February Roundup

February 2018 – Getting Shit Done

February was TOUGH.   I was literally awake on Super Bowl Sunday at 1 am with a kid who had thrown up all over himself.  My kids were sick every week including a week when my husband was away for work, I had 3 Wisdom teeth removed which I had been putting off for years but as far as my goals are concerned I KILLED IT.  I keep track of everything in my trusty handy dandy calendar and just so you know, pink = workout. Boom.

Health

  1. Running – become a better runner – faster, stronger, longer
  2. Fitness –
    • Finish BBG – 12 weeks cycle repeatedly throughout the year – I finished my first ever 12 week cycle! Boom.  This has been on my list since 2015 
    • Workout 85% of the year (311 days) at least 35 minutes a day – So I am currently behind on this goal I have missed 10 days so far this year so I am currently at 83% but I have many months left to catch back up.  
    • 100,000 steps every week – Done.
  3. Diet
    • Strive for a plants based diet – I have successfully made a couple of vegetarian meals that were even approved by my hubby so I call that a win.  
    • No adding sugar – Black coffee is not my friend but I still drink that bitch.  

Home

  1. Kids
    • More sleep – bed time routine – We started the year really well with this but recently we’ve been falling off track. Gotta get back at it.
    • Better food – work in more veggies all around – I am starting these Zucchini muffins – this goal is a serious uphill battle so this is a start but its going to be  a battle.
    • Clean up own toys –  This hasn’t really worked but we were focusing on health this month.
  2.  Projects
    • Build a Walk in closet for Master Bedroom – DONE DONE DONE  – Check this out:  Walk-in Closet.jpg
    • 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 – Almost done.  I have many suits from working in NYC in my 20’s that I either need to donate or move into the walk-in closet
    • Guest Bedroom – Sell all furniture and reorganize
  4. Cleaning
    • Wash all dishes before going to bed – I would say I am about 75% on top of this but currently there are last nights dishes in my sink and I am not happy about it. 
    • Come up with a cleaning schedule and stick to it  – still need to get this done.
    • Laundry – 6 days a week do something with laundry – I am about 90% on top of this right now.  Mainly due to one of my children who had explosive poops for about a week straight – good times.

 

Tomorrow I will be tackling the Naked Bavarian again although this time, I am just doing the 20 miler.  Wish me luck!!

-G

Mountain Lakes Trail Run

On Sunday I ran the Mountain Lakes Trail Run in beautiful Princeton, NJ.  It’s a very good thing I decided to do this race before my upcoming half marathon.  I did just about everything wrong for this race but luckily it was only 3.5 miles.  So, because I love lists, let’s just list out all of my mistakes so maybe I can learn from them.

Mistakes:

  1. I went out WAY too fast.  I was running with two of my very tall and speedy friends so I was trying to keep them in view, which made me suck wind and have a killer side stitch during my 2nd mile.  See splits below:run-10-16-16
  2. I didn’t properly fuel before the run.   I breastfed the baby right before the start and I should have eaten something before starting the race.  Lesson learned.
  3. I wore something that I haven’t worn in a couple of months and normally I would be ecstatic about having my fat cloths starting to fit me looser but constantly pulling up my pants up during the race is NOT CUTE.
  4. My belly was FULL of water. I could literally hear it swishing around.  I didn’t go to the bathroom before the start – oops!

Even with everything that went wrong, I was so grateful to be on a trail running and doing what I love.  It was  a beautiful park and a great trail.  Still smiling….

trail-race

Pity Party Over

The pity party is over.  I signed up for the 40 miler.  Time to start carving out more running time.  I have a little less than 5 months to get my act together and run 40 miles.  So I ran  four miles yesterday.  It started out terrible, my knees and ankles felt wonky and foreign but then I reminded myself, that the first mile almost always sucks.  I also made a conscious effort to run by feel, whatever felt good even if it was a snails pace up the giant 1/3 of a mile hill.  Shout out to the older gentleman on the bike coming down that hill who flashed me a smile and some words of encouragement – thanks for not making me feel pathetic about “running” at a 14:00 minute pace.  Overall I finished the run at a 12:30 pace and while I ran the same course 2 weeks ago at 11:08 pace, I felt much better this time around.  I have decided that this route will be my means of comparison to see how I am doing with my training and if I am improving.  Here’s a snapshot from my Fitbit Surge:

run

So loyal readers, aka my husband,  there will be a lot more posts about running.  #sorrynotsorry

Happy Hump Day