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Good News and Likely Goals

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, today is a big step further towards better times for my family and me.

DH started a contract job today. It is much further away than we'd like, but it sure pays better than unemployment. And he will still be looking for a permanent job near home.

And I have some quiet time at home by myself. Deep breath.

We've gone back to the deep freeze. Sigh. Running outside is not in my near future - not 'til it warms up to about 25*.

I had a gotten a bit off track with my training to run a faster half marathon, so yesterday I looked at where my long run should be to finish a half in early-April. 11 miles - that sounded daunting - but I did it and I feel fine today. Happy.

My mind keeps coming back to the idea of doing a bunch of half marathons this coming running season. I researched current listings to my heart's content this morning. How half crazy do I want to go? Even with the criteria of day trips and lower cost, it looks like there are enough races to go for all of my good-better-best goals:

Good Goal: 3 half marathons in 90 days, to earn membership in Half Fanatics.

Better Goal: 12 half marathons in 2014, the equivalent of one a month.

Best Goal: 13 half marathons in 2014 - AKA to me as the Half Marathons Squared Goal

Yes, we have major money issues, but these goals feel good - they avoid the bigger expenses of hotels stays and the expensive races, allow me to do something just for me, something that has grabbed my imagination, something that helps me feel like I am doing something for myself with all the working I'll be doing. Training for and completing the marathon last year was a gift to me, doing something for myself amidst all the major stress. This feels like a gift to me for right now, for this year.

I'm going to review the race plan with DH, then hopefully jump in and register for the earlier races.
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