Happy Tuesday! So we’re officially half way through 2019 and I still can’t believe that it’s July! As usual, we had a cold Winter but our Spring, or lack thereof, left much to be decided. Now Summer is in full swing with temperatures in the 90s every day. It’s been quite the rollercoaster!
This week’s topic for Tuesday Topics is – Your 2019 Mid Year Review. Feel free to write about any running related topic. Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post!
…and now it’s time to do a mid-year review. Let’s get started!
Looking back, I haven’t been too busy the first half of the year and I actually enjoyed it!
Running and Racing
Even though I haven’t been racing a lot this year, I still tried to get in 2-3 runs a week, including ‘longish’ runs on the weekend. Always good to keep a good base so that training doesn’t feel as difficult when you do finally have to train for a race. I did 5 races this year, including 2 half marathons in 2 new states (I’m hoping to run in at least 1 other new state this year).
I really hit my stride with Peloton the first half of the year. I completed the Ride Tabata with Robin program and I’m currently doing the #CrushYourCore program. Not only did I complete 100 cycle classes, but I also tried out other classes on the app like strength training, running and yoga.
I’ve been trying to be a good blogger and post here at least twice, sometimes three times a week. Although I’m not sure that many people read blogs anymore, I do enjoy writing and it’s a nice way for me to connect with my running friends all over the country. I also signed on as co-host for the Tuesday Topics link up with Zenaida and it’s going really well so far!
Here’s how I’m doing on my 2019 goals:
Run a minimum of 50 miles per month
I’ve hit this goal every month so far and I have no doubt I will continue to hit at least 50 miles a month for the rest of the year. So far my monthly mileage has been:
January – 60 miles
February – 50 miles
March – 57 miles
April – 56 miles
May – 62 miles
June – 67 miles
Live my best life
I’m trying to do this and I think I’m succeeding. It’s kind of hard to measure this once since you can’t attach a number to it, but overall I’m a pretty happy person and I enjoy my life. One thing I can work on is my nutrition because I know that I can do better when it comes to this aspect of my life.
Get outside my comfort zone
This is hard for me but I’m putting my best foot forward! Trying OrangeTheory Fitness is something that is way out of my comfort zone, but I’m so happy that I’m enjoying the classes. I’ve also raised my hand more at work to get involved in more projects and give more presentations. While out of my comfort zone, I know that it will be beneficial to me in the long run.
Educate myself more on running
I need to work on this as I’m only read one running related book this year – whoomp whoomp! I think that I just need to set some time aside every day to read – even if it’s just 10-15 minutes.
That’s it for my mid-year review. I’m looking forward to what the next 6 months will bring!
How were the first 6 months of the year for you?
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I’m also linking up with Marc from Train With Marc and Debbie from Coach Debbie Runs for Coaches’ Corner!
It sounds like 2019 is off to a great start! I’m right there with you maintaining my base & nutrition is usually a struggle for most of us — I think the trick is to at least remain mindful of rather than just eating what you want.
I love that there’s always something new to learn about running!
Here’s to an even better half of 2019!
Such a struggle and I don’t think it will ever get easier, but you;re so right about just being mindful when it comes to nutrition.
OTF would be way out of my comfort zone. Kudos to you.
Looks like 2019 is shaping up to be a great year for you.
You had a great start to 2019 and I truly believe it’s all that cross training you’re doing on the Peloton! Plus it’s fun, right?
I agree with you about blogging, but when I talk about giving it up, I get sad. So for now, I’ll continue.
Thanks Wendy! I do think that the increased cross training has been a huge benefit.
Zenaida Arroyo says
You’ve had a great couple of months in 2019! I love co hosting the link up with you. I am happy we had a chance to meet up in DE too.
Same! I am glad we got to meet up in Delaware and both check off another state form our lists 🙂
I think it sounds like you’ve had an awesome year! Great job with keeping up with those monthly miles, too!
Denise @ runheartfit says
Looks like you’re doing great on your goals! I would love to try OTF but it’s freaking expensive!
Keep blogging if it makes you feel good. I too go back and forth.
I totally understand what you mean about OTF. Luckily the studio in my city is new so I was able to get the Founders rate which was pretty reasonable.
Kimberly Hatting says
You’ve definitely had a great 2019 thus far! The Peloton has been your BFF 😉 I think we’re all in agreement, though, that a 2019 do-over in terms of weather would be nice…
Thanks #kimtwin! And yes, a do-over for the weather would be ideal, lol.
Black Knight says
Your monthly mileage and 5 races are a good start of year. I am sure that your 2nd half will be better thanks to all the training done in this period.
Now I only read “Runners world”. The books for me are pointless because I cannot improve anymore, my targets are fitness and keeping on running as I can. In the past I have read many many books and the first was “The Complete Book of Running” by James F. Fixx.
I’m in the same boat as you. While I’m not really looking for faster finish times, I am looking for techniques I can use to help me enjoy running more and to help me stay injury free.
Michelle @ Running with Attitude says
You’ve had a great first half of the year! I think all of your time with Peloton has really paid off for you and it’s great to hear that OTF is off to a good start. You inspire me to try to find a way to get more cross-training in!
Awwe thanks Michelle! I don’t know how it’s going to work with Peloton, OTF and marathon training, but hopefully I’ll be able to put together a plan that works well for me this summer.
You’re doing great! Peloton has been awesome for you and I’m so glad you are loving OrangeTheory!
These first six months have been pretty fantastic on this end. I’m mostly on track and where I’m not, I have plenty of time to catch up. Yay!
You’ve definitely had a busy but great year so far!
Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner says
You have had a great start to the year for sure! I am also loving all of the options on Peloton. Pedaling away to catch up to you! 🙂
I can’t wait for you to hit your century ride!
Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder says
Growth happens outside our comfort zones! I’m glad you’re exploring this, both in life and career. I took a huge leap when I changed jobs because my current one is very much outside my comfort zone so it’s a 180 from where I was but I’m enjoying it immensely right now!
As for running, it’s been up and down for me so far. Between fighting my running funk towards the beginning of this year and following that with my injury, its definitely been tough. Hopefully the second part of the year will be better in terms of mileage for me!
Keeping my fingers crossed that the second half of the year is injury free for you!
I can’t figure otu where this year has gone.
We’re close to mileage twins for sure.
I’m currently reading a fascinating book on running, The Rise of the Ultra Runners. I’m about a third of the way in and loving it
Right? This year is flying by. I feel like I say that every year but I really mean it this year!
I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year! Wasn’t it just January? It looks like you’re doing great on your goals. Here’s to success for the rest of 2019!
Right?! This year is going by so quickly.
It sounds like you are having a great year. I love hearing that you are stepping out of your comfort zone at work. Just say “YES”! 🙂
Thanks Coco! That part has been hard but I know that it will make me a better person.
The Accidental Marathoner says
You are crushing your goals, Kim! Awesome job! I have my hands in so many pots that it’s hard to set goals and stick with them. I can have things nicely laid out and then new projects, contracts, and opportunities arise and the goals go out the window. I live vicariously through you as I read your updates on your progress!
Totally understand – you’re always so busy!!
Dominique Cheylise says
Sounds like your first half of 2019 is going well! I’ve reached a lot of my goals for 2019 but cleaning up my diet is one I’m still working on, haha.
Nutrition is always so hard!
Liz Dexter says
People do still read blogs: I read more than ever! If you want inspiration for reading running books there’s a great Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/therunnersbookshelf/ with chat and competitions and ideas. A good first half of the year for you!
Thanks for the FB group recommendation!