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!

That was just the best call ever

Good morning and happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone has been having a great week so far!

My parents and I are flying to Illinois on Friday for a long weekend and my cousin’s wedding. I’m getting very excited to see everyone, but I feel like Friday is going to creep up on me quicker than I can prepare.

I managed to pack up most of my things last night, which definitely helped to relieve some of the travel-time stress.

I don’t think I mentioned in my Tulsa recap that after that trip- with a backpack and heavy tote bag- I decided to invest in a nice rolling (spinner) carry-on.

I will bend over backwards to avoid checking any luggage, so I’m hoping to make my new carry-on my new best friend.

After getting all my travel necessities in order, it was time to eat. I have been craving greens so much lately! I made sure to pick up my favorite salad staples at Costco the other night, so for dinner I whipped up this beauty. Oh, it was so yummy!

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This salad included:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Green onions
  • Red onions
  • Clementine
  • Apple
  • Raisins
  • Pink salt
  • Chia seeds
  • Walnuts
  • And a little raspberry vinaigrette dressing

I’m going to attempt the Fit2Run Fun Run tonight, and will hope for the best, but certainly won’t force it.

Mostly because I received the best call the other day…

Kayla, a coworker and friend, called me to tell me that she has been running consistently and after reading my Route 66 recap has decided to train for her first-ever half marathon- Gasparilla in February.

She actually said that I have inspired her. If that doesn’t make it all worth it, I don’t know what will.

I could not be more proud of her for taking this first leap, and will be right there with her every step of the way.

Speaking of proud…

BIG shoutout to my dad for just satisfying all requirements for his Bachelor’s degree. So so so proud!

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Question of the day

Who inspired you to sign up for your first race?

Weekend ReCUP!

Happy Sunday!

My weekend was jam-packed and very exhausting, but I had a great time and enjoyed every moment of it. I hope you had a great weekend as well!

Let’s get to the ReCUP…

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Friday

There were cupcakes at the office! I restrained myself and only had one. 😉

After work, I was off to Kat and Juan’s wedding rehearsal. We rehearsed for the ceremony and then did some light setup for the reception. Afterwards, we headed to Vallarta’s for dinner. I order a vegetarian plate of a burrito and chalupa. Very yummy!

When I finally made it home for the day, I logged on to Facebook where I first learned of the horrific events that unfolded earlier in the day in Paris. My heart aches for all those affected.

Saturday

I woke up bright and early to go run. And I enjoyed every moment of my 8-miler. My last long run before the big day! It was perfect- the weather was amazing, I felt strong, and content, and am pretty sure I smiled throughout all 8 miles. This really gave me an extra confidence boost for Route 66.

The training group was out on Bayshore for our long runs; I ran solo but was joined by Coach Kirsten for the last 2-3 miles. It was so nice getting to chat with her!

I love crushing my daily activity goal before I even eat breakfast!

After my run, I had to rush home to get ready. For those of you that do not know, my daddy is using up his GI Bill and has been working on his business degree for the last year, and…was recently extended an invite to join a National Honor Society fraternity. He was inducted this week, along with about 10 others from his school. There was a nice ceremony, and they even had a cake! 🙂

Since I was rushing after my run, I didn’t get a chance to eat much, so lunch couldn’t come soon enough. We went to Red Robin where I ordered a whiskey river BBQ burger. Typically I don’t mind Red Robin, but the quality was definitely lacking with this. The burger was okay and the fries felt way under-cooked.

And then it was wedding time…

Kat and Juan had a beautiful ceremony under the setting sun. They even asked me to recite a reading from Everything is Illuminated.

And then we danced! The reception was so much fun and the food was great! Earlier in the day I had a shoe emergency and had to rush out to find a pair of red shoes. I was having the toughest time until I went to Payless. They had these for $25, and…for having absolutely no time to break them in, they held up very well. They were very comfy- even with all my bad dancing. (Oh, and since we were outside for the most part, I picked up some Solemates to minimize the sinking into the grass. They also worked quite well!)

Sunday

I was hoping for more time to relax today, but I had a pretty productive today, so no complaints here.

I worked on my mile dedications list. Almost done! 🙂

Then the Boy and I ran a few errands before heading to the gym. I got a jump start on packing, since I won’t have much time during the week to do so.

I also decided on my Route 66 Bloggers Forum outfit. Here are a couple of the contenders that didn’t make the cut…
  

Check out this race-day weather! Has anyone seen my mittens? 😉

Question of the day

What was the high and low of your weekend?