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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” 😉

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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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Christmas Road Trip

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 4m easy 8:40/pace

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

Since the weather was mild during Christmas we took a very long drive to Northwest Indiana and celebrated with each of our families. It definitely helps that most of our family live 20 miles from each other! Small world.

Our first stop was to see my nephews & brother & sister-in-law. They all love LE and got to help celebrate her 1st birthday on Christmas Eve.

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Jaxon, Mason, Brant & LE

Not gonna lie, i tried her baked cookie. It was actually heavenly. Molasses & cinnamon with a sweet frosting. Yes, I taste LE’s treats. Cameron thinks i’m disgusting a weirdo, but in my defense she eats better and more natural/organic than I do.

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the boys sang Happy Birthday to her!

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me and Trish the dish

Christmas was exhausting but wonderful all at once. It gets overwhelming trying to be in so many places during a short amount of time, and plenty overwhelming when i’m around a ton of people. I was so drained most of the time, I only went running once on Christmas–but hey, at least the IT bands are feeling good and I got to run outside. Plus I figured it was a good time to take 4-5 days completely off from training as I like to do semi-annually.

Our 2nd Christmas was spent with Cameron’s extended family (mom’s side). We opened a ton of gifts, drank a lot of wine and enjoyed ham & sweet potatoes and amazing cupcakes from my bff runner lover Elise. Don’t worry, i forgot to take pictures of everything so you don’t have cupcake pictures to be jealous of.

 

 

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Me and my Mother-in-law, Chris! and dogs..they love me! haha

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Our 3rd Christmas (have you seen the movie Four Christmases, that’s us!) was spent with my favorite family, the Raycrofts. We will be heading to Colorado with these good people in May and I CAN’T WAIT.

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Kathy, Me & Pat

 

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Cameron, Me, Patrick, Josh & Maury

Another big highlight of our trip was seeing Star Wars for the 2nd time in Imax 3D. I definitely prefer 2D movies, but i’ll watch the new Star Wars anyway I can.

As soon as we got back home we started watching Episode IV…

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Happy Holidays and have a great New Year!!! Next up is the annual 2015 recap & 2016 goals!

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Last Week

Monday: 5 rounds– 5:00min Jacobs ladder, 10 pushups, 10 mountain climbers

Tuesday: 5m easy

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 5.1m easy 9:00/pace

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 10.1

How many Christmases do you attend? 

We always do 3-4 when we head back to Indiana. Next year we might have to do a solo holiday season or a vacation!