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Checking In On Those Resolutions….

3 Feb

Well…we’re a week into February and I should probably wrap up January right?

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I started the year with high hopes and big goals and I was going to do it all at once!!

Well, that didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped.

I have still not gone back to Bikram. My training plan for the runDisney Star Wars Dark Side Challenge has started as of last week and I’ve done 6 miles of it. I got 39 miles into my 1000 miles for 2016.

But I’ve made my bed every day so there IS that!!

Get over to Fellow Flowers and make your own Declaration!!!!

Which means I’m heading into February (well, I’m already in February…) with sort of the same goals but maybe I’ll go with baby steps while I work out my schedule.  And what a great coincidence – coming up this Saturday, February 6, the ladies over at Fellow Flowers are holding their annual Declare It Day which gives every one a chance to put your goals on paper and make them that much more real! My declaration may not specifically be one of the below but they all play a part!!!

I like to think I’ll make it to Bikram 5 times a week. I’ve decided to not kick myself if I only make it 3 times a week. In fact at this point, I’ll likely celebrate!

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I don’t love running in the dark in the mornings so the plan is to get into the gym (I’ve been paying for all year) as early as I can on my weekday run days. That’s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  I’m also talking myself into the idea that I don’t necessarily have to be at work by 7:30 every morning which gives me more time too.

And I’ll keep making my bed!

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Another big to-do on my list is figure out my final running schedule for the year – so far I have a lot I would love to do but need to plan and save and plan!!

I hope your year has gotten off to an amazing start!

 

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Weekly WrapUp!

22 Feb

I’ve made the executive decision to make Saturday the day I wrap up my week…which, makes sense right? So that’s why this is going up on Sunday morning 😉

It’s been a super cold week here, but at least the snow has stopped – not that *I* don’t like the snow (cause I love it!!) but I know it’s a hassle for people! And, for the record, I’d rather have cold and snow than bitter cold and no snow!!

Anyway – after making my declaration earlier this week that I needed to, for lack of a better turn of phrase, poop or get off the pot, I made a very concerted effort to get out to the gym/treadmill and to Bikram. And to eat better. AND to drink less wine.

And now for the update on that other stuff!

Well, I made it to the treadmill on Tuesday and Saturday….tendonitis was acting up, even with taping so trying to not aggravate things too much.
Made it to Bikram Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday — and, seriously I already feel tons better!

Had a second job interview this week too, and so far I’m still in the running — hopefully will hear more early in the week. There’s one more step before they’ll offer me the job!

And…starting Monday I’ll be doing a 10-day Cleanse – not your typical cleanse where you drink some nasty liquid for an interminable amount of time but a cleanse that includes actual real food. And, judging from the menus, 90% of it is something I’ll like – the rest I’ll substitute/repeat meals. The focus is not on what I’m giving up, but on the good I’m doing for myself. Over the last couple of days I’ve been cutting back on coffee (gasp!), wine, and sugar, refined flours….all the things that we know aren’t really doing us any good! A few of those things I don’t eat much anyway. I did the first of my shopping yesterday and will do more today.

The most difficult part of this cleanse, I think, is “no strenuous exercising”…and I have a marathon coming up in what? 6 weeks? So I’ll do some slow treadmill miles and keep going to Bikram- which should be just fine!! And it’ll be great for my tendonitis too, to take a break

My goal for this coming week is to keep getting more consistent with my Bikram practice as well as getting in as many miles on the treadmill as i can without my foot falling off!! I’m not going to hit my mileage goal for the month but I will get in as much as I can in the next 7 days!! And I’ll also start deciding my mileage goal for March.

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Lucky 13?

29 Sep

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There was a half marathon this week.  It was not pretty. I mean, the course was gorgeous, my results, not so much.

So let’s get to the training wrap-up:

The Higdon plan was:
Tuesday – 3 miles
Wednesday – 5 miles
Thursday – 3 miles
Saturday – 4 miles
Sunday – 14 miles

What Anne managed to do is:
Tuesday – 3.5 miles ( had to circle my cul de sac a few times to even things up!)
Wednesday – 5.08 miles – I decided to take the time in the middle of the day to get it in since I also had to get the lawn mowed and my hair cut Wednesday night!
Thursday – walked about 2.5. Not really counting this as “done” since…well, it wasn’t 3 and I walked 🙂 But I got out there!! In the rain.
Saturday – Hogsback Half Marathon. Map My Run says I did 15.7 miles but…it was probably closer  to 13.1 😉
Sunday – decided to baby my foot (see yesterday’s recap) and did not do my 4 miles. I’m not beating myself up over that. Too much. 🙂

Now, on to this coming week! It’s a biggie since I’m heading down to Orlando to cheer on my friends in runDisney Tower of Terror 10 Miler!  That’s right, a trip to Disney and I’m *NOT* running!! Well…I’ll run…but no bling for me!! 😉

The Higdon plan for the week is:
Tuesday – 3 miles
Wednesday – 6 miles (oh no! we’re stepping things up!!)
Thursday – 3 miles
Saturday – 8 miles

The mileage is just going to keep going up until December or so…

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This week I will also stop by Middletown Bikram to sign up for a year or two – and start back up when I’m back in town!!  Can’t wait!!

Is there a workout that you really look forward to? Bikram is that workout for me!!

Week 10 WrapUp

8 Sep

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Alrighty! Let’s just jump right in to last week’s #Dopey15 training! 10 Weeks – Done!!

The Galloway plan for the week called for

Tuesday 45 minute run/walk
Thursday 45 minute run/walk
Saturday 11 miles

And here’s what happened:

Tuesday – was all full of myself when I got out on MONDAY and did 3.25. So, Booyah!!
Thursday – As luck would have it, I was travelling again on Thursday and the plan was to get up and beat the heat so I could shower and finish packing before work. This did not exactly happen.
Saturday – There’s a race recap coming up REALLY soon that will show I did not manage 11 miles on Saturday (or Sunday for that matter!)

And, I know you’re saying to yourself right about now “Man…what a slacker! She’ll NEVER make it”! Oh ye of little faith…just you wait!!

Starting this week, I’m going to switch over to the Hal Higdon Dopey plan – It feels like a lot more running and I need my butt kicked so there. I will still be using my Galloway intervals though, let’s not get all crazy now! So now I’ll have 3 week days of running and alternating 2 run weekends.

Also starting *next* week, I get back to Bikram — was planning to head back today but woke up with either serious allergies or a cold and just…can’t face the hot room til I’m past it!!

Just for an introduction, my Higdon Plan for this week is:

Tuesday – 3 mile run
Wednesday – 5.5 mile run
Thursday – 3 mile run
Saturday – 3 mile run
Sunday – 13 mile run

And Monday’s are to be used for strength and stretching (which is where I will be happily adding Bikram to my plan). Alternate weekends is a Cross-training weekend on one of the days which, also, Bikram. Friday’s are rest days. Which will either be used for rest or…yeah. Bikram

So wish me luck!! And feel free to get those motivational messages lined up …I think I’m gonna need ’em!

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Procrastination Pays Off!!!

29 Aug

Okay, so I generally don’t advise putting things off – not everyone works as well under pressure as I do!  And plus, I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I can be kind of …um…lazy.

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So, remember when I was going to jump back into Bikram yoga as part of my #Dopey15 training? And then, I don’t know if I told ya’ll, but my local Bikram studio closed at the end of July. Like 2 days before I was going to go in and hand over my big bucks for another year.

The next closest studio is a bit of a drive away, but I was going to go ahead and join up there for a year. I put it off long enough that I was going to go in the Monday after I get back from my current Texas trip.

Well. Wouldn’t you just know that 2 days before I headed down here I saw *this* on my Facebook Feed:

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Happy Days are here!!!

Excitement galore right?!! And, I can do TWO years for less than one and…oh..wait. Oct 4? That’s when I’ll be down at Walt Disney World hanging out with my friends who are running Tower of Terror this year. (It will also be Phred’s first visit to Phlorida!) I emailed and they assured me that I could register before I left so again! Yay!!

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After I emailed, I got this mass mailing from them!!!

I’m really happy to be able to get back on this particular horse! And, to warm up, I’m *still* going to sign up for the other studio “10 days for 20 dollars” introductory special when I get home!

And with that wonderful news — I wish you all a GREAT long weekend (if you’re in the US and actually have a long weekend!)

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Thankful Thursday — on Friday!

20 Sep


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It’s no longer Thursday….but I’m still thankful!!

Went back to Bikram tonight after quite a long break – I really needed it, physically and mentally.

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I’m thankful that my body still knew what to do, even if it couldn’t do it so well. Thankful for the teacher who made the class fun. Well, as fun as 90 minutes in 104 degrees can be! And I’m thankful that the studio is a short walk from the office and I was able to purchase a package that will give me access to the classes for my last 2 weeks at work for the price of one class!

**Note people – if you’re gonna try Bikram, even if you think you might only make it to one or two classes, look at the introductory packages! You’ll save a bit of coinage!! **

Hope you found something in your day yesterday to be thankful for!

A Day of Love

25 Aug

Well this was definitely a mixed bag weekend – mostly good though!

Friday I introduced my friend Kathy to #Bikram and she says she enjoyed it! Them spent the night at her house, met her new puppy and her husband cooked a great dinner (and breakfast)

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Best part of the weekend was Saturday’s Ray Lang Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit The Tug McGraw Foundation. My friend Pete and his family put on this event every year in memory of his dad. I’ve met some really great people through my running with Team McGraw and a LOT of them are Pete’s family!! They’re such an amazing, loving and welcoming group of people. I’m not a golfer but I love hanging out with the other non-golfers! Play is followed by dinner and a raffle – this is really the only time I win good stuff! This year I was hoping for the “chair” – another outdoor chair for relaxing in the backyard. I was also really interested in the package of Hostess goodies! I threw my tickets into a few other bags as well.

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But I REALLY wanted the chair!

And guess what I didn’t get. Right, I didn’t get the Hostess goodies.     012 But I did get the chair!! Woot! Yay me!! It’s a really nice one – including a cup holder that I will eventually figure out!

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I also picked up this little handbag.    016

But really the best part of the day is catching up with friends I haven’t seen in awhile.And, it was great to be surrounded by so much love, especially yesterday.

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Four years ago yesterday, my big brother called me to tell me that my mom had died. And it’s probably no exaggeration to say that I have missed her so much every single day since then. But for some reason, this year has been particularly tough. Overall, I think I’ve been much happier and content the last several months than I have in a long time. But there’s always something missing. Sometimes you just need a hug from your mom.

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