Thursday, August 1, 2013

July Rewind ...

Miles Run: 71.06. The most I've run in a long time.

Bike Miles Rode: 188.9 miles. All on the trainer.
Swim Meters Completed: 24100 meters or 14.98 miles. I'm kind of in love with the swim right now. As long as I can drag myself to the pool.
Rest Days Taken: 9.
Highest Run Mileage Week: 7/22-7/28: 19.7 miles
Highest Bike Mileage Week: 7/22-7/28: 58.5 miles
Highest Swim Volume Week: 7/15-7/21: 7500 meters or 4.76 miles
Long Runs Completed (1 hr+ miles): 3
Current Book: Right now, I am reading Beautiful Choas by Garcia and Stohl. But I also finished a few other books in July. (Note: For those of you who have asked, if it's on this or any of my lists, I would recommend the book. If I don't like the story or the book doesn't grasp my attention, I don't bother finishing it, thus it wouldn't be listed here.) 
  • The Death Cure by Dashner
  • Everfound by Shusterman
  • Extras by Westerfeld
  • Fallen in Love by Kate
  • The Maze Runner by Dashner
  • Looking for Alaska by Green
  • Peeps by Westerfeld
  • Rapture by Kate
  • The Scorch Trials by Dashner
  • Unwind by Shusterman
  • Beautiful Creatures by Garcia and Stohl
  • Beautiful Darkness by Garcia and Stohl
Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Redecorating and Organizing. For some reason my OCD is in overdrive lately. Last month, it was our office and this month our family room ...

Current Colors: Orange and Turquoise.
Current Drink: Tea. Hot tea, despite it being a bajillion degrees outside.
Current Song: The Other Side - Jason Derulo
Current Triumph: Accomplishing all my training while traveling and keeping the kids fully occupied and content. I feel like I've been juggling quite well lately.
Current Goal: Be a better me. Each and every day. And tackle my 2013 To Do List head on.
Current Blessing: Health, happiness and love. I've got all three.
Current Excitement: Rev3 Cedar Point HalfRev is in 38 days! Peak weeks are here!
2013 To Do List:
  • 140.6. That is all. - Yeah, not going to happen this year.
  • Make time for strength training. Don't let training loads eliminate strength workouts completely. And stick to strength training in a group, it keeps you accountable. - Getting back to this.
  • Switch to time-based/HR training. Despite my knowledge of training paces, I have a hard time sticking to them. I'm hoping this will help me train more effectively. - I'm kind of over the HR aspect of this. Summer temps alone make this suck. 
  • Log 4,500 cumulative run, bike and swim miles. Up 485 from 2012. - As of August 1st, 1843.43 miles logged. Not looking good at this point.
  • Race a 10K with a finish time much faster than your very dated current PR of 53:17. I never managed to register for a 10K in 2012 and I'm not sure where it will fit in this year, but it's on my radar. - No progress on this one.
  • Set a new PR in the Half Marathon, currently 1:57:06. I totally blew this one in 2012 and will likely only have one good shot at it in 2013.- Fail. Epic fail.
  • Run a 5K with Dizzle and Doodle, even if that means tricking them into it. - The kids have been running quite a bit recently. Probably going to aim for the fall.
  • Eat like a gluten-free athlete. After struggling with health issues much of 2012, removing the gluten has been key in alleviating the symptoms. Don't be swayed by the lure of wheat. Or cake.- On point, like usual.
  • Find the race day (and training) nutrition plan that works for me.- Eventually ...
  • Consume no more than 18 desserts from Shyndigz. This number worked well in 2012 and helped me cut back on my serious cake addiction. Plus, their gluten-free menu is limited, so I shouldn't be tempted as often. - As of August 1st, 13 desserts consumed.
  • Drink at least 100oz of water per day.- Oh, heck yeah!
  • Only say yes to the projects you REALLY want to work on. An honest no is much better than a halfhearted yes. - Check.
  • Stick to our budget. We've lived credit card (and credit card debt) free for five months. No reason to go back now. - Double Check.
  • Ignore your impulses. Take time to process the true value of the things you are filling your space/life with. - Yes and no. Lots of pondering this one recently ...
  • Figure out what to do with my hair. Keep the mohawk or grow it out. I'm taking opinions on this one.- I caved and cut my hair. I have no willpower when it comes to growing it out, but I am attempting it again.
  • Continue to balance family life, training and now, work.- Check.
  • Prioritize and be a good example for the people in your life. - Like quadruple check!
  • Help and support J and the kids in reaching their goals. We are a team and that must always be the primary focus of our lives. No one should have to sacrifice so that someone else can reach their goal. If a balance can't be found, it's not worth pursuing.- I would never waiver on this one!

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