Better late than Never and Anniversary weekend!!!

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Workout – too early to tell.  but it’s saturday, which means loooong-er workout. the plan is some sort of intense cardio/strength at the gym.  it’s always intense.

I was trying not to jump on the “goals for 2012” bandwagon.  But the truth is, I actually do have some goals in life.  What do you know, I am ambitiuos!  Some are running, and some are good old life goals.  I think I would like to share them with you nice people.  I’m wondering why I am hesitant to post some of my runing goals, and I think it’s because I’m afraid if I put it out there, and I don’t do it, its an even bigger failure. 

But here’s the thing about setting lofty goals – I just might hit them.  breakthrough stuff here.  what’s the worst that could happen?  I don’t run the time I want?  I’m pretty sure I won’t spontaneously combust or shrivel and die.  Or even better, I exceed my goals???  Not really end of the world stuff.  When I ran my last 1/2 marathon last year, I got this little idea in my head – “wouldn’t it be AMAZING to run a sub 1:30?”    I dismissed it as soon as it entered my head, but a little peice of it stuck .   That time puts the pace at 6:51.  I had never run a sub 7 min in training, and I hadn’t trained enough for the race.  But, my husband believed in me.  He believed in that time, and beyond.  That made me believe in that time and myself.  I could do anything I put my mind to.   I really just wanted to PR, which meant beating 1:34.  But that was a very doable goal for me.  Sub 1:30 was a reach.  I did it.  And the feeling was amazing when I realized I was going to make it. 

Put high ambitions in your head.  The mind is an amazing thing – what it can do for you.  The power that it has over the will of your body and your strength (fyi- applicable to all areas of life:)).  Put positive, reinforcing, “can do” thoughts in your head.  And you “can do”.   And tell people who believe in you.  Their energy will give you strength too.  End of sermon.  Done preaching now:)  All I know is I am going to try my hardest, give it my best shot, and have a great attitude about it all.  and still try to have fun.  and not ruin my love for running.  

Here we go friends, Running goals 2012:

1 Mile – 5:10

5K – sub 19

10k – sub 40

1/2 marathon – 1:23

Marathon – 3 or sub 3

These are BIG goals for me.  Lets see what the year has to bring!

Other “things”:

1. Train smarter, train harder, rest more (don’t underestimate the body’s need to rest and heal from the strenuous work I put it through)

2. Read more books.  Adult books.  not cat in the hat or pinkalicious.  delightful children’s books that they are, I need to expand my horizons.  

3. Eat more salads.   apparently they are really good for you or something?  I’ll be the judge of that. 

4. Eat more chocolate.  I really enjoy it.  I want to eat more of it.  you live once. 

5. Get my personal trainer certification.  I’ve only been talking about this one for like 7 years.  this year would be a nice year to actually do it. 

6. Start…and finish some project around the house.  can’t be specific here.  that would just be asking too much of myself;)

7. Find my patience.  I lost most of it somewhere in early 2010.  I’d like to get it back. 

8. Be a better friend.  no explanation needed.

That’s all I’ve got at the moment folks! 

A little picture to leave you with and some unsolicited advice….

Always remember to diaper your little penguins. you never do know when they will have an accident and they are very hard to potty train.  Yes, I find little gems like this all over my house.  constant reminder that children are precious, playful and weirdly imaginitive.  keep them that way:)

Oh, and it’s my anniversary tomorrow!!  7 years with the greatest guy in the world!  We will be celebrating in style at the casino tonight for some fine wining and dining and penny slots.  maybe 25cent slots if we are feeling risky, and lucky.

Tell me your big, or not so big, weekend plans?!?

Casino person, or not so much? I would actually say I’m not so much of a casino person, but we never go, so it will be a nice change of scenery!

Do you usually have a “rest” day on the weekend?

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About msfitrunner

I am a 29 year old stay at home, hardworking mom to my three little loves! My oldest little darling is 5, little sis is 4 and baby brother is almost 2. I have been married to my Mr. Wonderful for almost 7 years (ahhh!). My faith and my family is my rock, and I have a newfound LOVE for running. Maybe it's more of a necessity at this point - to maintain household peace and my own sanity, but whatever it is, it's working for me and I'm loving the racing. The vegan world has been calling my name, so I am testing out those waters as well! That's a tough one with three little picky eaters at home, but I am having fun coming up with new recipes and trying out new things. Follow along as I chronicle this crazy running life, and ALL the craziness that goes with it!

5 responses »

  1. thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog, made my day :). You are quite speedy yourself little lady, and wowzers these are some amazing goals for 2012! Girl you’ve got it in you! I think it is so important to tell people what our lofty goals are for a little accountability factor. Even when I fall short on a giant goal that I’ve told everyone about, I feel an amazing connection with my dreams and passions when I share them with others. And who the heck cares what others think about your dreams. They are yours, and yours only.

    Happy anniversary!

    • Hi and thank you! After reading just the first page on your blog – you are my new inspiration – wow! you’ve had quite a time with the past couple marathons, but amazing you how push through! I can totally relate. It really only makes you a better, stronger, smarter runner and everything else that goes with it. Love your Christian attitude and faith and am so happy to now be following YOUR blog. Have a great weekend!!
      ~Katie

  2. Thank you for your great comment!! I’m excited you found me so I can now cheer you on this year!!
    In response to your Q’s: today I have a long-bike, tonight dancing! and tomorrow a long-run…I do not typically take rest days on the weekend, I usually ramp up my training!
    Have a great weekend! xoxo!

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