November Goals

Gobble Gobble!  November and fall are one of my favorite times of year, and it’s flying by!  I penned this at the beginning of the month, but never published.

My goals for this month:

  1. Follow the Advocare 24 Challenge well! November 3-27.
  2. Complete Cross-Fit Elements (completed last week!) and 5 CF workouts
  3. Run 100 miles in the Pile on the Miles challenge by Run, Eat, Repeat.
  4. Keep up my 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge.
  5. Give it my all at the Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon. My current Half Marathon PR is 2:04:16, or a 9:29 average pace.  I am not sure I can get to this by then, but I sure am going to try!pile-on-the-miles-logo-600x800_thumb5

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Ironman Bribery Edition

Only a few more days to enter my giveaway for handheld tunes

OK so I haven’t exactly treated myself yet to these, but this is my public declaration of bribing myself.  I really want to accomplish my training plan for this training block (next 3 weeks: May 19-June 8).  Sticking to the training plan is one of my big goals for Ironman training, and I admit that  I haven’t been as good about this as I’d like.  (Confession:  I kind of didn’t really run or swim last week.)

So we are onto bribery.  A future So Treat Yourself Tuesday.   Here’s the deal:

1. If I can accomplish the full training plan 10 days in a row, then I get a prize.

2. If I can accomplish the full training plan all 21 days, then I get an even bigger prize!

(Note: there is always a rest day each week. That counts in my streak of following the training plan.)

Here are my options:

Lulu Shorts

lulu shorts – for wearing under shorter skirts

Oiselle shorts

Oiselle shorts

I tried thinking of what else I want and can’t really think of anything.  More time off, to train? Someone to do my laundry? Time (to get a manicure/pedicure?).  What else should I put on my want list? 

Also – does anyone else think the Oiselle model has a really odd-shaped knee?  I looked at some other photos, and either their photographers are really consistent at photoshop (to make her knee look odd) or it’s really like that!  Most of the other colors of short have enough slight differences in angle, but the same odd-shaped knee, that I think it must be real.

Help Me Put Together My Wish List!!! 

Growth & April Goals

Congratulations to Nicole Kesten for winning a race entry to the 13.1 Chicago Half Marathon!  Email me for details!

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I’m pretty proud of myself. I had a REALLY hard day at work on Tuesday, and my typical M.O. when I get super-stressed is to spend the evening begging out in front of the TV (bottle glass of wine in hand).  I really contemplated doing that last night, but instead forced myself to get to the gym for my ironman group workout(s).  I ran slower than normal (my heart rate was elevated from the stress), but I got my workouts done.

And I felt better afterward.

That’s some progress.

March Goal Recap

  • Continue to be consistent in training. Swim Bike Run Strength.  Check. I have two weeks where I got most/all of the workouts done.  Progress!  
  • Figure out a more manageable schedule.  Yay – Progress!!!
  • Run – and PR? – at the Shamrock Shuffle! Check! Although I did not state it, one of my ongoing goals at the Shamrock Shuffle is to start before Mike finishes.  I failed on this one for 2014 by 11 seconds!  I’ve actually only accomplished this once. 
  • Participate in the #ZoomaPhotoaDay challenge on Instagram.  I participated for 2 days in a row, then left off.  

April Goals

  • Have 3 weeks of training where I complete all scheduled workouts. (This allows for some flexibility for my upcoming vacation!!!)
  • Pay attention to what I’m putting into my body.
  • Try meditation. Some how.
  • Eat oysters or crawfish. Something good.