Where I belong

Next week marks my 10 year anniversary at my company.  TEN YEARS!  That is crazy, especially since when I interviewed, I was a naïve 24 year old who just wanted out of a terrible situation I was in at my last job.  It’s kind of funny, but this was just supposed to be a place I spent a year tops while I applied to law school and “got on with my life.”  I had no clue how drastically my life path would change by accepting a position at my company.

I have held various jobs within my tenure here, some I truly enjoyed, and others I tolerated because I was really good at them.  If I’m being honest, I was so young when I started here that I just felt fortunate enough to have a job that paid me well and that had some pretty awesome co-workers.

I mentioned back in February that I took a new role on a different team at my company and I feel like I finally found where I belong.  Like truly, what I am passionate about.  Where I see the fruits of my labors and can see my impact.  Where I get to work directly with patients, hear their stories and bring their feedback on topics back in and use it to develop pieces and help tell these stories to others like them.  That feeling fills me with so much pride, joy and satisfaction.  Add to that, my new boss, who is SPECTACULAR.  He lets me lead without question, is always around when I need feedback, gives praise often and in public forums and truly cares about me, not just as his employee, but as Sara the person.  He wants me to develop and meet my career goals and motivates in manner that I have not experienced in quite some time.  In a way, I feel refreshed, which is funny because I have never worked harder than I am right now.

I knew I was truly happy when a recruiter called me last week and had a pretty amazing job opportunity he thought I would be perfect for, and I just plain turned it down. I didn’t need any more information, didn’t need to talk to the hiring manager or read up more on the company. This is a big change from where I was a few months ago. For the first time in a while, I feel energized by the work I am doing and look forward to future projects with excitement.  It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, there are parts of the job that are terribly frustrating, but overall, I am happy and it’s a pretty freaking great feeling.  I know at some point in the future, my end goal to find a job closer to home will come into play, which will mean I will have to make a company move, but until then, I am going to enjoy the experience I am having right now, gain as much knowledge as I can from it, so I can take it with me in the future.  I have finally found where I belong.

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Question of the day

What is your “day job?” Do you love it? If not, what do you wish you could do?

Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon Race Recap

Wow, it’s been a month since I updated you guys on anything, basically right before I hopped on a plane to Detroit to run the Rock CF Rivers half marathon.  This is my second time running this race, the first time being in 2014. I absolutely LOVE this race. It’s not only for a cause near and dear to me, but overall, it’s just really well run and a total family affair, which I love.  So, here is my Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon Race Recap.

On Saturday, a team of 13 of us boarded a plane from Boston to Detroit, landed, grabbed a few rental cars, dropped our stuff at the hotel and headed to pick up our bibs before the expo closed.  It was super quick to check in, get our bib numbers, our race shirts (below in blue) and we met up with Emily, who created the event and runs the foundation Rock CF (in gray). She is this tiny, ridiculously amazing force of nature who sheds light and humor to everyone around her.  We talked with her for a while and then took a team picture with her and her nieces and nephew–aren’t they adorable?

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After buying Ashton and myself new Rock CF shirts, we went out for a quick, but yummy team dinner and got back to the hotel early so we could rest.  Here is my flat runner the night before.

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I went to bed early and ended up getting up really early on race day and had plenty of time to have breakfast, get dressed and meet the Vertex team to head over to the race around 6:30 am.  I was a bit nervous because of the flight the day before and that fact that I spent most of that day not drinking any water, so I spent much of the morning hydrating.

We arrived at the race start and thankfully, was able to keep warm in the high school gym since it was FREEZING outside. We were able to mingle and get a team picture with Emily right before the race started and before everyone broke off.  This was the first year that there was not only a 5k and half marathon, but a half marathon relay, which was a really cool option for a few of our team members.

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I had resigned myself before even getting on the plane to the fact that I was likely not going to PR this race.  While I completed my training plan exactly as prescribed, I was just not feeling as strong as I had hoped I would.  Going into training my goal was to run in the 1:40’s, but I just knew I wasn’t able to do that for this race.  I was mostly okay with that and reminded myself that not every race can be a PR and that this is much more about supporting the cause than getting a PR.

My friend Lindsay and I decided we would run together and stay with the 1:55 pace group.  This felt really doable for me, with not such a hard effort on my part.  This was Lindsay’s first half, so I was excited to run and experience it with her.  This was also the first year of offering pacers, which I personally love!  Before the race started, we ran to the bathrooms and then we started to line up with the rest of the half marathoners.  It was COLD out, like 20 degrees cold and SO windy. I am glad I brought my gloves and hat because I could barely feel my fingers!

The gun went off and we crossed the starting line.  We were right next to our pacer for the first mile and a half and then I felt it….I had to pee.  Not like, oh, I can hold it until the race is over, a….holy shit, I need to find the quickest port a potty.  I definitely over-hydrated, something I have never done before while running. I have never once had to stop during any kind of run or race before to pee.

Thankfully there was a port a potty at mile 2, so I told my friend Lindsay to keep going and I would catch up with her.  I thought this would be a minute process.  There was one person in the stall and one in front of me waiting.  I was stopped for almost 6 minute…yes, you read that right SIX FREAKING MINUTES…DURING A RACE?!?  My anxiety level escalated at each second ticking by.  I was so frustrated but knew there was no way I could run and make it to the next port a potty, so I was stuck waiting.  When it was my turn, I peed in record time and was off and running.

To say I was annoyed is an understatement but I raced as fast as I could ahead, trying to catch up to the 1:55 pace group and my friend Lindsay again.  I knocked off a few miles in the low to mid 7’s and knew I needed to slow down.  At this point, I knew I wasn’t going to catch up to my friend, 6 minutes was just too long of a time to catch up.  I was also kicking myself for such a rookie mistake of trying to speed up really fast, because I definitely felt it in the latter half of the race. I end up having to walk through all of the water stops and walked for about 20 seconds five or six additional times because my calves were cramping so badly.  There were many times during the last part of the race where I wondered if  I was even going to make it in under two hours and I was devastated.  I know that 2 hours is a respectable time and that I wasn’t going to PR this race, but for some reason, the thought of running a 2+ hour half made me want to cry. Thankfully, I finished with a time that was respectable (to me.)

post race

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I don’t know if the almost 6 minutes I waited at the porta potty or the 2+minutes that I spent taking walking breaks would have equated to an end time 8 minutes faster, getting me that PR in the 1:40’s, but I definitely know that I would’ve done better than what I did if it wasn’t for the bathroom stop but I suppose, it doesn’t really matter because that isn’t what actually happened.  After the race, we waited for everyone to finish and took some team pics at the finish line with our medals.

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Quickly after this, we all piled into cars and ran back to the hotel to shower and get to the airport for our flights back home. It was a whirlwind trip that lasted less than 24 hours!

All in all, the Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon is a GREAT race for an even better cause.  I had a really fun time with some of my co-workers and I am happy that I had the opportunity to run it again and look forward to doing it in the future!

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Question of the day

Have you traveled by plane to a race before? If so, what race?

Did you watch the Boston Marathon on Monday? Thoughts?

 

 

Life updates

Hey guys, long time no talk.  Sorry–I know you have heard that from me a lot lately.  You know how it is, life gets busy, prioritizes change, things need to fall by the wayside.  For me, the blog is usually the first thing to suffer since I am a “write in the moment” kind of person. I have tried to write up a bunch of posts and keep them in draft, but it just doesn’t work well for me…clearly.  So, instead of being long winded…I will update you on some life updates in the past month or so:

  • I got promoted at work! (YAY! Cross one of my 2016 goals off!)
  • A week later, I got offered a new job at work! (WOOHOO!) I’m now focused on exactly what I want to be doing (more on this in a later post…I hope), but…I am in launch mode and the pressure from senior management is intense, which means working long days/nights. I am really hoping this settles down because it’s not sustainable long term.
  • We celebrated Ashton’s 4th birthday, it was amazing but each year goes by faster and faster!
  • I went to see Garth Brooks (cross an item off the top of my bucket list!) Hands down best concert I’ve ever seen.
  • Traveled back and forth to NYC a few times for work
  • Bought living room furniture (now just waiting the 2 months for it to be delivered)
  • Been training for my half marathon that is THIS Sunday in Detroit, Michigan (more on this later)
  • Booked my tickets with some girlfriends to go to the CMA Country Fest in Nashville in June!
  • Trying to nail down our family summer vacation plans (so many ideas in my head–anyone want to help?)

So, those are just some of my life updates.  Yeah, I’ve been kind of busy, but it’s all mostly really good things.  I miss you all and do try to keep up with you on social media/your blogs as much as I can (even if I am not commenting!)  I hope to start posting again more regularly once work settles down a bit.  Until then, let me know below what I’ve missed!

 

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Question of the day

What’s new and exciting? Who has been racing? What’s next on your schedule?

 

 

 

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 8

Hey friends–second week in a row where you are getting my first post on Tuesday–there is so much going on lately that I have to update you on, but that will have to wait until another post.  I have a busy day of meetings so let’s get right to it, shall we?  I just finished week 8 of my Rock CF Half marathon training plan, let’s see take a look in the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 2/15-2/21

Monday: 4 miles and I felt really good and strong!

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Tuesday: Strength training–full body circuit and added push ups with my feet on the bench, hard but felt awesome!

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Wednesday: Hill work–4 miles of 1/4m hill repeats!

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Thursday: I was travelling for work and had an early flight to NYC, so take was a rest day, but I still got in a few miles of walking!

Friday: I did my long run on Friday because Saturday was Ashton’s birthday party and I knew it was going to be a busy day.  7 miles while watching Grey’s Anatomy and part of Scandal.

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Saturday: We had Ashton’s 4th birthday party and it WAS A BLAST!  There were almost 30 people there and I don’t think any of us stopped smiling the whole time.  It was a ninja turtle theme as you can see and it couldn’t have gone any better!

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Sunday: It’s normally my rest day but I did 3 miles of walking on the treadmill during Ash’s nap and then it was so warm out that we took a family hike of almost 2 miles.  It was so nice to spend some time outside in the fresh air exploring!

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So,  there it is, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Sorry this was short and sweet but as you can se it was a pretty good week of training and in less than a month I will be in Detroit running this half marathon! EEK!

Have a great Tuesday!

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Question of the day

How is the weather in your area? Does it feel like Spring may be coming soon?

 

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 7

Hey friends–you may be confused as this is posting on Tuesday, but with the holiday yesterday, I just didn’t get around to typing up last week’s recap until this morning since I was having so much fun yesterday getting my oil changed, tires rotated and doing my taxes (heavy sarcasm!)  So–since I just finished week 7 of my Rock CF Half marathon training plan, let’s see how it went in the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 2/8-2/14

Monday: It was a snow day for us, I was home with Ashton so I logged 4 miles during his nap!

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Tuesday: Strength–wasn’t feeling it when I got to the gym but pushed through and had a pretty good workout!

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Then, went to a 3 hour long meeting and one of my awesome work friends brought us all candy from her weekend trip to VT!  SCORE!

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Wednesday: Speedwork–4 miles of 400m repeats! These are starting to feel a tiny bit easier.

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In the evening, Robyn had a late night work staff meeting so I went out on a date with my favorite little man.  We had such a fun time!  He got a hair cut and then picked where we went out for dinner!  Score for all of us–he got ice cream, we got to spend time together and I didn’t have to cook!

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Thursday: Another strength training day, I didn’t snap a pic because I had an early morning meeting I was rushing to, but this pic was taken from my office right before I stepped into my meeting. I love the views from where we are on the Boston Harbor, even when its blistery cold out, its gorgeous!

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Friday: Easy 2 miles and foam rolling

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Saturday: I got up early to run my 10 miles before Ashton woke up because we had a busy day ahead of us. It was great because I killed two birds with one stone, got my run done and I was able to watch the new Grey’s Anatomy and then Scandal episodes and it was the perfect timing. I had about 2 mins left of Scandal when I hit 10 miles and then I cool downed and was done, all before 8 am!  I also wore my Altras for the entire run and I felt surprisingly good! I was a bit worried since I jumped from 4 miles right to 10 miles in the them but it worked out okay!

sat 10 miler

We ran a bunch of errands in prep for Ashton’s birthday party (eek!) next Saturday and then stopped by so Ash could meet his buddy Pete the Cat!

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Sunday: Rest day!  Since it was Valentine’s Day we got up, lounged around for a bit, then went to our favorite bagel place for breakfast and drove into Boston for our annual V-day tradition of getting some yummy hot cocoa and treats at Burdick’s.  It was -13 when we arrived, so we were more than ready for something warm to drink!

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Robyn and I both got the single source Guatemalan dark chocolate hot cocoa. Robyn also got a slice of orange chocolate hazelnut cake, while Ashton got a regular dark chocolate hot cocoa and a chocolate macaroon.  It was delicious as usual and I love being able to share our holiday traditions with Ashton. After that, we came home, had lunch and Ashton went down for a nap. I was supposed to have a hair appointment but when I arrived, they were closed!!!  To say I was annoyed was a bit of an understatement. So I went home and we spent the rest of the day playing games and hanging out!

So,  there it is, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, another solid week of training and a great long run!!

Have a great Tuesday! I am travelling for work later this week, so it’s up in the air if I will be posting later this week…if not, have a great week!

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Question of the day

What is your next race?  What is your goal race in 2016?

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 6

Hey friends–how are you all doing??  I am sitting at home working as we are in the middle of a snow storm and everything was cancelled today (except my work.)  So, Ashton is quietly playing at his imagination table right now with stickers while I take a quick break from work to type this post up.  I just finished week 6 of my Rock CF Half marathon training plan, so let’s see how it went in the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 2/1-2/7

Monday: I logged 4 miles in my Altras.  It was almost 50 degrees out and I felt overdressed in capris and long sleeve half zip–what is going on with this weather? Isn’t this scene gorgeous??  There is no filter on this baby, just pure awesomeness!

monday am run

Tuesday: Tuesday is always my strength day so I did my usual full body circuit and was pleased I went up in weights for biceps and while it was very challenging, I did all three sets without failure. I definitely feel like I’m getting stronger.

tues weight training

Wednesday: I had a hill workout on the schedule.  I warmed up for a mile then did 2 miles of 1/4 mile hill repeats at a 7% incline and a 6.0 pace.  Then a mile cool down.  These hill workouts still kick my butt, but I keep telling myself they are speed work in disguise.  The first few hills always feel manageable and by the last few, I am toast and am watching the mileage closely so I can stop as soon as I’m able to.  I have been telling myself a lot when it hurts that I can do hard things and tell myself that over and over again.  I was so tired after the workout and had an early morning meeting that I failed to take a workout pic, but I did get a pic of my Starbucks run!

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My usual barista wasn’t there, so I was Sara with an “h” for the day!

Thursday: I was back at it with strength training.  I really love the full body lifting circuit I have been doing, but pretty soon I am going to need to switch it up since I am not struggling with it like I was in the beginning and have to keep increasing my weights. I know that is a good thing, but I also know I can find other moves that engage the same body parts in different ways, which will help me continue to gain strength.

thurs strength

Friday: I drove into the office early like usual and it took me my normal 1 hour and 15 mins.  I got my two “easy” miles in and foam rolled and was feeling really good.

fri run

I quickly showered and got ready for work and was in my office ready to get my workday started and when I looked out the window, there was a full-fledged blizzard going on outside.  By 8 am no one was in the office, so, I emailed my boss telling him I was going to head home and work from there, packed everything back up and drove back home, which took almost 3 hours!  How did it go from 50+ degrees on Monday to this on Friday morning?

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P.S. there was NO snow at all on the ground when I left in the morning. This was all in the matter of a few hours. I’m telling you, the weather here is NUTS!

Saturday: This was a step back week in my training plan, so I was happy that I only had to do 6 miles.  I didn’t have to get up early and was able to easily get this run in during Ashton’s nap. I watched Jane the Virgin again and the run flew by and I was feeling good.

sat 6 miler

Sunday: My day of rest.  We slept in, ate pancakes for breakfast, went to the grocery store, I read for a bit, we all napped, then woke up and played lots of board games and ate dinner while watching the Super Bowl.  It was a pretty awesome day all around.

Well, there it is, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, another solid week of training!!

Have a great Monday and I will see you later this week!

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Question of the day

How was your week? What was the high/low?

The month of love

I’m not generally a big Valentine’s Day fan. It’s too commercial and I’d much rather get flowers on a random day than anytime around a holiday.  Sure, Robyn and I have some traditions for V-day, like buying a new specialty box of chocolate each year to enjoy together and going into Boston to get Burdick’s hot chocolate, but that is the extent of our V-day celebrations.  However, when you have a child, you are always looking for a way to make them feel special (year round) and I found something that happens to fit in well with the month of February.

I’m not sure where I found this, probably Pinterest, but I remembered that I saw something where someone cut out hearts in different colors and wrote down compliments for their child and then put one on their door each day for the month of February, so when they woke up, there was a new message for them to read. Since February is “the month of love” and also Ashton’s birthday month, I thought this was a really cute idea to do with Ashton to let him know how much he is loved and appreciated by Robyn and I.  It also tied in nicely with his preschool and their “kindness curriculum” the past two months.

So, I got to cutting out 29 hearts in pink, red and white and wrote things on them like  “You are kind,” “You are smart,”  “You have great ideas,” “We believe in you,” and “We love you.”

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I have loved hanging his hearts on his bedroom door each night after he has gone to bed and hearing about them when I pick him up from school in the evening.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to be woken up to a new surprise each day that let them know all the great things others feel about them? What a great way to start each morning, right?

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In a day and age where things are so busy, so structured, everyone is so pressed for time, people don’t take the time to let those in their lives know how they feel, it’s important to me that Ashton always knows how much Robyn and I love and appreciate him, and that while we have very small family, he always has him Mama and Dad to be there to support him.  This was just a small, fun way to do that and for us to celebrate the month of love at the same time!

 

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Question of the day

Do you celebrate Valentine’s day?  How do you let the ones you love know you care outside of “commercial” holidays?

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 5

Hey friends–happy 1st day of February!  One month into the new year, it went by quick, am I right?  It doesn’t really feel like February with the temps in the 50’s today, but I will take it!  I just checked my mileage log and I logged 79 miles last month (which is a lot for me as of late!)  I am looking forward to seeing how this month shakes out as my training continues to increase!

So, last week I spent Monday-Thursday in a work summit which meant very early mornings and even later nights, so I am really happy that I managed to work out every morning like usual–it was a miracle really! HA!  I just finished week 5 of my Rock CF half marathon training, so let’s see how it went with the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 1/25-1/31

Monday: I had 4 miles on the books, I only made it 2. It was a terrible run, I stopped and stretched but nothing helped loosen my calves. At 2 miles, I threw in the towel. There is no use hurting myself or beating myself up over it…some runs are good, some aren’t.  This clearly wasn’t a good one.

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Tuesday: I did a full body strength training circuit and managed to lift between 5 and 10 lbs heavier than usual on certain body parts which made me really happy, I’m hoping that all the strength training I am incorporating not only makes me stronger and able to lift heavier, but makes me a stronger runner too!

tues strength

 

Wednesday: Speed work day-total of 5 miles.  I warmed up for 1/2 a mile, then did 7x400m at a 7:30 pace with 400m of slow running recovery in between each set and did a mile cool down.  During the recovery a few times I had to stop and quickly stretch out my calves, but overall I felt pretty good. It does surprise me though at how I used to be able to do repeats at this speed and it felt a heck of a lot easier than it does right now, but I’m getting there, baby steps right?

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Thursday: After a really late night out at work that included too much dancing and a few drinks (which is very unusual for me) I was happy that I made it to the gym in the morning. I was exhausted but once I got going with my strength training circuit I felt a million times better. I did a full body circuit and then foam rolled my calves and IT bands.

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Friday:  I think the week of being away at a work summit took its toll on me because when I woke up in the morning, I felt like I was going to vomit I was so tired.  By the time I made it into work, I was still super tired, but not so sick so I did my “easy” 2 miles and foam rolled in prep for my long run on Saturday.  I did both miles in my Altras and felt pretty good!

friday run

Saturday: I had 10 miles on my training plan (my longest run since 2014.)  I was up at 5 am and needed to get my miles in before a super busy day with my boys, so I quickly got dressed and grabbed my water and Nuun and headed downstairs to get it done!  I had saved up a few episodes of  Jane the Virgin (don’t judge, I love that show) and watched the last 2 episodes so I was all caught up.  I ran the first 3 miles with my Altras and they felt great. I really wanted to keep going in them but played it smart and switched my shoes out to finish the last 7 miles.  I ate a piece of an orange around mile 5 and then at every mile took another slice or two throughout the rest of my run.  I really was unprepared with fuel for this run, but I actually felt fine with the Nuun and the orange, so I went with it.

All in all, I surprisingly felt great, maybe it was my body repaying me for my terrible run on Monday?? I was anticipating this to be much harder, but it looks like I just had a great running day!  I did the 10 miles at a 9:24 pace, which felt very comfortable for me and then did a short .3 mile walking cool down.

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I finished up my run, had some breakfast, showered and did my hair before Ashton woke up, which was perfect timing!  We had a really busy day ahead of us with hair cuts, birthday parties, friends coming over the house, etc so I was really happy I got my run out of the way early so I didn’t have it hanging over my head all day.  Plus, this was a huge confidence booster for me as 10 miles just felt so long to me since it had been so long since I ran that long.  I have three 10 milers and one 12 miler on the books for this training cycle so I was happy this one went so well!

Sunday: A day of rest!!!  Robyn tweaked his back late Saturday night 🙁 so he was down for the count for the day, which meant Ashton and I went grocery shopping, cooked, cleaned and did laundry while he rested. It was actually a perfect day (minus Robyn’s back) and we all napped, played games and generally just relaxed, which was much needed!

So, there you have it my friends, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, it was a good week of training, I’m feelings stronger and hoping this week is just as good!

Have a great Monday–I will see you later this week!

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Question of the day

How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

2016 Goals

Hi friends–happy hump day!  I know I am super late to the party on this, since it seems like every blogger puts out their 2016 goals on or before Jan 1, but I don’t necessarily follow the norm and with that, I need time to think about my goals (no resolutions for this girl!) I have thought long and hard about the things that are most important to me, where I am right now and where I want to be at the end of December 2016.  I have some very concrete goals that I want to achieve this year, and most of them aren’t related to fitness (although there are a few), but more family and work related. I’ve broken them down into these categories, which just helps me focus better when things are bucketed. I won’t elaborate on each, as that would be the longest blog post ever but here are my 2016 goals!

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Family/Home

  • Be more present
  • Travel to at least one new place
  • Find a babysitter so Robyn and I can go on an occasional date night
  • Remodel the master bathroom
  • Create (and stick to) a house cleaning schedule
  • Put away my phone when I get home from work (until Ashton goes to bed)
  • Spend more time with my Mom and sister

Work

  • Find a better balance between work/home time
  • Block time to read industry publications at least 2x a month
  • Get promoted
  • Think about long-term career development and personal goals
  • Formally mentor at least one person

Fitness

  • Log 1,000 running miles
  • PR one race
  • Do 1 new Beachbody training program
  • Run one “new to me” race

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Question of the day

What are some of your goals for this year? What was one thing you are really proud of accomplishing last year?

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 4

Happy Monday my friends!  How did everyone fare with the storm this weekend?  Thankfully, we didn’t get hit badly (which is very unusual) so I am really happy!  We probably got 6-8 inches, but for those of us in MA/New England, is really just a dusting. All the roads were plowed down to the pavement and it was a breeze getting into work this morning!

So, as most people were still waking up and/or getting ready to go to work, I was sitting down to type up this post and I couldn’t believe how quickly time was flying by–I just finished week 4 of my Rock CF half marathon training, so let’s see how it went with the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 1/18-1/24

Monday: I hit the streets early and since it was a holiday for most people (not for me), and it was ridiculously quiet. I passed one runner at about mile 2 of my run, and that was it.  Usually I pass 15-20 runners, but I guess with the snow and the holiday, people were sleeping in.  It was actually a really peaceful run. It wasn’t as easy navigating the docks and planks as usual but it was dark and quiet and nice.

monday run in snow

Tuesday: My body was pretty sore in the morning but I pushed through and did my full body strength training circuit workout but didn’t do as many leg exercises as usual to give my lower half a little break. Once I got moving and warm, I felt good.  Afterwards I foam rolled. Nothing exciting about this workout.

Wednesday: Hills-total of 4 miles.  1 mile warm up at 8:57 pace, 2 miles of 1/4 mile hill repeats at 7% incline at a 6.0 pace, 1 mile cool down at a variable pace (8:30-8:57)

wed hill

Robyn had his quarterly work meeting so that means he doesn’t get home until late, so I got to take advantage of the one on one time with Ashton and we went out for dinner at his favorite place and of course, followed dinner with some ice cream. He has sitting on my lap and we were doing some drawing and then he asked to take a pic, but each time I snapped it, he would make a funny face–I just love this kid, he is so goofy and fun loving. We were laughing so hard in between takes and he kept saying, “I’ll be serious Mama, I will, I promise!”

wed night w ash

Thursday: Strength training again. I did a full body circuit including legs and felt pretty good, but I need to write down a more focused plan for my strength training days and may even pull out some strength videos and write down the moves.  I am feeling a bit stale in this area right now. Afterwards I did some much needed foam rolling.

thurs strength

Friday: I like Fridays because they are my easy day.  I had 2 miles on the schedule and a lot of foam rolling. I wore my Altras for the entire run and they felt pretty good!

fri run

Saturday: Ashton woke up uncharacteristically early (7:00 a.m.), which means I was up too.  He had a play date at 9 with is old daycare provider (she is amazing and we keep in close contact with her), so we played for a bit and then dropped him off of her house for a few hours so he could play with her family.  We went home and I decided to get in my long run in the morning instead of waiting until the afternoon. I much prefer to run in the morning vs. the afternoon, that’s for sure!  I put on the new episode of Arrow and got started.  I wore my Altras for the first 2.5 miles and then switched them out and felt pretty good.

sat 8 miler

This has been my longest run since running Boston in 2014 so I was unsure on how I would feel, but I felt really good, thankfully!

Sunday: My day of rest.  We got up, ate a lazy breakfast, played, went grocery shopping and I did laundry and packed as I will be gone most of the week for our annual Sales and Marketing conference. Since we didn’t get slammed with snow and it was fairly good temperature wise (30 degrees) we took Ashton outside for some sledding.

ashton sledding

And of course, some ninja training!

So, there you have it my friends, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, it was a good week of training with my longest “long” run in a very long time, a great weekend with my boys…and now I am off this week for a work training!

Have a great Monday–I hope to see you later this week!

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Question of the day

How was your weather this weekend? Get in any good runs?