Saturday, January 28, 2017

2017 Goals Revised

January is nearly over and I already need to revise my 2017 goals! My husband and I are prepping for a year or two of full-time RV life and hope to begin this new adventure in 2017. Life is going to be busier. 

Reading two books a week and running high mileage when we're traveling may be impossible some weeks. I just want to take a little unnecessary pressure off of myself. Besides, these goals still look great to me - with just the right amount of challenge. 

My Mostly Revised 2017 Goals 

1. Run 1700 Miles in 2017. I've averaged 50 miles a week so far, but now my goal will be 33 miles a week (instead of 39/week for 2,017 miles). You can find me on Strava.
2. Finish 52 books. My new goal is to read or listen to 1 book a week. I finished 9 books so far this year. 
3. Take a picture a day. I've posted a photo a day on Instagram so far and I think I can keep this up.
4. Sell nearly everything and move into an RV. This is a new goal - lots of planning and time needed for this one, but it'll be worth it!  

Here's how I exercised this week.
  • Sunday - 6 mile run
  • Monday - 9 mile run, strength-training 
  • Tuesday - 6 mile run  
  • Wednesday - biked, strength-training 
  • Thursday - 18 mile run - I'm training for the Feb. 11 Rocky 50K trail race! This run went better than my recent long runs and took 3 hours 5 minutes.
  • Friday - 11 mile run wraps up my 50 mile week, strength-training 
  • Saturday - biked

With four weeks into the year, have you found that you have set your goals too low or too high? Or maybe you want to keep trying to achieve your goals even though January didn't go as planned. February 1 would be a great day to begin again!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Coming Up: RV Living and a 50K


There are big changes coming up for me - if all goes as I hope it will! After our 4 month RV adventure last year, my husband and I would like to become full-time RV'ers! 

We hope to buy a bigger RV and to sell nearly everything we own - here's a link to our sale page. Have any tips for finding new homes for your belongings? That's one of the hardest parts of this adventure. So far, I've sold items online and donated to Goodwill. 

My training continues for the Rocky 50K that's on February 11. I ran 48 miles this week and continued my strength training, but I took a break from riding my bike because one of my hip flexors was uncomfortable and if I have to skip something - biking goes first

I wanted to run 10 miles the day after my long run of 16 miles, but because of stormy weather I switched the days. Tailwind (naked flavor is a nice change from sweet drinks) and Clif Blok shots kept me going on my long run. I've noticed my long runs of the last three weeks have gotten slower. I tell myself, "Come on body, only 3 weeks until the race and then you can rest!"

Zoe, our Weimaraner, is always ready for a walk at the park when I finish running. She was my running buddy when she was younger, but now we're walking buds. Here's how I exercised this week.

  • Sunday - 7 mile run
  • Monday - 9 mile run, strength-training 
  • Tuesday - 6 mile run  
  • Wednesday - strength-training 
  • Thursday - 10 mile run 
  • Friday - 16 mile run, strength-training 
  • Saturday - rest

Have a great week!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rocky 50K Trail Race in 4 Weeks!

People have been asking me if I'm racing in the Houston Marathon tomorrow since I live close to Houston. I've done Houston and it's fun, but instead of the marathon I signed up for the Rocky 50K trail race! It's held at Huntsville State Park and only about an hour away from home. This will be my 4th 50K race. Here's how I'm getting ready to race.

Train in All Kinds of Weather 

Training in all kinds of weather is great preparation for race day. Last Saturday, it took forever to get ready to run because layering clothes for a 21 degrees run takes time. Then on Thursday, I wore shorts because it was 75 degrees F. when I did my long run.

Fuel for the Long Run

My long run was a 16 miler. For breakfast, I had white rice with a scrambled egg mixed into it, a banana and coffee. During my run, I had a GU gel nearly every 30 minutes starting 30 minutes after I started for a total of 4 gels and a few pretzels, too. That may sound like a lot of gels for a training run, but I want my stomach to get used to taking in plenty of food. That might help me during races.

Tips for Finishing a Long Run

After 3 warm-up miles, I kept running 2 miles hard and 1 mile at an easy pace until I was done. Doing that made the run seem like it went faster. The run took me about 3 hours and I ran at an average of about 11 minute miles. I ran in the woods on a long hill during most of the easy paced miles for a change of scenery from the park loops I normally did. I really wanted to quit in the last 1.5 miles. I think it was the heat. It gets to me after awhile. Listening to music instead of my audio book helped.

How I Exercised this Week

I ran 50 miles and continued my strength training and riding. After most runs/rides, I went on a walk with my dog, too. 

  • Sunday - 7 mile run
  • Monday - 10 mile run, strength-training 
  • Tuesday - 7 mile run with negative splits 
  • Wednesday - 1 hour bike ride, strength-training 
  • Thursday - 16 mile run (I like my Garmin Forerunner 35 & Mizuno Wave Kazan shoes)
  • Friday - 10 mile run with some puddle stomping with my husband, strength-training
  • Saturday - 1 hour bike ride, saw an armadillo and a deer!

Have a great week!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Taking Pics: Joy in the Ordinary

Sometimes I forget to find joy in the ordinary. That's where my new challenge comes in. 

My New 2017 Challenge: Take a Photo a Day 

On New Year's Day, I decided that I wanted to take a picture every day this year so I started an Instagram account and, so far, I've posted a picture of the apple crisp I baked today, my very patient Weimaraner, Zoe, and my husband working on a drone job. (I'm a spotter, making sure the sky is clear.) 

Some days are noticeably special (like Zoe's 12th birthday on New Year's Day), but most days are those good ordinary days that so much of life is made up of. This daily picture goal makes every day a daily treasure hunt.

Two Familiar Challenges: Run 2,017 Miles & Read 100 Books

(1/22/17 Update: New goals alert! Because we may begin full-time RV life this year, my mileage and reading goals may need to be decreased. Here are my revised goals.)

I've done running and reading challenges before and I want to keep them up this year. I'd like to run 2,017 miles this year (last week's post on that) and I want to read or listen to 100 books. I listen to books while I run so this is a two-in-one goal. The first book that I read this year is a good one: Presence by Amy Cuddy. (You can read my GoodReads book reviews here.)

How's it Going? 

So far, I have finished two books, run 43 miles (I need to average 39 miles/week) and put a photo up on Instagram every day. The top photo for this post is a collage of photos that I shared this week on Instagram.

Here's How I Exercised This Week

  • Monday - 9 mile runstrength-training 30 min.
  • Tuesday - 7 mile run
  • Wednesday - rest
  • Thursday - 14 mile run in my shorts using Glukos tablets (tastes like Smarties!), strength-training 20 min.
  • Friday - 9 mile run (colder today)
  • Saturday - planks, 4.5 mile run: even colder today at 21 F (-6 C), I had double layers on most of me and there was ice on the trail 

Finding joy in the ordinary - it's a great way to start the new year!  

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