2019, let’s do this!

Happy New Year! I’ve been anticipating 2019 for about 7 1/2 months now because the turn of the new year also happens to be our expected birth month for the new addition to our family!  Naturally, I’m very excited 2019 is here and I can’t wait to see what adventures lie ahead.

I’m always a fan of resolutions and goals, but before I resolve to these goals this year, I wanted a bit of a recap to 2018 – because it was a pretty big year!  We started off 2018 with a gimp husband and a new job.  Chad had just injured himself significantly on our annual holiday trip to Minnesota and had surgery on his hip/pelvic bone two weeks before the New Year.  I had accepted a new position as a Sales Manager with iFLY so we had a lot of big family adjustments.

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Nonetheless, looking back on my early 2018 Insta-posts, I was full of optimism and determination.  My biggest goals were to run smart, run fewer races, and focus on better quality training.  I started doing Beachbody on Demand workouts with the launch of their #80DayObsession program (which I LOOOOOOVED) and it complimented running really well! I fell into a great training program with my friend Mary, who was always a tad stronger and a tad faster than I was, so it was a great goal to keep up with her as I was looking to PR and finally hit that sub-2 half marathon.  More about that training and a race recap of the Philly Love Run here.

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With my first goal checked off the list, I slowly transitioned to marathon training with the intention of keeping the speed and strength I had built and pushing for a marathon PR at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota.  (If you’re a long time reader or IG follower, you know this is my favorite annual race ever) As part of my training for the full, I had joined a team of friends and strangers to run a bucket list race: Ragnar Cape Cod.  The kicker? We were short runners and two of us got to double up, making it an ultra Ragnar and I logged 31 beautiful miles in the heart of Massachusetts with a to-die-for team!  More about that incredible adventure in the recap here.

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It was two weeks after that epic weekend that my training took a turn.  Well, more like hit a brick wall.  I tried to go for a run.  Twice, actually. I had 18-miles on the schedule for marathon training as I was 4 weeks out from Grandma’s Marathon.  I made it 3 miles on my first attempt and just couldn’t breathe.  Chalking it up to some humidity and not being hydrated enough, I cut my early miles short and went home to reset.  I headed out for the second half of my run with my other MRTT’ers – but wasn’t having much luck still!  Again, I made it about a mile and a half into the run before I told them I was just going to have to head back… I couldn’t get my heart rate below 180, I was stopping to walk every quarter of a mile or so, and I was barely keeping an 11mm pace.  Not-so-spoiler-alert, yep – I was pregnant.

I played the rest of marathon training by ear and tested out different paces.  I finished Grandma’s in 4:55, only about 14 minutes slower than my PR so I definitely considered that a win!

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While I was able to continue running throughout most of the summer, Ragnar DC proved to be my last race and at just over 24 weeks, I called it quits.  Kind of – because I still had the Grand Circle Trailfest and there was NO WAY I would miss that!

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I completed all three days of the GCTF at 26 weeks pregnant and celebrated with a few of my favorite MRTT’ers in Vegas before flying home and putting my feet up for the rest of this journey.

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Officially today, I’m 37 weeks pregnant on the first day of the New Year.  I’m so grateful for the experiences I’ve had during the last few months and so blessed to have a body that is not only carrying this little nugget but also (mostly) allowing me to have a few adventures along the way.  I’ve been able to skydive, swim with manatees, check off bucket list races and destinations, hike three bucket list National Parks, all with a little passenger along for the ride!

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All this aside, as anyone who has been pregnant knows, that last month is about the equivalent of 117-years in pregnancy time.  Each day you get closer to your due date, time seems to slow, creep, or even completely stop.  I’m trying to stay optimistic; however, I’m really anxious to begin to recognize my body again and get into a new routine with some fresh goals.

Speaking of, I’ve put a lot of thought into my New Years’ Resolutions and I have a few I’d love to share!

#1 – focus on presence within my family more than ever. Less social media, less phone, less distraction.  Simplifying our lifestyle and spending more time together.

#2 – lose 40 pounds. hahaha seriously.

#3 – return to running, carefully.  I have two races on my 2019 schedule: my “return to running” race is Grandma’s Marathon… well, kind of.  Chad and I made it into the Gary Bjorklund Half Marathon because I really didn’t want to miss my annual participation in all of the events of my favorite race ever, but I knew I wouldn’t love the pressure of training for a full marathon so soon after giving birth.  I also signed up for the lottery of the Chicago Marathon on a whim with a couple of friends.  Low and behold, we all made it in!  That’s an October race, so if half marathon training goes well, I should be in great shape to transition to full marathon training.

#4 – find new ways to reduce my waste and plastic consumption.

#5 – continue my meditation practice (that Calm app tho… seriously!) and add a journaling reflection each week.

#6 – blog more.  I love writing and I think it’s really great for my brain as well.  It’s something that I’ve missed, and fell out of, but what better time to do so than with a new baby and fresh goals coming to this year.  I think it will be a great way to document things along the way, too!

I’m always open to adjusting and reevaluating resolutions throughout the year, but I think these are a few that can really stick.  For now, and the next few weeks, I’m going to focus most on 1, 4, 5, and 6, and add 2 & 3 as I can with minor expectations.  

I’d love to hear about your goals and what races you have on the list for 2019… where are your adventures going to take you?

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