|No this isn't from a meal we planned. This is from our anniversary out but it is the only food picture I have on my phone:)|
I like where I am going with running. I am for sure doing the Heartland series again and then more likely than not doing the Wicked, which is before that. There is talk of a half in manhattan a few weeks after Running with the Cows (last race of the heartland series) and it is tempting. Will definitely be a late call for sure. I did four halfs last year and felt great but with this injury, I need to be careful, especially if I want to do a fall marathon, which I do. I am adjusting to running for time versus mileage and am actually still hitting the mileage I would have been shooting for. I am still doing some runs with walking breaks and I don't mind them at all. We are just now starting to incorporate speed work back in and while I haven't actually missed it, I know I need it to get faster. My time goals this year are a 2:05 for one of my halfs (to be determined) and to whittle away at my 5 K time (would like to be closer to 27 flat) and my 10 K time (would like to shoot for under 59 for the Brew to Shoe and under an hour for Speedy PD). I am still not sure which fall marathon to do. I am going to probably enter the lottery for Chicago and the Marine Corps Marathon and possibly New York.
I DO need to keep up my cross training. One of the reasons I loved moving to 5 days a week running was to eliminate one cross training day (yeah I am naughty like that). I have been really bad the past couple of weeks about not getting into the pool. I need to make at least one day a week a pool day. I like having it on monday as it works best with my work schedule. Then I NEED to pick one more day and do SOMETHING else. How many articles have a i read about cross training and its importance, yet I still skip it? I have NO excuses. I have a treadmill, a bike and trainer, a gym membership, and now a portable DVD player that I can pop my Barre DVD in and do upstairs. Of anything I would like to change it is this. DO MORE CROSS TRAINING and STICK WITH IT!
As far as family life goes, i am very happy. My blogging is mainly done at work between experiments so that does not interfere. I would like to get back to dog training and showing, but not until our finances settle down. I thought we had everything under control, and we do but we keep having little blips that derail us slightly. Like the fact that my brother in law's car exploded and he needed to use one of our vehicles to get to work and keep his job. Like my hubby's weird eye infection that lasted for months and required twice a week visits to the eye doctor's office and a second opinion with a specialist. The good news is, Deuce's allergies seem pretty much under control now, but we still are having to keep him on a limited ingredient diet, which is a bit costly. He is my baby and I want him to be comfortable, so whatever it takes is what we will do. I have really enjoyed having both him and stella on my runs and hope to continue bringing both when the mileage and speed is comfortable for deuce.
If I have to make resolutions, there would be three. Number one, more cross training. Number two, I would like for all of us to unplug more. I am addicted to my phone, yes I admit it, and carry it everywhere I go. My hubby has gotten into Clash of clans so now his phone or ipad is always nearby or in his hand. I really don't want to teach andrew that this is how life is, always plugged in, always in the know and always with a screen in your face. That will probably be my most important resolution this year, to have phone/computer free time in the house so that our son doesn't start acting the very way we do with technology. Number three would be to re connect with my dog friends. It isn't that I have lost them, but I sure am not doing a good job in keeping touch with them since I am not showing. I need to make more of an effort to pick up the phone and call rather than just liking FB posts or commenting on pictures. I really, really miss them and the fun we use to have. I would like to think we can stay connected, even if I don't show very much, as I am still a dog lover and a big fan of the sport of dog agility.
So there you have it, my goals and resolutions for the new year. I am going to participate in the I Run This Year campaign for 2015 and I am going to make my goal 1000 miles again, even though I was short this year. I really feel like if I hadn't been injured that I would have met my goal. One whole month of no running really didn't help. Happy New year everyone!!!! Here is to a kick ass 2015!