Tuesday, January 27, 2015

10k Recap and Other Stuff

I wanted to post something about my interesting 10k on 1/10 and I’m finally getting the chance.

It took place in Central Park in New York City. I was looking forward to running it for weeks and then as the day got closer, I found myself almost dreading it because of how cold I heard it was going to be. Yup, cold as hell in my opinion. It was 15 degrees with a windchill making it feel like 2 degrees. So no, I wasn’t looking forward to it but I knew when I got up that morning in our hotel room that I would regret not running it in a major way if I backed out. I’m not sure why but I just had this feeling that I would’ve looked back on it and been very upset about it.

Besides the cold it was a beautiful, sunny morning. The race was sold out and there was somewhere around 4500 runners there. I think that’s amazing considering the conditions including the frostbite warnings. Runners are an unbelievably resilient group.

I was dressed well for the conditions, even wearing a balaclava or face/head mask kind of thing which I’m VERY happy I did. I went along with the group, running most of it and walking up the hills. It was very emotional for me in some places because New York City holds a special place in my heart and since losing my mom last year, I was thinking about her as well. I got through it though and even though I had never done a 10k, I was hoping for a time of 1:20-1:30. I finished in 1:23 which I’m very happy about.

I’m going to be doing another 10k in Central Park at the end of March. It’s the NYRR Spring 10k Meltdown. I joined NYRR since I’ve already run two of their races. It’s kind of funny that I did that considering I live almost 200 miles away from New York City but I love going down there and joining their club made my registration for the upcoming 10k only $10 which is pretty cool!

So, about my New Year’s resolutions, I’m still trying to get my act together with losing weight. I just have to cut back on the bread. I love bread. Bread is just my comfort food. Oh well, I’m working on it slowly but surely. I still need to sign up for school for the summer session and as for the marathon, I need to think about that.

I’ll keep you posted!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Checking In

I think one of my New Year’s resolutions should be to be more consistent with things. I seem to lose focus and/or interest with some things including not being very good at updating this blog.

Well, it’s past New Year’s and I already have some resolutions so I guess I’ll add this to the list. I’m not sure how I feel about resolutions. I’m always trying to improve or make changes in myself anyway but I guess this is a way to jump start it.

I think it’s a good idea that I post my resolutions/goals for improvement on this blog to help keep myself accountable. So here goes…

  1. I want to finally get to my goal weight since I had my gastric bypass surgery over 3 years ago. I would like to lose 46 lbs by 7/4/15. I am going to start next week so I can get past not only my husband’s birthday today (and the cake I made) but also I’m running a 10k this coming weekend and I don’t think it’s a good idea to change my eating too much before that.
  2. Another goal is to go back to school for Psychology. I will need to start nearly from scratch but that’s ok. It’s a goal I’ve wanted to work toward for a long time and it finally feels like the right time. I’m planning to start in the summer semester.
  3. I’m not 100% positive about this one but I think I would like to run the Adirondack Marathon in September. I was going to run the one in New Orleans at the end of this month but I decided not to. More on that below.

So those are my very do-able goals for 2015. I’m very excited to accomplish them and I promise I will be better at updating this blog to show my progress!

As for not running the New Orleans marathon, I decided last month that it just wasn’t the right time. After my 12-mile run I was dreading even going out at all to run any amount. Add that to the short amount of time we were going to be able to stay in New Orleans (a city I’ve wanted to go to my whole life which deserves A LOT more time) and money in general (we are going back to Ireland in April) and it just wasn’t right. I’m not upset about it all which is really another sign that I made the right decision.

I’ll update more soon. Happy Tuesday!