Without Music

It has been three years since my first outdoor long run without music.  I was down at the shore in Long Beach Island, NJ and realized I had forgotten my headphones at home.  So it was either run without music or no run at all.  So I ran and by the end I had forgotten that I didn’t have music and ever since; I rarely listen to music.

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I should say though, treadmill miles are still with all of the electronic devices available to me.  But maybe one day I will be like my hero and friend RunEMZ and run all the miles without all of the media. Until then Happy Running!

-G

Naked Bavarian – 20 miler

This race may become my yearly birthday celebration.  There is something about going back to a place where you had some of the lowest moments of your adult life and some of the highest.  Last year I ran the 40 miler (here’s that recap if you’re interested).  I initially signed up for the 40 but I am working on building myself back up to an ultra runner and was happy with adjusting my entry to the 20 miler.   After I posted my February Round-up on the Friday before my race the skies opened and a blizzard ensued.  Somehow even with my planning, I didn’t realize we were supposed to get snow, did I miss that forecast?    Regardless, my office and daycare closed early and many lost power.  I thought for sure I wasn’t running the race.  Usually, I am down for a race with most conditions but at this point I can’t afford to get hurt so after the Grewlin’ Newlin last month.  I went to bed thinking my race was cancelled – at least for me.  Well I woke up at midnight checked my email and there was an update from the Race Director and apparently the storm had not hit at the area at all!  So, I set my alarm and the race was back on!

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This race had such a different feeling and meaning this year then last year.  It was my GOAL race for the year and I had raised $5,000 for Covenant House and it was my way to show the world that even though I had babies I was still the bad ass I always was.  This year was just about me going out and enjoying myself.  Celebrating my birthday the best way I know how, giving myself time to myself and by myself.  But I was in a weird head space when I got to the race.  It may be because the day before I went to bed thinking I wasn’t going to go.  Mainly because there was another bomb-cyclone and all hell had broken loose around our area.  There were 50 mph winds and trees were down everywhere but not at the trail, which we were all grateful for.  I am so happy I did go, I would have been REALLY disappointed if I hadn’t.  I got to see some friends and make new friends.

I never got to the head space I did with the Gruelin Newlin last month which was more of a “zen – constantly smiling and enjoying every step of the way” but I was in this “getting shit done” mind frame. I was feeling pretty good through the first half which is the easier portion.  Once I got to the hills my legs felt heavy but at no point was I ready to quit.  The hills were feeling bigger and bigger by the end but I made friends with someone at the halfway mark and we ran the rest of the race together.  He was great company and his wife was running the 40 miler which was a training run for her, she was some bad-ass runner in her 50’s training for a 100 miler. #lifegoals   We talked a lot which helped so much with the run.  Its amazing how much faster the miles fly when you have someone to chat with.

I was able to finish without too much pain or walking and the best part was I wasn’t really sore the next day!  That is the true test for an endurance athlete, how functional are you the following day?  Well this girl, ran 2.5 miles and went rock climbing so – BOOM! And shout-out to my hubby who delivered a delicious hazy IPA to me during my long hot shower afterwards.

Happy March Madness Thursday!

-G

2018 New Years Resolutions

So I may be posting these on February 9th but I have been working my ass off all year on these and my focus this year is on Health and Home and just simply getting shit done, so here goes nothing:

Health

  1. Running – become a better runner – faster, stronger, longer
  2. Fitness –
    • Finish BBG – 12 weeks cycle repeatedly throughout the year
    • Workout 85% of the year (311 days) at least 35 minutes a day
    • 100,000 steps every week
  3. Diet
    • Strive for a plants based diet
    • No adding sugar

Home

  1. Kids
    • More sleep – bed time routine
    • Better food – work in more veggies all around
    • Clean up own toys
  2.  Projects
    • Build a Walk in closet for Master Bedroom
    • Power wash the house in the spring
    • Plant new bushes where the old ones were
    • Sand and re-stain our front door
    • Paint or stain book shelf in garage
    • Finish painting furniture in basement
    • Start refinishing basement
  3. Clutter
    • Basement – there is stuff everywhere, it has to go
    • Toys – stop buying and get rid of more
    • Baby Stuff – sell or donate
    • Empty Cedar closet
    • Coats – too many in the closet
    • Cloths – need to fit all in the Walk-in closet including shoes
    • Guest Bedroom – Sell all furniture and reorganize
  4. Cleaning
    • Wash all dishes before going to bed
    • Come up with a cleaning schedule and stick to it
    • Laundry – 6 days a week do something with laundry

“Don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress”  

Boom.  Let’s do this.