Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Friday Five - 2015 Goals

I love thinking about and planning all of the things I want & am lucky to have the opportunity to accomplish this year.

I think putting goals "out there" is one of the best ways to hold myself accountable.

Some of my running/fitness goals this year are to:

1. Get closer to a 4:20 marathon time, but continue to finish in the 4:30s more consistently.  I've gotten a little "off" this past year.  So I'm regrouping, looking at what has worked in the past and what hasn't.

2. Still chasing that sub 2 hour half marathon.

3. The Endurance Buzz trail race series; 5 trail races over the course of the year will get you this pretty lil' thing.

4. 5k PR (current PR is 27:41).

5. Make to another "100 club" at the new Pure Barre studio I've been going to.

Personal goals:

1. As always, spend as much time with this kiddo as possible!

2. Marry this guy (and plan a wedding)!

3. Get through this last (and most difficult) year of grad school.  By this time next year I will be less than six months out from my career dream.

3.5.  Treasure the time I have left with this pretty girl.  She is just getting old.  My heart hurts for her and the trouble she has moving around, yet she still has the biggest zest for life.  She remains excited for her "walk" every. single. day. despite the fact that it's down to basically steps and sniffs.

4. Meet up more often with friends.  I am lucky enough to have all of these *amazing* friends, after a coffee date today, I decided it's time to make more room in my schedule for them.

5. Go to bed earlier.  1am bed times are just not cool.

Tell me one (or two, or five!) of your goals!

Big *thanks* to the the Friday Five link up with the DC trifecta, Courtney @Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar @ Mar on the Run and Cynthia @You Signed Up For What?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Friday Five - Top Five Moments of 2014

It seemed like 2014 passed like a flash.  I feel like I was *just* celebrating the New Year of 2013.  What happened?!?!

Part of the reason 2014 passed so quickly was because it was so. much. fun.  Seriously one of the best years ever!!

Top Five Family Moments (in no particular order of course!)

1. Ryan and I got Hawaii no less!  The only way I could describe is it that it felt like a dream.  The whole trip was that way.  Maui is truly paradise.

2. Taking Louis to NYC!  It was amazing seeing the wonderment in that little boy's eyes.

He is still enamored by the Statue of Liberty and the Subway. Running part of the marathon (albeit just a little part) was the icing on the cake.

3. Two trips to MN to see my Grandpa & Dad/surprise my Mom for Mother's Day.  My Grandpa, Louis' namesake, will be 97 in February and has, shall we say, cheated death about that many times as well.  When I saw him in May, I thought I would be saying goodbye, yet he is now getting ready to celebrate his birthday next month.  Sharp as a tack, yet a little hard of hearing, our visits are always precious.

4. Christmas with Louis!  I know it's second nature for most parents to get to spend every Christmas with their kiddos, but I only get the part of the break every other year that includes Christmas day.  So when we do get Christmas together, we make it extra special, and this year was no exception.  Lots of Christmas movies, hot chocolate and elf fun made for a super memorable holiday.

5. A new kitty cat!!  Tyrian Lannister (we are kind of die hard Game of Thrones fans) joined our clan right before Thanksgiving.

He fit in from the get go and it the most lovable kitty ever!  While 4 pets is *kind of* a little bit over the top, it's also a lot of fun and very rewarding to open your heart to a rescue pet.

Top Five Fitness Moments

1. 100 Pure Barre classes!  It took me a little longer to get to the number than I had hoped, but right after the NYC marathon, I made it.

Now I've moved on to a studio closer to my home and am well on my way to another 100 class club.

2. Two races where I placed in my age group.  For a couple of years, I was constantly coming in 4th (I did a couple of times this year as well!), but I finished 3rd at my first trail race, a full marathon, in February & placed 2nd in my age group in the marathon on New Year's Eve, missing first by only 31 seconds.  This was a BIG goal for me this year and I'm happy to have finally achieved it.

New Year's Eve sway - 2nd place despite a bad cough and no voice

3. The NYC Marathon.  No explanation needed.

4. Becoming a Marathon Maniac by completing 3 marathons within 90 days.  My friend Luisa and I both achieved this at the same trail race in which we both placed within our respective age groups (she won!).

5. Mom's Run This Town.  This isn't necessarily a moment, but this group of ladies are worth mentioning.  I've had SO much more fun running since I became a member, a co-leader and a friend to *so* many of our group members.  Many of these ladies are not only my running buddies, but also true friends.  It's hard going to races alone anymore, because you realize just how much more fun it is with your friends.  It's also amazing to have such a tight knit group in which you can share both your victories AND your failures, whether athletic or personal, you find friends are there to cheer you on or pick you right back up.

While it has been an *amazing* year, I think 2015 is going to be even better yet!

Happy New Year!