Motivation Monday X

Monday, December 29, 2014

Today is the last Motivation Monday of the year. Where in the world did the time go? The new year
is quickly approaching and new year resolutions I'm sure are swirling through peoples minds. To be honest, I don't like setting resolutions because after three weeks I usually break them. But as most of you know from reading my posts I create small, obtainable goals which allow me to finish and/or continue over time. So that is exactly what I'll be doing in 2015:

1. In regards to running everyone knows about my 15 in 2015 that I posted about. My first race is on January 10th.
2. I want to focus on my health again - regroup on my food choices and consistent exercise.
3. I want to surround myself with good people -- whether that be new people or people I already know.
4. I want to continue to be happy -- live, laugh, LOVE!
5. I WILL be running another marathon this year and I WILL hit my 4:30 goal.
What are your goals for 2015? I'd love to hear them! 

Last Time You Did Something For The First Time

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It's 7 p.m. I'm ready for bed.

But my reason for being so sleepy was so worth it.

For a while, a long while, I've contemplated joining a running group. I first thought about this when I signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon. I thought it would be nice to be with someone as I'm out there for hours at a time. And I thought it would be fun to make new friends. And I thought it would be nice to go into this marathon with more support. But there was one major thing setting me back -- ANXIETY!

I'm not an anxious person, not at all. But for some reason the thought of joining a running group gave me agita. The whole thing is quite amusing actually being that I grew up playing team sports and I was a captain for nearly all of those teams. Running with other people would be like a team sport, right?

Sadly, my own head got to me, the anxiety set in and I opted to not join a running club. What if I'm too slow and can't keep up? What if they are really fast and they get pissed because I'm holding them back? What if I need to stop running and walk? Just don't bother with it and run alone. Am I a runner!? See why it took me so long to believe that one...head game, total head game.

I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Long story short, I got reconnected with a fellow runner friend and she told me how she started a running club and there are LOTS of people who are a part of it. Soooooo I took the plunge and joined the private Facebook group they have. In my mind, this is how I looked at the running group -- I can join the group, go on a run with whomever -- if I like it, GREAT! If I don't, then I know I tried it and don't have to go back.

So I posted to the group asking if there were any EARLY, like 5-5:30 a.m., runners in the group because I kept seeing people post for runners at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. Immediately I got a response back telling me about a group that runs Monday through Thursday at 5:15 a.m. PERFECT, just what I was looking for. I had planned to go with them on Tuesday morning but because of the whole Montco shooting and the guy not being found, I was squirrelly about running on the streets in the dark.

So today I joined the group. I woke up at 4:20 a.m., got dressed, hit the group and met the group to take off at 5:15 a.m. With temperatures in the low 30s and complete darkness, the thought of staying in bed sounded amazing. But I made the commitment to go and I'm so glad I did.

I had the best time ever running with this group of women. The cold temperatures quickly became bearable as the time passed. They got to know me, I got to know them. I did a lot of listening, but that was great. I love hearing peoples stories. Not only was this my first time in a group but it was my first time NEVER wearing headphones while running -- WHAT?!!? Today was all about firsts!

If it was not for these few other ladies, I would have still been curled up in bed, snoozing away with Gatsby. I was actually disappointed when I had to leave after the first three miles (the group does two 3-mile loops leaving at 5:15 a.m. and coming back to the start for more runners at 5:50 a.m.) because I had to go into work early.

Maybe it was the first time excitement, but I can't believe I waited this long to run with others. I have a good feeling this is going to turn into a regular commitment. A new group of friends. A new way to stay focused. And the best way to not slack off. 

Thanks ladies, hitting the streets with you this morning was so much fun. I can't wait to do it again.

P.S. I have a soccer game at 10:30 p.m. tonight. I hope I can stay awake!

All is Calm, All is Bright

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Last night my girlfriends and I got in the holiday spirit by taking a Chalk Class at Belovely floral and event design in Ambler. We've been eyeing up these classes for months, but because of popularity they sell out quickly. We were so happy to squeeze in for their holiday class and our final products came out great. I can't wait to go to class again!!!

Fifteen in 2015

Sunday, December 7, 2014

When in comes to my fitness, I like to set goals.

They keep you in check, they keep you working hard towards an end point and honestly, this is how my mind works to keep me motivated. With the marathon being over, my mind is already thinking "what is next."

Do I want to run another marathon? Do I want to run a half marathon this Spring? We're three weeks away from 2015 and I'm already starting to look ahead at my running calendar. I've put much thinking into it and I know what I want to accomplish next year.

So what I created for myself is Fifteen in 2015 -- in 2015 I will run 15 races throughout the entire calendar year. I will run at least one race each month, and obviously multiple in some months to make up the extra three.

Fifteen in 2015 has some guidelines I have created for myself:

  • The race distance must be a 5k, 8k, 10k, 10-miler, half marathon or marathon; also allowed is a Sprint Triathlon.
  • Races may be an IRun4 Virtual Race or a certified road race (example: your local 5k race in town.)
  • The runs must be outside. 
  • At least half of the races (7) must be a race I have never ran before.
  • This is not mandatory but I have a goal for at least half of the races (7) I bring someone with me who I have either:
    1. never ran a race with before
    2. someone who is a new runner/never completed a race before
    3. OR a fellow runner friend who I have ran with before but it has been a while
I am SOOOO excited for this challenge and I am of course looking for race suggestions. Do you have any? Want to run one of my 15 races with me -- please let me know! Don't be shy! I'd be happy to share my training schedule programs and give as much advise as possible.

 Up next....saving money to pay for all of these races and making my running calendar for the year.

Elf On The Shelf

Thursday, December 4, 2014

This whole Elf on the shelf thing is amazing. I love the idea of being able to keep your kids in check during the holiday season because your elf is watching. Granted I do not have kids (I don't think Gatsby will understand) but I can't wait to do Elf on the Shelf with my kids because Pinterest has soooo many fun ideas. The Elf peeing, the Elf in the cookie jar, the Elf watching TV. How hard can it be?! It seems fun!

But despite my enthusiasm now, I'm sure I'm going to be hating it while I'm doing it. Why do I say this? Because my Facebook is filled with bitching mothers and it's only day 4. They post:

"The moment of panic when you wake up and realize you never moved the elf and have to run around to find a place before the kids follow you down the stairs...Happy Wednesday!"

"This stupid Elf....it's only day three and I'm ready to pack him back up again. Why did I decide to do this?"

And possibly my favorite, "The boys want to know why Elvis the Elf is in the same location this morning as yesterday...umm....because he got drunk last night? Anyone have an advice on how to dance around that one?!"

Ok, maybe I don't want to do the Elf of the Shelf with my kiddies....

Motivation Monday VIIII

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy Happy Monday! I'm back with a little motivation Monday! Did you miss me?

It's a special Monday today because it's the first of the month. Can you believe it is December 1st?!? Where in the world has time gone?! We're officially 24 days away from Christmas and like many of you, I still have plenty of shopping to do -- although I'm half way done from Black Friday which is a win in my book! (AND I bought NOTHING for myself which is beyond tough being a shopaholic!)

With the "holiday" season, I feel like we always let ourselves go health wise, even though we always say "I really have to watch what I'm eating." This December I set some goals for myself now that marathon training is over. I want to:

  1. Complete a 30-day ab challenge I found on Pinterest 
  2. Workout at least 5 days a week - mainly refocusing on my strength training and cutting back on cardio
  3. Planning out my lunch meals for the entire month -- it makes life so much easier!
What are your December goals? Does setting goals help you? Looking for a tough workout for in home or at the gym? I did this workout this morning and it sure was a good one! I'm looking forward to seeing if I can beat it next week! I'd love to hear how you do!  
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