Hope you are well! It’s been several months since I shared my New Year’s Resolutions and goals for this year with you, so I thought it was time to check in and see how I was doing in reaching them! How are you meeting your goals so far??
In case you missed my earlier post sharing my New Year’s Resolutions, I’ll recap what my goals for this year are before I look at how things are going!
- Run the OCMD St. Patty’s Day 5K in March
- Run my second half marathon in April- the Island to Island race from Assateague to Ocean City
- Run the Chesapeake Bay Bridge 10K in November
- Run 1,000 miles in 2014
- Read more
Apparently running is a big theme. And all of my goals have to start with the letter R…
Ok, these ones don’t!
- Try new things
- Incorporate more strength training into my workout routine
- Start my own blog
- Maintain a healthy, balanced diet
Let’s check in on how I’m doing with meeting my goals! It’s important to ask….
First up: RUNNING
- Run the OCMD St. Patty’s Day 5K… and check! Over 1,000 runners came out for this event, enjoying the beautiful day and cheering one another on. This was such a fun race, and I loved how many people dressed in green or St. Patty’s Day clothing; this definitely helped to increase everyone’s energy and excitement. Check out my recap here!
- Thirteen point one- I’m pumped for my 2nd half marathon!! Coming up on April 26th, I’ll be running from Assateague to Ocean City. I was getting a little nervous because I took a break from running due to hurting my ankle, a sore periformis muscle (from trying to run on said hurt ankle), and shin splints. I’m back into running now and feel the best I have about running in weeks! I’m up to running 5 miles without stopping now. That’s a long ways away from 13.1 miles, but I think with a few more weeks of training, and the excitement that comes with race day, I’ll be fine! My time goal is to finish in under 2 hours. My first half marathon time was 2:06, but I know I could have run faster, so I’m hoping to beat that this time around.
- Run the Chesapeake Bay Bridge 10K in November- this one isn’t really on the horizon for me yet, it’s too far away!! Let’s be honest, I barely know what I’m doing tomorrow, let alone in November. I’m sure you can relate! I am looking forward to it though- it’s the first run that’s been across the Bay Bridge and I know a bunch of people who signed up as well, so it should be a lot of fun
- Last running goal- 1,000 miles in 2014! When adding up the miles I’ve run in previous years, my total fell in the 800’s. Since I’m running even more now, I thought 1,000 miles was definitely a goal to work for, but still one that is attainable. So far, my total is 151.7 miles. Yes, I have a long ways to go! As I mentioned earlier, I took plenty of time off this year here and there for a twisted ankle, shin splints, etc. so my mileage hasn’t been what it usually is. Now that I’m back to running more frequently again, I should be able to accumulate those miles and work towards reaching my goal!
Next up: READING
- I read the book Bittersweet, by Shauna Niequist this year and loved it! Through journal entries, she shares how experiences in life are both bitter and sweet. Without the bitter, we wouldn’t learn to appreciate the sweet things in life. I loved reading her story because I could relate to it in many ways. I’m also currently reading Unstoppable, by Nick Vujicic. Follow his journey in life as he copes with the challenge of being born without arms or legs. His story will leave you inspired, motivated, and grateful. Check out a more thorough recap of both these books here.
Since I loved Bittersweet so much, I just ordered the sequel, called Cold Tangerines. I haven’t started it yet, but I’m looking forward to reading it. I’ll let you know how it is once I start
Body Pump classes are my favorite! I’ve been going on a consistent basis this year, incorporating some type of strength training into my workouts at least 3 times per week. I’ve also increased the weight I lift for every muscle group that we focus on. It’s always exciting to tell that your hard work is paying off and you’re making progress.
I’ve also done pretty well with this goal! It takes 21 days to make something a habit, so I’ve tried to choose healthy foods regularly in an effort to make clean eating second nature. Some of my healthy foods have included:
A kale smoothie! Don’t be freaked out by the color… this was actually delicious
On a roll with the green… check out my juicing recipe here!
Overall, I feel that I’ve made a consistent effort to eat clean. When I fill my body with nutritious, healthy foods, I feel much more energized, am in a better mood, and have more endurance during my workouts. Of course I’ve still had days where I’ve eaten too much chocolate or dessert, or realized at the end of the day I ate pancakes, oatmeal, and cereal… carbs, anyone?? But for the most part, I’ve made progress with this goal!
I am also getting better at being creative when making meals. For example, in my bowl of oatmeal above, I topped it with pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, peanut butter, walnuts, and cinnamon. For my dinner tonight, I looked to see what we had in the fridge and brainstormed what I could combine quickly that would still be healthy. I ended up mixing black beans, wheatberries, cucumbers and peppers in a bowl. A little freshly squeezed lemon juice, a dash of salt and pepper, and I had a delicious meal in just minutes. Healthy food doesn’t have to take a long time to prepare!
Last but not least, my blog! I’ve always wanted to start my own blog, and this is one of my favorite ways to relax. I’m busy so much of the time- getting up early, going to work, working out right after, coming home and working on paperwork or lesson planning… you get the idea. It’s important to make time for yourself, to relax and spend time doing the things that you enjoy. I like to read healthy living blogs! I’ve shared some of my favorites in other posts: Peanut Butter Fingers, Oh She Glows, Food Babe… the list goes on and on! I have always found inspiration through other’s blogs and wanted to start one of my own for awhile.
Well, here we are… and I finally did
It’s been a great experience so far! I have learned so much through starting my own blog. I’ve learned more about myself, spent more time reflecting, connected with other bloggers, and been able to discover a new hobby that I really enjoy. I hope that my blog has been inspirational to you- I would love to hear from you!
I’ll update you more on my goals and progress as the year continues. How are your goals for 2014 coming?? Remember, as long as you’re working towards your goals, that’s all that matters! If you mess up or take a break, that’s okay. Just jump back into it when you can… keep taking those small steps and you will get there!