What makes you tick? Lately, I've been asked the question but most importantly I've been asking myself. I have no secret potion, no secret 'how to' book, I certainly don't have the answer(s). What I do have is the understanding and recognition of when I'm not myself, when I'm hitting a rut, when I feel on top of the world and feel I can conquer or achieve anything...I do know some things, but at the same time...I know nothing....
With every finish line there is a new beginning. I've been reflecting a lot, enjoying the down time, spending time with the family and thinking about my new goals. I've seen all my gang pick up from where we left off in different ways. I mean, its not the end of the world here people but it is an end to something we all worked very hard for and for a good chunk of time. I haven't been totally idle in this down time... I've been running some nice trails with Bman, some quiet solo runs on Harbor Hills and some crazy kick ass swim sessions with Susan. I think the best part of this 'idle' time is reflecting on where I was, where I've been and where I am going.
So as of now I am working on formulating those goals. My physical/athletic goals, relationship, family, and work. I actually can't wait to get it all down on paper...yeah..that's fun for me...but if you're reading this...I'm thinking you may have a little 'geek' in you too and like that stuff as well. Now, as much as I enjoy writing down all of the goals and crap please know that its not all honkey tonkey..(?) and easy. Its just that if I don't have direction...I am the type that can go hog wild. Yeah..pretty simple. Either a goal with direction or hog wild....told you I know myself :)
So how do you all choose goals? Do you have more than one at a time? Do you take breaks in between formulating and achieving your goals? Anybody out there having a hard time getting started on a goal?
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I love spending time with my kids...especially when they are not screaming, fighting or biting eachother ;). I usually schedule my runs before they wake or after they go to sleep. The mommy guilt is inevitable at times but I always let it go knowing that I am a much happier mommy when I get the time to run or do something for myself. Here are some cute little pics of some of our 'after school' activities!!
|Spooky Ghosts! |
1-cut garbage bag into fours
2-take two pages of newspaper and crumple
3. put newspaper in garbage bag and rubberband
4. Draw face and attach string to hang
|Hanging them on the porch. They are really cute blowing in the wind!|
|The setup-KEY to PREVENTING a disaster|
|Sneaky chocolate lover!|
|Mix it up!|
I'm so exhausted when I get home from work but the fun and the yummy pumkin bread is well worth it!
Posted by Annette@(running)In the Right Direction at 6:40 PM
Friday, October 7, 2011
- Zensah compression capris
- Vega smoothie with banana, strawberries and almond milk
- I brought a sandwich with pb & j
6-10 miles- At this point, I'm trying hard to concentrate on my times because I know I have to stay at least at a 10 minute mile to make it strong until the end. I knew that I was going to fast at some points (for me) and this would hurt me in the end. One of the things that I will focus on next time (yeah I said it) will be to concentrate on my splits more. I kept the mantra that I just wanted to finish but realized to do that you really have to figure out what times are good for you to keep it going. I knew round-a-bouts but forced myself to not go into anything too specific. I didn't want to get wrapped up in the time games.
Miles 11-15 I'm refueling and feeling really good right now. I am talking to neighbors and decide that at 14 I am going to put on my ipod. It was an awesome feeling to pass over the half-marathon mark at 2:10...it was a "holy fuck" moment when I realized I have a whole half-marathon to go!
|Lil' touch of hills...|
|That's me on right...running that side so my hip doesn't hurt too much|
Now, please don't get me wrong...I am very happy that I finished this marathon under 5 hours...that was my goal. But with every goal that you reach you need to set a new one and my new one would be to last long enough that I can be running at the end. The whole time ;).
|Few steps away from the finish!|
This one's for you and me, living out our dreams
We're all right where we should be
Lift my arms out wide I open my eyes
And now all I wanna see
sky full of lightersFinish line A sky full of lighters (This to me is symbolic of my finish line...to many things not just the marathon)
By the time you hear this I will have already spiralled up
I would never do nothing to let you cowards fuck my world up
If I was you, I would duck, or get struck like lightening,
Had a dream I was king, I woke up, still
|My daughter was too hysterical to take the picture!|
|K, A, C at dinner|
Posted by Annette@(running)In the Right Direction at 1:04 PM