Have you made your goals for the new year?
I have never been one to make 'resolutions' to me those are never permenant. I am not sure but whenever I set out to lose weight, quit smoking, or do something monumental on Jan the 1st it never stuck. Why? Because to make a change, a permenant one you need to first change your mind set. You need to want to change, you need to be so hungry for it that not having it will destroy you. That is when a change can and will happen, but most importantly, that is when change is forever.
So what do I do every Jan 1? I make a plan, because a goal without a plan is just a dream. I make a plan to set out and accomplish some things and I work my ass off every single day to hit all those goals. I start making plans for goals as soon as one is finished.
For example goal #1 is to run a 100 mile race. I knew I wanted to run a 100 miler before I even completed my 50 miler on Nov. 3. I just fell in love with ultra running in 2012 and the more I am around wonderful other inspirational ultra runners, the more I am inspired to keep going. So this plan was going on for the last 2 months ;)
- My first 100 miler, God willing, will be on June 14 at the First ever 100 mile race in Massachusetts! The TARC 100 I cannot wait! The Trail Animals are a great group of local ultra runners and I am proud to be a member :)
- I have quite a few 50Ks and a few 50 Milers I want to run too. My end goal is the Western States 100 so I want to keep working every year to qualify for it and enter the lottery. I am determined to get there one day.
- Clean up my nutrition even more. Again I started this the last few weeks in December. I have gone vegan. Not for moral reasons but for my health. I want to eat less chemicals, less processed foods, and even though I was not eating much, it is easier to do this when you are vegan. I have been gluten free for a few years but now this will make my nutrition even cleaner. I am already feeling more energetic and healthier since starting.
-Keep getting fitness certifications. Getting my ISSA Personal Training Certification was awesome, and now I want to pursue some more certifications. End goal? Become a registered dietician. I have a few more college courses to complete and I really really want to finish school once and for all and get this done.
- Start my book. I want to write, I love to write, and I just need to get better at carving out some time to do this and start my book. I want to share my story, I want to share the positivity and motivation I carry with me every day. I want to help people and I hope by sharing my story I can do this.
- Train and coach others. 2012 opened a lot of doors for me, it helped me see what I want to do long term. I want to really ramp up my online training and coaching for people and gain more clients here locally. So if I can keep doing that I will be happy :)
- Have fun. I had a lot of fun in 2012, but I want to have fun in 2013, more importantly I want to do it without guilt.
So I have mapped out a training plan obviously for the 100 miler it funnily enough kicked off on Dec. 31 and I have my first race of the year on Jan 5 a 50K in Toppsfield :) So I think I am off to a pretty good start with my running. I also signed up for 3 other Ultras before my big 100 miler yesterday! The trail animals have a series up here so I will be at a total of a few: Fatass 50K Feb 2, Tarc Spring Thaw a 6 hour race March 24, Tarc Spring Classic 50K on Apr 27 and even put my name in for the lottery for the Tarc Don't Run Boston on Apr 14 a 50K. I will be running the Boston Marathon on Apr 15 as well! And signing up for the Wacpack 50 miler in May. That is a lot of trail racing ;)
I am working on spreading the word about my personal training and coaching and also working on getting a few more certifications. I would love to get kettle bell and crossfit certified soon.
I applied to a new college whichhas a stronger nutrition program and am waiting to hear back from them.
I am ready. I am hungry for it, 2013 is going to be a good one!
Monday, December 31, 2012
Hello virtual world!
so so much has happened this year. To say it was EPIC would properly define it. Although I am not sure if it was a good epic, bad epic, more of a mixed bag of both. Either way, I must admit I am kind of glad to say goodbye to this roller coaster of a year.
First, what happened to those goals I set out in January 2012?
Well, I am happy to say that I accomplished most of them!!!!!
-I ran my first ultra on Jan 28th just like I wanted to. I even exceeded my epectations when I was the first female to finish :)
-I qualified for the Boston Marathon at the Hyannis Marathon in February. I even made a comeback after my torn calf and qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2014 at the Baystate Marathon in October.
-I earned a shiny new PR for my half marathon time making it now 1:39 at the ZOOMA Women's race in September.
-I ran my first 50 mile race!!! I completed the Stonecat 50 Miler in November and I loved becoming an ultra marathoner.
-I did hit my lifetime goal weight membership at Weight Watchers finally in April
-I did find a church I like and begin attending. I have not been going as much right now because a lot of other things, but I will be going more hopefully this year.
-I did not get a sub 20 5k goal, but I really switched away from speed running to focus on ultra endurance, and I am OK with that :)
Easily my Favorite running picture from 2012, the day I qualified for Boston.
And another BIG accomplishment, being featured in Woman's Day Magazine!
Most important though, I learned to breathe again. I ended a stifling 9 year relationship and it was the hardest thing I have had to do in a long time, but it was the best thing I could have done for myself. And now a year later, I am in a much better place than I thought I could be, and I watch sadly as the other person is not. But I have learned that, I cannot control the actions of others, only my own reaction to them.
I said several times this year that you must live each day without regret. I still believe that, I still have no regrets. I love the life I have carved out for myself and my peanut. I know deep in my heart that I made the best choices for both of us and for our future. We have a chance at a happy life and I plan to make sure we get it. Because what I have learned most of all: I deserve it. I deserve to be happy and healthy and achieving those both together is possible.
Through the good times and the bad times I will always remember, Everything Happens for a Reason. Even though we may not know exactly what that reason is at the very moment we are experiencing our struggles, in the end we will. This is kind of my mantra for 2013, go with the flow, leave it all out there and live without regret.
2012 taught me how to live my life for me. It taught me the joys that come from tossing on my running sneakers and breaking away from the world for miles. It taught me that I can have that without guilt, and without losing the people I love. I learned that being me is a wonderful thing and that simply just being me is enough.
So today I will say goodbye to 2012 with a slight smile, the ending of a long chapter but the beginning of an even more exciting one to be ushered in. In 2012 I opened up my heart and found true happiness, and I cannot wait to see where our lives go in 2013.