Fun Run?

On Saturday, I went on my first enjoyable run in a very, very long time. It was about 2 miles at a 10:30 pace. I can’t remember the last time I actually enjoyed a run was. I think I got so caught up in traintraintrain, I forgot that I enjoyed running. My goal for the summer is to get back up to 10 miles, but to enjoy it. I’d like to theoretically run my 10 miles in under 90 minutes (Ha!) but for now, I’m just going to get up to 10 at the pace I’m running now, with no walking! I found new running partners and I am happy my boyfriend is getting back on the running wagon with me.

There’s been a lot going on. I leave for 7 weeks, 3 in Houston and 4 traveling to different markets March 16. Right when I finish with that, I leave for Aruba! I qualified for a merit based trip through work and I am so excited I can barely stand it! I am currently in “get sexy for Aruba” mode. The boy and I signed up for a 5-week bootcamp through Hard Exercise Works starting Monday February 10. It is sort of a Crossfit like bootcamp where you go 5 days a week for 5 weeks. I am super excited and I can’t wait to get started.

My main priorities right now are getting back into my running groove, work and bootcamp. I feel like I’m always at work so hopefully that will lighten up here soon. I will be going on another 2-4 mile run sometime today so cheers to it being a good one!

How do you stay on track and motivated with your workouts?


2014 is a time for change

So on the road back to recovery after my set backs, I have started looking at 2014. I always have a hefty set of goals going into a calendar year, but I suppose I should put them all down as well as a 2014 race list.

My goals are pretty substantial, as usual. They are as follows:

1. Settle into a savings plan. This is my one financial goal of the year. Last year, I paid off my student loan in 10 months, moved out of my parents house and I am finally settled in my own place. Now that I am settled, I want to pay off the money I spent moving, and settle back into my savings plan. Who knew moving was so expensive?!?

2. Run a Marathon. This one’s the kicker. I was so close in my marathon training last time before it got ripped away. Now I am facing a 17 mile run tomorrow and I’m terrified. I’m having marathon nightmares. I’ve got killer shin splints and no determination. But tomorrow morning I will wake up and go. Hopefully I will succeed in my 17 mile run. If I do, I will continue with my plan to run the Miami Marathon on February 2. If not, I will regroup and pick a new one.

3. Run a half marathon under 2:00:00. This is a 34 minute jump from my current PR but I believe with a year of training for a fast half, I can definitely accomplish this. Once I get under a 2:00:00 half, I will start training for a 4:00:00 marathon (lofty goals I know)

4. Run my first triathlon. I’m ready, I can do this, just gotta pick one.

5. Run a sub 25:00 5-K. By the time summer’s over, I will definitely be able to make this goal (as long as I don’t get injured)

6. Give up soda. I will cry big cocodile tears giving up Coke, but I’m afraid it must be done.

My race calendar for the year is sort of barren right now. I have a lot of races I want to do but I am currently in limbo as to what my work schedule will look like so I have only committed to a couple

February 23, Disney Princess Half-Marathon, Walt Disney World, FL

April 12, Tough Mudder South Florida

July 17, Run, Sweat and Beers 5-K, Boca Raton, FL

November 27, Run 4 The Pies, Tequesta, FL

November 30, Space Coast Marathon, Cocoa, FL