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Goodbye 2015!

I finally had somewhat of a normal running week! A few short runs, a MGP (marathon goal pace) run, a long easy run..and all without pain!

NOW! Let’s recap 2015! The recap from 2014 was a sad one. I came off such a low year, I just knew 2015 was going to be better, it had to get better!…and it totally did.

My goals from last year were to hit a sub 20:00 5k, a 1:30 half marathon, 5 consecutive pull-ups, travel more & be present and enjoy the surprises. The time goals I set for the 5k & half are very large goals, and i feel like the progress i’ve hit this past year was HUGE and i’m very happy with it. Taking time off of these distances are all about the progress, which will eventually get me to the end goal.

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1:36:07 Indianapolis Monumental 1/2

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I also added a lifetime bucket list goal in the early months of last year to run a race in all 50 states, last year I added Delaware…

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In 2015 I ran 1094 miles. ¬†Only about 40 miles less than last year, which is good considering the IT Band issue. Which was the only low from 2015. I was out of commission for about 6 weeks but I kept fitness with a ton of cross training, so this wasn’t as horrible as I thought it was at the time. (Doesn’t it always work out that way?)

2015 was a huge year because Cameron and I adopted L.E. –i think she falls under the category of “enjoying the surprises” ūüėČ

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I went skydiving! That was momentous, letting control go and just enjoying my birthday surprise.

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Let’s not forget about the traveling, I visited my sister in LA early in the year, which i LOVED. I’m pretty sure i’m meant to live out west.

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Colorado & Utah were by far the coolest places in the US i’ve been so far. I can’t wait to go back and explore.

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As far as the “being present” goal.. this trip takes the cake for my resolution. It’s hard not to be present with all the beauty out west, and I took every moment in when we decided to get married out there…

I’ll be getting up my resolutions by the end of this week. I hope everyone had a great New Years and are ready to tackle 2016!!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 4m easy 8:40/pace

Wednesday: 45min upper body + 2m easy 9:30/pace

Thursday: 5m MGP workout (1m warm up 9:30/pace, 3 @ 7:53/pace, 1m cooldown 9:30/pace)

Friday: 2.2m walk

Saturday: 15min hips, 20min stairmill

Sunday: 2.6m walk, 7m long 8:18/pace

Total Miles: 18 running + 4.8 walking

What’s your favorite memory from 2015?


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Future Future Goals

Monday: 30 min core

Tuesday: 50 bodyweight dips, 100 alternating rows (40lb cable)

Wednesday: 5m easy 8:40/pace

Thursday: 5 miles, 6 X 400s @ 6:00/pace, recovery @ 10:00/pace

Alright, it’s that time to solidify some real goals. After a few days of a fever (i’m a 5 year old) and lounging in pjs, my only goal was to watch as many movies as possible… I’m now ready to begin this year and start attacking goals!

Sub 20:00 5k

Whenever I hit a sub 7 mile, a puppy is born. Wouldn’t it be great if more puppies were born?? Sorry, caffiene’s hitting me hard right now —I want to run fast and I like to run fast. It’s been a long year of slow easy miles, so i’m ready to tackle a completely different style of training and mileage. Lauren @ The Foodie Runner challenged her readers not only to set goals, but also come up with a plan for how to get there.

Most people who walk in the gym this week will want to lose 20 lbs or whatever, but the second you ask them how they plan to do it, they get stumped. Or say “i’m gonna do cardio and maybe a class or two”<—Not good enough!

Having a plan or someone to help¬†with that plan is sooooo important. It’s like going on a road trip without a map or a gps, ridiculous right? So don’t chance it with your goals this year. Ask me questions! Or head over to Lauren’s page and have her coach you for a specific race.

Sub 1:30 1/2 Marathon

How am I going to meet these time goals? I’m following the Ultimate Runner program for an entire year to see what changes occur in my running life. I’ve learned so much over the last few years from blogs, Lauren, my own trial and error and I’m ready to take everything I learned and put it into a program that makes a lot of sense for me and my schedule.

I plan on focusing solely on the 5k until summer. I’ll still do long runs and i’ll have a race or two during the next 6 months that aren’t the 5k distance, but my efforts will all be geared toward getting faster. I’m going to try running a 5k once per month to give myself ample opportunities to succeed and get used to racing! Im hoping that as my speed and racing skills improve, by fall i’ll feel more confident going into the half marathon training and aim for a huge goal.

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after 400s. First time since the marathon doing a real speed workout!

Complete 5 Consecutive Pull Ups

Last year I focused on doing body weight dips, which now, i’m pretty comfortable with, but pull ups are still such a hard exercise! I’m using the pull up assist machine and doing jumping pull ups, where you jump up and grab the bar then focus on the deceleration (or the negative). I’m definitely getting stronger, but i’m still far from being able to complete a set!

timed flex arm hang (not pull ups, but still tough!)

timed flex arm hang (not pull ups, but still tough!)

Travel More

I don’t have specific places I want to visit, I just want to go, explore, run, eat, drink and be merry! There’s too much of this world (and country!) I have yet to see, I’m open for anything this year.

Visit & Review Breweries

It’s no secret I love good beer, especially ones that are hard to get. I figure that when i travel I also want to try out the local brews and since I have a blog, review them. Anyone ever watch Brew Dogs? This show makes me incredibly happy, and bonus! the hosts are hilarious and have a sexy accent. I’m pretty sure this show is why I want to travel and visit breweries.

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Stress Less, Be Present & Enjoy the Surprises 

I’ve talked about this before, last year was Stress Fest 14′ and I was the main event. The worst part was that I never asked for any help with the stress, I assumed I had to handle much of everything myself and tried to control too much. Unfortunately for me, stress leads to depression and depression leads to me living a life without being present. I have many new outlets and healthy ways to cope if I feel overly stressed so this should never get as bad as it was last year. I feel prepared now, but it’s all about practice!

That’s kinda it. It’s a small, but precise list. Fast times, traveling, beer and less stress. Sounds like a good year to me, no?_______________________________________________________

For fun, I want to throw these into the mix so you might know what to expect one day on the ol’ blog. These are Future Future Goals–ones that aren’t going to happen until 2016+. And ones that I daydream about often…

I still want that BQ. A Boston Qualifying time isn’t just about running the Boston course, I really want(ed) to run a fast marathon and I felt 3:30 wasn’t a crazy goal. I still think it’s tangible and when I attempt the distance again, I’m going to shoot for under 3:30.

I want to run a Ragnar Relay, re-lay bad (okay that was a re-lay bad pun. dammit i can’t stop!) I feel like there are enough bloggers in the local area here that we can throw together a pretty fun van full of girls that want to sweat and run together for an obscene amount of miles. I’m talking to you Emmeline, Salt, Lisa.

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Iron Man. I think Robert Downey Jr. would agree that being an Iron Man is pretty sick. To finish an Iron Man, just once, would make me feel like a superhero. At least, that’s how I play it in my head.. even though It would probably feel more like greeting death, but as equals, like in the Deathly Hallows. That’s what they should call Iron Man– the Deathly Hallows- Swimming, Biking & Running until your legs fall off. When the 3 are joined together you become the master of death, thus an Iron Man or Woman! Now, how can I make an ironman/harry potter tattoo work‚Ķ

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Do you have a Future Future Goal?