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2 months into the year seems to be a good time to take a pulse on my 2013 goals for this year. 

Goal #1: 1 Unassisted Pull-up.  I clearly haven’t achieved this yet, you’d have heard about it 1000 times by now, but I have been practicing both during class and at open gym.

Goal #2: 1 Unassisted Handstand Push-up. No real progress here, though while I was dealing with rib I did a bunch of pike push-ups off my coffee table (for some reason that didn’t bother my rib).

Goal #3: 1:45 Half Marathon.  Training for this begins this weekend.  I’ll put it out there now that I’m not prepared.  So there’s that. 

Goal #4: Increase Savings by $5000.  Saving has been (extremely) slow but steady, but I’m no longer dipping into my savings every month so there’s so progress.  As of right now my tax return is designated for my savings account so that will be a big help.

Goal #5: Stop Gossiping and Complaining.  I’ve stopped myself from gossiping or complaining a couple times but other times I don’t realize I’m doing it until it’s too late.  Or I realize I’m about to do it and don’t care to stop myself. 

Goal #6: Attempt two new meals a month.  I’ve only attempted one new meal thus far, though I’ve had ample opportunity to take the path less traveled, I’ve stuck to the tried and true. 

I have cut out a couple recipes that I’d like to try, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I trouble with this is that I’d most likely have to make a grocery list before I go shopping, that would take a lot of effort.  Right now I basically buy the same things every week so I don’t require a list. 

Fun Sad Fact: I’m super lazy when it comes to the most simple tasks. 

Goal #7: Stop Focusing/Dwelling on things I have no control over.  Some days this is much easier than others, some days all I want to do is complain, dwell and swear about things I can’t control. 

I do however feel as though I’m catching (and trying to stop) myself lingering on things I can’t control more and more.

Goal #8: Swear less. I gave up swearing for lent.  I still swear on occasion, but less so than I did before.  I’ve found that the less I complain and dwell on things the less I swear.  With these three goals I’ve found that I’m more aware of what I’m saying or thinking.  

Funny thing about this goal, anytime I read something that has a swear word I always pause before the word and consider whether or not I should say the word, even if I’m just reading to myself.

Goal #9: Volunteer Once a Month: February’s volunteer event got postponed until March due to the snowstorm a few weeks back.  I did however sign up to be a mentor to a student in the UCONN School of Business, we had our kickoff a few weeks ago. 

One-sixth of the way through the year and I feel as though I have a decent handle on most of my goals.  Having them posted on my fridge where I can see them every day helps, Though as I learned in 2012, some of the most exciting achievements aren’t planned

Fun Fact: The refrigerator door is the door most opened in my condo!

 

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Last weekend I went snowboarding for the first time this season, the runs weren’t as great as I had hoped, the mountain was crowded and the green trails had a lot of flat spots which makes snowboarding extremely difficult or impossible. 

As always, I fell a bunch and decided that after 4 hours I had enough and headed back to the condo to shower and relax before heading out for the Pats game. 

(Despite the description above and the outcome of the Pats game, the weekend was actually a blast.  It was great to get out of the city for a couple of days and to be able to wear spandex to the bar without anyone questioning it!)

Sunday night it hurt a bit to sleep on my right side, something wasn’t right in the rib area.  It didn’t hurt when I got up Monday morning or during the 3 hour drive home.  At open gym Monday afternoon it only bothered me to run (it felt like a giant cramp), jumping rope or rowing felt fine as did hanging from the pull-up bar. 

While out to dinner Monday night I joked around about injuring another rib. 

I debated going to Crossfit Tuesday night and decided to go for it given that I felt fine after Monday’s workout, there wasn’t any running involved in the workout so there shouldn’t be any issues.  I substituted sit ups and back extensions as a precaution. 

I only experienced any pain on the third round of exercises.  I went home, showered, ate, took some aspirin and iced while hoping for the best.

Wednesday and Thursday I was in considerable pain, though nothing compared to breaking a rib, it didn’t hurt to breathe and I could take a full breath.  I believe it’s a pulled intercostal muscle, which just like a broken rib there’s really nothing you can do about it.

As you can imagine, I beat myself up pretty badly about this on Wednesday and Thursday, I was aggravated and feeling sorry for myself.  “Why did I have to push it, I should have just taken a few days off”.  I then started anticipating how long I’d be out for, would this completely derail my plans to run a PR setting half marathon or two this spring? 

I have a difficult time admitting I’m wrong or injured.  While I try to listen to my body, it’s not always easy to identify which pains could potentially be a real problem and which are just an annoyance.  Take the Quote “Pain is weakness leaving the body” as an example, is what I’m feeling just “weakness” or is it a real issue. 

Going to class on Tuesday night might not have been my smartest decision, but I’ve made far worse (like running a 5 miler three weeks after breaking a rib). 

If I had skipped class I would have second guessed whether that was the right decision.  Was I creating an injury that wasn’t there?  Had I been indifferent about working out that day I would have justified missing class as “listening to my body”, but I really wanted to get that workout in. 

I entered January extremely excited to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself, goals that aren’t going to be easy to achieve.  I’ve questioned myself a lot as to whether or not I can actually run a 1:45 half marathon, that’s extremely aggressive given that it’s 10 minutes faster than my current PR. 

To take 10 minutes off my half marathon time it will require me to run each mile more than 45 seconds faster than I did previously.

Am I pushing myself too hard?  Am I even physically capable of running that fast for that long?  Am I setting myself up for failure?  What am I trying to prove? 

The answer to all of those questions at this point is maybe – or that I’m stronger than I think in the case of the last question – but I’m determined to find a more concrete answer.

Maybe a 1:45 half marathon is more of a life goal rather than a 2013 goal.  Maybe 2013 is the year I run 1:50 and 2015 I’ll break 1:45. 

Or maybe I’ll finally break 1:45 at 60.  That’d be pretty bad ass. 

As of today, my rib area feels significantly better, I don’t even flinch when I cough or sneeze.   My plan is to keep resting and not lift anything too heavy.  I’ve talked to my doctor about when I can start working out again.

I’m hoping that means the end of this week or the beginning of next, but I’m mainly focused on not beating myself up over it. 

On the plus side it gives me an opportunity to give my body some rest before entering a training cycle again.  I’ve started looking into different half marathon training plans, doing some research and figuring out the plan that works best for me. 

While I am bummed that my physical goals for 2013 will have to wait, this gives me a chance to focus on my other goals.  The goals that I tend to neglect because you either do them or you don’t, they’re easy to ignore because they’re not as exciting or challenging, or I view them as not as important (all goals aren’t created equal IMO saving more or achieving a new PR are more significant than cooking two new meals a month). 

I signed up for a volunteer opportunity for today, I found a couple recipes that I really want to try and I realize that by focusing on these other goals  I’m not going to dwelling on things I can’t control or change. 

Editor’s note: This post was edited to add the piece about running a 5 miler with a broken rib, only to find out I never disclosed that I ran that race probably because it was a very poor decision.  

I was originally signed up for the half marathon, blogged that I wasn’t going to run because of my rib issue, only to turn around and decide to run the five miler. 

When I ran the race I did not have confirmation that the rib was broken, the race was on a Sunday, my x-ray results were read on Tuesday.  I finished the race without incident in 45 minutes (9 minute mile pace). 

The ironic part is that my half marathon goal time was 2:04, which is 9 minutes slower than what I finished the course in a year later. 

I’ve shaved 9 minutes off my PR before, there’s no reason I can’t shave off another 10. 

Are you good at listening to your body?  Do you often push it when you shouldn’t?

Do you believe all goals are created equal?  Do you focus on goals that challenge you (a new PR) or goals that you know you can easily achieve you just have to dedicate the time (cooking or volunteering?)

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Saturday October 27th 2012 marked my 30th birthday.

It also marked the first time I ran 20 consecutive miles.

30 is the new 20 after all…

In an effort to get the most out of my 24 hours I got up bright and early at 5:30 and began my pre-run routine.  English muffin with peanut butter and banana, washed down with some water (still can’t stomach Gatorade).  Apply a tube of Body Guide and get dressed. 

My plan was to wear the outfit I’d be running the marathon on just to ensure there were no issues. 

Of course nothing is that easy.  I have a pair of grey running capris that I love, I’ve worn them on my last two long runs and the runs have gone great.  So now they’re my lucky running capris and will be joining me to run the marathon. 

If the 20 miles didn’t go so well then the pants would be associated with a bad run. 

Then what would I wear for the marathon? 

I’ll be honest, this reasoning seemed more logical at 5:30am. 

I decided to test my luck and where the grey capris.  (In case you’re wondering the pants have been washed between runs.   I’m superstitious not dirty.)

When I start doubting myself and my ability during the race, I’ll be able to remind myself that I’m wearing my lucky pants and they were made to run 26.2 miles. 

(Ed. Note: they’re actually yoga pants so they were made for downward dogs not 26.2 miles.)

When standing at the starting line there is a confidence in knowing that your iPod is ready to go with your favorite tunes, you have your favorite fuel, your sneakers are tied tight and you’re wearing your lucky favorite race gear.

I’m going to need all the confidence I can get on November 18th.

My sister met me at my place and we stuck to our Castle Island run, finishing along the river to get in the extra miles. 

The 20 miles went really well, there were your typical miles where I felt as though I could run forever and miles where I didn’t think I could go another step.  We powered through and ran the entire 20 miles. 

One of my goals for the marathon is to run as much of it as possible, I’d ideally like to be able to get up to mile 22 before having to take a walking break.  That being said, I do plan to walk through the water stations, especially those in the later miles. 

My legs felt strong up until mile 19, at that point I struggled trying to convince myself that I didn’t need to walk.  I kept telling myself I was almost done, because I was, and just to hold on.  Less than half a mile later I felt strong again and was able to pick it up for the end of the run. 

The hardest part of the long runs is how boring running becomes.  We ran without music until about mile 14 when we got to the river, and finished the final 6 with our iPods.

This is the first long run where we both ran with music at some point. 

The music offered a slight distraction, but it was still boring.  I kept on trying to focus on all the fun things I was going to do the rest of the day.  If the rest of my day was going to be super exciting surely I could appreciate some down time. 

We finished the run in just under 3 hours and 20 minutes or a 10 minute mile pace.  Which is roughly my marathon dream pace. 

I’m trying to not get ahead of myself and begin dreaming of a sub 4:30 marathon.  While the 20 miles felt good, it wasn’t by any means easy.  I still have to somehow add a 10k on the back of those 20 in order to cross the finish line.

I have no idea what’s going to happen during those last 6.2 miles.  Will my body be able to handle it? Will it be able to handle it mentally?  What mile am I going to encounter the dreaded wall? 

The main purpose of this marathon is to have fun and finish.

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6 Month Check In

Friday’s blog post was completely written from the wrong side of the bed prospective.   I was having a rough day, I had received the disappointing news that I didn’t get a position I really wanted.  It was much easier to focus on what I coulda, woulda, shoulda done rather than what I have done.

I’ve accomplished a lot in the first 6 months of this year, just because it wasn’t what I had selected in January as goals doesn’t mean they aren’t significant.   Actually what I’ve accomplished in the first half of 2012 is more impressive than the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year.

I bought a condo!  This had been a goal of mine for a few years (it’s on my life to do list), it’s one of those goals that I honestly didn’t think I’d achieve for a long time, never mind the fact that I purchased the condo myself with no help from a SO or my parents. 

I ran a sub 2 hour half marathon!  I PR’d by 12 minutes, crushing my goal by 5 minutes. 

I completed by second Tough Mudder in epic fashion once again. 

I took on a new role at work and the project that I oversaw went live with very few issues and has so far been deemed a success. 

I was able to showcase all the lunges and squats I’ve completed. 

Ok so maybe ripping your pants during a race isn’t much of an accomplishment.

Hope your week is off to a fantastic start!

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Halfway Through 2012

I had a really good run this morning.  It wasn’t overly fast, but it was completely pain free and it was the first run in a while where I didn’t feel the need to stop.  I was happy I pulled myself out of bed to get in a run before work.

The day was off to a great start.

Then I got into work, maybe it was having two days off in the middle of the week, but I feel as though I’ve been spinning my tires lately and not getting anywhere.  This morning was extra tough.

So I decided to see where I was with my 2012 Goals and Resolutions, hoping that will provide some much needed motivation.

I’m a little discouraged with how little I’ve accomplished, but on the bright side I still have 6 months to continue to work on these:

-Cook Dinner: Going next store for pizza does not count, nor does making a protein shake.

                Up until about April I was cooking at least once a week.  May and June were pretty busy so this fell by the wayside, hopefully now that I have my own place I’ll start cooking more. 

-Travel: gotta put that passport to good use! 

                I went to Toronto and Montreal for work but besides that the passport hasn’t seen the light of day.  As of right now I’ve got nothing planned for travel either and due to the recent condo purchase I have a feeling it’s going to stay that way.

-Save Money: looking to buy a condo/house.  Already got pre-approved! 

                Condo purchased!  I’ve been doing a decent job at following a budget for the past six months, which I’ll need to continue.

-Volunteer: I’d like to volunteer at least once a month. 

                I’ve volunteered once in the past 6 months, though through work I have helped organize a couple fundraisers. 

-Spend more time with Friends and Family. 

                So far I’ve done a decent job at this, maybe…

I’m going to do some revising for the next 6 months:

-Instead of cooking dinner, I’m going to focus on properly fueling for marathon training.

-I’m removing the travel goal, while I would love to travel it would be financially irresponsible for me to do so at this time.  I’ll give my passport (and savings account) some much needed rest.

-Continue sticking to a budget.  Now that I have my own place I’m hoping to save money by inviting people over more often instead of going out.

-Spend more time with Friends and Family

-Find a new job…I’d really like a sales/marketing analysis position. 

-Take more pictures.

-Train hard for Philly and enjoy the experience.

-Remind myself and truly believe the mantra: don’t be discouraged if you don’t get exactly what you want.  There is something else in store for you that you haven’t even thought of yet.

How are you doing with your 2012 Resolutions and Goals? 

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