December Kickoff

Welcome to December

I could not be happier that today is December 1st.  I love the first of the month in any time frame, but December carries with it a heightened sense of family, joy, contentment, and enthusiasm.  It could be that December includes Christmas, my birthday, and a reduced number of work days ::cough, cough 13 cough, cough::.  Focusing on what is most important about December 1st, the kickstart of a new month, I want to establish my Currently and monthly goals.

Goals

  1. Stay a week ahead on my SNHU classes.  There are 10 modules per term and I’ve been able to maintain a 1-module lead.
  2. Run four days a week.  I have two half marathons this month: the Divas Half and Jacksonville Beach Half MarathonScreen Shot 2014-12-01 at 8.02.09 AM
  3. Gratitude is the Attitude!  I want to make sure that I take the inspiration that I’ve been given by the special friends and family in my life that have shown me how to be kind, considerate, and grateful no matter what obstacles are placed before them and incorporate that in my life.  I know that I’m not unique in my tendencies to focus on the empty part of the class, but that doesn’t mean that I have to stay that way.  I will make this goal measurable by writing down three things that make me happy every day in my Bullet Journal.

december currently

loving my Thanksgiving holiday weekend with my extended family. #VeevaLV

studying nouns, verbs, descriptors, determiners, and Structuralism

enjoying the calm before the storm that is going back to work tomorrow

preparing mentally for my long run of 11 miles this morning.

wondering if I should run outside or hit up the treadmill for said 11 miles.

laughing because I always seem to need more things when I get an email that has the word “Sale” in the title.

reading a heavy selection from this pile (still):

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listening to the “Straight Talk with Ross Mathews” and “Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin” podcasts

thinking I’m adding more “-ing” to my December Currently to delay those 11 miles…

feeling like it’s time to get up off the couch!

See ya soon!!!

How I Spent my 12 Miles on a Treadmill

Happy World Run Day, everyone!

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World Run Day Participants celebrate the sport of running by promoting the health benefits of running to others – while running “their own course” for the day.

I signed up to participate in create-your-own race last month and today was the day to put my runner’s stride where my mouth is.  The St. Augustine Half Marathon is next week Sunday and decided my last long run with today’s “celebration.”  Unfortunately/fortunately, it was raining outside this morning, and combined with 50ish degree weather meant that I would be running on a treadmill at the gym.

The last time that I ran that distance on a treadmill was when my husband and I were in Alaska, three years ago.  I didn’t have any other real options for running longer distances when we were at St. Paul Island, so I became quite familiar with our treadmill and bedroom walls.  Some people detest running on a treadmill, but for the most part, I don’t mind it.

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Pros to Running on a Treadmill

  1. Weather isn’t a factor
  2. Running alone isn’t scary
  3. A place is provided to hold your stuff
  4. Maintaining a certain pace is taken care of for you
  5. Reassurance AKA A bathroom is always available if nature calls or texts “911”
  6. Free reading time
  7. Two words: Wifi Accessibility.  Netflix, ya’ll!
  8. People watching can be more entertaining than the same streetlights and porches
  9. Speed work on a treadmill won’t make you look like a lunatic
  10. Playing around with the incline helps prepare you for hills on race routes

Ok, Negative Nancy, I hear you saying that despite these spectacular reasons to enjoy running on a treadmill, I will share with you a first-hand account of how I spent my 1:53 this morning.

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  • Watched “Scandal” Episode 3 of Season 2 on my iPad (Netflix) – 43 minutes

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  • Read two chapters in On the Road by Jack Kerouac on my iPad (Kindle app) – 20ish minutes

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  • Watched half of Doug Benson’s comedy special, “Doug Dynasty” on my iPad (Netflix) – 25ish minutes

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  • Saw the 5-day forecast about 8 times (TVs at the gym)
  • Checked Facebook, Twitter, and email (Kindle apps)
  • Texted my husband about breakfast plans
    • Last three were collectively 15 minutes 

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Before I knew it, I was beginning my Cool Down.  I was able to quickly wipe down my machine, walk to a clean bathroom with plumbing and lacked porta potties (which is the exact recipe for running happiness), wash my face, use the facilities, and drive home.

Even if you’re not buying into my hype, at least consider this post a public service to give treadmills a second chance.

Pile on the Miles 2014

You may have noticed that I’ve taken on more of a running perspective on this ol’ blog of mine.  It reminds me of olden days when I was primarily talking about oatmeal toppings and treadmill miles.  Well this year, I am going to be participating in Run, Eat, Repeat’s Pile on the Miles 2014 challenge.

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Here are Monica’s guidelines for Pile on the Miles:

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You can sign up here: Run, Eat, Repeat & Pile on the Miles 2014

So what is my November goal?  I am setting my sights on hitting the century mark, 100 miles of running.  Right now, I am at 75 miles, but keep in mind that I will have the St. Augustine Half Marathon on the 16th and will continue to train for the Divas Half on December 7th.

I’m also looking for an exercise challenge for November because I really am enjoying the Burpees and Squats Challenge.  I will probably add those reps into the Toned Arms Challenge I came across Diary of a Fit Mommy’s challenge:

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Even though it’s only a 14 day challenge, I will be able to extend it out.

What are you planning on challenging yourself with in November?