January Recap and February Goals

I can’t believe we’re already a week into February. It feels like I just barely sat down to make some January goals. I swear, every passing year seems to go by faster, especially  now that I have a kiddo. Yikes!

Anywho, a new month is time to look back at the previous month to see how far we’ve come, and make plans for the future. As a refresher, my goals for the month of January are below.

January Goals

I am proud to say that I kept up with pretty much all of these goals to my own satisfaction. There was only one week I didn’t do an actual yoga workout, but I did plenty of stretching on my own. I ran at least one mile every day for the entire month of January. I did strength training every week thanks to Barre3 workouts with my friend Penelope. Ben and I planned our meals out every week, and I did things like make overnight oats and wash and chop lettuce to make healthy eating easier. I’ve published several new blog posts, and I’ve been a lot better about commenting on the blogs I follow instead of just lurking.

So what’s next for February? Well, you already know my run streak is over, and I will be trying to work up to more distance and speed instead of trying to run every day. With that in mind, here’s what’s up for February:

  • Run 4 times/week
  • Strength train once/week
  • Yoga once/week

So, in other words, “Follow my 5k training plan.” Nothing too crazy. Rehearsals for my Disney show will be ramping up in the coming weeks, so I want to set myself up for success. I do plan to keep up with meal planning and prep as much as possible, but I don’t think I need to make it a goal for the month. It’s pretty much habit at this point.

Are you training for anything in particular at the moment?

January 2019 Goals

Well, it’s been a hot second since I made any real goals. The last time I posted any goals on this blog was for the Rollercoaster Race back in 2016. And the last time I made any yearly goals was for 2015. I’ve written before about how goals can kind of backfire on me and cause me to freak out and feel pressured and not do stuff, but I feel like now is a good time to set some simple, realistic goals to help me get back on the running bandwagon. Now that I’m not working, I need some stuff to work toward so I feel like less of a waste of space. I plan to set out goals on a monthly basis so that I can regularly re-evaluate and see how I’m doing.

January Goals

Keep up with the run streak
In case you missed it, I started a run streak on January first, with the goal of making running a regular part of my life again. But I know that streaking isn’t for everyone, and can result in over-training and injury, so I’ll be taking it day by day.

Do yoga once a week
Whether it’s a free class on YouTube or actually going to the studio, I’m a happier person when I do yoga. It’s also a great compliment to running, so it’s a win-win scenario.

Strength train once a week
While I miss CrossFit and wish I could go back, we simply can’t afford to pay for it on a single income. That means strength training is up to me. There are plenty of free videos on YouTube, and I know enough from CF to be fairly effective at home.

Meal plan and prep
I feel like ever since Vera was born, our diet has been poor. Convenience has been paramount, and I know we haven’t been eating enough fruit and veg. By planning our meals and doing some light meal prep each week, I know we can feel better about what we’re eating.

Blog once per week
I’ve been waaaaay off the wagon with blogging pretty much since Vera was born. I guess I’m still struggling with where I want this blog to go. But I hope that by checking in at least once a week, I’ll figure it out.

Be more interactive with blogs I follow
You’d never know it, but I still read blogs every day. I just rarely take the time to comment anymore. I’m usually reading blogs on my phone, and it’s harder to comment while typing one-handed as I’m juggling the kiddo. But it’s kind of crappy of me to want more engagement on my blog without giving any engagement to the blogs I follow. So there.

So there you have it. Some January goals. I have plenty of other stuff that could be added, but let’s start small and see how it goes, shall we?

Do you have any goals for the new month/new year?

 

October 2017 Wrap Up

CrossFit
Well, this was not a good month for CrossFit. I only went a literal handful of times. Between the weird fall weather we’re having and coasting on the high of my half marathon PR, I just didn’t feel like doing much. I’m trying to remind myself how much I love going to class, and how good it is for my long term health. I hope to get back to class with some regularity in November.

Running
Once again, not a great month of running. After my race on October first, I only did a couple of short, easy runs. I’d love to say that I’m going to get back on the wagon, but looking out the window at the cold, dreary Vermont November weather, I know that’s not the case.

Since I’m NOT training for a spring race this year, I plan to pretty much not run this winter. I’m not a big fan of outdoor winter running, and since I ditched my Planet Fitness membership, I no longer have treadmill access. I’m a fair weather runner, what can I say?

Theatre
Lyric Theatre’s production of A Christmas Story the musical opens next week. This is the first Lyric show I haven’t been directly involved with since I was cast Legally Blonde back in the spring of 2014. It’s strange, but also good. It’s been a real treat to have free time, although I often feel like I don’t quite know what to do with myself.

I’ve now been to two meetings of the Lyric Theatre PR/Development Committee, and I really feel like I made the right choice. Meetings are fun and completely functional, and there are usually snacks 🙂 I’m excited to continue to contribute to Lyric’s future.

Highlight
Our Toronto trip, hands down. It was so, so nice to spend some one-on-one time together. Runner up is PUTTING AN OFFER IN ON A HOUSE! Yup. That happened. Stay tuned!

Lowlight
The great big wind storm that knocked out power for 3+ days. As of publishing this post, we still don’t have power at home. Boooo.

October Goals
As a refresher, my goals for September were:

  • Make house-hunting a priority–yes
  • Complete at least one item on my “long term” to-do list at work–yes
  • Go to CrossFit at least 2x per week–nope

As I said above, it wasn’t a good month for CF, but I’m not worried about it. As for my work projects, I have not one, but TWO nearly complete, and I’ve started some others. It feels really good to finally chip away at the stuff that doesn’t really have hard deadlines. It’s so easy to just let them go month after month.

November Goals

  • Complete at least one additional item on my “long term” to-do list at work
  • Go to CrossFit at least 2x per week

What was the highlight of your October?

 

September 2017 Wrap Up

CrossFit
While I didn’t get to CrossFit as much as I could have liked in September, I still made it to class at least twice a week most weeks, which is my self-imposed bare minimum. Would I like to be going three times a week? Of course. But in trying to keep up with both running and CF, and still trying to have at least one full rest day a week, there’s only so much I can do.

I’m strongly considering upping my CF membership to an unlimited monthly membership, rather than just my 12 classes per month. This would allow me to hit CF every weekday (or even 6 days a week if I wanted), and would only cost me $30 more each month. I still have some goals I’d like to achieve, and getting to class more consistently seems like the best way to get there. However, considering I rarely make it even three times a week, I’m not sure that the unlimited membership is the solution. It’s easy to say that spending more money is a motivator to get to class, but it’s already not working with the 12 classes per month, so…

Running
This month was the best running month I’ve had in quite a while. I did two double-digit long runs, some speed work, AND registered for my first “for time” half marathon in ages. I completed 7 runs for a total of 44 miles.

After having such a great month, I wish I could say that the momentum will continue, but I honestly doubt it. Now that I’m no longer training for a half, and as the weather here in Vermont gets ever colder and darker, I will probably back off on running a bit. I recently cancelled my Planet Fitness membership because I hadn’t gone in over nine months, which means that I no longer have access to a treadmill. That said, I’ll try to cram in some lunchtime or after work runs while the weather allows, but I’m not holding out hope for anymore high mileage until spring.

Theatre
I am still thoroughly enjoying NOT being involved in a show. I’ve had a couple of temptations pop up recently, both of the onstage and behind-the-scenes variety, but I’ve managed to stay strong and remember that I truly need a break. Not having rehearsals three or four nights a week means that getting in my runs and CrossFit workouts is easier than ever, and I still get to come home for supper, or see my friends, or do fun stuff with Ben.

Instead of being onstage, I have been trying really hard to SEE more shows. Ben and I road-tripped to Massachusetts earlier this month to see Company at Barrington Stage, starring Aaron Tveit of much Broadway acclaim. It was an excellent show, and well worth the whirlwind trip. I also have tickets to see Lyric’s production of A Christmas Story, a play my friend is directing, a cabaret-style show starring a bunch of my Lyric friends, and I’m looking at tickets for several other upcoming productions as well. I figure, if I can’t be on stage, seeing theatre is a great way to still feed my passion. I subscribe to the idea that, much like if you want to be a writer, you must read, if you want to be an actor, you must see shows.

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Aaron Tveit signing autographs after Company

Highlight
We have officially kicked off house hunting! We have an application in to get pre-approved for a mortgage, and have secured the services of a buyer’s realtor, so now begins the real work–actually finding a house. EEEEEEEK!

Lowlight
United Way campaign week kicked my ass. I ate like a garbage can, slept poorly, and was generally super stressed out for an entire week. I am SO GLAD that it’s over. AND, I found out that I’ve been granted a reprieve, and will not have to be on the committee next year. I am intensely grateful to have a break after four straight years.

September Goals
As a refresher, my goals for September were:

  • Go to CF 12 times (the max allowed with my membership) – no excuses!–no
  • Complete a 10+ mile long run–yes!
  • Plan a long weekend trip with Ben–yes!

I was somewhat disappointed in my CrossFit showing this month, as stated above. Still, though, I hit all of my other goals, so I can’t be too upset about it.

October Goals

  • Make house-hunting a priority
  • Complete at least one item on my “long term” to-do list at work
  • Go to CrossFit at least 2x per week

Did you have any goals for September? How’d you do?

 

Leaf Peepers Half Brain Dump

You guys, it’s finally happening. I’m FINALLY running a PR attempt half marathon. I haven’t run a half marathon for time since I set my current PR of 2:18:06 in November of 2014–almost three years ago!

In some ways, I feel like I’m super ready and prepared. I’m stronger than ever, both mentally and physically, thanks to CrossFit. I’m also pretty well trained, having completed two 10+ mile training runs, which is more than I’ve ever done for a half before. Yet in other ways, I’m full of doubt. I haven’t run that much this year. I haven’t really done any speed work. I’ve been wanting to attempt a PR in the half distance for two years, so I’m feeling a lot of pressure. Also, there’s this:

Elevation

That’s a whooooole lotta uphill right at the beginning. I haven’t exactly been working hills lately. In fact, most of my long runs have been on the flat-as-a-pancake rail trail. This does not bode well.

Still, though, I feel like the circumstances going into this race are good. For one thing, the race starts at 11 am, which means I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to get to the race start. I can actually go to bed at a normal hour and get up at a normal hour and hopefully get a decent night’s sleep. Sunday’s weather is also looking pretty dang perfect.

Capture

I mean, I guess a few degrees cooler and overcast would be perfect, but as far as I’m concerned, I’m lucky it will be cooler than 80 after the last couple of weeks we’ve had.

SO. My goal is to PR, which would be anything under 2:18:06. Running an average pace of 10:30 would get me there by just under a minute. Obviously, any PR would be great, but I can’t help but want to PR by a somewhat wider margin. An average pace of 10:25 would get me a PR of just under two minutes, which I’d be SUPER stoked about. So that’s what I will aim for.

HOWEVER. With that crazy elevation gain in the first three miles this will be challenging, no question. My plan is to be very conservative during the first three miles. I will walk if I have to. I just don’t want to shred myself right at the start and be too gassed to finish strong. I will also use the downhills to my advantage. I’m a strong downhill runner, so I plan to just open up my stride and let gravity help me out.

And if I don’t PR? No biggie. I’m just excited to try, after not having run a half marathon for time in so long. This will likely be my last big race for a while, so I just want to have a good time and make it count.

Anybody else racing this weekend? What are your goals?

August 2017 Wrap Up

I know it’s a day early, but I’m trying to stick to my M-W-F blog posting schedule, so just roll with it!

CrossFit
All I can say is, YAAAAAAAY. Since Dogfight wrapped up early this month, I have been going to class three times a week. The first two weeks were a tough adjustment, and I was sore pretty much all the time, but now I’m feeling great. I will be wrapping up this month with eleven total classes, which I believe is the highest number since I started.

I’m already seeing some noticeable gains since getting to class more consistently, and I’m excited to see where it continues to take me. My friend Cat recently commented that my arms were looking amazing, which made me feel SO GOOD, because I’ve always been self conscious about my arms.

I’m also delighted to report that although I’ve only lost about three pounds since I started CF in January, my overall measurements are almost back to where I was three years ago. So basically, I’m becoming more muscular and slimming down a bit, which is good enough for me. I actually need to buy some new jeans because mine are a officially too big! I spent all night at Ben’s birthday party pulling them up over my butt.

Running
If I complete tomorrow’s scheduled run, I will finish out August with 7 runs for a total of 31 miles in August. Considering that fitting running in alongside CrossFit continues to be a challenge, I’ll take it. CrossFit takes priority for me because the membership is so expensive, so with three days a week already spoken for, squeezing in the runs is harder. This is compounded by the fact that just waking up early in the morning and running from my house is simply not doable due STEEP (seriously) hills and busy roads with no shoulder. This means after work and lunch breaks are my only options for mid-week runs, and depending on the weather and my schedule, it just doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.

I’m still on the fence about running the Charlotte Covered Bridges Half on September 9. I haven’t run long in two weeks due to my right foot niggles, but otherwise, I feel good, and pretty well trained. My heart is telling me to go for a PR attempt, but my budget is telling me that the $50 registration fee would be much better spent elsewhere. I’m toying with the idea of putting it off another month and finding a race in October, but I know myself well enough to know that I would have the same wishy-washy feelings then as I’m having now. Only time will tell whether or not this fall holds a half marathon for me.

Theatre
Oh my, am I LOVING this break right now. I continue to have FOMO over fall shows, but I just keep reminding myself how amazing it is not to have rehearsal or shows four times a week. I’m trying to just soak up all the relaxation I can, because I rarely allow myself to have down time, and I know it’s only a matter of time before I cram in something else.

Highlight
BEN CAME HOME! This was not the first time we’ve spent an extended period of time apart – we spent four months apart while he did a study abroad program when we’d only been dating for about four months – but him being away nearly the entire summer was still challenging for both of us.

The good news is, the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is definitely true. I feel like we’ve been so much more appreciative of each other, and spending a lot more time together since he got home. We’re also planning a weekend getaway to Toronto for October. Even though we travel a lot, we’ve actually NEVER taken a vacation together just the two of us. We’re always staying with/visiting other people. It will be nice to have some “us” time before we (hopefully) get pregnant in the next few months.

Lowlight
Our eye-opening appointment with the mortgage broker. We’re definitely not giving up by any means, but we’re expanding our options. We’re looking at potentially buying land and building a small house with the option to add on later, considering staying with his folks for another year or two, and lots of other possibilities. But yeah, seeing the bottom line numbers was scary and stressful for sure.

August Goals
As a refresher, my goals for August were:

  • Stick to “no booze and no treats Monday-Thursday” rule–mostly yes
  • Go to CF at least twice a week, preferably three–mostly yes
  • Run at least twice a week–mostly yes

So, the caveat with all of these goals is that I’m counting “August” as post-Dogfight. Once the show wrapped up on August 5, I did really, really well with getting to CrossFit three times a week, and running once or twice a week, with only a few exceptions (mostly due to my ouchie right foot). The no booze/no treats rule was messed up a few times due to special events like friends visiting from out of town, but for the most part I stuck with it, and it’s becoming the new normal. So much so that I’m not even making it a September goal!

September Goals

  • Go to CF 12 times (the max allowed with my membership) – no excuses!
  • Complete a 10+ mile long run
  • Plan a long weekend trip with Ben

Do you have any goals for September?

 

July 2017 Wrap Up

CrossFit
I am missing CrossFit fiercely at the moment. I only made it to 5 classes this month, which I think is a record low since I started. I probably should have prorated my membership for July, but by the time I thought of it, it was too late. And honestly, I truly thought I’d go more. Ah well.

I’m really ready and excited to get back to going to class regularly once Dogfight wraps up. I think I can re-commit to going to the 5 pm class M-W-F like I was during 9-5 rehearsals, no excuses.

Running
In spite of how busy I was, this was actually a decent running month. I got in 6 runs for a total of 29 miles, including two 6+ mile long runs. Until July, I hadn’t run more than 5 miles since November 2016, so I consider that a win.

I’m still hoping to run the Charlotte Covered Bridges Half Marathon on September 9, but it will totally depend on two things: 1) not blowing my August budget, and 2) completing at least one 10+ mile long run. Both of those things are doable, I just need to make the race a priority. And with Dogfight wrapping up in a few days, I will be WAY less busy.

Theatre
I’ve gotten through two weeks of shows for Dogfight the musical, and tonight kicks off the third and final week of performances. I’m excited because lots of people I know will be coming this week, including my aunt and cousin, and my best friend and her husband who are driving up from New Jersey for the weekend.

You can expect a longer post expanding on this next week, but in short I’ll say that this show has made me think A LOT about my priorities when it comes to theatre and performing. I am more than ready for a break after doing two shows in a row, but also have some FOMO settling in because this may be my last show for quite some time if our plans to get pregnant soon come to fruition.

Also, I’m strongly considering joining one of the various committees for Lyric Theatre. They are without a doubt the largest, most well-funded, best organized community theatre organization in my area, and if I can’t be on stage, I’d love to stay involved in other ways and help to make some changes and improvements that I’ve seen a need for over my 10+ years being involved. I’d like to join either the Membership or Development committees, and plan to reach out to the heads of both to find out when they meet and what responsibilities I could expect. Stay tuned!

Highlight
I think my favorite day this month was the 4th of July. I got to be in the Stowe parade, and then spent the day with my new good friends, Brita and Doug. They plied me with delicious cider and tasty food, we chatted, I got a sunburn, and we watched the fireworks. If it hadn’t been for them, I likely would have spent the day at home, missing Ben. Instead, I had a really fun day, and solidified some new friendships that I’m really excited about.

Lowlight
If I’m counting correctly, I only saw Ben seven total days this month. It was definitely hard to be apart so much, but I’m grateful that for much of the time he was gone, I was very busy with the show, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. And now he’s on the final leg of his crazy travel schedule, and all will be well.

July Goals
As a refresher, my goals for July were:

  • Stick to “no booze Monday-Thursday” rule–yes
  • Go to CF at least twice a week–no

Unfortunately, this month just kicked my ass. I was so busy I barely had time to eat full meals let alone get to CF more than a handful of times. Still, I’m impressed with what I managed, particularly sticking to my no booze rule, and adding in the “no treats” piece as well. Surprisingly, I’m having a fairly easy time sticking to my guns on those rules, and not feeling like I’m missing out on anything. For instance, there were donuts in the kitchen at work yesterday, and I didn’t have one. If you know me, you know that is some SERIOUS will power.

August Goals

  • Stick to “no booze and no treats Monday-Thursday” rule
  • Go to CF at least twice a week, preferably three
  • Run at least twice a week

Nothing too crazy for August. Mostly just trying to re-establish “normal” after a month of insanity. It will be nice to get back to a routine, not to mention eating regular meals at home again!

Does it usually take you a while to get back to “normal” after a busy period, or do you just jump right back in?