Friday, September 2, 2011

August Rewind ...

Eight months down, four to go. Here's my recap of August 2011 ...

Run Miles Planned/Miles Ran:
190/182.68

Bike Miles Planned/Mile Rode: 0/0 (seriously need to stop slacking on the bike)

Rest Days Planned/Rest Days Taken: 8/7

Highest Run Mileage Week: 8/22-2/28: 43.13 miles

Highest Bike Mileage Week: none. oops.

Long Runs Planned/Long Runs Completed: 4/4 (with a post-surgery distance PR of 14 miles)

Current Book: Amazingly, I read one and a half books this month. While in Rhode Island, I finished reading Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich. And on my flight home from Seattle, I read The Long Run by Matt Long (thanks Tall Mom for lending it to me). Both books were awesomesauce. I highly recommend reading them ...

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Does my obsession with all things Nuun count?

Current Colors: Pink and Orange

Current Drink: Grape Nuun. I drink at least 64 oz per day.

Current Song: Tonight, Tonight - Hot Chelle Rae (I sang this song over and over in my head during my Hood to Coast legs).

Current Triumph: I hit 1,200 running miles last week, crushed my first two legs at Hood to Coast and I've raised 105% of my fundraising goal for NYC (click HERE to donate). Things are total awesomesauce ...

Current Goal: Stick to the training plan and crush NYC. And a new half marathon PR along the way ...

Current Blessing: I feel like my whole life is one big blessing and I am entirely grateful.

Current Excitement: School starts on Tuesday. Enough said.

2011 Goals - Status Update:

Personal:
  • Clean up my diet - I am tracking my food religiously at SparkPeople, survived my sugar detox and have been able to add a small amount of sweets back in without causing a total binge.
  • Eat no more than 25 cupcakes - As of September 2nd - 19 cupcakes eaten
Financial:
  • Pay off our consumer debt by the end of the year - We have paid off over half of our consumer debt and are on track to be credit card debt free in 10 months. Plus, we are on track to have our student loans eliminated by February 2013, five month ahead of our schedule. And 10 years faster than if we let it go to term.
  • Spend $0 on clothing - As of September 2nd - $178.50 spent - I caved and bought some stuff from Lululemon and a pair of jeans from eBay when my lone pair ripped.
Running:
  • Run 2,000 miles - As of September 2nd - 1215.47 miles run.
  • Run a sub 1:55 half marathon - Next race - 10/16, Newport Half Marathon
  • Take 30+ minutes off my marathon - Completed - 3/26, National Marathon, 4:15:48, 33:50 PR.

19 comments:

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

You are so awesome, T!! I love how you're setting, tracking and attaining your goals. It is so inspiring. Also I can completely relate to your current excitement and love your current song I listen to it all the time! Radio Disney, anyone? It is all I listen to and I am not ashamed! Have a great weekend!

Zaneta said...

You wanna know something? You inspire me! Seriously...
You're dedication, hard work, commitment...

you are totally awesomesauce ;)

kimert said...

That's why YOU are awesomesauce! What a fantastic year 2011 seems to have been so far for you!

Running Ricig said...

Awesome job on your fundraising!!! You're an allstar!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

How about we trade? I've got plenty of extra cycling miles I could give you if you send a few running miles my way! =P

Katie said...

I love your recaps. you are having such a great year!

milesforbreakfast said...

Look at you go!
Do you have a training plan for that half ironman you are going to do? I guess that isn't until 2012 so you have plenty of time.

Michelle said...

I'm still stuck on TOE-KNEE-UH! :)

DEM said...

Umm awesome August!!!

Newport will be my first ever marathon, so we might just have to meet up and have a real convo this time :)

Also, I ran the Newport half last year and KILLED my PR, it is a great course, mainly because the sites keep your mental being in check the whole race...and you have all these runners trying to qualify for Boston, so they motivate you to push harder :) Good Luck!

Marlene said...

Lululemon - totally worth breaking your rule! And obviously you need jeans! I want to see what you got at Lulu!

Super awesome month!

Now get on that bike, woman! Last i heard, you had a 70.3 next spring...

Julie D. said...

i want to see your lulu purchases too! 1200 miles by Sept. with a surgery/injury?! You rock, lady. that is pretty awesome.

Eisparklz said...

Wow - a personal goal of eating no more than 25 cupcakes in a year. That is discipline! I thought I was doing good with my new years resolution to "be able to touch my toes on command". 9 months in, and I can touch the ground - still working on doing it with heels on the ground and straight legs, but progress is progress.

I'm going to think about your cupcake challenge for next year...

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Another great month!

Awesome that it is September and you have spent less than $200 on clothing! I spent aaalllll of last weekend cleaning my daughter's disgusting room. I'm talkins toxic waste bad...(yeah, I am the parent that closed the door every day and allowed it to get to this condition. What's your point?) Anyway, the bags - we are talking giant black garbage bags of clothes, some never worn, that we gathered out of her room. Made me sick! We will yard sale some but giveaway most. Just sickening. So kudos to you. $200 is amazing!

Tricia said...

SUPER amazing month. You continue to inpsire me.


and I read The Long Run on the way home too, crying as I read

The Jesse said...

awesomesauce month you had :)
{i totally love the word awesomesauce and use it alllll the time!!!}

i've been on a big running related book reading binge for the last few months and both of those books are on my to read list :)

Rene' said...

if you get on your bike I will get on mine:)

thepawsitivethinker said...

I wish I was as organized as you.

Wonder if you can help me with my fundraiser: http://thepawsitivethinker.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/the-pawsitive-thinker-on-crowdrise/

It's for canine cancer. Thanks!
Lynne

H Love said...

Good job T! I wish I was this organized!

5 Miles Past Empty said...

I struggle with the bike riding too! So tough.

I certainly need to up my running mileage. Pretty sure I'm not gonna hit 1000....oops. Lame-o.

Great job with all your goals! Love the financial goals! It is so important to plan for the future and keep ourselves set up for success! =)