Monthly Archives: December 2014

2015 Goals (and WTF happened in 2014)

I’m a big list-maker and goal-setter. I don’t always follow through on my goals because I have the attention span of a toddler and I often let other things take priority, but I still love making a list and taking the time to think up goals what I hope to accomplish in the coming year.

So how did I do on last year’s goals? Spoiler: Horrible

Eat vegetarian (except when travelling.. but within reason)

Paul and I were vegetarian for 6 months. I’m not calling it a fail because we took the decision to stop with much consideration, but truthfully it just wasn’t for us. We aren’t big meat-eaters to begin with and while we didn’t have a problem finding and eating vegetarian, we just weren’t enjoying limiting ourselves for a reason that didn’t speak to us. The whole goal of the change was to be more vigilant about what we are putting in our mouths and to be healthier and we decided we could still accomplish that without putting unnecessary rules upon ourselves. So, meat it is and we had some really good food this year.

Read 52 books (Fiction and Non-Fiction.. the best way to learn new things!) 

Nope, nope, nope. I used to read a ton and I really miss it. I few years in a row I hit even 100 books, but I fell off the wagon last year with wedding planning and Ironman training and still haven’t found my way back on. I read a total of 24 books this year, which comparatively isn’t too shabby, but I think I’ll aim for a book every 2 weeks for 2015.

My favorite books of the year (Check me out on Shelfari to see my full list!):

house in the sky tale for the time storied me before you husband

Make a Kansas City Bucket List and cross off 25% of it! (I’ve been here 5 years and still haven’t seen some of the best parts!)

Bah, I didn’t even MAKE the KC Bucket List, but I have been more conscious about exploring and trying new things. This isn’t off my to-do list and this year I want to put together some Kansas City travel guides to share.

Run 1,000 miles (3rdtimes the charm?)

Nope. And even worse is that I am HORRIBLE at logging my workouts. For the 3rd year in a row, not only have I missed my goal, but I don’t even have an accurate number because I’ve been too lazy to even record my runs! NUMBER ONE GOAL for 2015 is Log. Every. Run. No excuses. I mean, if I can get my butt out for a run, I can certainly write it down!!

Run a sub-4:00 marathon (Aiming for this at the Garmin Marathon in April)

I did the exact opposite. I dropped down to the half in Garmin and then I ran the 3 worst marathons of my life. However, I’m not beating myself up about it because I had blast doing them. I made travel a priority over training and I promise you I have no regrets about that. I’d love a PR this year at Paris Marathon, but… in reality I really just want a decent (for me) time… by that I mean around 4:45. I only have 2 marathons in the works for 2015 (Paris and IM Louisville) and therefore Paris is my only shot because I promise you that a marathon PR is not going to happen after swimming and biking J

So… what’s the plan for 2015, you say?

  1. LOG EVERY WORKOUT. I am THE WORST at this and I don’t understand why. If I can get my arse out for a run, WHY can’t I log it? I’m going to keep using Training Peaks (free edition).
  2. Run 1,000 miles. THIS IS THE YEAR. I swear. I know I haven’t hit it in years past, but I have no idea what my mileage even was (See Goal #1)
  3. Race a 13 hour Ironman (13:59:59 counts). This requires taking an hour and 13 minutes off my time. I think I can do it!
  4. Try my hardest at Dirty Kanza and not go down without a fight. Dirty Kanza (200 mile gravel race) is so far out of my comfort zone that I’m already having nightmares. But I’m going to do it, I’m going to get muddy, I’m going to hurt, I’m probably going to fall on my bike and I’m going to love it.
  5. Visit 5 new states. Already have trips to Portland, OR and Salt Lake City, UT booked 😀 Plus that lil’ Ironman Louisville thang. I also really really want to go to New Orleans. And Savannah. And Maine. And Yellowstone. And.. I think I’ll have no problems meeting this goal.
  6. 300 days of no eating out. This seems totally reasonable. I mean 65 days is more than 2 months. But we basically eat out 2 or 3 times a weekend, not to mention whenever we are traveling. This one might be a bigger challenge than I think.
  7. Choose Adventure. I rocked this in 2014. And I’m ready for 2015 to be even more epic.

What are your goals for 2015? Anything that scares you on your plate or are you taking it easy this year? Do you even make NY Resolutions?

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Things I’m Loving Lately (Dec 2014)

As we are gearing up for New Year’s Eve this week, I thought I’d share some things that I’ve been really loving lately. Plus if Buzzfeed has proven anything, we all love a good list..

Fitness Finds:

The Pull-Buoy Debate

pull buoy

I found this article especially fascinating and I think now that I’m getting back in the pool, I’m going to take it to heart. Basically, there are multiple points of arguments for and against pool buoys (you know, the foam you stick between your legs) and I’ve previously been a hater. However, I have noticed that during races my lower back starts to hurt..  and this now makes sense: when I swim in the pool, my legs are dragging more than when I’m in my wetsuit in a lake. My back starts to hurt because during longer races I’m not used to swimming with my legs in the proper position. I don’t get much of a chance for open water swimming, but I think the pull-buoy, or wetsuit pants (which I’ve previously mocked to no end) are something that might really help me. I plan on incorporating  a lot of pull buoy in my swimming future (and maybe maybe upgrading to lava pants if I think it helps).

A 6 month Ironman Training Program 

me an ironman 4

A simplified, but realistic approach to Ironman training. A great read to see what you are getting yourself into and a good rule of thumb to follow if you fall off plan. For my training this year, I’m going to be following the same plan I used last time, but incorporating the optional running workouts (each week has required/base and optional workouts) and way more hills.

Run the Edge’s 2015 miles in 2015 Challenge

2015 medal

Considering I’m 0 – 4 for my New Year’s Resolution to run 1,000 miles in a year, I’m out for this challenge… but with a cute medal and a motivational and private Facebook group for participants, I think this sounds like a really fun way to kick your goals up a notch for 2015. It also doesn’t hurt that it is co-affiliated by Kara Groucher and includes a 30 day membership for Training Peaks. You even have the option to split the challenge up with a friend or two!



huff post

I can’t stop. Send help. I’m only on season 3, but Parenthood has been my guilty pleasure this holiday break. It’s also helping my pass the time until Friends is released on Netflix on January 1st :) (Sorry Paul)

Sam Tsui

I’m partially relieved that Christmas is over so that I can break away from the Christmas music and get back to my constant loop of Taylor Swift’s 1989. I’m in LOVE with this remix of her album from Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider (as well as the rest of the rest of the videos on Sam’s YouTube channel).

Quick Links: 

Ironman’s 10 Most Popular Training Articles of 2014 I really liked the protein packed meal ideas

Frostbeard Candles I’m a huge weirdo and I LOVE the smell of books. These soy candles are right up my alley. I just can’t decide between ‘Old Books’ (Timber, White Tea, Newsprint, Must) or ‘Oxford Library’ (Oakmoss, amber, sandalwood, with hints of tobacco and leather).

Justin Timberlake – Yup.

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