Monday, October 31, 2011

October Goals Recap - Happy Halloween

This post is going to be short and sweet.

1. Drink 3 liters of water a day - failed for the first half of the month, successful the second half of the month.

2. Blog daily - failed, very miserably too.

3. Keep my room clean - more of a success than last month but overall failed.

4. Try yoga - attempted but not completed.

5. Figure out how I want to keep my training schedule - temporarily going to use my phone until a better solution is found.

6. Go to bed at a more constant time - progress is being made.

7. Keep really on top of homework - successful, going to become permanent 

8. Start meal planning - failed miserably, not even attempted.

9. Sign up for a 5k - not done.

10. Meditate before bed every night - attempted, fairly successful, abandoned near the end of the month.

Overall fairly disappointed at how this month went, but plan to do better in November. Also, Happy Halloween to everyone.

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Decorations - Let's Rock This Style

So you've probably noticed a lack of updating the blog over the month, and I lost a little bit of my love for blogging, and have been pretty busy with school, which accounts for the mostly silent month, but I'm hoping that it's over and I've been working on some really exciting things for the blog. But I have been working on an exciting project which was my Halloween decorations to compete in the contest at my apartment complex. I'm going to break this up into a few posts over the next week so that I don't have an overload post today.









As you can see I had a lot of fun working on this and some of it still isn't finished, but I ran out of materials, booo. I did win for best use of recycled materials which wasn't much of a surprised and I got an awesome gift basket which is pretty cool. But I'll go into details on how I did all these, and my prizes in a few more posts. Happy Halloweekend everyone!

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Friday, October 14, 2011

I'm backkkk.

So since I've been gone for like 10 days I'll give you the short version of what has been going on here.

Christmas lights in my room.

All my fruits demolished in less than a week.

More Christmas lights.

Milk cartons on the couch. 

Bella went to the vet. 

Made a plan to demolish this week. 
Things have been busy/boring over here other than those things. I'm still working on those Halloween decorations, as you can probably tell, but they'll be done by the 24th and of course I'm going to be posting pictures. Things should get back to normal now, and I already know what I'm blogging about tomorrow and Sunday, which kind of helps. Hoping to get back on the blogging wagon over the course of next week. Don't worry though, if you have a blog I've still been reading them. :)

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong and always think big!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Why I LOVE Blogging.

As I sit here beginning to write this post, I'm not really sure where I want to start. Blogging, well I'm not really sure how to describe the people that blog, since you've got the people who blog that are super popular and end up getting a show on Food Network like the fabulous Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond as well as people like me, who blog more for their own satisfaction than for anyone else. I think the whole blogging thing started for me because I wanted a way to keep myself accountable for all the crazy fitness stuff that I was about to embark on. Somehow, I ended up being surrounded by some crazy awesome bloggers, who are also, runners, triathletes, sometimes even mothers and wives. Now, you may be thinking that I don't really belong in a group like this, but I completely disagree. To us, it doesn't matter if you're a young college student just beginning their journey in this realm of the world, or if you're the most seasoned amateur athlete in your sport, we will welcome you with open arms and support you the best that we know can. 

To me finding a place that was as supportive as my blogging community was completely inspirational since I didn't think I'd be so welcomed since I hadn't raced at all, and what I've found is that you can be part of the community even if you're just the person who runs for fitness. This new realization caused me to research other running blogs and see what kind of races they were doing, and what races were popular among other runners and then I happened upon RunDisney and knew I was in love. Running races at Disneyland and Walt Disney World where the course is lined with characters and you’re running with people in costume? I knew I had to find a race and sign up, so I began to look at the races that Disneyland had to offer and found out that they only had the Disneyland Half Marathon which is offered in September, which would be too little time to prepare, and then it happened. The Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon on January 29th, 2012, and it was decided, that was my race. There was enough time to train, and it would be about having fun rather than racing. I asked a few other bloggers about if it would be a good first race to run, and everyone was telling me that it would be an absolutely fantastic race to run as your first, then it was announced on the blog with a tentative 2012 race schedule that I would be running my first half marathon in about six months.

The response that I got was overwhelming support, advice on training plans, advice on nutrition, as well as what kinds of shoes to look at. I was ecstatic to feel like a real part of this whole group of bloggers and runners, and something in me told me to keep finding more blogs to read and I was very excited to find some of my favorite blogs such as Frayed Laces, which is written by a grad student who has an addiction to triathlons. Once I realized that she could juggle all of that training with school and work, I knew that I could do the same, and started researching triathlons because that sounded like something that would be more up my alley than just road races. I found as many race reports from Ironman races as I could and started reading, falling even more in love with the idea of racing one with every one I read. Crazy? Just a bit, but something in me told me that this was the kind of thing I was looking for. My life wouldn’t be half as boring anymore if I was a triathlete in training and I knew that my new blogging friends would keep me going when the training got hard with encouraging words and reassurance that it gets easier with time.

I’ve already found some of my workouts hard to do, and had mornings when I didn’t want to get up at four in the morning to make it to Masters Practice, but I feel that knowing I have all these people supporting me, and the blog to be accountable to I somehow manage through it. While I will push myself to get things done, earning myself the nickname “the Punisher” with my crew, I know that at the end of the day I’m miles ahead of the me that would have spent the day on the couch, and I’m proud of that. I really love that this kind of all started with something as simple as a blog post, and now I’ve got my own kick ass crew of peanut butter and jelly addicted runners, triathletes, Ironmen and Ironwomen who support each other through the good times and the bad, and everything in between. I love reading about how things are going for each and every one of them and when things get rough we’re there for each other, even if it isn’t sport related, so I guess you could call us a family of sorts. While we’re a dysfunctional one at times when we’re plagued with various injuries it’s the common bond of being willing to push ourselves to great things that keep us together.

So I guess after all that rambling you want a short answer about why I love blogging so I’ll give it to you. I’ve met some super supportive, and all around crazy people, yes I’m talking to you ladies that ran Hood2Coast. It keeps me accountable to myself and others, which pushes me to be my best in everything that I do. We get to do some awesome things that most people don’t think they can do. I’ve have the still growing and completely badass Let’s Rock This Crew which is full of awesome people who are so supportive and I love to death.

So to all of you that think blogging might be a waste of time, maybe it is to you, but to me it’s an important aspect of my new life, and new lifestyle that I can’t wait to continue so that I can look back and see where it all started. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Why I Want to be a Yogi

First off, let's clarify what a yogi is for those of you who might not know, courtesy of dictionary.com
yo·gi [yoh-gee]
noun, plural -gis
a person who practices yoga. 
There are a few other definitions of what a yogi is, including one that talks about that the practice of yoga is more than just doing the moves and that it is more about the mindset and things of that sort. Personally, I want to start practicing yoga for a few different reasons, including strengthening my body, and increasing my flexibility. I've found yoga to be interesting for quite some time, but was never sure how to go about starting so when I saw that my apartment complex was going to be offering yoga in the fitness center on Wednesdays and Fridays I was excited, however since it began in September it has already disbanded, however I have a note into the instructor that I would be interested in the Friday class so I'm hoping they'll come back!

The most important thing about yoga to me is actually going to be breathing control because I'm not good that, so I already know it will take a lot of improvement, but I believe it will be worth it because knowing how to control my breathing will help with everything, especially swimming. Part of me feels like if I can really understand how to control my breathing I'll be able to get myself to focus on my technique while I am swimming or running. I'd also like to use yoga to help me become more flexible in hopes that I possibly find stretching a little bit more fun. To me, yoga seems like something that is accessible to everyone, and something that everyone should try at least once.

I'm really excited to start practicing yoga, and hope to make it a habit to practice every few days, and focus on it during the weekends to help center myself in addition to meditation. I really want to start focusing on myself in a more spiritual way, and hope to use yoga and meditation to help get myself there. I think that everyone should find something that helps them focus on themselves, because you can't be the best you for others unless you spend time on yourself.

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong and always think big!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Week in Review

I feel really good about how last week went, I got most of my miles in even if I didn't post them, and this coming week I'm going to be more diligent about my training including making sure I do my fitness workouts.

Overall I'm really excited for the rest of this month, and feel that things are really starting to go the way that they are supposed to which is really satisfying. Though I know I still need to work on making sure I get things done that I'm supposed to on the weekends, such as laundry or cleaning, but once I play a little bit of catch up to get that done I think it will resolve itself.

I slept a little bit too much today so I'm going to be playing catch up on my chores tonight so that I don't have to worry about that throughout the week. I'm also going to do my food for the week tonight, not sure what I'm going to be eating for dinner, more than likely an epic turkey sandwich. Well, I'm off to switch over my laundry.

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October Goals

Since some of my September goals were major fails, I'm going to attempt at some of them again.

1. Drink 3 liters of water a day - I know this number is up from last month, but that's only five full bottles of water, and I think it's doable if I just keep reminding myself to drink water.

2. Blog daily - I've got big plans for this one and I've started to keep my blog post ideas in my planner so I won't forget to blog!

3. Keep my room clean - I cleaned my room today, and am doing all my laundry tomorrow so here's to hoping that I can keep my room spotless for the whole month!

4. Try yoga - I'm going to try to find some videos and podcasts to help me accomplish this goal!

5. Figure out how I want to keep my training schedule - I've got the 3-ring binder, but just need to figure out how to keep a log of the numbers and such I've got planned!

6. Go to bed at a more constant time - I've been pretty good at getting to bed at a regular time, but some nights I'll get to bed a lot later than I did the night before. I'd like to be going to bed around the same time every night.

7. Keep really on top of homework - I've been doing a pretty good job of this so far, but I feel that I could do an even better job if I just keep myself on task.

8. Start meal planning - I'd really like to be able to plan out my meals for the week and have different things to eat on different days rather than the same thing all week.

9. Sign up for a 5k! - There are tons of races in the fall here, I'd love to sign up for a 5k this month, and maybe even run it this month!

10. Meditate before bed every night - I've been meditating before bed on and off for a while now, and I'd like to do it every night because I love how much it relaxes me.

I feel that I can be very successful with these goals this month with a little help from my planner. This month is going to be exciting and I can't wait to see what's going to unfold for me!

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!