. I eventually had to drop-back my registration to the half marathon, and decided I would just walk the half. And, I did!

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Word to the wise: walking a half marathon is not fun. It hurts. A lot. 😉

But… we had an amazing time in Vegas! We got to see Celine Dion (OMG!!!) as well as “O” by Cirque Du Soleil. And, while I didn’t strike it rich playing roulette, we will definitely be back.

So, there you have it. The last few months summed up. I can sit here and make excuses for why I went MIA, or I can just try to be better. And, that’s what the new year is all about, right…?

Happy running!

Reflection on burnout: an open letter

It’s been awhile (again)… I know!

With one of my last updates I talked about some concerns/issues I was having training for the Daytona 100 50-miler Ultra. Call it a cry of help; call it a release. Whatever it was, that post helped me find my way.

It still took some time, but I’m back.

I have decided that 2016 will not be the year I became an ultrarunner. And you know what? I’m okay with that.

My heart just wasn’t in it- among other things.

But, if not that, then what…?

What would make me happy? What would make me excited to train for? To want to put in the hard work for?

And, that’s when it hit me… Rock ‘N Roll Vegas!

Registering for the race took some time. There was a lot of “what if” standing in the way and holding me back. Until I decided to do something bigger than myself…

The official charity partner of Rock ‘N Roll race series is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For years, I have been a huge fan of St Jude and what they stand for. And like that, something clicked.

I will be running Rock ‘N Roll Vegas on November 13, 2016 as a St Jude Hero, and I could not be more thrilled to do so.

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AND! If that wasn’t exciting enough! This week kicks off Fit2Run’s first-ever Galloway Run/Walk Training Program, and guess who will be a group leader… Yours truly! 🙂

I am a HUGE proponent of the Galloway Method, and when I saw Fit2Run would be hosting the program, I was beyond stoked. To be approached to be a group leader was just the icing on the cake. To give back to something that has given me so much, it’s a no-brainer!

I may have burned myself out, and been in a bit of a funk, but I’M BACK!!! And it feels good to be back!

Happy running!

If you’d like to contribute to my fundraising efforts for St. Jude, you can do so by clicking here. Together we can make a difference!