Last week I celebrated my 34th birthday, which means I am officially in my mid-30s! I remember hearing something about how you’re never supposed to ask a lady about her age or her weight but I’ve never had a problem talking about either….because both are just a number and that number is totally relative. Do I feel young? Do I feel healthy? Absolutely! And now that I feel like I have “broken in my 30s”, I can honestly say that my 30s are shaping up to be the best decade so far! Something happened when I turned 30….I learned that there is no such thing as grown ups, we all are just winging it! I realized that despite many missteps, somehow my life had ended up in a pretty good place and I had this sudden, new found confidence and comfort in my own skin. Part of me wishes I could go back and tell the 20 something me a thing or two, but then I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today. No regrets about my past, even when I’ve made “catastrophic” mistakes, had my heart broken or broken hearts, was insecure, thought I was fat, cried too much, did too many tequila shots….it was all a learning experience and that is what our 20s are for!
So….what is it that makes being in my 30s so awesome??
- Being comfortable in my own skin, including being o.k. with my not so cool dance moves! I know I mentioned this one before, but it’s worth being redundant because confidence really is the BEST thing about being in my 30s!!
Play that funky music! 32 in Vegas!
- Understanding and appreciating that being a mommy is the single most important thing that I am going to do with my life! I found out I was preggers with Lana just a few days before my 23rd birthday and to be honest I was TERRIFIED! Raising a mini-me isn’t always easy, but it’s always been worth it!
Real Happiness! I’m 31 and Lana is 6 in this picture.
- Reaching a point in my life that I know what matters and what I want out of a relationship, which allowed me to connect with my second life love (aside from Lana). Danny makes me happy and makes me laugh every single day!
Being silly at my friend’s wedding. (32)
- Having great girlfriends and remembering to make time for them! Life experience has taught me…don’t get so wrapped up in a “boyfriend” that you neglect other relationships and NEVER trust a girl that doesn’t have a single girlfriend.
Reunited after a long work trip. Enjoying time with the girls at 31.
- Reaching a point in my career that I have the time and can afford to travel (some). One of my bucket list items is to see as many places in this world as possible!
Temple in Japan.
- Learning to appreciate art and other things of beauty. It seems like most of my free time in my 20s was spent in clubs/bars/at parties….in my 30s I realized there is so much more to life!
Chihuly exhibit at VMFA in Richmond VA
- Having the courage to be bold and express my own unique style! I’ve literally had my hair dyed every possible color in my 30s and have tossed the high heels and spandex tops in favor for flip flops and retro t-shirts!
Bright red hair, Beatles T-Shirt, and Pink 80s sunglasses! Because I can! 😉
- Learning how to take care of my body and being in the best shape of my life. Since turning 30 I’ve paid more attention to eating well, limiting alcohol, exercising, and have done lots of running. I feel like my endurance and fitness are peaking in my 30s, thanks to treating my body a little kinder!
Baltimore 10 miler at 32.
Anyone else in their 30s feel the same way? What has been your favorite decade so far? And why?
While I know it’s totally random, I’m going to throw my training log for last week in here because it was overall uneventful, and definitely does not warrant a full post. I’m continuing to increase my mileage and focus on stretching/cross training and still feeling good/pain free. Also a little bored not having a race to help guide my training and keep me focused so I’ve started looking at 2015 races and will be updating “My Races” section of my blog soon!
- Monday: Run 3 miles/Stretching
- Tuesday: Rest
- Wednesday: Rest
- Thursday: Run 3 miles/stretching
- Friday: Run 3 miles/stretching
- Saturday: 20 minutes stairmill, 3 mile run, 30 minutes weight training (Full Body)/Stretching
- Sunday: 45 minutes spinner/bike, 50 minute Power Yoga
Total Weekly Miles: 12
Total 2015 Miles: 21
Last week seemed to fly by! I was happy to get in a few runs and some cross training. I’m still happily pain free, but was experiencing some stiffness in my right foot on Saturday and decided to take a day off. From what I read online, a little stiffness is normal when you first resume running after a stress fracture, and it’s nothing to worry about as long as 1) You’re not experiencing pain, 2) It is not getting worse, and 3) It is gradually getting better as you (slowly) increase mileage. I put my inner drama queen in time out and am continuing to progress with my training! This week will be a week of 3 mile runs! 🙂
Weekly Work-Out Log:
- Monday: 20 min stair-mill, 2 mile run, 20 min elliptical trainer
- Tuesday: 55 min spinner, TRX Work-Out (Squats, Biceps, Triceps, Low-Row, Chest Press, Planks, Atomic Crunches)
- Wednesday: Rest
- Thursday: 20 min row, 2 mile run, Kettlebell Workout (Swings, Goblet Squat, Russian Twists)
- Friday: 12.5 miles walking in NYC
- Saturday Rest
- Sunday: 3 mile run, 30 minutes Yoga
Total 2015 Miles: 9
Blurry work-out pics!
I’m putting my best foot forward and trying to remain positive through the whole recovery process. There are definitely days when it is frustrating but I consider every day I am able to make a little progress without re injuring myself a success. I’m also finding amazing support in some unexpected places….like on the 2015 in 2015 Challenge FB page where I’ve been connecting with and getting advice from other runners. I know I’m totally biased, but I think the running community is the coolest!!
Other things that made me happy last week:
- My new running shoes that I ordered on Amazon came in the mail! I tried on the Asic Gel DS Trainers at Road Runner at the beginning of the summer but went against “Shoe Dogs” recommendation of buying these “Performance Support” shoes because I was dead set on wearing a “minimalist” shoe. (A topic for another post, I believe those minimalists shoes contributed to my stress fractures). I wore them for all three runs last week and they felt amazing! Comfortable, supportive, but still very light weight! I love the fun, bright colors too!
- I found a cool new fitness app for my smart phone, Rock My Run, and enjoyed jamming to a 30 minute “Twerk Out” playlist during Sunday’s run! You can search for playlist based on genre, bpm, and workout length and either download or stream the playlist on your phone. The app was free, and you can get playlists up to 45 minutes long without having to upgrade to a paid membership. And in case you were curious about how to select BPMs for your run (I was!), I found this article, 150 BPM is about a 10 minute mile.
- I got to see my youngest brother for the first time in 2 and a half years! He lives overseas and had an overnight layover in JFK on Friday. I got off work early and took the train up to NYC to meet up with him. We walked around Time Square, grabbed a bite to eat at Hard Rock Cafe, then spent the whole night drinking coffee and catching up in a little greasy spoon diner until it was time for him to head back to the airport. Then I got back on a train home at 6 am! That was my first time pulling an all nighter since my 30th birthday and I was HURTING on Saturday! I’m such an old lady now! Lol 100% worth it though to catch up with my bro!
What made you happy this week?
We got our first snow of the year today in Maryland! I ended up staying home from work because I was snowed in, and after watching the traffic reports I am SO glad that I am not out on the roads! Yikes! I’ve been enjoying my unplanned day off…I got in a good work-out this morning and am staying warm snuggled up on the couch with my fuzzy leopard and hot pink slippers, leggings, and a delicious cup of French vanilla coffee! 🙂
Snow days can be fun, as long as we don’t have as many as we did last year! I felt like I spent half the winter at home between work and school closures! I took advantage of the extra free time by registering for a 2015 challenge/virtual race, “2015 Miles in 2015“! Since I know I’m not going to be able to run that many miles solo I signed up as a team with Danny and Ilana and invited a few other friends to join in on the fun! My team name is Mojo JoJo, a tribute to one of my favorite childhood cartoons, “The Powder Puff Girls”, and because 2015 is all about getting my Mojo back! (Not to mention, I think saying “Mojo Jojo” is funny!)
It really doesn’t take much to amuse me! 😉 Is anyone else doing this challenge or another fitness related challenge this year? How does participating in challenges help motivate you?
This week was week 9 of recovery, week 1 of running again! This was my first (and hopefully last) major injury, so I while I was super excited about getting the go ahead from my doctor to start running again, I was still incredibly nervous. I wrote out a running schedule, with gradual mileage build-up, for the next two months to help keep me focused and mentally strong during my recovery. I still have that stubborn, internal desire to run “ALL THE MILES”! At the same time I am experiencing something new….feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, and fear of being reinjured. This stress fracture was a major wake-up call for me…”Hello, I’m NOT invincible!” My training plan is helping me balance the crazy, reckless side with the new insecure, cautious side. And so far so good! My first week of post-injury training went way better than expected!!! 4×1 pain-free mile runs + lots of cross training=One Happy Running Betty!!
Weekly Training Summary:
- Monday-20 min stairmill, 1 mile run (10:49), 20 Min elliptical trainer
- Tuesday-30 min spinner, 20 min TRX and Kettlebell workout (Below)
- Wednesday-15 min stairmill, 15 min row, 1 mile run (10:14)
- Thursday- 30 min crunch Pilates/Yoga DVD
- Friday-1 mile run (10:05), 40 min elliptical trainer
- Saturday-20 min stairmill, 1 mile run (9:50), 30 min spinner, 20 min strength/circuit (Below)
- Sunday-Active Rest (6 miles of walking and chopping/stacking wood with Danny…and no, that is not code…we were literally playing lumber jack today! Haha)
Running and my foot feels GREAT!!!!
- TRX/KB Work-Out:
- 3×15 TRX Low-Row
- 3×15 TRX Push-Ups
- 3×30 second TRX Plank
- 3×15 Kettlebell Swing
- 3×15 Kettlebell goblet squat
- Circuit Work-out (Repeated 6x):
- 5 pull-ups (Assisted/Resistance Band)
- 5 push-ups
- 5 hanging crunches
- 5 bench tricep dips
- 5 medicine ball squats
A few of my take-aways from this weeks training:
- Cross training is awesome, I was able to work-out 9 straight days without any major soreness.
- Warming up before running is super important! The one day I ran first, my legs hurt for the first 1/4 mile! The days I did other cardio first, I was able to run easier and faster!
- Stretching is key! I’ve was religious about my stretching this week and my body was grateful!
Overall, a great week of work-outs. Now that I’m able to actually run again, I finally feel like I am recovering. My runs were short this week and much slower than my “normal pace”, but I didn’t mind that at all. I was so happy just to be running again that I mentally was in a very good place. I’m looking forward to another week of training coming up, with 4 x 2 mile runs planned!
Anyone else experience anxiety when coming back from an injury? Any tips for recovery, building base mileage, and staying injury free?
It has been a lot of fun reading everyone’s 2014 recaps. It’s strange how one year can go by so fast and so much can change at the same time! I am one of those saps that happens to get a bit nostalgic about the New Year! I like the idea of new beginnings, optimism, and looking forward to better things. Not that 2014 wasn’t an awesome year, because it totally rocked! Like most people, I went through highs and lows but feel like the positives far outweighed any negatives. This is going to be a quick and dirty post because I’m ready to start celebrating! My NYE plans are perfectly low-key…a bonfire, some wine, and some fireworks with my two favorite people!
Some of my running highlights in 2014 included….
- Ran 1155.55 miles!
- Running the Color Run 5K with Ilana! Race review/recap here.
- I won my first race, the Barlowe Bolt 5K, while supporting fundraising efforts for playground rehab in my BFFs neighborhood.
- A new marathon PR and winning 1st place in my division at the Garden Spot Marathon
- A new half marathon PR at the Annapolis Zooma race.
- Ran my first trail marathon and LOVED it…Northface Challenge 26.2.
- Running relays/fun runs with friends, and making new friends at the American Odyssey Relay, Warrior Dash, and my 5th D.C. Ragnar!
- Having Danny come to my races to support me and cheer me on!
Blurry post-race selfie!
Some of my running lows in 2014 included….
- Struggling with maintaining consistency and balance with my training (and the rest of my life).
- Having to defer Wineglass Marathon until 2015.
- Having to skip several other races due to work travel and injury.
- Getting injured (3 separate stress fractures in my right foot) and having to hang up my running shoes for 8 weeks while recovering.
- Accepting that 2014 was not the year for me to BQ
- Having to take a big step back with my training (which also was a good opportunity to reassess!)
Danny loves taking pics of me on the treadmill!
I also happen to believe in New Years Resolutions, all though I don’t limit myself to making and working towards my goals to the 1st of the year! So whether you are a resolutions person, or someone who chooses to forgo the New Year’s pressure, here are some of my resolutions and what I’m going to call “Anti-resolutions” (As in, things I probably should do better at, but I’m realistic and going to admit up front I am not going to make any effort to improve upon them in the New Year 😉 )
- Be more positive
- Minimize the clutter and distractions from my life
- Find more balance and consistency
- Do more cross training
- Do more trail running!
- Run ultra-relay with friends (All ready registered for WV Ragnar Trail in June 2015!)
- Be less competitive with my running, and enjoy it more
- Enjoy life more
- Remember to take my vitamins!
- Drink more water.
- Stay injury free!!
- Continue to eat too much frozen pizza (What can I say, I’m hooked on Dijornos!)
- Continue to consume chocolate and red wine. Also, continue to talk about how much I like chocolate and red wine!
- Do not go into work early (I have a flex schedule and I like my sleep!)
- Continue check various social media sites daily (Facebook/Pintrest/Wordpress!)
- I will not stop day dreaming in the middle of conversations (Sorry, ADHD is a real thing!)
- I will not clean out my purse, but instead wait until one purse gets to0 cluttered, move my wallet into another purse, and throw cluttered purse at the bottom of my closet (Only to wait for my annual clean all of my purses out day!)
- I will continue to cave to running peer pressure to do various silly/fun races.
- I will not sort my socks, ever. Instead continue to throw them all into one giant clean sock basket.
Do you have any new year’s resolutions or “anti-resolutions”? 😉 Happy New Year everyone!!