It seems I am not very good at blogging from November to March-ish…as this is the second year in a row I have taken an unexplained writing hiatus. What have I been up to since last year? I’m so glad you asked!
My last race report was of my half marathon in June. In July I did Calico Racing’s Red, White, and Bling 5k, and took a little break to get some Supartz injections in my knees…and because Las Vegas summer’s are HOT. I got back into the swing of things in October, with the Goldilocks 5k, Jus Run’s Hallowrock 5k, I completed my 50th Race in November, with the Rock n Roll Las Vegas 10k, followed by the Jus Run Turkey Trot 5k. I finished up the year with Jus Run’s Rockin’ Reindeer 10k (and got a bonus medal for completing their Rock the Holiday’s Triple Crown series.)
My first race of 2016 was BBSC’s Lake Mead 5k, followed by The Ultimate Wine Run 5K at Lake Las Vegas. I got a 10K PR at BBSC’s Mardi Gras Masquerade, and ran some of the best splits I’ve had since 2013. I kept this momentum up, and had a strong finish at my first half marathon relay – Saints and Sinners. Most recently, I came within 5 min of my 5k PR at the National Nurses 5k, a time that I set in 2013 when I was about 30 pounds lighter…which is a great segway to this next update section.
It’s no secret I have been struggling to take off some weight I regained, and lost, and regained, since I moved to Las Vegas in 2011….eeeek! After Thanksgiving I found myself really over meat…maybe it was all the cooking I did, but it just wasn’t as appealing to me all of a sudden. A week went by before I realized I hadn’t had eaten any, and then 2, and going on 4 months later I’m still meat-free. I was a vegetarian for about a year (2009) and started eating meat again, so I don’t know know how long this will last, but for right now I am feeling great.
I signed up for Weight Watchers in July, but deleted the app when I was out of space on my phone one day and kind of forgot about it…which I realize is the lamest excuse ever, lol. I got back on board December 30th, and am down just over 20lbs.
I went to Hawaii in September, and found the drafts I started about my trip, but never completely finished. Since they are almost finished, you can expect a post about that trip soon…especially since we are planning another trip later this year.
I went to West Virginia in October, and was treated to a week of gorgeous fall weather, and fall foliage. A week later I went to Reno and spent a lot of time writing drafts and posts I probably won’t ever publish, while sitting on the patio of Whole Foods…which is arguably the best Whole Foods ever. In December, I joined two friends for a girls trip to Disneyland, and then spent an unseasonably warm, wet, muddy Christmas in West Virginia.
In January, we flew to Phoenix to watch my alma mater – WVU win the Cactus Bowl against Arizona State. We also went to Utah to Zion National Park, which I will be posting about later. You can also expect a post soon about my latest adventure, road tripping from Las Vegas to Reno.
So that’s what I’ve been up to, for the most part. I didn’t make resolutions in 2016, but I wanted to pick up new habits to make me feel better, and be better. I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and try different things. So far I’ve gone winter hiking, taken a food photography class, started going to yoga and pilates classes again regularly, taken a wine and painting class, went on a group run with my neighborhood running group, and have been researching Toastmaster’s groups near my home, and join a book club. I also picked up Start Where you Are, a journal for self-exploration.
I’ll leave you with this, a little saying my yoga instructor used recently, that is pretty representative of my expectations of myself for 2016:
With a power.
With a purpose.
With a goal.