March 2017 – Monthly Roundup

This past week I have been down on myself because I haven’t felt that great and I haven’t done anything to progress on any of my goals.  But today I get to write how I did for my goals and I completed two and got a great start to a third and that’s BAD-ASS.  So I need to stop being so hard on myself.  Here’s my update:

  1. Run the Naked Bavarian 40 mile race on March 4, 2017  –  Still smiling and proud of myself for completing this race. Read race recap here if you missed it.
  2. Raise $5,000 for Covenant House Pennsylvania – Boom reached $5,150 the day before the race.  I also went to their sleep-out event last Friday which I also need to blog about.  
  3. Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017 –  Training was supposed to continue after the 40 miler but it basically stopped and I am not mad about it.  Tomorrow I have a marathon, which I am not really prepared for but I am not too nervous, we’ll see how I feel about it tomorrow night.  My plan is to kick butt in April but we will see how that goes because life with two kids tends to take precedence.
  4. Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – Nope. Not doing it this month.  I just came back from France where the pastries are worth every calorie and the Champagne was flowing.  I wasn’t going to let this goal get in my way of enjoying that so I will revisit this goal on April 30th.
  5. Rock climb More – So our trip to France was mainly about rock climbing so I climbed a couple of rocks on four separate days.  Check me out here with my hubby and baby:20170320_130829296_ios
  6. Travel More – France was great but I still have to write a post about it.  We will be in Niagara Falls for Memorial Day weekend.
  7. Blog More – My race recap for the Naked Bavarian was the type of quality writing I’d like to see on here.  I am not blogging for the sake of blogging I am looking for quality over quantity in all aspects of my life.
  8. One small house project a monthNope this one didn’t happen either.  Going to have to double up in March/April – lets face it March is about my birthday and FRANCE  – that’s what I wrote last month and yup April is going to be the month of getting shit done.
  9. Declutter –   I had a big donation pickup with 6 boxes of stuff getting picked up. and I got rid of a bookcase on Letgo
  10. Spend less – We spent a lot in France but I am happy to say it was mainly on food and experiences and not “stuff” to bring home.  That’s more our style.

Happy Friday! Wish me luck tomorrow!

-G

Vacationing with kids is hard

We are back from 11 days in France.  When we told people we were heading to France with a 10 month old and a 2 year old most people thought we were nuts and maybe we are.  Traveling with young children is difficult.  I think I had mentally prepared myself  a bit better than my husband and managing expectations is a great way to make the best of a challenging situation. Plus I had the breastfeeding breaks from our overactive toddler.

That said, I haven’t been able to get back into my groove yet.   It’s been a week what gives?!?     I keep forgetting things and I haven’t made time for running which is unlike me.  I have opted for more sleep instead of early morning running  – can you blame me?  Either way I am hoping to have a lovely post of our vacation travels soon and maybe even a list of do’s and don’ts of traveling with little ones.  In the meantime, enjoy this fantastic pic of us at the Eiffiel Tower:

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Au revoir!

-G

40 before 40

Now that I am closer to 40 than 30 I thought it would be fun to make a list of things I want to try/do/complete before I turn the ripe old age of 40.  I am obviously joking.  I have never had a problem getting older because the alternative would be no bueno.  So here goes nothing:

  1. Visit the Williamette Valley in Oregon
  2. Volunteer at a nonprofit
  3. Run a sub 25 minute 5k (8:03 minute pace)
  4. Visit Muir Woods
  5. Tip 100% of the bill at a restaurant (this one is thanks to Steph)
  6. Take yoga for one month (at least twice a week)
  7. Buy a car
  8. Go to the Met
  9. Surf in LBI
  10. Visit Costa Rica
  11.  Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding again
  12. Visit Arches National Park
  13. Run a sub 2 hour half marathon (9:00 minute pace)
  14. Camp with my family
  15. Fit all my cloths in one closet
  16. Run a sub 4:30 marathon (10:18 pace)
  17. Read every book I own or give it away
  18. Build a little free library
  19. Adopt a family in need at Christmas (this one is thanks to Steph as well)
  20. Try a receipe from every cookbook I own or give it away
  21. Build my sons a rock climbing wall
  22. Take my kids sugaring at the Bohl Family Farm
  23. Run a race in Napa Valley
  24. Pay my mothers real estate taxes for her
  25. Run the Wissahickon Four Corners
  26. Own less but better quality shoes
  27. Run an Obstacle Course Race
  28. Paint a picture
  29. Scuba dive
  30. Learn how to knit
  31. Learn how to make rice like my mother
  32. Read a novel in Spanish
  33. Become my definition of a minimalist
  34. Get Lasik or at least figure out if I am a candidate
  35. Kick my aggressive driving behavior
  36. Hire a cleaning woman or figure out a less stressful way to maintain the house
  37. Sign up for a Triathlon
  38. Complete a 14er
  39. Volunteer at a race at least once a year
  40.  Hike Machu Picchu

Happy Tuesday peeps and yes I am still on Cloud 9 from my race on Saturday. I hope this feeling lasts awhile because it feels good!