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May has put me in a bit of a funk. Between travel, busy schedules, and hot temps, my motivation to work out has tanked. I won’t lie, I’ve put on a fair bit of weight since last year this time. And I’m not happy about it. But not being happy about it does not make it disappear. Instead, I fret about it, and stress about it, and end up either guilting myself into trying something new and difficult and failing, or throwing in the towel and saying let’s try tomorrow, or body shaming myself into a tizzy.

Enough is enough.

Tomorrow starts a new month. I like fresh starts for the nice, blank slate it offers. I have set 5 goals for myself for the month of June. All are attainable, and all are small enough goals on their own that I can push myself to achieve, and all together, they are good habits to build over the next 30 days. I don’t feel like any of the goals below are too lofty to set myself up to fail, but all are difficult enough that I will be challenging myself with each one.

Without further ado, my June goals are listed below:

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5 big glasses of water each day. 5 x 20 oz. glasses = 100 oz of water every day. I do not drink enough water, period. I am going to challenge myself to drink 100 oz. per day for a whole month, and hopefully my mood and skin will be thanking me, even if my bladder will get some extra work.

4 runs per week. Running has been a struggle. It’s been hard, and the extra weight I’m carrying around is not making it any easier. I completed a half marathon at the beginning of May, and it was one of the hardest runs of my life. I have been working to get back in the swing of things and starting small, and I need to keep doing this until the joy returns. Running is always there for me, I need to give it the dedication it deserves to reward me.

3 gym sessions per week. Chris and I joined a new gym a few months ago, and we have been trying to go once a week to lift. I am challenging myself to continue doing this, along with going to 2 workout classes over lunch each week. The classes are different enough I won’t get bored, and putting it here for everyone to read will help keep me accountable to go three times a week, which will help build muscle and sweat out fat.

2 other “activities” per week. (DVD workout, or bike ride, or swim, or walk, etc) Basically, be ACTIVE! I have DVDs I can workout to, or I can go on evening bike rides or walks, there is plenty I can do to be active and get a little sweat on, so I am challenging myself to do 2 other activities along with 4 runs and 3 gym sessions, each week.

1 pop per week – or less! I weaned myself off caffeine a couple months ago, and though I don’t get a headache if I don’t have caffeine any more, I still find myself having a pop a couple times a week. I don’t want a couple times a week to turn into every day, nor do I want it to turn into an addiction like it was previously, so I’m going to allow myself one pop per week if I want it. Hopefully, with the other positive changes I am making, I will not always want one once a week, but I’m not going to cut it out completely. MODERATION!

June is going to be a good month, friends. Do you have any goals for June? Share them with me, and let’s keep each other accountable!!

2018 Running Goals

Don’t call it a comeback…

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You guys, I’VE BEEN RUNNING!

Over the past 2 months, I’ve graduated from physical therapy and continued on my therapy “return to running” plan. Just a couple weeks ago, I ran my very first nonstop mile post-surgery. It’s slow going, and not entirely pain free (my KNEE is pain free while running, it’s the hamstring and calf now that are sore while running, and then there’s a bit of residual knee pain after running).. but I’M RUNNING!

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These pictures were taken 6 days apart, in December. Tank tops to long sleeves.. only in Kansas!

I have a few goals for 2018. If you would compare these goals to previous years’ running goals, you’d scoff at how tiny these goals are, but if you look back at the year I’ve had in regards to my knee injury, surgery, and recovery, I’m so excited the roughest and toughest stuff is behind me, and I can RUN!  It’s not going to be easy. In fact, it’s disheartening how much fitness I lost over the past 8 months of barely running to not weight bearing at all after surgery, to slowly recovering back to where I am now. My last month of decent-ish mileage was May, and that month only had 50 or so miles in it!  2017 was extremely low in terms of mileage; I will end up with just about 300 miles for 2017, almost all of those miles happening January through May.  For comparison, I ran 1025 miles in 2016. 

2017 was a really rough year in terms of fitness and running for me. I have a lot of work to do, and I need to be kind to my body and be extra kind and thankful for my knee which is still mending.  But I’m not looking into the past, I’m looking forward!

In 2018, I hope to complete 2 half marathons, even if it is a walk/run. I hope to do 1 in the spring and 1 in the fall. Ideally, I will walk/run the spring and run the half in the fall, but right now, all options are open, and no races are on my schedule.  I have a couple races in mind, but I’m not signing up for anything until much closer. Right now, I’m on a running schedule with minutes, and strictly using a metronome to keep my cadence up. My return to running schedule currently does not allow me to run back to back days, and I am very cognizant of my running form and any signals my knee is giving me.  I will continue on this path until I’m ready to run back to back days without a metronome. I will sign up for a race when I feel I can complete it.

In 2018, I will get my butt to the gym. I hope to get back to lunch time classes about once per week, and lift once or twice per week as well. I’m not setting myself up with a strict schedule to begin, but I want to get back to the gym consistently in 2018. I am lucky that my employer pays most of my gym membership, leaving me with a tiny monthly fee. There is absolutely no reason I can’t get into a solid routine, which will certainly help strengthen my weak leg muscles and help me get some fitness back.  I want to keep up my cycling, and add in a regular cycle class, in addition to using my bike at home.

In 2018, I want to eat healthier. I want to limit or eliminate my pop and sugar intake. I drink wayyyy too much pop and have wayyyyy too many sweet treats.  The addiction is real.  As I ease my way back into running, I want to help my body and treat it with kind and tasty healthier foods instead of giving it sugar and crap to eat and drink. I know the journey off sugar or limiting sugar will be a long one, and I’m not planning to go cold turkey.  There isn’t anything wrong with an occasional treat, but my treats have become mostly daily. I anticipate this goal will be the toughest of the three I have for 2018.

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Thanksgiving run in Hays with Chris and Momma, my first outdoor run since before my surgery in July.

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2017: March Running

I have just one word for March’s weather: bipolar!  One day I could run in a tank top and be sweaty in minutes, and the next day it’s chilly and rainy, and then the next day it’s warm and windy.  CRAZY weather.  I ran 3 miles last night to finish with 90 miles for March!  You can check out the recaps for January and February.

I cycled 3 times in March, and had some solid miles on the bike.  I’ve been enjoying the cycle classes lately, they’ve been pushing me out of my comfort zone, and I’m happy to have Chris with me on occasion too.

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Like I said above, the weather is crazy. I ran 5 miles with Amy on one Wednesday and it was chilly enough for vests and ear coverings, and then on that Saturday, Chris and I ran long and I was in a tank top and super sweaty! Crazy weather.  I had several long runs in March, with a 7 miler one weekend, 9 another weekend, and 10 last weekend.

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Chris and I also explored the trails at Shawnee Mission Park, which was great cross-training, and a nice change of pace for a “recovery” after one of our long runs.  We hope to continue going out to the trails to explore and hike every now and then.

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My ankle has been doing better since I sprained it at the beginning of February. It still gets kind of puffy after long runs, and I still have some sharp pain near my pinky toe, especially after running, but it’s getting better!

I was thrilled to meet up with Erica and run 10 miles last weekend on the paved trails by Leawood City Park.  It had been a couple years since I’d seen her last; she was one of my karate buddies from back in the day.

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Looking ahead to April: I have 2 races, Rock the Parkway Half Marathon, next weekend, and then at the end of the month, the Trolley Run 4 miler.  How was your March?

March stats:
Running: 17 runs, totaling 90 miles.
Cycling: 3 cycle classes, totaling 32 miles.
Longest Run: 10 miles, March 26th.
Races: None.