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October Goal Check in and 5 More for November!

Hi there!

Hope you had a fantastic weekend full of relaxing or in some of your cases, running marathons!!

I had a busy weekend taking some weekend extended learning courses, spending time with family and working at NIGHT\SHIFT, a project that I have helped create at my job.

As we head into a time change and a new month, it is time to review the goals that I set for October and make a few for November!

1. Qualify for Boston in my October 20th marathon. A+

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Wahoo! A hard race with an injury, but I ran my first marathon in 3:28:34. Looking forward to the next one and hoping to race it in 3:20:00 or less. I believe in celebrating success, but I also don’t stay satisfied for long!

2. Spend some quality time with my sister, Jolene. A+

My sister has to be supervised for all of her meals and one of the most memorable moments in the past month was the night I had returned from my 40 km run. I got her snack together upon returning and told her that I needed an ice bath. I prepped the tub, poured in the ice and climbed in fully clothed while she sat opposite me with her little meal. I told her that I wouldn’t get out until she was through. With anorexia, you need to seize little moments to make meals bearable, because so much of it is a struggle.

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3. Do some work on the blog. A

I have been a busy little bee making new changes on the blog. I had a great meeting with a website designer friend of mine and there is even more coming down the pipe, but here are some of the changes that I made this month.

Ramped up my About page and added some new features. 

Curated some of my Top Posts. 

Updated my Race page and sectioned them off into categories. 

With more changes on the way!

4. PR my 5 KM distance. A+

O YES I did! I ran a sub 20 minute 5 Km on 3 hours of sleep!

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5. Take in Octoberfest. A+

I went. :)

Ok. So what am I thinking for November?

1. Learn how to code! I am taking a course on CSS and HTML coding to help improve my web savyness and help me to make my own updates to the blog.

2. Complete my first trail duathlonNext weekend I am headed to Michigan to complete my last race of the season that consists of trail running and mountain biking. Keep your eyes peeled for a recap!

3. Heal my Achilles Injury. I have some therapy booked for after my race to reduce inflammation. I am also focusing on resting to recover from a hard season and using the rest of 2013 as a bit of an off season to start ramping back up in January. I have some huge news coming for 2014 which will require my legs to be speedy and healthy.

4. Get my Christmas shopping done! That’s right! I want to have everything completed by the end of November! December will be busy enough without shopping thrown in and now that I am resting, I should have tons of time!

5. Take a professional development course. I am taking some courses on marketing and sales for my job. I am looking forward to adding a bit to my knowledge base!

How about you? What are your goals for November?

June Goal Check-in and 5 More for July

Happy Holiday Monday, everyone!

It is crazy to believe that we are already into the summer, but I am determined to soak up every bit of it! Right now, I am most likely on a beach or running the trails; soaking up, indeed!

The beginning of every month is also a time to check in on how I am doing with my monthly goals!

How did I do?

1. Keep the ball rolling with therapy and make yoga regular part of my workout routine. 

Well..I bought the one month pass to the yoga studio and used it a grand total of 2 times. Queen Street Yoga is a cute and happening studio right around the corner from my office, but I found I was just too busy to make it. I am giving myself a C because I was AWESOME at stretching, icing and foam rolling after my long runs, so that is almost like yoga…

2. Get some sleep.

This is the first time that I actually made progress on this goal. The nights that I was only able to get 5-6 hours, I tried to find space for a nap in my afternoons. I have felt significantly more rested this month. Fingers crossed that it all pays off on race days.

3. Complete an Under Armour challenge a day.

If it wouldn’t be for that silly qualifier of “a day”, I would have done better, but I have not been able to upload as many challenges as I was hoping. Again – due to that whole not having time thing..
I have filmed some videos for it and will be putting them up in the next week.

4. Increase my trail training and start running with more local trail runners. 

I have increased my running and have started ramping it up for my fall marathon, but I have done mostly back road running. I have reached out to more trail friends and actually July is full of trail training so it is coming a month late.

5. Keep the reading happening. 

Totally. I have been loving the extra time to read, with my surgery and the longer days. Here are a few books that I read this month:

This book has was an amazing read. It is a true story that covers the story of 26 men who attempted to cross the Mexican border into southern California. Only 12 made it out alive. Not a comfortable read; I found myself cringing, but it did make me want to run the Copper Canyon Ultra in Mexico someday. Absolutely recommend.

I loved the Life of Pi story, so when I saw this book recently, I scooped it up and blazed through it. A fast, beautifully written read that is full of mental gymnastics. It is a fictional autobiography of a young writer and traveller who wakes and finds his gender changed overnight.

[I feel I need to add: if you ever want a borrow a book I have read, I own them and would be more than happy to lend them to you!]

Ok. On to July.

1. Drink more water!

Despite getting a new hydration pack this past week, I still need to increase my water. I am aiming for 4 L a day and since I broke my favourite water bottle, I am planning on buying a new one. I have no idea what it is, but if I like my water bottle – I drink more water.

2. Have a stride analysis. 

After searching high and low, I have FINALLY found someone who will hook me up to a treadmill and properly analyse my running gait. After that, I am planning on booking in with a specialist who is able to make the adjustments I need. Race PRs, here I come!

3. Read this book: 

I have finally ordered it and am looking forward to improving my training tactics.

4. Focus on Megan’s wedding. 

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That’s right! One of my favourite little misses is become a Mrs this month and I get an absolutely fabulous new sibling out of the deal. :)

She is having a beach themed wedding and I am looking forward to the last month of prepping, primping, adjusting, speech writing and organizing before the big day at the end of the month!

5. Begin marathon training | Follow a log. 

I am the worst runner for just running when I feel like, for as long as I want. Although the enjoyment factor is high, the strategy is low. I am planning on doing some longer races this fall, including the Scotiabank marathon in Toronto.

Although I can do high milage, my goal is to run a Boston qualifying time, so I will need to be disciplined with putting in the regular miles and not just hammering them all out on the weekend which has been the trend this summer thus far.

And that’s a wrap. I am headed out to go get started on my goals.

 

I want to know:
What are your goals for July?
What did you do for the long weekend?

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March Goals

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine consisted of a bit of work, a bit of reading and a lot of good food.

The fur child and I

The fur child and I

Light lunch and heavy reading. [or is it the other way around?]

Light lunch and heavy reading. [or is it the other way around?]

                       (Sorry. Dad joke)

I just had an exciting career move and I went in for heels and came out with these...go figure.

I just had an exciting career move and I went in for heels and came out with these…go figure.

It is the beginning of March which means I am taking a look at what I tried to do in February and make some goals for March.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

In the beginning of February, I said I wanted to:

1. Finish Midnights Children. 

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4 gruelling months, people. I get an A + on this one.  I actually had friends sending me reminder emails. I couldn’t even ask them for coffee unless I had read my daily quota of the book.

But I guess that is why we are friends.

It was a struggle to get through, not because it isn’t well written and full of amazing literary tricks and techniques, but because I took too long to read it. I was lost, confused and a tad frusterated. Which aligned me perfectly with the main character of the book. More later.

2. Carve out time for myself.

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Let’s just say it is a work in progress. However, it wasn’t an utter fail as my parents have been in Florida for the latter bit of February and I have been home to look after my youngest sister which allowed me a little more down time then usual. (Hence, the triumphant finished of Midnight’s Children.)
I also have made some pretty huge decisions that will help in making life a little bit less cluttered and a little more awesome.

3. Take a course in career development.

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I guess this one hardly counts because I made it a goal to do something I was planning on doing anyway. But it has been a very rewarding course. It is taught by Christian Aagaard, who was a reporter and editor of a medium newspaper for his entire career. We are learning the ins and outs of journalism from a pro as well as learning how to create film narratives. February focused on story: how to tell it well and how to make sure your audience stays with you. March will focus on translating that to media, especially video.

4. Start juicing regularly.

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This one flopped. It wasn’t because I didn’t try. But I wanted to do about 3-5 times a week, and my most regular juice week was three times. Juicing is fabulous and makes me feel wonderful, but it can be messy and takes a lot of time. Will I keep on it? Absolutely. I will cover my juice adventures in another post. (I can see some of you praying that I get a hobby. Unfortunately – you are looking at it!) My favourite ingredients so far have been carrots, lemons and apples. Also, the juice tasted much better than I was expecting. I find it is a fabulous way to take down my morning fish oils and apple cider vinegar.

5. Cut out all fried foods.

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This went really well. I even ordered steamed broccoli at The Works one night. Until I went out for sushi with my coworkers and forgot that tempera is deep fried. So really, I should get an F. But I didn’t want to upload another photo…

So. With a slightly under average score for February, we foray into March with a fresh batch of dreams, goals and ambitions. Here is what I am thinking for March.

1. Make this reading thing a regular deal.

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This month’s book is the Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. I have been told by many close friends that this is a must-read. And it is 300 pages shorter than Midnight’s Children so I think we have a winner.

2. Survive a month long detox.

You heard me right. It sounds crazier than it is. The other day, my health coach saw me reach into the corner and pull out my lunch which had been sitting out all morning and tuck into a cold plastic container of leftovers. She pursed her lips, left the room, and returned with a couple sheets of paper and said “Do this.” So I am. I want to be in tip-top shape for racing season, which for me, starts in April! I will be filling in details throughout the month, but for now, some of the things that are not appearing in my diet for the next 30 days are:

  • sweets
  • fried foods. (no tempura for me!)
  • wheat
  • dairy
  • yeast
  • etc.

Yay.

3. Devote some extra time to community service.

This month, I am partnering with REEP and Greening Sacred Spaces to head up the first KW region-wide rain barrel fundraiser. It will be a lot of work with promoting and distributing, but I spend a lot of time on ME with work and commuting and family and friends and not a lot of volunteering any more. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and make it happen!

4. Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

This is one area where I have really slipped in the new year. People who are close me know that if I am sleep deprived or hungry, I only feel one emotion – anger. Which is not a great emotion to have at the best of times, much less when you are at work trying to sell advertising.

5. Organize my gym bag.

Sounds like a quick, insignificant task, but when your gym bag has swallowed your loufa, favourite perfume and probably (you can only hope) the beautiful gloves your boyfriend gave you for your anniversary last month, it is time to take action.

What are your March goals?

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February Goals

Hello everyone!

I  hope you had a refreshing weekend and are ready to tackle another week.

I had a great weekend, including attending the Guelph Organic Conference for work and having a superbowl party yesterday. I don’t normally follow football, but it was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. My absolute favourite ad of the day was this one:

Now that we are in February, it means a few things. One being that my days of winter driving are limited. I am still scarred from my accident and am getting weary of Jesse complaining that I drive like a grandma [I do]. Secondly, it means that I am looking forward to what I am going to accomplish this month.

At the beginning of the year, I shared that I made a vision board. 

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I have a number of things I want to accomplish and thought I would use my online community of friends to help me reach those goals. A huge inspiration for me is Angela at eatspinrunrepeat, who has been doing this for a long time.

A bit of an update on how they are going:

I have been trying to use my camera more and have been dragging it from place to place and actually have taken more pictures. I am slowly learning the settings and am excited to keep increasing the quality of photos online.

I signed up for the Scotiabank Marathon in October!

I got my Spin Instructor Certification in January at the University of Guelph.

Goals for February: 

1. Finish Midnights Children. 

If you have been following my blog, this book has been the bane of my existence. I started it in November and it has dragged on long enough. I do like the book, but have not carved out enough time to read the 650 pages of deep and beautiful prose.

Which leads me to my second goal. . .

2. Carve out time for myself.

As it currently stands, I only have person time for grooming, eating [sometimes] and driving from workplace to home to workplace to socialization. To be honest with you, I have had some loving people approach me with a bit of concern so I am focusing on giving myself a bit more time to do the things I enjoy like eating a meal in more than 5 minutes, reading a book or seeing my family and boy friend.

3. Take a course for career development. 

This month, I am starting a course on advertising, photoshop and video editing for work which will also help to make my blog bigger and better than ever as well! I am excited to learn more for work although I am not excited about the extra 6 hours of homework per week. [See number 2].

4. Start juicing regularly. 

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I am talking 3 -5 times a week. I ordered a brand spankin’ new juicer through Home Hardware and plan to crack open my Jesse’s juice recipe book and get to work.

5. Cut out all fried foods. This is an easy one for me, but I love my french fries on occasion. I am going to try to go without for Feburary. I also have a much harder one coming up about half way through February.

I will be checking back in March with new goals and testing to see how well I did on these.

What are YOUR goals for February?