Progress, Not Perfection…

14 Feb

First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!!

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It’s Tuesday morning — and I didn’t wrap up yesterday. Instead I went to an actual Valentine’s event. Granted it was at a cupcake shop so cupcakes were purchased (and all but one put in the freezer cause…well, they aren’t what I need right now but I will need them one day!)

But I digress…..Let’s get to it

The plan this week said:

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 8 Miles
Thursday – 5 Miles
Saturday – Rest day
Sunday – 10K Race 
(I don’t have anything in the calendar but will run 6.2 – or close to it – on Sunday!)

What happened was:

Tuesday – Did not run 5 miles….did not run at all
Wednesday – Also, did not run (What on earth is WRONG with me!?!?!)
Thursday – Ran 5 miles. On a treadmill. EARLY in the morning!  
Snow storm was coming and I knew if I didn’t get to the gym nothing would happen for days!
Friday – Friday is usually a rest day. I went for a massage…
Saturday – Another 5 at the gym. Things are looking up!
Sunday – 8 on the ‘mill. Watching the lady Ghostbusters (is that appropriate?) Again, getting it in before snow flies

So I got it all in except a 10K race  which, let’s be honest. We know me. If I don’t have a race on my calendar I’m not making up my own Amiright?

Coming up this week….

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 8 Miles
Thursday – 5 Miles
Saturday – 11 Miles (yikes!)
Sunday – 5 Miles

Hoping for good weather this weekend but if not I’m hopping on the treadmill again – if nothing else I get to watch movies I might not pick for myself!

Myrtle Beach Countdown – about 18 days away!

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Back for Another Year!

10 Feb

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I am, of course, late with this but…I am THRILLED to let you know that I was chosen again to be part of the Skirt Sports Ambassador Team as an Ambassador Captain for the third year!!

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This was taken after last year’s 13er – in the fountain at the CU UMC – one of my college goals was to “jump in the fountain” after finals. I never made it them, but look at me now!!!!

I’m really looking forward to it – this is such an awesome group of women from all walks of life, involved in all kinds of different healthy stuff!  Nicole DeBoom started a company to make women athletes feel amazing no matter what level of fitness they are at and no matter what size they are. It’s a brand for Every Woman. For Real Women. The models on the site? Most of them are Ambassadors or work for the company – they aren’t actually professional models!

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Ambassadors at last year’s retreat outside of Boulder

The aim of the company is to help every woman realize her potential. Through the Running Start program women are given the chance to overcome obstacles and start on the road to fitness  – training culminates in their running the 5k at the Skirt Sports 13er in June in Boulder Colorado

But it isn’t just that. Whether you’re an elite athlete or a back-of-the-packer (my peeps!) you can find your tribe over at Skirt Sports. And I’m telling ya’ll…the love is real! I’ve made some great friends and even got to meet one of my blogging idols last year (I’m looking it you Jenn from Scootadoot!)

Founder Nicole DeBoom has a podcast that is fantastic – Women Run the World. Look for it where you find your podcasts 🙂 She’s always talking with someone interesting and you’ll definitely learn something!

So, apart for getting to rep an amazing company I love, what’s in it for me? Well, I do get a pretty good discount on the clothes and with each new release of styles and patterns I get a gift certificate to spend. And I get to share with you, my friends, a 20% discount on nearly Every. Thing on the site (or in the store!) – use code 1SSCAPT20. This won’t work on clearance items, and it will expire on March 31 or sooner if we get personal codes before then! But, you will always get a new code!!

And, as an affiliate, if you click a Skirt Sports link in my blog, I get a few pennies from your purchase. If you don’t buy, I don’t get the pennies.

But, really. If you want to find some comfy clothes, either for running or hiking or some crazy Ultra running or triathlon thing, you should have a look! Give it a try…you’e got nothing to lose and an awesome tribe to gain!!

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Weekly Training Report – Week ending Feb 5

6 Feb

Okay so…

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It took me a while to get some motivation this week and I didn’t hit ALL of my goals (well, any of them actually…)

But I did get out and get some miles in

Here’s what happened compared to what was planned….

Tuesday – 4.5 Miles – Storm turned out to be more ice than snow and, well, I bailed on my run.
Wednesday – 7 Miles  No excuse whatsoever but I once again didn’t run…this isn’t looking too good…
Thursday – 4.5 Miles – Um….Seriously I need to get on this!
Friday – Always a Rest Day – I was pretty fed up with myself by Friday afternoon so went to the treadmill for 3.25 slow miles Yay me!!
Saturday – 10 Miles – It was cold. It was windy. But it was also sunny and beautiful and my first long run since Wine and Dine was done! Though I ended up at home after 8 miles, it was good to get out there
Sunday – 5 Miles – plan said 5, I did 4

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Lots of layers and I survived!!

All in all, not a stellar performance – and I need to get back to a better pace but I think my motivation may be returning. And I feel like I’m re-learning some stuff. Like, proper fueling, especially the night before. I partially blame my low mileage on Saturday on poor fuel Friday night. And dressing for the weather — I was comfortable for the most part while running but didn’t realize til I got home and took off my outer layer that I was DRENCHED in sweat and therefore FROZEN once I stopped moving!

Coming up this week —

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 8 Miles
Thursday – 5 Miles
Saturday – Rest day
Sunday – 10K Race 
(I don’t have anything in the calendar but will run 6.2 – or close to it – on Sunday!)

Hopefully my motivation REALLY has come back and I’ll get all 24 miles done this week!!

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And coming up tomorrow — some exciting news (that you might already know, but maybe not!!)

 

 

Time to Get Back At It

31 Jan

Happy Tuesday!

 

I can’t believe it’s already the end of January – and honestly I feel like I’ve gotten NOTHING done. That’s probably pretty close to accurate too.

But that stops today!

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I have a shell of a race schedule for the year – at least the first few months – and first up is the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon on March 4. So, yeah, 4 weeks away!!

Usually, I’m fine with heading out to a half marathon in a semi-prepared mode. This one is “flat and fast” though so I’m really hoping I’ll be able to do well enough to not be stuck in the back corrals at races that do that sort of thing (I’m looking at you runDisney!). This means I need to get some miles in.

So with that in mind, I bring you

THIS WEEK’S RUNNING PLAN!!!!

Plan consists of Cross Training on Monday which I usually use for stretching and that sort of thing – I’m not really 100% sure what I would do to cross train – maybe longer dog walks?

The Running:
Tuesday – 4.5 Miles We’re expecting a ‘storm’ today so hoping I’ll get a chance to run in the snow this afternoon!!
Wednesday – 7 Miles
Thursday – 4.5 Miles
Friday – Always a Rest Day
Saturday – 10 Miles
Sunday – 5 Miles

I bet you can’t wait until Monday to hear how I did!!! I know I’m on the edge of my seat!!

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And this also means I only have 4 weeks to figure out what to wear!!! You know that will include some awesome Skirt Sports (more on that next time!!)

Have a great Tuesday – and if you’re in New England get out there and get your supplies!!!

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It’s French Toast Weather!!!!

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Happy (Lunar) New Year!!!!

28 Jan

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Ah.

So here we are – Yes, we’re 3 weeks in to the New Year (4 weeks?) and it’s like I’ve been in hiding right?

What about consistency Anne? What about better blogging Anne? Where have you been ANNE???

You are absolutely right!

I started the year with a trip to Disney — which really makes it hard for me to re-adapt to the real world. But it was Disney and it was fun so I don’t feel *too* bad about it! But more on that later (see, I didn’t say “soon” so… 🙂 )

And that consistency thing? Well, I’ve actually been working on that – behind the scenes as it were.

How you might ask?

Well, let’s see….

I’ve been planking every day — and it’s HARD. Though I’m up to 90 seconds so that’s some progress
I’ve been working on more consistent meals during the work week – batch cooking on Sunday. And it’s been healthy batch cooking too!
I’ve been making sure that there are no dirty dishes in the sink when I go to bed at night.

They’re baby steps but better than I usually am!

I really do have to step it up though – my 2017 race dance card is filling up with my first Half Marathon of the year in FIVE WEEKS!! So really need to get back to running, right?!!

So starting this week – tomorrow even – I’ll go back to posting my weekly run schedule and my progress with sticking to it. It truly helps me stay on track. And keeps me – what? – that’s right, Accountable.

Wish me luck!!! And send those good consistency vibes my way!!

Oh, and, really – Happy New Year!!!

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Well. This is Embarrassing.

30 Dec

 

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First off, thanks for stopping by — 2016 was not the best for this site. I was MIA for most of it. I would plan a post, get it mostly written out (you should see my draft folder!) and then need pictures from my phone or camera and then…..crickets. Then a couple of weeks later I’d do the same. And again and again.

Then, I would be all “Well, I haven’t posted about June so I can’t jump in to August and now look it’s New Year’s Eve Eve and dang….lost the whole year”. Frankly, I beat myself up a lot about it. Which is dumb but I do dumb sometimes!

And, somewhere along the line I lost ALL my mojo — my running mojo, my eating right mojo, my MOJO! I had little motivation to do much of anything.

Hopefully 2017 will be different – I am hoping to be completely mojo’d out! Or, at least be better than I was in 2016

A friend of mine (probably a few friends actually) chooses a word for the year and I’ve determined that for 2017 my word is CONSISTENCY.

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Consistency in everything I think and do.

That means, consistently following through on my plans.

Consistently following a training plan for whatever crazy runs I sign up for this year.

Consistently working towards a much healthier diet

And, consistently posting here – and not kicking myself for days when I don’t. I had hoped in the beginning to use this blog as a means of being accountable to myself and that has just not happened as much as I’d thought.

So, being consistently accountable for my actions (good, bad and otherwise!) is a big goal. Probably the biggest of all.

Of course I also have the usual “lose weight” “get stronger” “do new stuff” resolutions ….but more on that soon.

Really.

If you’re here, thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll keep in touch. And if I happen to write something you like, share with your friends.

Hope to see LOTS more of you this year

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Goals are Scary

26 Oct

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I figured I’d write about something that is scarier than I thought it would be.

GOALS!

That’s right, I said Goals. They’re scary things, goals are. Here’s my thoughts on this.

I’ve never been real big at setting goals — sure I throw some New Year’s Resolutions up once in a while or, I promise I’ll blog more (that’s a goal, right?) and I most definitely have an “ideal weight” goal.

Goals = Commitment. Goals are promises we make ourselves. I am NOT at all good at keeping the promises to myself.

With running, my ‘goal’ has always just been to finish. To not quit. To not get pulled from the course. And honestly, that’s done by me being stubborn more than anything else.

This year, I’ve tried something a little different. Since about mid-July, I’ve set time goals for most of my long training runs and half marathons. They line up with my expectations for the Marine Corps Marathon in 4 more sleeps (yikes!). It’s really very helpful that the Marines give us some very definite cut-off times for certain points on the course. Clock times along with a pace per mile limit.

MCM has some hard cutoff/diversion times on the course.

This year the kind folks at MCM are also enforcing “The Gauntlet” – this is a spot around mile 17.5-18 (15.5 this year) as you are about to enter The Mall. If you miss this ‘cutoff” at 12:38 you will be diverted to a spot further along the course and will not be considered an official finisher. I’m guessing you can take a medal if you want but you would know you didn’t run the full 26.2

If you’re familiar with the Marine Corps Marathon at all you’ve definitely heard about Beating the Bridge. The Bridge in question is the 14th street bridge, usually around Mile 20, but pulled back to 18 this year. In the past, in my experience, as long as you are *on the bridge* before the cutoff, you’re good. Apparently, though, you actually have to be *ACROSS* the bridge, which adds another mile + to the equation! If you don’t make this cutoff, you get on a bus and you get a ride to the finish. No running up the hill to the monument. No medal. (Edit: I found this on the MCM App after I’d written up this post – All MCM participants must reach the intersection of 14 and D Streets before the 14th Street Bridge by 1:15 p.m. This is located just past Mile 18. So yay, looks like we’re good here!)

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Started making notes…

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Mile by mile breakdown…

My goals are based on the original mileage/timing and are dependent on me crossing the start line no later than 8:08 am – this year with the Metro not opening early as in years past, the start line will not close until 8:55 at which time the 14 mm pace will be calculated/enforced. This start time should give us a little cushion (I am running with my friend, First Time Marathoner, Debby!)

As you know I am no speed demon but my goal is to hit my original times  and not think about any cushion built in.

The whole point of this post is this: I’m always kind of surprised when people talk about being nervous before an event, even if they’ve run it many times before. The ‘race nightmares’ (mine is getting lost on the course or not having my shoes!) , not able to sleep the night before. None of this has ever been my experience. HOWEVER, now that I have these goals I’m starting to get nervous.

Even though I’ve run more than 13 miles for training runs. And even though this will be my SIXTH time running with the Marines.  All these numbers are making me crazy and making me second-guess myself. I’m fortunate to have a TON of supportive friends around me to remind me that this is not an impossible journey!!

I guess this means I’m finally taking this running thing a bit more serious. Which is a good thing. I mean, it’s about darn time amiright? Let’s not get crazy, I’m not one of those “Oh my gosh I *have* to run today” people…but I am actually kind of enjoying it. So I have that going for me 🙂

So — What are some of your goals that might be trying to scare you these days?! 

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