No better way to jump back in than to talk about what's new, so let's go! - and don't forget to link up your blog at the bottom!
To put it mildly, running has been fantastic lately. I'm not sure exactly what's changed in me, but I've felt more motivated and excited about working out than ever before in my life! Every day I wake up ready to get in my workout for the day, and think about training pretty much 24/7. Luckily, during my break I was able to hit every workout and could fit in running and yoga whenever I wanted. Now that I'm back to work, I hope that this doesn't change and I continue the hard work.
Besides just running, I'm also reading a lot of books to learn about getting faster. I'm in the middle of Meb for Mortals and also have Born to Run on my wish list. There are so many podcasts I've been listening to and getting some great advice from, including I'll Have Another and the Runners World Podcast.
Last month, one of my goals was to do the 30 Days of Yoga on Adriene's YouTube channel. I finished it, and I can tell what a major difference it's made! I'm already so much more flexible and it seems to help with recovery. This year, she launched a 31 Days of Yoga challenge that Dan and I are doing together. We're only on day 5, but I'm loving it and plan on continuing until my marathon!
It seems like doing yoga every day is excessive, but these videos are not intense at all. For the most part, they focus on meditation and relaxing your mind. There are always little challenges thrown in (like holding planks or doing a few reps of a core move), but for the most part it's been a fantastic way to spend 30 minutes of my day!
I just celebrated six months of being a vegan, and it's been great. I've found so many new recipes that I love (I just made this last night and Dan and I devoured it immediately) and I think it's really helping my training as well. It was a bit of a challenge at first to make sure I was eating enough and getting in all of my vitamins and minerals. After I started using My Fitness Pal, I realized I was always low in iron and B3, so I added a daily multivitamin and it's made a huge difference. I won't lie and pretend that I'm a perfect vegan every day- when I go out to eat, I can usually only find something vegetarian on the menu so I make that compromise. It also makes me want to eat at home and save money more!
I mentioned in my running plan post that I was going to stop drinking alcohol during the week, and so far that's been going great as well. Getting in extra water and keeping myself hydrated is also helping me with recovery. I feel like all of these small changes that I'm making are really helping me get better overall and I couldn't be happier!
I know there's always debates in January about resolutions and how they ruin lives or are pointless and yada yada yada, but the fact is that I love settings goals. I like to work towards things and have something written down at the beginning of the year. This year, Dan and I worked on resolutions together and came up with a list- some of it is just things we want to save up for, some is a to-do list for the house, and some are goals. Here are a few things that are on my resolution list for 2017:
- Break 4 hours in the marathon. This is a big goal on my 30x30 list, and I feel like I'm in a good place to make it happen this year. My first attempt will be at the Gettysburg Marathon, and I'm also planning on running Philadelphia at the end of the year.
- Buy lunch less than 2 times per month. I'm usually really good about meal prep and packing my lunch, but last year I started to get lazy and it really adds up!
- Learn a song on piano. We bought an electric keyboard a few months ago, and I've been teaching myself how to play. I want to learn to play a song all the way through!
- No-buy until the marathon. I was listening to a podcast where they suggested saving a dollar for every mile you run during marathon training, and using that money to buy a reward after the race. I started this on January 1 and I think it'll motivate me to follow my running schedule and not skip a workout!
- Be more creative. I love making crafts and being creative, and haven't been making this a priority for the past few years. I want to start sewing more regularly, paint again, or just do something creative every month.
- Disconnect daily. Now onto the social media talk- I realized that I was too obsessed with my phone and social media in general, which got in the way of real life. I deactivated my Facebook, deleted Snapchat, and moved my Instagram and Twitter app to a hidden folder on my phone. I also decided that when I get home from work, my phone goes in a tray at our front door and I won't grab it until I'm ready to go to bed.
- Save $$$!!! We have a lot of big purchases we want to make next year- a second car that can fit bikes and kayaks and other fun outdoorsy things, all of those fun outdoorsy things, starting a travel budget, and rebuilding our back deck. To do all of these things, we need to be better about not spending money on pointless things and saving money at the grocery store (also- not eating out for dinner!)
- Start home brewing. This is going to be our fun challenge for the year! We got some Christmas money from our family and decided to spend it on a home brewing kit. Both Dan and I love beer, and we have a perfect combination of loving to cook (me) and being very detail oriented (Dan..aka an engineer). I'm really excited to get started and hope to have you all over for a beer tasting sometime this year!
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