Monday, December 2, 2013

November Rewind ...

Miles Run: 46.33 miles. Still super pathetic considering I used to do that in a week, but that's what off-season is all about, right?

Bike Miles Rode: 156.4 miles

Swim Meters Completed: 16200 meters or 10.07 miles.
 
Rest Days Taken: 5.
 
Highest Run Mileage Week: 11/4-11/10: 16.64 miles
 
Highest Bike Mileage Week: 11/25-11/30: 42.8 miles
 
Highest Swim Volume Week: 11/25-11/30: 4500m or 2.79 miles
 
Long Runs Completed (1 hr+ miles): 0
 
Current Book: Right now, I am reading The Bone Season by Shannon. But, I finished a few other books in November. (Note: For those of you who have asked, if it's on this or any of my lists, I would recommend the book. If I don't like the story or the book doesn't grasp my attention, I don't bother finishing it, thus it wouldn't be listed here.) 
  • Cinder by Meyer
  • Scarlet by Meyer
  • Allegiant by Roth
  • Just One Day by Forman
  • Just One Year by Forman
  • Bang by McMann
  • Evermore by Noel
  • Blue Moon by Noel
  • Shadowland by Noel
  • Dark Flame by Noel
  • Night Star by Noel
  • Everlasting by Noel
  • So Yesterday by Westerfeld
  • Across the Universe by Revis
  • Airhead by Cabot
  • The Naturals by Barnes
  • Infinity by Ward
Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: York Peppermint Patty Creamer. So yummy!

Current Colors: Orange and Navy
  
Current Drink: Tea. Lots and lots of tea.
 
Current Song: Counting Stars - OneRepublic
 
Current Triumph: I'm still crushing off-season training. And Thanksgiving was kind of epic. We celebrated with friends, ate an enormous amount of food and laughed until we cried. It was perfect. Much like the amazing gluten-free pies I made ...
 
Current Goal: Be a better me. Each and every day. And tackle my 2013 To Do List head on.
 
Current Blessing: Health, happiness and love. I've got all three.
 
Current Excitement: Everything Christmas. Except the music. That I could live without.
 
2013 To Do List:
 
Fitness:
  • 140.6. That is all. - Yeah, not going to happen this year.
  • Make time for strength training. Don't let training loads eliminate strength workouts completely. And stick to strength training in a group, it keeps you accountable. - Crushing this!
  • Switch to time-based/HR training. Despite my knowledge of training paces, I have a hard time sticking to them. I'm hoping this will help me train more effectively. - I'm kind of over the HR aspect of this. Summer temps alone make this suck. 
  • Log 4,500 cumulative run, bike and swim miles. Up 485 from 2012. - As of December 1st, 2774.5 miles logged. Not looking good at this point.
  • Race a 10K with a finish time much faster than your very dated current PR of 53:17. I never managed to register for a 10K in 2012 and I'm not sure where it will fit in this year, but it's on my radar. - No progress on this one. But, it does look like I will run one in 2014.
  • Set a new PR in the Half Marathon, currently 1:57:06. I totally blew this one in 2012 and will likely only have one good shot at it in 2013.- Fail. Epic fail.
  • Run a 5K with Dizzle and Doodle, even if that means tricking them into it. - We really need to get on this.
Nutrition:
  • Eat like a gluten-free athlete. After struggling with health issues much of 2012, removing the gluten has been key in alleviating the symptoms. Don't be swayed by the lure of wheat. Or cake.- On point, like usual.
  • Find the race day (and training) nutrition plan that works for me.- Ding, ding, ding!
  • Consume no more than 18 desserts from Shyndigz. This number worked well in 2012 and helped me cut back on my serious cake addiction. Plus, their gluten-free menu is limited, so I shouldn't be tempted as often. - As of December 2nd, 19 desserts consumed. Oops! 
  • Drink at least 100oz of water per day.- Oh, heck yeah!
Personal:
  • Only say yes to the projects you REALLY want to work on. An honest no is much better than a halfhearted yes. - Check.
  • Stick to our budget. We've lived credit card (and credit card debt) free for 13 months. No reason to go back now. - Double Check.
  • Ignore your impulses. Take time to process the true value of the things you are filling your space/life with. - Yes and no. Lots of pondering this one recently ...
  • Figure out what to do with my hair. Keep the mohawk or grow it out. I'm taking opinions on this one.- Nothing but trims to help my hair grow in a normal pattern since May! And it looks horrible.
  • Continue to balance family life, training and now, work.- Check.
  • Prioritize and be a good example for the people in your life. - Like quadruple check!
  • Help and support J and the kids in reaching their goals. We are a team and that must always be the primary focus of our lives. No one should have to sacrifice so that someone else can reach their goal. If a balance can't be found, it's not worth pursuing.- I would never waiver on this one!

2 comments:

Lisa J said...

i'm always impressed by how many books you read on a monthly basis and still have time for other items.
Obsessed with Counting stars as well and recently added to my run workout mix

Tara Newman said...

I always look forward to your posts! Keep being awesome!