On the beach in Maui - Summer 2010
Maui, Summer 2010, 5th Anniversary Pictures
Before my very first 5K! I finished in 33 minutes.
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I am a 31 year old who is trying to find a balance between her love of family, love of working out, and love of chocolate! I am wife to a wonderful man, mother to a sweetheart baby, and those are obviously my top priority. I love working out and I realize that one way to show love for my family is by taking care of my health. The problem I face? Time. I have a hard time accepting that it's okay to leave my family, have some "me time," and get in a solid workout. I am trying to get better.
I feel like my life right now is clearly divided into pre-baby and post-baby. I have some very proud memories from my pre-baby times. I did the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure in 2010. In 3 months I raised $2500, and in 3 days I walked 60 miles to raise awareness. It was a life-changing experience and I know that I will do the walk again in the future. I walked (and will walk again) in memory of my Mother in Law Theresa.
I also embarked on a journey to run a half-marathon. I tried in 2009 and did it three hours. Lots of walking, lots of pain. I did it again in 2010. Lots of walking, lots of pain. Both of these experiences were a result of not training the way one must train for a half marathon. Finally in 2011 I successfully RAN TWO half marathons! My PR is no longer 3 hours, it is 2 hours and 21 minutes. Success! My new goal? 2 hours 15 minutes, but I am not setting any sort of deadline for when I need to do that.
That's all in the past. It's great that I accomplished those things, but I need to look to the future. My main goal right now is to work up to being able to long distances again and train for a Half Marathon. I would like to run two half marathons at the end of 2013.
I am a terrible eater. I love breads, cheeses, and chocolate. And wine. And beer. I try to eat all things in moderation and keep my sweet tooth in check, but it's not easy. I try.
My other hobbies include gardening, traveling, baking (dangerous!), and home improvement projects.
My long term goals include:
*Get to 135 and stay close.
*Run a half marathon in 2:15:00.
*Run a 5K in 29 min or less.
*Increase strength, flexibility, and happiness through yoga.
*Most importantly, always have fun!
Running, yoga, cycling, & portion control.
31, married, mama, teacher.
My guilty pleasures include wine, cheese fries, cupcakes, cookies, and pizza. I refuse to give up the finer things in life ;)
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Sounds like you are rockin' baby world .....
.. and keep that Spark!
1216 days ago
you still come out here and Spark now and then?
1279 days ago
Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. I see you are a runner. My daughter does half marathons too. I admire people who can do those.
1791 days ago
AWESOME job with your 6 miler!! It's so amazing watching the miles build up, knowing that we are pushing our bodies to train longer, faster. So exciting! I'm doing a HM in November as well :) Mine is on 11/13 and I can't wait. What days do you train? I am running 4x per week, which is more than I used to train in the past. So far it's going really well although today I had a hard time getting up this morning!
1796 days ago
How is your running group coming along? Hope you are having fun! I don't actually run with anyone in my group, but it's just nice to be out there.
1799 days ago