Happy 2015 (& goodbye 2014)!

Happy 2015!

We are 7 days in & I’m pretty excited about this year!

Last  year had a lot great moments & some rough ones.

Here’s some stats & facts:

  • 2: Fun Runs (the Color Run & a Mud Run)
  • 11: 5k’s (plus a cross country series of 6)
  • 2: 5 miler’s
  • 1: 10k
  • 1: 15K
  • 3: Half Marathons

437 miles total for the year!

Not bad at all!

Honestly, though, what I’m most proud of is not the numbers, but all the work that went into them & the results.  & not just fitness results (because goodness knows I’m still not where I want to be) but the life results.  2014 was really  a foundation year.  I ended the year with so many more great running friends.  Enough of that though, on to 2015!

Plans for 2015:

  • Run 750 miles total for the year (62 per month, 14 per week).  This is about 300 more miles than what I ended up with last year.  However, I feel that it is attainable.  I looked back at my numbers for last year & can definitely see patterns.  I feel like if I have little bit of a smaller goal for the week (14 miles) that I will definitely be able to make it.  It’s enough to be a challenge (considering all the weeks I had 0-3 miles only) but very attainable.
  • Run at least 1 but not necessarily 4 races a month.  Last year it seemed like I was doing a 5k a week towards the end.  It got to be a little tiring toward the end.  I still want to run but not necessarily race that much.
  • PR, especially in the half marathon.  I think that if I work at little harder I could see much better results.
  • Hot Yoga- I have a month unlimited membership for January which will give me a great start but I need to keep it going at least weekly throughout the year.
  • Volunteering & being active in the running community- I started with this year & I think it made all the difference.  I’m on 3 race committees this year & am really excited about them!  I’m enjoying meeting different people & also giving input about the races.  I also think it helps me with my career to know more people & know more about event planning.

I also want to focus on eating better more often (making better choices).  & I will try to update this more often!

Hope 2015 is good to you!

March Run Down

Time for a look back for March!  Highlights (& low points) include:

  • March 8- Judging the Spontaneous portion of Odyssey of the Mind: I participated in OM growing up & have a lot of great memories from it.  Its really fun to be able to give back now & see what young kids can come up with.
  • March 9 – Mission for Maddie: A fitness fundraiser for a local girl.  I chose to go to abs & tabata classes.  Tabata was tons of squats, boy was I hurting the next day!
  • March 14 – car died: definitely a low point for the month.
  • March 17 – New car shopping: annoying that I had to do it, but it was nice to spend the day with my dad
  • March 18 – TCRC meeting: very interesting!  I’m really enjoying being more of a part of the local running community.  It really has been a help & motivator for me.
  • March 20 – Ladies Night at Confluence – I am really loving being a  part of Team Confluence.  Working Ladies Night was really fun, I liked playing greeter.  Also, it was great to see so many familiar faces.
  • March 21 – TCRC dinner:  Very fun to socialize with runners in regular clothes.e
  • March 22 – McKenna 5k: 3rd 5k of the year, wasn’t feeling super great that day (cold), but I managed to still get a PR.  (hopefully I’ll keep getting them). Also had a great time hanging out with the Team.   side note: Because I’m just starting back to running this year (& I kindof don’t even remember old PR’s since they’re so old) I’m just counting starting this year.
  • March 29 – Beginner Run: 2nd Beginner run of the year.  Very excited that these are going to be a planned monthly event, every 2nd Saturday.  Its been great to see new runners getting out there & to hear that we’ve been making a difference.
  • March 30 -Forks XV:  very proud to have finished this race!  This is a very old, very talked about race in our area.  I’m glad to have finally been a part of it.  Super Mega thankful to have found a running buddy who stayed with me the whole way.

Some numbers:

  • 4- races done in 2014 (10 more minimum to go, 2 halfs scheduled as well as various 5k’s & hopefully other distances too)
  • 30- miles run in March, bringing my total for the year to around 100 (need to get going if I really am going to run this year!)
  • 15- pounds lost
  • non scale victories: pants fitting better, knowing I look better to myself, getting comments & congratulations from other people
  • plus many more running friends made

Coming up:

  • April 6- Color Run: Super Excited for this!
  • a few other local 5k’s, not sure which I will run for sure yet
  • 4 weeks left till the Bridge Run- need to stick to my training better this month.  In March, I averaged 3 days a week, when it should have been more like 5.  Hopefully now that the weather’s better & time is running out, I will get the push I need to keep up better.

 

Running Plans for 2014

My biggest goal & focus for this year is getting healthier & more fit.  Running has always been my exercise of choice, even though haven’t always been regular at it.  This year I have plans that I will be able to stick which will help me become a better runner.  They are as follows:

  • Team Confluence– In November of last year (just a few months ago) I applied to be a member of my local running store’s promotional team, Team Confluence.  I didn’t really think I would get selected to be on it, but I thought I’d try anyway.  I did actually get selected to be a part of the team, which I’m really excited about.  We had our first meeting on Sunday & I’m super excited about this team.  We have such cool plans for running support in our community.
  • Binghamton Bridge Run– My local half marathon, my main running goal for this year.  This will be the 3rd year the city has had the half marathon.  I was never able to run it before due to work & overall not being ready to commit to it.  This year I am really excited to be able to run it. I’m even participating in a training plan with Confluence Running.  The support will be a big help to me with the training.   This is the biggest race that I’ve committed to so far this year & it is in May.

I’m slightly concerned about hitting a running wall after the Bridge Run because that is what happened after I ran my marathon in 2009.  This time will be different, though because I will schedule more big races after that (I just haven’t decided what they are yet).  In the meantime, I have 2 more year long goals that I’ve committed to:

  • 14 in 14– I found this nifty little challenge via twitter.  The goal is as simple as it looks, run 14 races in 2014.   This should be an easy one, there is pretty much at least a 5k every week in my area.

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  • Run this year– I found this challenge on twitter, also.  To complete this one, you can run the year in miles (2014 miles) or kilometers (2014 km = 1251.4 miles).  I was a little daunted by the miles challenge, so I am pledging to run the year in kms.  It looks like it will end up being around 24 miles a week.

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With these 2 extra challenges, I feel like am in going to be in a good position to keep my running goals for the year.

Hello!

Hi there! This is my first post & I’m pretty excited about it. I follow several other blogs & have been thinking lately that its time for me to have my own. So here it is:
I love getting & sending mail, so a lot of my posts will be about that.  I got really involved with mail this February after watching Hannah Brencher talk about how The World Needs More Love Letters. From there, I’ve just gone crazy. I joined Mary Robinette Kowal’s Month of Letters initiative & forums. I joined Swap-Bot. I participate in Post Crossing.  My newest community of friends is the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club (#IGGPPC). They are some of the best spirited girls around!

I’ve always been an avid reader (sometimes more than others). I’m currently in a few different Goodreads groups which have been helping me read a better variety of books.

I also love getting a good deal (who doesn’t?) so there might be some fun frugal tips sometimes.

I think that everyone needs a little extra kindness.  So I try to spread positivity as much as I can.

Lastly, I’m a “sometimes” runner. In 2009, I ran the Walt Disney marathon with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. It was an amazing experience. I don’t run as much but I should.

So, join me as I continue to try & find my happy pace!