Monday, March 25, 2013

To 30 and Beyond!

So here it is. The long-awaited "wrapping up my twenties" post. It's been swell. Blog done. (drop the mic)

Kidding, of course. Let's chat.

I've been getting lots of questions about the blog lately since I just dropped off the face of the earth, and thought they'd make a good post.

My 30B430 Project - How did it turn out? What are you going to do about the things you didn't finish? Are you going to do a 30 in 30 list?

Welp, didn't finish the list. But I am totally okay with that. What I liked about the list is that it gave me some public accountability for trying new things and putting myself out there. I also made the decision along the way that I couldn't live and die by the list, and that some priorities were more important than others. Writing my dissertation outweighs a Man vs. Food Challenge. Maybe not in actual pounds (food weighs a lot), but, you know.

I am very proud to say that I checked off 16 of the things. Just over half. That may not be how you measure success, but I am so excited about the adventures that I had and what I learned about myself along the way.

As for another list, I do have one and you can see it under the tab. I decided not to attach a specific time frame to this one (clearly I am not following the whole SMART goal philosophy here), but rather continue to add to it and grow my list of things I want to do in my life. It will be an inspiration, but not necessarily with a ton of structure.  I'll keep you posted on what I check off though!

Your Blog - Are you changing the name now that you aren't in your twenties?

Yes. Just not quite yet. I have the new name picked out, and have some other more exciting changes to come. It's just going to take a minute. I will attempt to get everything sorted out before I turn 31.

Your Birthday - How did you celebrate?

I had a wonderful, but low key birthday celebration. Chris and I drove to St. Louis to visit with friends and do some of my favorite things. Most of which involved eating. My favorite thing of all. We also visited the arch, did the AB Brewery Tour, and hung out with the best people of all. A huge shout out to Janelle for hosting us, and to Kelly, Lucy, Shiloh, Susan, and Shelley for sharing in the celebrations. I have some of the greatest friends.

I also got to have a bonus family celebration with Chris, my mom, and my sister. Any birthday that involves jambalaya, bread pudding, and key lime pie from Maxie's Southern Comfort is a win in my book. Yes, two desserts is ALWAYS the way to go.

What's next? 

Enjoying every minute of 30! I'm over a month in and I haven't fallen apart yet.

: )

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

13 Races and 13.1 in 2013

Remember when I ran a lot? I'd like to do that again.
One of my main goals for this year is to get back into a regular running schedule, and to check off that half marathon goal. 13.1 in 2013? Yes, please. I really miss running. While I wasn't fast, it was amazing stress relief, and something I can do that is just for me.

And what I found last year, is that I really liked the opportunity to do those shorter races. They were way more fun than my plain old training runs. So why not aim to complete 13 races this year?! 

So here is my schedule for what I'd like to do this spring/summer to get started:

  1. Saturday, March 23 - Bunny Rock Run 5K
  2. Saturday, April 27 - Either the Deer Run 10K (which I did last year) or the Crazylegs Classic 8K
  3. Saturday, May 11 - The Cupcake Run 5K (c'mon, does this not have my name all over it?)
  4. Saturday, May 25 - The Color Run Racine (this is more of a fun one)
  5. Saturday, June 8 - The Lombardi Run
  6. Wednesday, June 12 - SuperRun 5K
  7. Saturday, June 15 - Either the Lighthouse Run 10 miler in Racine, or the Rock N' Sole Quarter Marathon (I participated in both races last year and am bummed that they fall on the same day!)
  8. Wednesday, July 4 - The Firecracker 4
  9. Thursday, July 11 - Storm the Bastille 5K
  10. Thursday, July 18 - Festa 5K (no info yet)
  11. Saturday, July 20 - Sausage Racers 5K
As for the half marathon, I have a few options:

I am hoping to decide fairly soon. I'm leaning towards the Brewer's Half because it gives me a little more time, and will likely not be blazing hot like it was in August last year.

Does this sound like fun to you? Run with me! I'd love a buddy.

Don't live by me? That's okay. We can run together virtually.  A blog running group if you will. Share a race that you might like to do in the comments section, and I'll cheer for ya from here!

Never run before? That's okay. I started totally from scratch last year. And I'll basically be starting over again now. I used a Couch to 5K program, which was a great tool to help me start slow and build steady progress along the way. I totally recommend it.

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