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!





One Response to “A New Year and New Goals

  • Jessica, you have accomplished so much over the past year. I’m so proud of you and how driven and determined you are. You are an inspiration to us all.