Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What happens when you get serious about running a marathon?

You take a 6 month blogging break...

Yea, I know I stopped blogging at the peak of all the excitement and let you all down. #sorrynotsorry 

Since I last blogged, so many wonderful things have happened and a lot of sweaty laundry has been done. And the best part about that break was that I kept in contact with MANY of you through Instagram and Facebook - It's true what they say about blends!

I ran that "wee-little" marathon and I am obviously a masochist because I LOVED it!






I can't begin to even tell you all how hard and time consuming marathon training became. But all those 3:30am wake up calls to go run a local 4 mile loop multiple times in the dark, the strict eating clean/no drinking policy I gave myself, and all the early to bed Friday nights PAID OFF x100! My first marathon's finish time was 4 hours and 13 minutes. This was literally 4 hours and 13 minutes of joy, strength, pain, happiness, and inspiration wrapped up in 26.2 miles. It's a little late for a "recap", but if you would like to know anything about my training or MCM in general just holla.

I'm already planning for my next one in 2015 (St. Jude or RnR Nola --- gimme your opinions!) since about a week after my last post in 2013, I got engaged!




It seems like this blog has come full circle. When I first began writing, I gushed about how Mike and I had just started dating and now we are starting a much bigger journey! 2014 is sadly not going to be a year jam packed full of races like 2013 was. It'll be more for wedding planning and I am excited to document a little of my wedding planning journey for all my friends and family and internet brides to be! I'll make a new Wedding page once those posts get going. Other news on the home front - we renovated one of our bathrooms. It's the first of many house projects on our list, but it is amazing. And a LOT of work. I'll throw a few before/afters up here as soon as the details are complete :)


Health wise, the new year didn't bring me a whole lot of motivation right off the bat. It has taken me a good few weeks to get in the swing of things and turn all my post marathon, poor holiday choices around. As soon as the marathon ended, I fell into a DEEP running funk, I got a nasty month long cold, ate like crap for all of those 2 months, and almost fell out when I caught myself going to ChicFila for a large fry for a snack - old habits die hard... what can I say?

To touch a little on the running funk - post-marathon, I expected a half marathon PR. Everyone that I ran the marathon with was PR'ing (is that even a word?) left and right. I was feeling really good about getting one until I caught those germs and both half marathons in November (I might have even cried after this race.) and December sucked. They aren't my worst to date, but they weren't the best either. Bummer.
Yea, not so much...
"thank god it's over."



























So anyway... to fix all that, I'm starting a T25/Shakeology challenge with Kat. She has of course been kicking ass and taking names and is now a personal trainer. I have less than 400 days to get my body in "wedding shape" and to work on a mucho desired half marathon PR over the next 3 months.



I've already been holding myself more accountable for meals and clean eating, and getting my tail back in the gym. If you still follow me on Instagram then you know that I'm back on the pain train! So I'm gonna need you guys to hold me accountable just like the past 2 years... okay? Sounds good.


I've done a little spring cleaning on the blog, so take a look around. How has your New Year been treating you? Catch me up!

21 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! So happy to read this. You rocked that marathon, holy cow! I hope to finish in 6 hours when I do my first full this year, lol. Wedding planning is so much fun, I remember those days a LONG time ago. Have fun with it and don't get too stressed out. I'm doing the T25 / Shakeology challenge with Caitlyn! So cool. I'm really looking forward to it. Best of luck to you this year!

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    1. Thanks Nanci! I'm glad youre doing so well on your journey. You are a huge inspiration to me. Excited to see how the challenge does for you too!

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  2. Nice to see a blog post although you are right - I still keep up with you via Instagram :-)

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  3. Oh my gosh a blog from you...woohoo.
    You killed MCM, but you know I already knew that because I screamed it to the whole darn bridge at mile 20 and promptly started crying for you. They thought Sarah and I were crazy yelling bout you and Tucker. Worth it!

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    1. BECAUSE YOU ARE AMAZING! I loved that entire weekend. I want another? :)

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    2. Me too. My goals are NoLa.
      Rest, recover, and heal for like 4 months.
      Fall marathon or hike Grand Canyon Rim to Rim.

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  4. Glad to see you writing again and congrats on all you accomplished!

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  5. Congratulations on your engagement! I got engaged in the middle of last year and am now smack bang in the middle of all the planning for it. A little warning, it's probably more time consuming than marathon training!
    Love your marathon medal. The unique looking ones are always great to have on your medal hanger. :)

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    1. Yup. We wanted to wait until after the marathon and holidays to get sucked into planning. Im excited and we somehow already knocked off a few of the big things within two weeks!

      I love see the bling so I'm all about awesome medals! Blues city I'd do just for it...

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  6. So glad you're back! You are going to knock out a PR and walk down the isle feeling great! Can't wait to read about the journey :)

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    1. Thanks Heather! I hope so! Boston again this year for you? :)

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    2. Not this year... timing just isn't right. I'll sure as heck be watching all the events on TV though!

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  7. Yay! Glad to see you back! Cannot wait to follow along with your wedding planning! :)

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    1. TY! You're very creative so i may swing ideas your way :)

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  8. Congratulations on your nuptials :D I'm in the midst of wedding planning myself! It actually sounds like our wedding is going to be around each other.

    Super cool :D

    Good luck with everything!

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    1. I was so excited to see your engagement! We have already been engaged 8mo. Our date is 2/22/15! :) share all your planning tips and I'll share mine. Also have a couple more friends who are recently engaged as well!

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  9. I don't know how many tips I have since I literally just started. I'm touring a few venues Saturday and a couple more next weekend. I have a date in mind but I don't want to jinx it until I've seen a couple of venues. I'll definitely share. I'm not the type to hide anything and it would be lovely to bounce ideas off each other. Almost all my guests will be out of town. See you on fb :)

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    1. Yes! We should have a bride brainstorming lunch :)

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  10. Doing some blog reading and just wanted to say I'm glad you are back! And I obviously vote that you run St. Jude, but maybe I'll do RnR NOLA again next year if you decide that ;)

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