Archive | December, 2015

2015 – Year in Review

28 Dec

This 2015 review will be short and sweet because that’s exactly what the year was for me. This year was the fastest year that I have experienced in recent memory. The truth though, is that I did not manage my time well this year, which made 2015 more challenging for myself than it needed to be and my need to control every.single.thing. was no help to the downward spiral of available time.

But then I remember that my goal in 2015 was to get fit after baby. I did that! I remember that I gained obscene amounts of weight with my pregnancy and I worked it ALL off in 2015, and then some. So, maybe I did manage my time well in that I set my goal and I met it…but my goal shouldn’t be my only focal point. Or should it?!

One of the things I hear about myself most often from friends and loved ones (the people who will tell me the REAL truth about myself) is that my ability to set a goal and crush it is admirable. I appreciate that insight because it’s something that I find to be an asset. However, at what point does that character trait inhibit my ability to find balance in all things in my life?

Did I devote too much time to working out and meeting my 2015 goal? I’m not sure that I did, but I’m not sure that I didn’t.

What I do know, however, is that my heart is more full at the end of 2015 than it was in the beginning. Feeling fat and out of shape put me in a bad mental state and I was less appreciative of all that I have in January than I am now. So, I guess that means 2015 was great.

My new goal for 2016 is exactly what I missed out on in 2015…time! I want to get off my butt for more than just exercise. I want to bake cookies with my son, I want to take my son to the park in 2016, I want to get my Christmas presents to my family and friends on time in 2016.

What about you? If you would be so willing, I would love to hear what your goals/hopes/dreams are for 2016!

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Turkey Trot 12k in Vegas

14 Dec

Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate what we have and to be thankful for the countless opportunities in life. Before digging into the feast with my family, I had the chance to be thankful for my health, my strength and my fitness at the Las Vegas Turkey Trot. The 12k Turkey Trot marked a significant personal milestone for me as it was my furthest distance to date. Best of all, I had fun and the support of my family and friends, all while working harder than ever to achieve my goals.

Qualifying Times for Disneyland’s Half Marathon

My overall running goal is to complete a half marathon next May. Running a full 13.1 miles is no easy task, but it is an accomplishment I’m willing to work hard for. In order to be in the right starting corral for the race, I need to have a qualifying time that represents my speed and ability. The qualifying event I selected was the Las Vegas Turkey Trot, which stretches for 12 kilometers on the Historic Railroad Trail. I achieved my goal of running the entire distance and submitting my official pace in order to participate in the half marathon. Knowing that I’m one step closer to getting there is an exciting thought and one step closer to being able to check another item off my bucket list!

A New PR

For a runner, there are two particularly exciting moments in racing. One is getting a PR for time. The other is getting a PRD, or personal distance record, which means you have run further than you have ever run before. Prior to the Turkey Trot, I had to date run five and a half miles during one run outside. I’m so proud to report that I finished this 12k on Thanksgiving Day, just under seven and a half miles, while running it in its entirety. This just renews my confidence than in a few short months, I’ll be ready to tackle 13.1 miles on my quest to complete a half marathon.

The Ultimate Finish

Running through the scenic Hoover Dam landscape starting at 8:00am was amazing (the getting up in order to be there by then may not have been), and running further than ever before was a confidence boost.

The Las Vegas Turkey Trot 12k will definitely go down in history as a goal crushing experience and it served as my preparation for my ultimate goal: to complete in the Disney Tinkerbell half marathon in May.

The best part of that race, however, was crossing the finish line. Since there were no spectators on the course, I had to wait until the very end to see the people I love most in the world: my husband, my best friend and my 16-month-old son.

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