A New Year and New Goals
I can’t believe that it has been almost a year since I have last written an entry in my journal. It was nice starting this blog so that I can have a record of my journey while I was training for my first full marathon. It was nice for my mom and I to look back at the blog and see what we have done. So now I decided I would start up again so I can keep a record of my journey here.
2013 was filled with many races and adventures. The LORD has been so good to me. I was getting scared during my marathon training that I would have to quit running due to my IT band injury. There are times when it flares up and I have to start my physical therapy exercises and use the bands and foam roller. I am thankful to God that He has allowed me to continue to run and exercise. It is something that I love. I have to constantly remind myself to not focus so much on running and exercise because I do not want that to become an idol in my life. I often like to pray or praise God while I am out. I do have days where I am focusing on my time.
A year ago I was running about a 9 minute pace and right now my pace is at about 9:30-10:00 pace per mile. My goal for this year is to get a 1.2 marathon in under 2 hours. I’ve been waking up each morning at 4:30 just to get a quick 3 miles in before the start of my busy day teaching and taking the four kids to all their after school activities.
I am also working on strength training. Hopefully I will build up more muscle this year.
The girls and I will be running the Strawberry Distance 5k in a few weeks. I am excited about that race and I would love to be able to run it with my daughter Rachel. She is way faster than me but I am going to try to keep up with her.
Speaking of setting new goals this year, I have also been cooking more! I am a terrible cook and have been making new dishes each night for the family. Hopefully this year I will learn more and be a better cook!