Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in review

Like every other blogger out there, it is time for my year in review.

I know I am terrible about posting, and I'm not going to make any silly promises to be better at it.  I am currently coaching cheerleading, then I'll go right into coaching volleyball then coaching track!  I barely have time to work out!

I do enjoy posting about training and what I've read.  But I also don't want to sound conceited, selfish and cocky.  I don't even know if people like reading this!  Hopefully, you do. It is more of place for me to just spill my thoughts about running and maybe some current events.

Anyways, 2011 is the year that I was definitely the most fit.  I joined a gym for the first time in my life.  In college, I'd work out, but that was free.  Now, I'm using my hard earned cash to make myself healthy!

I ran 2 half marathons and 3 5Ks.  I was also the race director for the 5K fundraiser at my school.  Definitely a busy year for me!

My goals for 2012 are as follows:
1. Run 2 half marathons in the same month (3 or 4 total for the year!)
2. Run/Bike/Swim an indoor triathlon (or 2)
3. Do a race/tri every month.
4. Eat more protein and up my weight lifting in PUMP

My first goal isn't too hard.  I plan on running the Lake Geneva Half Marathon on May 12 then the Madison Half Marathon on May 26.  I may also run the Chicago Half Marathon on June 9th.  I plan on running Columbus Half Marathon in late October.

My gym does an indoor try in March, but there is also one in February that I may do in Pleasant Prairie.  I would love to do an outdoor one, but I don't have a bike.  Maybe my running partner will team up with me and she can bike and I can swim and we can both run.  That would be a lot of fun!

There is a race in January (ack! next week!) that started with the Playboy Bunnies.  How fun is that?! We get a shot at the finish!  It is a 5 miler.

In February, there are two options: indoor try and a 5K race.  Running in Wisconsin outside in the winter is VERY tricky, so I'm sure I'll just aim for the indoor tri.

March brings the indoor March Madness try from my gym.

I would LOVE a 10K in April, I just can't find any!  I'll keep my eyes open!

May is marathon month.  I plan on running 2!

June will be easy to find a 5K.  Maybe I'll run that race in Gahanna, OH again.

July brings on the Whiskey Rebellion in Canonsburg, PA.

August will be another 5K.

September may be another half marathon or a 10K.

October will definitely be a marathon month.

November will be a turkey trot of some sort.

December will be a jingle bell run...hopefully!

Another goal of mine is increase my speed.  I'm in contact with a person who trains people for halves.  I'm hoping he can help me be faster.  I am really bad about pushing myself.  I tried HIIT training yesterday and am definitely feeling it.  It was really hard, but I know I'll see results from it.

It's going to be hard to balance my teaching life, my personal life, my coaching life and my workout life.  This year, I plan on being more selfish and doing what is right for ME.  I will go to the gym when I want, even if that means 5AM wake up calls every day.  I'll do my lesson plans on a weekend just to get to the class I want to take.  I'll turn down a class to go out for a drink with a friend and just do more work the next day at the gym.  I'll sleep in if I want, I'll drive to Ohio to race with a friend.  Whatever makes me happy, because I am always doing that for others.  It's my turn. :)

Happy New Year!