June 2017 Wrap Up

CrossFit
Still loving it, though I didn’t get to class anywhere near as much as I would have liked this month. I’m having a tough time just making the commitment to go. I ALWAYS feel better after class and I’m always glad I went, but sometimes it’s just hard to get myself out the door to go.

My box recently transferred ownership, and it’s been interesting. The class formats have DEFINITELY changed, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just different. And maybe a tiny bit harder than it used to be. But the new owners are people who’ve been members at the box for years, so at least they’re people I know and feel comfortable with.

Running
Not much running around here this month. I got out four times for a total of 17 miles, which isn’t terrible, but I’d really hoped to get back into a regular running routine and hit at least 30 miles total.

The real struggle right now is where we live. It’s a super hilly area on a busy street, so running at home can be challenging. My weekday evenings are full with CrossFit and/or rehearsal, so my best option is running on my lunch break. But if it’s super hot or rainy, I don’t run. I’m hoping that July will be a bit better, but I’m about to get super busy with Dogfight, so we’ll see.

Yoga
Still no yoga, boo. It’s too hot, and I’m just too dang busy.

Theatre
Unfortunately, things haven’t been going super well with Dogfight. From the get-go, it’s been slow going, with a lot of cancelled or abbreviated rehearsals due to scheduling SNAFUs. And then just last weekend, the director had emergency hernia surgery and had to cancel more rehearsals. We’ve got less than 10 rehearsals left before we open and I am NERVOUS. I know all I can do is show up and do my best, but I just hate being involved in something where not everyone is giving their all. We also haven’t had any costume fittings (or even gotten our measurements taken?), and I JUST got a working guitar to practice the parts I have to play and sing onstage.

Not every experience can be sunshine and rainbows, but this rehearsal process has showed me how spoiled I am after working with Lyric Theatre so much lately. They’ve got a much larger budget and are so much better organized than other community theatre organizations that everyone else just doesn’t stack up. It’s also making me realize that it just may not be worth my time and effort to work with Stowe Theatre Guild again, which is unfortunate, as they’re one of the few community theatre organizations that does summer shows.

Anyway, there’s still time, and who knows what might happen between now and July 19. I’m trying to keep a positive attitude.

Highlight
My trip to San Francisco was definitely the highlight of the month. Three days just wasn’t long enough, but we packed at least a week’s worth of activities in, and I had a total blast. I can’t wait to go back.

Lowlight
Ben left for leg number one of his crazy summer travel schedule. I’ve only talked to him once since he left on Saturday, and won’t see him for more than a couple of days at a time until mid-August. I miss him!

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

  • Run at least once a week (5 times total)–nope
  • Go to CF at least twice a week (8 times total)–nope
  • Take the Honda to the dealership to deal with the airbag recall–nope

Whomp whomp. Not a great month goal-wise, but that’s ok. I refuse to let not hitting these be something I’m ashamed of or worried about. They’re there to help me, not to make me feel bad.

July Goals

  • Stick to “no booze Monday-Thursday” rule (you can expect a post on this soon)
  • Go to CF at least twice a week

I’m keeping it simple this month. Dogfight rehearsals are ramping up, and the show opens on the 19th, so I don’t expect to have a lot of free time between now and when the show closes August 5th. I’m just trying to stay relatively healthy and active.

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May 2017 Wrap Up

CrossFit
I had sort of a weird crisis over CrossFit this month. I got suddenly very uncomfortable with how much it cost, and was frustrated with changes in my schedule that made it more difficult to get to class. I actually debated giving it up completely because I was just feeling so weird about it. I even started writing a post all about how I was feeling, but never hit “publish.”

Thankfully, I snapped out of it toward the end of the month. After a week and a half of no classes, I went to one that was just SO MUCH FUN, even though it was hard. It washed away any doubts I had that CF was something I wanted to stick with and I’ve been full bore ever since. Yes, it’s expensive, and yes, sometimes I don’t go as much as I “should,” but I love it, it’s a great compliment to running, and I’m so effing strong these days I hardly recognize myself. I love it.

Running
I was supposed to run four races this month, but only ended up with two, which is totally ok with me. The VT Respite House was my first race this year, and was pretty dang speedy. Then the Craft Brew Race was just a good time with my friend Megan.

I ran 8 times for a total of about 27 miles. I’m still trying to fit in two or three runs a week, but it’s hit or miss right now. CrossFit is my priority because I’m paying for my membership, but I love to squeeze in lunch runs when the weather is nice. I’m less dedicated when it comes to running in rain, cold, or on the treadmill.

Yoga
Sadly, I didn’t get to yoga even once. This month was surprisingly busy with social activities, and with Dogfight rehearsals starting up mid-month, my entire schedule shifted quite a lot and yoga was a lot less convenient. I hope to get back to it, but with summer temps on the horizon, hot yoga may not be quite as soothing as during the winter.

Theatre
We started Dogfight rehearsals, and so far, so good. Stowe Theatre Guild is a much smaller, less well-funded organization than Lyric Theatre, so things aren’t quite as well organized as I’d like, but I love the show so much that I’m just trying not to worry too much about anything and roll with it.

We also had a season kick-off cabaret on the 20th, which was a lot of fun. I got to sing a song from the show, and meet a bunch of the actors in the season’s other shows that I wouldn’t normally get to interact with. We had a decently-sized audience and I was pretty proud of the performance I gave in spite of never actually having rehearsed the song.

I’m feeling a bit anxious about the whole “I have to play guitar and sing onstage” thing, because the guitar that the director loaned me to learn/practice on has a broken string, so that hasn’t actually been happening yet. I’m ready to buckle down and work on it a lot this month, I just need to get a fully functional instrument.

I also scheduled my first professional theatre audition, and I’m feeling excited AND scared, to quote Little Red from Into the Woods. It’s a great opportunity, so I just need to relax, prepare, and do the best I can.

Highlight
Ben’s job situation has finally settled! For the last two years, he’s been on a temporary contract covering a leave of absence for someone, and after lots of delays, ups, and downs, he finally has a permanent part time position, and the district is allowing him to fill in some Instructional Aide blocks to pad him to full time so we can keep his benefits. This means buying a house and starting a family are ON LIKE DONKEY KONG.

Lowlight
Work has sort of slowly been draining my will to live. I am lucky in that I have excellent co-workers and really competitive pay, but the job I do is SO. BORING. 80% of the time I don’t have enough to do, and the other 20% of the time it’s batshit crazy. There is no in between. It’s been getting me really down lately, and I’ve started getting stress headaches at work, which is no fun.

I’m just trying to remind myself that the end (getting knocked up and not coming back to work after maternity leave) is squarely in sight now, so I just need to suck it up for another year or so. It could always be worse.

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

  • Go to CF at least 10 times (my membership allows for 12 classes per month)–nope
  • Go to yoga at least twice–nope
  • Do at least one “long” run (4+ miles)–check!
  • Take the Honda to the dealership to deal with the airbag recall notice–nope

Boo. Not so great on the goals from this month. Hopefully I can do better for June.

June Goals

  • Run at least once a week (5 times total)
  • Go to CF at least twice a week (8 times total)
  • Take the Honda to the dealership to deal with the airbag recall

Do you like to set monthly goals? Do you find that they help you get stuff done?

 

April 2017 Wrap Up

And just like that another month is over. The beginning of April was super busy with 9 to 5 the Musical, but the rest of the month was a welcome rest from rehearsal and show craziness. Let’s dive in, shall we?

CrossFit
Not much to say other than the fact that I still love it. I’m starting to see my body composition change a little, which is very exciting. I wish it weren’t so expensive, though. I have been using money from my year-end bonus to pay for my membership, but when those funds run out, I’m going to have to do some serious budget-trimming if I want to keep it up. Which I do. Cause it’s awesome.

Running
I did five runs in April, for a total of 16ish miles. Although I’m still dealing with some shoe uncertainty, the actual running is going pretty well. I’m taking it slow and easy coming back from five months off, and I’m feeling good. The goal is to continue running 2-3 times a week through all of my races this month, and then re-evaluate from there. I don’t have any other races on the radar for this year, and it’s hard to plan ahead too far when we’re hoping to try to get pregnant later this summer.

I’m toying with the idea of training for a PR half, but I doubt that will happen. I think a 10k PR is a much more reasonable goal right now considering all of the uncertainty. Not to mention the fact that I got totally burned out marathon training last year and I do NOT want a repeat of that.

Yoga
I went to two hot yoga classes this month, and I am SO GLAD. Between running and CrossFit, I’m often tight or sore, so a good deep stretch every week or so is essential to staying flexible. Plus, it just makes me feel good. I love the regular Thursday 5 pm teacher, and the studio location is really convenient. I’m hoping to bump up my attendance to once a week, but I may not be able to keep up with the expense in addition to CF. Also, there’s the fact that it’s getting nice out, and I’m reluctant to spend even more time indoors. We’ll see.

Theatre
9 to 5 the Musical wrapped up at the beginning of the month. Overall, it was a very positive experience, and I’m so glad I got to do the show.

I’ve been really enjoying these few weeks of not having rehearsal. I’ve  been able to reconnect with family and friends, re-establish a routine, and just enjoy not “having” to be anywhere four times a week. While I LOVE doing theatre, it’s basically an extra unpaid part-time job.

Dogfight rehearsals officially start up on May 16, so I still have some unstructured time to enjoy. We’re planning a visit to my parents for Mother’s Day weekend and hopefully some other fun activities before all my free time goes away again.

Highlight
Other than 9 to 5 being tons of fun, house sitting was my favorite part of this month. Ben and I got to stay in a beautiful house with a hot tub for almost two weeks, and spend some time just the two of us together, which hasn’t happened much lately. It was great to reconnect, cook together, and just hang out after how crazy this winter/spring was for us.

Lowlight
My friend Stacy moved to Albany this past weekend. I know it’s not that far, but it’s far enough that I won’t get to see her very much, and I’ll miss her.

Goals
As a refresher, my goals for April were:

  • Go to CF 9 times (prorated membership due to being busy with the show)–nope!
  • Go to yoga at least twice–check!
  • Run at least three times–check!
  • Schedule either wisdom teeth removal or gum surgery (yuck!)nope!

All in all I’m happy with how the month went down. Considering how busy early April was, it’s a miracle I made it to the 8 CrossFit classes I did. And honestly, scheduling either oral surgery was a bit of a reach goal. The good news is, I have a regular dentist appointment in May, and can probably take care of scheduling consults for one or both surgeries while I’m in the office.

And some goals for May:

  • Go to CF at least 10 times (my membership allows for 12 classes per month)
  • Go to yoga at least twice
  • Do at least one “long” run (4+ miles)
  • Take the Honda to the dealership to deal with the airbag recall notice

How did your April shape up? 

March 2017 Wrap-Up

How is the first quarter of the year gone already? I swear, the older I get, the faster time goes by. Slow down, dang it!

CrossFit
What can I say, I just love it. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go as much as I would have liked this month. I was gone the first week of March, and also had a minor back muscle tweak that kept me away from a couple of classes.

I am DEFINITELY seeing increased definition in my arms and legs, which is awesome. I have already noticed some increases in my one rep maxes on a few moves as well, so it’s working. I’m getting stronger each week. I wish I could say that the number on the scale was moving, but that unfortunately hasn’t been the case yet. I need to retake my measurements to see if those have changed at all, but I’m confident that if I just keep going, good stuff will happen. I also need to really dial in my nutrition, but progress is progress. I’ll take it.

Running
I had my triumphant return to running this month! I kicked it off with a baby two miler on the treadmill at Planet Fitness and didn’t want to die in spite of four months off. A week later, I ran another baby run on the treadmill and still felt ok.

I need to get back into a somewhat regular running routine because of all the races I have in May, but since they are all short races, the pressure is quite low. I can just run a few miles a couple of times a week and be perfectly safe racing.

Shoes are still an issue. I have not yet managed to get to a point where I can run in the Hoka Claytons without getting painful blisters, so I have switched back to my old Saucony Mirage 4s. They won’t last forever, but they’re not totally wasted yet. I can’t afford to buy any more running shoes right now, so I’m just trying to sit tight and use what I’ve got.

Theatre
9 to 5 the musical opens tomorrow night! I’m currently in the middle of “Hell Week” and just doing my best to get through in one piece. Needless to say, I’m exhausted, and I’m also fighting a swollen, sore throat. I’m taking all the medicine and using all of my various intervention products, and thankfully, I’m stable. And I’m very, very excited to finally put this show in front of an audience.

Highlight
Having a nice date night out with Ben and getting a chance to connect before I basically didn’t see him for a week due to crazy rehearsals.

Lowlight
Getting sick during show week. Booooooo.

Goals
As a refresher, my goals for February were:

  • Go to CF 12 times–nope
  • Go to yoga at least once–yup!
  • Run at least twice–yup!
  • Start (and hopefully complete) the process of my 401(k) rollover–yup!

Well, three out of four ain’t bad, right? As noted above, I only made it to 9 CF classes due to vacation and a minor injury. But, I DID go to yoga, I DID run twice, and I DID complete my 401(k) rollover. BOOM!

What’s on the docket for April? More of the same. Several fitness goals plus one important life goal. I’ve got a lot of stuff I really want to get done before we start trying to get pregnant, and chipping off one or two a month really seems to be working for me.

  • Go to CF 9 times (prorated membership due to being busy with the show)
  • Go to yoga at least twice
  • Run at least three times
  • Schedule either wisdom teeth removal or gum surgery (yuck!)

How did your March shape up?

 

February 2017 Wrap-Up

Another month gone by! Crazypants! This wrap-up is coming at you a little late because of our Bahamas vacation (stay tuned for a recap!), so here we go.

At the end of January, I did a little retrospective, and I’ve decided to keep that up even though I’m not really running or training for anything. It’s always nice to look back and see what you’ve accomplished, and I think I actually did pretty well this month.

CrossFit
CF continues to be awesome. I’m making friends and definitely getting stronger. I went 10 times in February, which is pretty great considering all the snow we got and how busy I’ve been. My current membership level gets me 12 total classes per month, so the fact that I only skipped twice is pretty impressive.

Fitting CF in three times a week will get more challenging as the show approaches, and I’m considering prorating my April membership because I really don’t think I’ll have the time or energy to go at all the week of 9 to 5 shows. We’ll see, though.

Theatre
Rehearsals for 9 to 5 are getting longer and more frequent, and this will continue through March and early April. I love, love, love getting to do theatre, but it is incredibly demanding of my time and energy. It’s always worth it in the end, but I also always reach a point in every rehearsal process where I think “What the hell have I done to myself?” I haven’t hit it yet, but it’s coming. Having had this past week off from both work and rehearsal has been a great recharge, though, and I’m hopeful that it will help stave off any feelings of panic.

Right before we left for the Bahamas, I had my audition for Dogfight the musical. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I got the part that I wanted. As I recently discussed, this is something of a double-edged sword. It means two back-to-back rehearsal processes without much downtime between and less flexibility to do fun things this summer, but I get to play I role I really want and sing beautiful music and work with my friend Scott again. I’m choosing to focus on the positive and know that it will be great.

Running
Still no running around here. I’m planning to bring it back this month, though. The days are getting longer and slightly warmer, and Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend, so it’s time to get back to at least two runs a week, on my off days from CF.

Highlight
Our Bahamas trip, hands down. Lots of rest, reading, good food, great company, and delicious beer. Heaven.

Lowlight
Sitting in the North Eleuthera airport and realizing I had to go back to reality. I actually cried. While my work environment is pretty awesome, the job itself is soul-crushingly boring, and knowing that I had to return to that monotony was quite depressing.

Goals
In my January wrap-up post, I also set out a couple of goals for February. Since you probably don’t remember what they were, here’s a refresher:

  • Go to CrossFit 12 times.
  • Go to yoga at least once.
  • Make an eye doctor appointment.

Sadly, I only accomplished one of these goals: I had an eye doctor appointment on the 23rd. Getting my eye doctor appointment was relatively painless because the office I chose (where Ben has been going since he was a teen) allows you to request an appointment online! #introvertwin. I didn’t end up needing a new prescription (yay!), but I got new lenses with fancy anti-glare coating, because I have a hard time with night driving sometimes.

I have some goals for March as well:

  • Go to CF 12 times
  • Go to yoga at least once
  • Run at least twice
  • Start (and hopefully complete) the process of my 401(k) rollover. I left my previous employer almost 4 years ago and still haven’t rolled my old plan into my current one. The power of compound interest is more powerful the more money you have, so having all my dollars in one plan is the best way to make my money work. I tried to do this once already, and the jackass I got on the phone never actually sent me the necessary paperwork. Time to put my adulting pants on and get this done.

Have you ever had to rollover a retirement plan? Was it relatively painless?

 

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

This post is a sort of follow up to my mantra post from a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t want to just drop that post into the blogosphere and then never touch on it again, because the whole point is that there needs to be action. I need to constantly check in with my goals and create steps to get there, and then follow those steps. I’ve got a few things coming up over the next year or so that are really important to me, and I need to put some things into motion to make them happen.

Lyric Theatre Company is doing 9 to 5 the Musical in the spring, and there’s a lead role I really, really want. I’ve never had a lead role with Lyric before, and I know competition for this show is going to be fierce. This means I need to take preparing for auditions seriously, instead of half-assing it as I have so many times in the past. I’m already taking steps toward this goal:

  1. I have contacted a few new voice teachers in the area, and I am dedicated to a) finding a new, good voice teacher (or, if I can’t find someone better, getting back on the schedule with my old teacher), and b) going to lessons at least every other week.
  2. I’m planning to suck up the cost and take a dance class or two in the fall, because that’s my weak spot in the musical theatre world,so I need to work on this.

I’ve already had one intro voice lesson with a new teacher, who, while she was very nice and skilled, was not the right fit for me. I’ve started researching dance classes and crunching numbers to see what I can afford as well.

My fall half Marathon PR goal. I feel like I have been doing a pretty good job of prioritizing my running workouts these last few weeks, but I still need to make sure that I’m doing some cross-training as well. I don’t think a PR is out of reach for me, but I have a plan to help me get there.

  1. Complete 3-4 runs a week with a long run on the weekends, yoga once a week, and spin when I can afford it.
  2. Commit to a short, at-home strength training session once a week
  3. Re-join my running club, and maybe seek out others to help keep me motivated and accountable.

Running club is a challenge, because the Tuesday runs all happen at a local trail center that costs money to access (most of the club members are also members of the trail center so it doesn’t cost them anything), and Saturday runs now start at 7:30 am, which as I’ve stated, is way too early for me to get up on a weekend. But I do have my strength sessions planned (rotating, arms, legs, and core), and come hell or high water, I’m getting back to yoga next week.

Ben and I are planning to buy a house next year. We have a very concrete timeline we’re trying to hit because we’re tired of renting and we’re hoping to start a family soon. Unfortunately, we are pretty cash poor, and with what we’re currently able to save, there’s just no way we could achieve this goal without taking the following steps:

  1. For the last several years, I’ve been paying a LOT more on my student loans than I need to. The goal was always to get them gone as soon as possible, but now we’re realizing that the extra cash would be better used to build up a down payment. So, at least until we get a house, I will go back to paying the minimum on my loans, and socking the rest away into savings.
  2. We are moving back in with my in-laws at the end of the summer. Yup. You read that right. Ben and I have had many long conversations, and we are both completely on the same page. We are planning to put all of our current living expenses into our house fund while we live with his parents.

By taking these two steps, we should be able to save enough for a decent down payment, with some left over for any necessary renovations. It’s exciting and scary, and I am absolutely dreading moving all of our shit YET AGAIN (Ben and I have moved 7 times in the 8 years we’ve been together, so this will make number 8). But I know it will be worth it if by Christmas time next year, we can have our own house.

So there you have it. Just a few of the goals I’ll be working towards in the next year. Of course there will be lots of other things that come up along the way, but these are the three biggies that I need to DO THE WORK to achieve.

 

Looking Back, and Looking Ahead

Waaaay back this past January, I made a 2015 Goals post, like you do when you’re a running blogger. And now, it’s time to look back on that post and see how abysmally awesomely I did, like you do when you’re a running blogger.

So what were my goals for 2015? Honestly, other than run 15 races and run 500 miles, I couldn’t remember without going back and looking at my original post. Oh, right! Here they are:

  1. Volunteer at a race.
  2. Run at least 500 miles.
  3. Run 15 races in 2014.
  4. Run a sub-29 5k race.
  5. Run an actual 10k race.
  6. Don’t have any non-running months.
  7. Participate in the RW Holiday Run Streak.

So, how did I do?

I DID NOT volunteer at a race. I had great intentions. Truly I did. But when it really comes down to it, I’d rather be running a race than watching a race, and if I’m gonna get up early and plan a day around a race, I want to be running. I’d still really like to do this someday because I’ve heard such wonderful things, but alas, 2015 was not the year.

I DID NOT run 500 miles. It just wasn’t in the cards. This year was ridiculously busy, and I only trained for one half marathon this year, unlike last year when I trained for two. My final total ended up being about 356 which is almost exactly what I ran last year. Weird.

I DID NOT run 15 races. The biggest obstacle for me truly was time. I was SO BUSY this year that cramming in more races would have been stressful. And of course, racing ain’t cheap either, so affordability was another obstacle. But I ended up running 12 anyway, which isn’t bad.

I DID run a sub-29 5k race! And on my birthday, no less! Truly the best present I could have gotten, and at one of my favorite races. What’s not to love?

I DID run an actual 10k race. It was not my best race, but I finally did it. 

I succeeded in not having any non-running months. I remained mostly healthy and totally uninjured this year, so even though my total mileage some months was lower than I would have liked, I ran at least a little every month.

I DID participate in the #RWRunStreak… But I quit after two weeks. I’m glad I tried, especially because it was one of my goals for the year, but I learned that streaking is not for me, and that’s A-OK.

And now, for 2016…  My only real goal is to complete the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon. It’s my first 26.2, and to me, it’s a big freakin’ deal. I plan to post more about this soon, but I’m taking this goal very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that I’ve hired a coach. Many of you probably know her: Coach Susie, of SuzLyfe. Training will begin in January, and I’m VERY excited.

Fallon over at Slacker Runner did a great post earlier this week about how she’s not setting goals for 2016, and that’s about where I am too. I understand that for some people, goals are very motivating, and help them get out and achieve great things. For me, goals can go either way. Sometimes, they really do help me keep up with running or push outside my comfort zone, but often, they just stress me out. Like, oh no, I have to confess to the world that I didn’t complete XYZ goal and now I’m a failure! And that’s dumb. Especially because this year is going to be crazypants busy anyway, what with marathon training and rehearsing a show at the same time. I think that’s quite enough to worry about.

Did you set any goals for 2016? Why or why not?