I feel like ordering something with whole milk should be more monumental than it is.
Even years later, with all the changes I’ve made and the foods I love to eat, I still catch myself hesitating about whether it’s OK to choose coffee that’s not just black or skim. One of those habits that doesn’t quit.
Every so often, I like to check in on my list of goals to see where things are stacking up.
In January, I made some plans for what I hoped to accomplish this year. Updates in bold.
- Clock more miles than I did last year. That means 480+ miles of running and 250+ of biking. I passed 251 miles of spinning/biking this weekend, and am up to 171 miles of running. Thanks to a freezing start to the year, it’s unlikely I’ll surpass 480 miles on the road but I’m also pleased to have diversified my activities. There’s a lot more biking and dancing happening in my life now. I’m selling my car next month and working on being more self sufficient on my bike.
- Spend a full year adhering to Mark Bittman’s “Vegan Before 6" philosophy. Fail. I maintained the plan until the end of March, but decided to stop for the sake of my emotional health. “Restricting” my diet in any way (even a healthy way) tends to lead me back to unhealthy patterns from when I had an ED. Meh.
- PR my half marathon. Working on it! Eyeing up some races in November. All the races I originally wanted to do conflict with friends’ weddings, so I might need to be creative here.
- Improve my design and marketing skills. Trying new things at work and signed up for some design seminars next month.
- Giving another try to watching 100 new-to-me movies. 33 and counting!
- Give back to my community. Volunteered as a mentor for Spark this spring, teaching a middle school student about potential careers.
- Be more kind to myself. Stop being so critical or self-doubting. Always a challenge! Getting better at recognizing my strengths and not beating myself up with comparisons to others. Bought this.
- Be a good wife. Better ask Mikey about that one.
P.S. I still have two race recaps to type up and I hope to get that done soon! We’re moving to a new house in two days and busy packing up our lives and cats. And I’m busy daydreaming about my new obsession: triathlons.
Here’s a preview of a post to come!
After an exceptionally busy race season last year, I’ve been far more selective about what I register for in 2014. I don’t have a marathon on the books, and I’m only planning on half a dozen races overall. Last year, Broad Street was my 7th race for 2013; this year it was number two. This was on purpose — to step back and train at my own pace, setting aside the rigid calendars and costs associated with all those extra race bibs. My goals this year are more about building strength than anything else.
But this next race was a necessity. Meet The Philly 10k.
Organized by my favorite running store, Philadelphia Runner, the Philly 10k is a brand new race created specifically for our community. It’s not another West River Drive out-and-back. It’s not an Art Museum 5k. It doesn’t have a novelty theme or 20,000 participants.
Instead, it’s a classic road race through the heart of the city, through neighborhoods where Philly runners live and play.
This is what a typical Flywheel class looks like for me. Best and sloppiest way to start a morning.
My numbers always vary depending on how I’m feeling, but inevitably you end up burning between 600-800 calories per 45 minute session. This was part of my physical therapy regimen last summer, and I credit these classes with helping me build endurance and run a bit faster. So intense and so much fun.
P.S. If you haven’t tried it yet, your first class is free! You can use my referral link to sign up in any of the 11 regions, including studios in Philly, New York, Chicago, Seattle and Boston.