January in Review

Total Miles: 88.8
Total Time Worked Out: 21hr, 54min
Total Races: 2
Total PR’s: 0

Chicago Screen shot 2013-01-09 at 5.11.48 PM Kate Kelly Me

FNRC_011713 room to move studio Bottle and Bottega

Screen shot 2013-01-26 at 4.58.20 PM Midwinter Cruise 5K hail storm

Top: The Bean, solo run, group long run
Middle: Thursday group, ballet, painting for Erin’s birthday
Bottom: F^3, Midwinter Cruise, hail storm last Monday

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  • what to do if you can’t afford run races [whine about it]

January’s goal: 

Check out Piloxing at the gym. I’ve taken cardio kickboxing before, and I take Pilates all the time, so I thought this might be a cool class. Unfortunately, the one offered at my gym is a bit more of an aerobics class, and I didn’t even break a sweat. So, I probably won’t be back. (This is not to say all Piloxing classes are like this, I’m sure it varies depending on where you take it and who leads it.) 

Progress on 2013 goals: 

Don’t spend more than $500 on races for 2013. So far, races in 2013 have cost me $310.  (I am only counting race fees toward this amount, not travel, parking or other expenses.)

Get better at racing longer distances. During the F^3, I pushed my heart rate a little bit more than I usually do for that distance, and I finished feeling good.

Run 1,300 miles for the year. RunningAhead.com tells me that I am 21.6 miles behind the “pace bunny” for this goal. However, I’m kind of taking it easy with running right now. (Because I’m getting tired of running when it’s cold and dark. Just being honest. At least I’m getting good use out of my gym membership.)

Weekly strength workouts. I did seven workouts.

Move out of my parents house. We are trying to put as much as possible toward debt. In January, about 62% of our spending went toward debt, 22% toward necessary costs and 16% toward “extras.” (Because we live with my parents right now, our “necessary” costs are low.) We went over the amount budgeted for extras, but it was a really conservative amount, and we spent less than usual, so that’s progress.

Read 12 books. I read The Glass Castle. I kept hearing about this book, and I picked up a copy at Goodwill recently. I liked it – very engaging story, and I liked that she told it in a very straightforward way, without much speculation or assumptions, so you could draw your own conclusions.

February’s goal: 

Stop wasting time. Time is a gift, and I need to take advantage of that.

Quit writing such boring blog posts. Haha, just kidding. But this is probably a really boring post for everyone but me.

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28 Comments on “January in Review”

  1. LOL @ the boring blog posts. I think most blog posts are personal for people, and they may be boring to some. And I prefer personal over informative anyway. If that makes any sense.

    You guys are spending a huge percent on debt! That is awesome! Is it helping a lot?!

    First World Cat problems – when your cat wants a twitter acct.

  2. Glass Castle is by Jeannette Walls right? If so, I read that and liked it. Sad though. Struggling w my book right now. Anything u recommend for my next read?

    1. Yes. It was sad but I liked that she was able to get out of the situation.

      Have you read Jane Eyre? I know it’s a classic but I didn’t read it until last year. Loooved it.

        1. There are a lot of classics I haven’t read either. Some of them are hard to get into. I can’t sit an read a Jane Austen book, but I have been able to listen to them via free audio books (Ambling Books is a good app).

  3. Is that $500 race limit going to be hard to keep, since you are over 3/5 of the way there? Looks like a marathon and maybe another 5k is all that’s left?

    1. I think it will be hard, but I can’t really justify spending much more than that. The amount I’ve spent includes my goal half in May, Ragnar in June and a trail half in August. I have been really scrutinizing which races I do (hence my frustration when the Naperville Marathon was so expensive). The fall marathon I’m leaning toward only costs $80. And for shorter distances, I’m focusing on local races, which tend to be cheaper (for example instead of spending $45 on the Shamrock Shuffle, I’m looking at a local 8K for $20). It also helps that I kind of overdid it on racing in 2012, so I don’t mind scaling back this year.

      1. I’m with you on not spending $45 for a short race. $20 seems much more reasonable. It would be a good study for me to see how many races I can do in a year running budget races vs. running the marquee races.

        1. And it would also be interesting to look at how the experience compares. I’ve done lots of big as well as little races … I think both have their pluses and minuses. Sometimes the biggest draw for me for a big race is the expo or just the experience of being there – and anyone can attend the expo for free, and I can get the experience as a spectator or volunteer.

          1. Good point. I know someone who only runs “mom and pop” races, because he loves the smaller race experience. He only pays with a check and avoids all of the “convenience fees” that big races charge, and knows lots of people at each race because he runs a lot of the same ones every year.

  4. Gotta say I’m freaking impressed with your 62% of spending going towards debt. I need to throw more bones at my student loans… Ugh

    I did make a pact with myself that for every race I sign up for, i’d put the same amount in my savings account. So far so good, but the rest of the races I want to do (mainly full marathons and a TRI) are expensive!)

    And I love all the photos. 🙂

    1. Well right now we are only paying $100 for rent and not paying for groceries or utilities. So I’m trying to have the mindset that whatever amount we WOULD be paying for all of that, we should be able to put toward debt.

  5. You are doing such a great job with your goals!!! That is so impressive about the amount you’re putting towards your debt. I think the most important step is knowing exactly where every penny goes and you seem to have an amazing grasp on that! You’ll get it paid off and when you do you will feel so awesome!!!

  6. So I was randomly browsing running blogs and I came across yours and realized, “hey I know her!” I used to hang out with your brother Steve and Narjes back in the day. Anyways, it seems we ran a lot of the same races last year. You have a really great blog. Do you know of any good 5K’s in the PF area?

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