What went well in 2018:
- I (slowly) completed five half marathons in three different states and the District of Columbia.
- I completed my 50th half marathon and mom was there just like she was for my first half marathon back in 2009!
- I ran in two more states: Arizona and Tennessee!
- I ran three Rock 'n' Roll races, which earned me two extra medals.
- I was a MO' Bassador again. I hope to keep doing this until they tell me to go away (but please keep me forever)!
- I discovered cryotherapy and compression therapy.
- I increased my flexibility thanks to Pure Barre.
- I volunteered at a couple races, which is always fun and rewarding.
- I really mixed up my workouts by trying different fitness studios like Orangetheory, Shred415, CycleBar, Pure Barre, and various yoga studios.
What I can work on in 2019:
- Listening to my body more often. In late spring I could feel that my calf muscles were very tight. I tried to stretch them out after a run when I thought about it, but I just didn't think about it enough. Then I tripped going up the stairs at work and pulled a muscle in my left calf. It was very painful and I was limping for days, which meant I had to miss sweeping the Race 13.1 course with my friends. Moral of the story, STRETCH and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!
- Train for the races I "run." This year I became obsessed with Orangetheory, which meant that I chose taking classes there on weekends over completing long runs. I wanted those splat points! The problem with that is that I failed to build the endurance to finish a half marathon with a decent time. Only one of my five 2018 half marathons was completed under three hours and I pretty much walked all five of them. Yikes! So to remedy that, I have joined the Big River Running half marathon training group for Spring 2019 and I can't wait to start!
- Stretch some more. My fitness wing-woman and I plan to do an unlimited month at Pure Barre in January, I signed up for Pure Barre On Demand and I will make myself use it, and I have purchased several yoga DVD's to use at home. No excuses in 2019!
- Consistently track my meals. When I was consistently running more than 15 miles per week, I justified high-calorie meals by saying "I ran today, I earned it." The problem is that I still told myself I earned those crap meals even when I barely ran or worked out. That's what got me right back to the same spot I was in 2009 before I started running. No more! I joined Weight Watchers this fall and although my weight chart looks more like a roller coaster than a perfectly downward arrow, it is still trending downward. I love my Saturday "workshops" so much that I chose a half marathon training group that met on Sundays so that I wouldn't miss it!
So as 2018 closes (finally) and the door to 2019 opens I look forward to working on the goals above, going on at least one mother-daughter race-cation, and celebrating the 10-year anniversary of my first half marathon (I know - it's crazy to think about).