Happy Tuesday! So we’re officially half way through 2018 and I still can’t believe that it’s July! Although we had a very long and snowy winter, it feels like Spring went by in the snap of a finger and summer came through with a vengeance! If you know me, you know I’m already looking forward to Fall, but before that happens, it’s time to do a mid-year review. Let’s get started!
I started training for the Shamrock Marathon on December 25 so January was my first full month of marathon training. There were oh so many cold weather runs but I closed out the month with 123 miles. My friend Jessie also nominated me for The Liebster Award.
More freezing cold miles but I think my body was used to the crazy weather by this point. I completed the Supermans, Squats and Twists Challenge (hosted by Rachel). I also ran #allthemiles this month, clocking 139.5 marathon training miles! I also gave up chips for Lent (boy was that hard) and enjoyed watching many hours of Olympics coverage. After much serious thought, I decided not to run the NYC Marathon in the Fall (I had a deferred entry from 2017).
Marathon month! I ran the Shamrock 8K and Marathon. I didn’t get a PR (probably because I ran the 8k the day before), but I really enjoyed the experience. I also loved being a social media ambassador for the race. In addition I tried cyrotherapy and completed the Total Body Challenge. I ended the month with 90.4 miles. On a personal front, I started my journey with Be The Match and saved up and purchased my car off of its lease. It feels good not to have a car payment every month!
I celebrated Easter and my 35th birthday on the first day of the month 🙂 Although marathon training ended in March, I went straight into half marathon training for the Cleveland Half Marathon. I completed the Tricep Dips, Push-Ups and Jump Squats Challenge. Man it was hard but I felt super strong at the end of the month! I also started my Invisalign journey (they are basically removable braces). I hope that I will be done with the treatment by early 2019 and look forward to having a straight smile! Unfortunately the Tunes Tuesday link up ended due to lack of participation, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t enjoy music on my runs and during my workouts! I ended the month with 81.5 miles.
I ran the Cleveland 8K and Half Marathon and finally met Rachel in person! I didn’t get the 8K PR I was hoping for, but it was still a really fun weekend because I ran in a new city, ate at Wahlburgers for the first time, visited the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and I got to spend the weekend with my best friend from college. I enjoyed being an ambassador for the race as well. On Memorial Day I joined Weight Watchers and I really love the program so far! I ended the month with 61 miles.
I had a really rough 10K race the first weekend of the month, but I got through it! Through the Weight Watchers program I finally accomplished my years long goal of meal prepping! I have to meal prep to make sure that I stay within my points for the day (so far I’ve lost 10 pounds). I didn’t run much this month (only 32 miles) but I completed my goal of getting in 10,000 steps per day. In the middle of the month I went to New Orleans for a work conference and fell I love with the city, despite the heat and humidity! I finished my journey with Be The Match at the end of the month by donating bone marrow to a patient in need.
Here’s how I’m doing on my 2018 goals:
Add 4 more states to my 25 State Challenge
Currently on track for this goal as I’ve added 2 states (Virginia and Ohio) so far.
At least 3 non-running workouts per week
I’ve been doing great with this goal as I have consistently taken boot camp, spinning and body works + abs classes every week.
Volunteer at a race
I volunteered at the Cleveland Marathon Expo and it was super fun! I hope to volunteer during the NYC Marathon weekend as well.
Freeze my eggs
I haven’t made any appointments for this yet as paying for my car and Invisalign was a hard hot to my wallet, but I may revisit this toward the end of the year.
That’s it for my mid-year review! It’s been a pretty busy 6 months but I think that the remaining 6 months will not be as busy, which is fine!
Are you having a good 2018? What has been your favorite moment so far this year?