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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  • 3000 calories not enough for runner [and this is why people gain weight during marathon training]
  • 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. 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.