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2012 Goals in Review

I set several goals for myself in 2012.  I even wrote them down.  One of them was to keep a journal, which is where I wrote the goals. But that is where the journaling stopped.  But here they are, along with the progress I made.

1.  Run Outside More – Less Treadmill.  Well, I have to say that I hit this one out of the park.  Once we moved to Phoenix, the treadmill had to be an option when the temps were in the triple digits.  But overall, I ran just shy of 700 miles (NOT the results I wanted, but better than 2011) and only 128.7 of them were inside.

Image 10-9-12 at 8.13 PM2.  Increase Mileage.  Overall, yes.  I ran more in 2012 than I did in 2011.  But I had hoped for better mileage.  I did discover that I do WELL with running twice a day.  And would much rather do two short runs than one long one.  Go figure.  And I increased my “short” runs from 3 miles to 4 and 5 miles.

3.  PR 5K.  HELL TO THE YES!!!!  I knocked quite a bit of time off my 5K PR and broke my 30:00 goal.  I ran a 28:27 and am VERY VERY happy with that.  This AWFUL picture is what it looks like to PR a 5K.

IMG_02324.  PR Half. I made one attempt at this in February and failed.  Miserably.  But I had a great time with my sister that day.  Later in the year I decided that I didn’t want to race the 13.1 distance and I am still VERY ok with that!  I DID PR my 10K time by over 4 minutes, I think.

5.  Spend Less.  I have to think I did better with this or we wouldn’t have had the money to hire people to pack and move us.  Or the money to move in general.  So I am saying this was a success.

IMG_03486.  Stop Stockpiling Food.  I thought I was doing better with this.  Especially with the big move. But I cleaned out the cabinets last week and the results were poor.  It will be on my list of goals for 2013 as well.  I just can’t resist a sale at the grocery store!

 

IMAG0254(1)7. Spend Time with Dogs.  I don’t think this is exactly what I meant. I work from home. I am with the dogs all day, every day.  But rather I meant walk them and play with them more.  Walking, yes there definitely has been more of that.  Playing, not really.  I seem to get injured when I play with the dogs.  So walking will have to do.

Overall, not bad.  I will be setting (or resetting) goals for 2013.  Did you set goals for 2012 and how did you do?

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Saturday: More of the same

someecards.com - RUNNING: Normal Days: God I hate this why am I doing this!!! Get Injured: JUST KIDDING PLEASE LET ME RUN!!!The week in review:

Monday: No running

Tuesday: No runnung

Wednesday: No running

Thursday: 1 mile of running and then incredibly bad choice of shoes

Friday: No running

That is depressing.

Did everyone in the world decide to do their Christmas shopping early on Friday afternoon? It was a madhouse out there.  But I got most everything done and even wrapped it all up.  I don’t know what to do with myself now.

Oh yea.  Don’t run.  I am still trying to give it until Monday.

What are your weekend plans?

Happy Thanksgiving and Road ID Offer

We are traveling most of Thanksgiving but I hope  you have (or will have) a good holiday!  What did you eat?

Traveling would not have been my first choice on how to spend Thanksgiving Day, but it was the best we could do.  I can’t wait to spend Friday catching up with our NC friends.

And in honor of Black Friday, Road ID is offering my friends and readers a special deal.  I am a fan of Road ID, especially as I have taken more and more to the trails.  Road ID, depending on the model, provides up to 6 lines of text information in case you should be unable to speak for yourself.  Contact numbers, allergies, etc.  You can choose from wrist, shoe or ankle models.  And even provide yourself an inspirational message.  It is a must for anyone that runs trails, during off-hours, in rural areas, any runner at all.

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Happy Thanksgiving and thank you to the great people at Road ID!

Saturday: Sell me something!

The courage to ignore the obvious wisdom of turning back.Saturday started out with the dog getting me up at 4am. Apparently he had already gotten Michael up at 2am and Michael couldn’t find his way back to the bedroom.  i found him in the guest room.  So Solo was up again at 6am but this time just to snuggle.  And then  was up at 7am.  I did the litterbox and some other household stuff and then headed out the door.

I reversed my route today to even out the camber on my ankles.  Which meant a big downhill on the way out to mile 2, and then that HORRIFIC HEADWIND down the canal to mile 4.  By the time I turned off the canal for mile 4 uphill, the uphill felt easier than the wind.    And mile 5 was rolling hills and back into the neighborhood.

Run: 6 miles / 1:10:50

Pile On The Miles for this week:  22

The rest of Saturday was spent picking up our Bountiful Basket (pears, apples, banana’s, a pineapple, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and some sort of melon) and then we looked at a house for sale that has caught my attention.

After that, it was time for a Pampered Chef party.  I went in like most do, saying I don’t really need anything.  But walked out having ordered a small baker with lid and a micro-pot for the microwave.

Food Saturday:

Banana, Soup and Pringles, Protein Bar, Peach, Carrots, Pork Chop with carrots and broccoli, scone, tea.

Sunday brings SLOTH and Ironman Arizona!!!

Friday: Same Hills, Different Day

Friday was a quiet day.  A non-running day. I did the same 6 hilly miles on my bike from Wednesday.  My speed and control are definitely improving!  And it was plank time trial day as well (Carrots n Cake 4 Week Plank Challenge).  I beat my Monday time (1:45) by 15 seconds (2:00).

Food today was a protein bar, coffee, a turkey burger and veggie straws, some snack mix, red wine and Michael’s spaghetti with one garlic stick.

I did my Costco and Sam’s errands.  I was initially excited to see Sam’s carrying my GNC Vita-Packs again, only to realize they were the wrong ones.  After I bought them.  I used to take (And like) Active. These were Energy.  So they will go back to the store.  I see other people talking about what they get at the warehouse stores.  So here you go:

Sams: Chicken Sausages, Caribou KCups, Stauffers Animal Crackers

Costco: Baby Carrots (2 5lb bags), Half and Half, Muffins (Apple and Pumpkin), Propel, Almonds, Cashews, Shrimp, Dog Toys

I thought the Honeycrisp Apples were OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive, especially when I know they are on sale at the grocery store this week.  And because I am a big sucker, I had to buy Annabelle more Do-Do Birds.  I have never seen so much doggie-joy from something so small (and cheap).  I will stockpile the new ones away for a rainy day.

Any big weekend plans?  I have an 8-mile run, a Halloween party and not much else!