June Run Streak

I’m attempting something new this month — a run streak! I’ve always been very protective of my rest days, so a streak has never really appealed to me. The challenge I’m participating in now requires that you walk, jog, or run one mile per day, every day in the month of June. This time, something clicked, and I decided to give it a shot.

I finished Day 6 today. I’ve mixed some easy runs with longer, tougher runs, letting the short days be my “rest” days. It’s working so far. Although, I have had to break out the Biofreeze and Pro Compression socks a time or two.

I’m still feeling motivated. Only 24 more days to go! Have you ever attempted a run streak? What is your record?

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Summer Bucket List

I don’t know about you, but I have a list of things that are quintessentially summer that just need to happen in order for my summer to feel complete. I like to roll with it, for the most part. But I do have a running list of things we need to accomplish in just two(ish) short months!

  • Sleep late.
  • Stay at the pool until our toes are wrinkly.
  • See a baseball game.
  • Eat ice cream for lunch.
  • Catch fireflies.
  • Ride with the windows down.
  • Sleep in a tent.
  • Spend a day at the zoo.
  • Go on a road trip.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Chase down the ice cream truck.
  • Make milkshakes.
  • Watch fireworks.
  • Roast marshmallows over an open fire – bonus if we makes s’mores with them!
  • Have a water balloon fight.
  • Take a turn on the slip ‘n’ slide.
  • Grow something.
  • Go to the fair.
  • Eat a snow cone (or shave ice).
  • Blow bubbles.
  • Make sun tea.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Play mini golf.
  • Eat from a food truck.
  • Have a movie marathon on a rainy day.
  • Make ice cream floats.
  • Go on a bike ride.
  • Listen to an outdoor concert.
  • Visit an amusement park.
  • Send a postcard.
  • Shop at the Farmer’s Market.
  • Host a BBQ.
  • Paint something.
  • Find a rainbow.

What have I forgotten? What are your must-do summer bucket list items?

Staying Ahead of the Calendar

The month of May. It’s insane. We’re in the throes of the last few weeks of school. We’ve got band concerts and soccer practices and middle school open houses and soccer games and doctors’ appointments and finding the perfect Mother’s Day gifts and field day and trips to the dentist…and, oh, by the way, all the other regular stuff like work, laundry, grocery shopping, and house cleaning have to happen at some point as well.

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I have a long, crazy list that I’m using to try and keep my life together. And a paper planner. And the calendar in my phone. And about a billion and one reminders and Post-It notes. Despite all of that, I know that at some point, I’m going to forget something. I just hope it’s not something earth-shattering, like the snacks for the soccer game, or to leave my makeup on for my Zoom conference meeting this evening, or to mail those Mother’s Day gifts on time! My mental load is through the roof, and that’s with all my handy helpers like ClickList and Eat Fit Go.

Hit me with your best tips, tricks, and time savers for when life gets a little crazy!

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Summer Race Schedule

After spending the winter training indoors (and not motivating myself to drive to the gym quite often enough, if I’m really honest), I am so thankful that warm weather seems to finally be here to stay. I’ve begun running a few times a week around my neighborhood to kick-start my spring/summer running season.

I don’t know about you, but it helps keep me moving when I have races scheduled. I’ve registered for some of the races on my list, and I intend to register for the rest when they start opening up in the coming months. This is definitely an optimistic goal. I have never run this many races in a three-month span. Distance isn’t a problem. I don’t intend to attempt anything longer than a 10K in the summer months, and I already run 5K pretty regularly. It’s just…I know it’s going to be hard to get up and go on this many early weekend mornings. But I know it will be good for me.

Also, nothing is planned as far as family travel for the summer yet, so one or two of these may drop off the schedule if they conflict with something later on. I just need to have a list going to keep myself on track!

My Summer 2018 Race Calendar

anytime in June – runDisney Virtual Running Shorts 5K

June 16 – Cornfield Cornfield 10K

June 23 – Dizzy GOAT (as many laps as I can run in 3 hours)

anytime in July – runDisney Virtual Running Shorts 5K

July 4 – Murray Freedom Festival 5K

July 7 – 5K Superhero Run for CASA

July 14 – The Color Run

anytime in August – runDisney Virtual Running Shorts 5K

August 25 – Nebraska State Fair 5K

How about you? Do you get out and run when the weather is nice? Have you started planning out your race schedule for the summer? For the year?

A new race on the calendar!

As many of you know, registration for the 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World opened up to the general public last week. I’ve wanted to repeat this race since I first participated in 2013, but I haven’t had the opportunity. All the stars have aligned, and I will be going back in 2017!

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What’s really fun is, once I put it out there on the Internet that I’m registered, I learned that a lot of people I know are running. AND I recruited a friend to come and make it her very first half marathon! AND she is inviting everyone she knows to come along, too. If I’m honest, so am I. “Come! Run with me!” “Come! Be my cheerleader!” I’m pretty excited. I just can’t seem to help myself.

Once the kids are back to school (in less than a month?!), I’ll have to get serious about running again. We haven’t broken up completely, but I haven’t trained for any kind of long distance since January. Of last year. I’ve lifted weights and done a lot of other things, but I haven’t run farther than three or four miles in quite some time. It will definitely be a challenge with the hills and altitude that I have to contend with now.

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I snapped this photo one morning while walking Hank. It’s a little tricky to tell, but our neighborhood is nestled right up next to the mountains. There’s a running/biking path…at the bottom of the hill. No matter what I do, the last mile back to my house? Straight up. I may need to leave the neighborhood to find a path that won’t try to kill me.

Regardless, this is happening. I’ll have another one of these beauties to add to my collection come February! Now, to figure out my costume….

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Bring it on, 2016!

It has been months since I’ve blogged. When I sit and think it through, I can narrow it all down to two reasons:

  1. Time. There isn’t enough of it. I know you’ve heard it all before, but it’s not always easy to juggle everything I want to do, everything I need to do, and the random things I’m expected to do. The fact that I even typed “that I’m expected to do” is ridiculous. Those things, I should probably toss out the window first, but if you haven’t figured it out by now, let me clue you in on something. I am a people pleaser. I want everyone to be happy. I want everyone to like me. I don’t want to disappoint anyone. Which leads me to my next point…
  1. Content. Although I’m busy, I’m afraid nobody really wants to hear about any of it. Is it boring to talk about my kids? Work? What I’m eating? The gym? Haven’t you heard it all before? Do I really manage to put my own “spin” on it? Do I sound like a complainer? Is there any point to it? I’ve begun to write so many times and gotten nowhere, because I’ve turned into a great big chicken, afraid of either being criticized or that no one really even gives two craps, which kind of brings everything full circle.

As usual, as a new year begins, I’m thinking through my goals and accomplishments from the previous year and looking forward. I didn’t publish any goals for 2015, but I had several that I kept to myself. I made seven, and I pulled off two. Most were fairly personal this time around, so sorry, but I’m still not sharing.

My goal for 2016 is to write more. I love writing. Even if it’s just for me, I want to put something on the ol’ blog at least once a week. That’s only four-ish times a month. I think it’s completely reasonable. Oh, look! I’m all set for this week. Too bad it’s Friday.

What’s new in North Dakota…

Y’all, I am a terrible blogger. I hardly ever remember to write. I have been so wrapped up in learning to balance my new schedule with work and family and just normal life in general that I’m afraid I don’t have much interesting to say.

Then again, maybe it will be interesting…to somebody.

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The last time I wrote, I was not in a great place. I’d completely upended my schedule to fit in more workouts and try to prep meals for the week all at one time. And feed my children completely separate meals. I’m really glad I didn’t just give up. I knew there was a solution, a way to balance everything and make it work. I just had to find it!

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Step one: Quit trying to pre-cook a week’s worth of meals. This works for some people. For me, it just…doesn’t. If I’m going to be in the kitchen cooking the kids’ dinner, I might as be well cooking mine and John’s simultaneously. I enjoy taking a break from the computer to stand in the kitchen and prepare a meal at the end of the day. I needed to take that time back. As soon as I did, I started to feel less overwhelmed. It also gives me the freedom to change up our proteins and veggies in the evening if we’re not “feeling” the basics in our original meal plans.

Step two: Take a deep breath and ask your trainer how to combine workouts and cut back on the gym time a little bit. I originally had a workout on my calendar every day of the week but Sunday. I managed it the first week, but I felt like I was neglecting other areas of my life to be at the gym. Now, I weight train three days a week, and I still try to fit in cardio every day but Sunday. I’ve stopped guilting myself to death when I can’t manage everything, though. Sometimes, things happen and I don’t make it. I’m learning to regroup and reboot the next day.

Step three: Remind yourself that you work from home. You make your own schedule. It doesn’t matter if you are getting most of your work done in the afternoon, because the gym is less crowded in the morning. You’re getting your work done!

All in all, I’m feeling much better and very satisfied with how things are going now. I’ve re-learned how best to feed myself, what to feed myself, and when to feed myself. I’ve lost a little bit of weight, but more importantly, I’m super happy with my progress photos. I don’t know that I’ll ever be brave enough to actually share them, but this mama will not be afraid of her swim suits come summer.

The best thing is – now that I’ve gotten into a rhythm, I am confident that I’ll be able to continue down the right path with my diet and exercise. Tiffany has made my goals feel very attainable. I am working hard, but I don’t feel like I’m hurting my body to get results (ex. starvation-type diets). She’s even going to give me a separate meal plan for when I decide to start training for another run.

If you are looking for a personal trainer with a great program, Tiffany is awesome! Here’s her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/crzyfit

We’ve been doing her 6-week online program. You can do it from anywhere!