December Goals

Is it really Monday? Is it really December?! Having nothing to do last week but travel, eat, run, and spend time with family and friends was exactly what I needed. As we head into end-of-semester and official holiday territory, which are each crazy enough, let alone concurrently, these are the things I'd like to work on to maybe stay sane.

  • Start running with Bane. When we got Bane, I was SO excited because I thought he was going to be a great running buddy for me. I tried running with him when he was younger and he just did not have the attention span for it, and I didn't have the patience, so that petered out quickly. I was inspired to try again by Miss Elle Noel, who has started running with her seriously adorable pups. I've never really made a good effort to train Bane to run, but since I'm not in a hardcore training cycle right now, I think it could be a good time. I'm thinking about stopping by the house when I get close to the end of my runs to pick him up and run with him for a bit. I'll probably start with a half mile or so and, depending on how that goes, go a little further with him every run. He loves to run so I think he could be a good running dog, he just needs some proper training (who doesn't?).
  • Nail down a training plan for half marathon #11 and #12. I'm already signed up for Rock 'n' Roll DC, and I thought it was the same weekend as Shamrock, a race I've done every year since I started running (it was my first half in 2012, then I ran the half again in 2013 and the 8k and full in 2014). BUT, thanks to Jenny, I realized last week that I'm an idiot and didn't check the actual dates for Shamrock, which is being held a week later than usual this year, so that means I can do both! The races aren't until March so I have until the end of the month before I really need to start training. It's been 2 years since I last trained specifically for a half marathon (without it being part of marathon or triathlon training) and I'm looking to improve on my recent times a little bit. Whatever my training plan ends up looking like, it should at least be a fun one!
  • Practice letting it go. (I haven't seen Frozen but regardless, yes, the song is now stuck in my head, and probably yours too...). "It" is a lot of things. "It" is everything. I don't know how to prioritize things in my life - everything is priority #1. I also have a (mildly?) obsessive personality so when I get an idea in my head, it's hard to get it out. Sometimes this is a really good thing because it drives me to persevere despite the odds, but sometimes it leads to decisions I probably don't need to make. I want to work on letting some things go, on realizing that I don't have to do everything, that moderation is a good thing. So, "it" could be something I'm obsessing over. Or it could be the piles of laundry I don't have time to do. Or the dishes in the sink. Whatever "it" is on any given day, I want to take a step back and realize that it might not need to get done, and even if it does need to be done, it's okay if that doesn't happen.
  • Go through and donate the majority of the shirts in my unnecessarily extensive race shirt collection. I already acknowledged that I'm having the hardest time with my newfound inner minimalist when it comes to my wardrobe, and my running clothes are the biggest offenders. As I race, I continue to collect race shirts, and it's getting to be a serious problem. There are probably a good 10 at least that are the wrong size that I kept anyway, and another 10-20 that I rarely, if ever, wear. Most of them are just sitting in a space bag in my closet. I don't know what my system will be to determine which ones to keep (first races? PRs? Favorite designs? Current year's?) but I need to come up with something and let the majority of them go.
  • Continue to work on my capsule wardrobe. So far my capsule wardrobe adventures have been seriously eye-opening. I don't have it quite nailed down yet but I hope I will this month. It's definitely a process and I'm looking forward to sharing more as soon as I figure it out. 
  • Register for my first Half-Iron distance triathlon. Did I seriously just type those words?! After a lot of time thinking and considering and weighing pros and cons and hemming and hawing, I think it's time to bite the bullet. I've narrowed down to Raleigh or Princeton for my first 70.3 and I think I'm about 99% sold on the latter. I've only been to New Jersey once in my life and never anywhere close to Princeton, so I wanted to wait to register until I could visit and see a little of the course next month, but that doesn't look like it's in the cards now. Registration is slated to open in the next week or two, and last year it sold out in just a few weeks, meaning I need commit soon. 
  • Get on my bike for at least an hour every week. Whether I get that hour done in one ride or break it up into 2 or 3, I just need to get used to spending time in the saddle again. Even though it will be a while before I start training for the HIM, cycling is my weakest and least favorite sport which means it's the one I need to work on the most. 
What do you want to get done this month?

19 comments :

  1. You're registering for a half iron man?! :O :O :O You are my new hero. I cannot wait to follow you on this journey!

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  2. Sounds like a great list of goals for me! I cant imagine running with either of my dogs! They are both so ADD about everything!

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  3. I'm with you on the race shirts! For some reason I was holding on to some of the "sentimental" ones, but I never wear them! I have the medals and bibs from all my races too, so something needed to go. I ended up contacting a local chapter of Girls on the Run to donate all my unworn race shirts. It cleared out a lot of room in my dresser!

    Good luck on your December goals!

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  4. YESSSS for the Half-Ironman! DO IT DO IT DO IT! I think I've made my feelings on you + Ironman + Princeton perfectly clear, so I'll move on.
    I SO feel you on the "letting it go" thing. I totally know what you mean about getting that wild hair and it leading you to perhaps unnecessary decisions. I'm the same way, so I don't have any advice really, but I hope you get this goal down this month. And of course, good luck with all the rest! Happy December :)

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  5. wow! 2 half marathons and a half ironman?! you're so badass. you should definitely do the princeton one, because Alyssa sounds really excited ;) lol.
    I am a very obsessive personality, though I am not sure it's ever really helped me. Like I become super focused on certain things. Before we got engaged, I was planning my wedding down to a tee. then we got engaged and i was all like lets do a courthouse and dinner BUT omg lets look at houses and I became obsessed with searching for a house. Then when we actually started looking for houses, i was like, hey we should have a baby (thankfully... that one comes and goes). I obsess about travelling, buying things, reading things and doing things. But I move on fairly quickly. My goal for next year, and right now really, is to live more in the now. I'm always planning ahead. Anyway, jeez Ms Rambles making the comment about herself.

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    1. I AM a very obsessive personality? face palm. hopefully you know what I meant.

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  6. Oh I look like a maniac when I try to run with my dog. People see me coming and they jump out of my way....not really, but they should! We chase cats all around the neighbourhood.

    I really like the idea of a capsule wardrobe and I guess I sort of do that already. I don't have a ton of clothing to begin with, don't usually shop unless I need something and I have a seasonal rotation. I also have a tiny closet so that helps! It will be harder someday when I need actual work clothes and can't just wear what I wore yesterday and maybe the day before that too ha! One thing I'm bad for is coats. I have so many and I have no idea how it happened. And I actually somehow seem to wear all of them. I guess that's my thing..I don't change my clothes and just put on a new coat so that everyone thinks I'm wearing something different!

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    1. That's so funny! Honestly that's probably what my running with my dog will look like :(

      That's awesome you already kind of have a capsule wardrobe! I really don't have that many clothes either and I hate to shop so I don't do it regularly, but it's like every now and then (usually when the season changes) I wake up feeling like I have no clothes and then I binge buy a bunch of things that I may or may not love. I really want to get out of that habit.

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  7. When we got my german shepherd I was super excited to run with him but I think I tried when he was too young. He did not care to do it. Now he is 120 pounds and I'm a bit afraid of him seeing a squirrel and dragging me haha. I'm hoping when I can get a dog of my own I can get one to run with me!

    Half iron man EEEEEK! You can totally do it!! :)

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  8. A half iron man?? Oh my!!! You are fierce! So cool. I'm exited to read about it.
    Good luck running with Bane. I wish one of my two dogs would run with me! Both of them are terrible!

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    1. Thanks Julie, I try! But to be honest with you I am scared out of my mind!
      We'll see how it goes...I at least want to give him another shot! He really does like to run (even if his version and my version are different, haha).

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  9. I need to learn to let shit go, too. I have the hardest time not sweating the "small" stuff or shutting my brain off sometimes. MOST times.

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  10. Love your goals! Good luck running with Bane! My bro in law ran a half marathon this weekend in 1:38 (even with one stop to fix his shoes) and I thought of you because I think that was your time in your last half marathon right? Anyway great goals and maybe one day I can even think of running for over an hour straight!

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  11. Yayyy for RnR AND Shamrock! Maybe I'll see ya at either one of those races! Want to hear my goof? I booked a non refundable hotel room for Shamrock the week before! Luckily the nice people at the hotel let me switch the weekends b/c they hadn't processed it yet! Have you heard any feedback about the Quantico Tri put on by the Marines?

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  12. I tried getting my puppy used to running when she was just a baby but since she's part dachshund her legs are so short that it didn't quite work out like how I had hoped haha

    I have so many concert t shirts and t shirts from 5K's that are all way to big on me that I am going to get made into a t shirt quilt! That way I can still see them but there will actually be a purpose for them rather than sitting in a drawer collecting dust

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  13. I really love reading these goals! It helps give me ideas and inspiration for this month!

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  14. I love that your dog's name is Bane. Haha I hear the voice and him saying 'human, why are we running and where is my food'. It's probably funnier in my head. My main goal this month is to start my yoga practice.

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  15. Good luck running with your dog! It definitely takes practice and patience -- don't expect to get a decent workout yourself, at least at first. And if you can try different places and routes; my pup is a brat about running on sidewalks (she just won't) but she LOVES running on trails in the park.

    And I'm with you on race shirts -- I have a ton sitting in my closet and I'm like "Oh, one day I'll upcycle them with some tutorial from Pinterest..." I made a quilt out of the shirts I collected in high school, so I don't think I need another of those...

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  16. These are such great goals and I admire you for tackling them!! My dad runs with our family dog and loves it. I'm going to have to check out that capsule wardrobe idea but I feel like that's gonna be wayyy hard for me, lol.

    My goals for December are just to enjoy my time home with my family! I get to be home for almost 3 weeks and I can't wait :)

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