Final Review of 2016's Resolutions

I'm a little behind, but it's never too late to review goals!!  So here we go, 2016, which seems so long ago now...

  • ✓  Run 1000 miles - I finished with 1036.

May-64 (injury came on at the end)
Aug-77 (back at it)
Dec-60 (lacking motivation!!)

  • ✓  Run 8 races - 3 full + 5 half and I'm the most proud of these races this year.  They showed perseverance through the ups and downs.  I have learned that running as a mom takes more dedication and I wish I would have taken the marathon more seriously back when I had all the time in the world!  But again, I would change NOTHING now because our little guy is our whole world!!

  • ✓ 2x PR the 1/2 marathon - I PRd Changs, Phoenix, and again at SLC.  None of them were the PR I wanted this year, but that's okay.

  • ✓ PR the marathon - 3:56 last spring right before my injury, thankfully!!

  • ✓ Read 8 books - I read 11, and finished #12 on New Year's Day, so I guess that goes towards 2017.

As you can see, I like non-fiction, psychology, and investigation. #shouldabeenadetective

    • Write 1 new song - BOO. I failed at this one. I at least started one, and bought a few new books to get playing more, which I have been lately!! 
    • ✓ Print 2 years of blog books - Done!

    • ✓ Do something with the front room/office area - It's the official playroom!

    • ✓ Make the guest bathroom more guest worthy - I had my ups and downs with the guest bathroom.  Rykar still spreads food allllll over while he eats (but he's pretty blind sooo), but I keep the sinks/faucets/towels and all that nice, so I'm going to just pat myself on the back because I'm feeling generous today.  Plus I sweep in there every freaking day.  That should count for something.

      • ✓ Keep the master bath cleaner - I am not sure I kept this up towards the busier end of the year.  (Thank you to my cleaning lady.)  I wouldn't chalk it up to complete failure though.  Maybe Ben would, but I am the one reviewing my goals.  :D

      • ✓ Keep blogging - I posted the most posts in 2016 out of each of the past 9 years.

      • ✓ Drink more water - I was pretty consistent [with dumping caffeine in it].  2017 is off to an even better water start.

      • ✓ Get back to meal planning - Thank you Blue Apron and Sunbasket.  You made me a huge success.

        • ✓ Whiten my teeth - Check.

        • Just be ME - A work in progress.

        • Be positive and trust everybody means well - I'm trying!

        • Just be a better person - Also a work in progress.

        I would say I completely failed only 1/17 of my goals, which I think is pretty good!!  Interestingly, in December when I crossed 1000 miles AND 8 races, my motivation completely fell apart.  I think that is a good indicator of what writing down my goals does for me, and maybe the same could be for you!

        Here's to 2017!

        Life Lately (+ a race)

        This past weekend were the Arizona Rock 'n' Roll races which were fun (obvi!).  Usually Ben and I both run the half, but it's on a Sunday and it's hard to find a babysitter on Sunday morning, so this year I did the Saturday morning 5k and Ben was signed up for the Sunday morning half.  You can do both days and get an additional medal which we also like to do, but it didn't happen this year!

        Weather was PERFECT on both days.  I kind of wished I was doing the marathon, it was that perfect.  Cloudy, low 50s.

        I ran a 26:11:  8:41, 8:17, 8:17, and was pleased cuz I estimated a 27:xx finish!  Ben downgraded to the 10k since he's been working through a knee thing since Seattle, and he ran a 42.  We had so much fun seeing him on the course!!  I was still counting runners when he came around the corner so I'm pretty sure he finished top 30.

        Let's Take the Train (UTAH III)

        Christmas Eve Eve started out to be really sunny day and only mildly freezing!  The mountains are so majestic along the Wasatch Front.  I'll admit I did take them for granted while growing up, waking up to monster mountains everyday, no big deal.  Living on one, for instance.

        My sister and her puppy Whippet, named Jpeg, aka "Peggers."

        We all jumped on the train towards downtown SLC.  I love the train, a much better alternative to driving, and more fun for all.

        We had lunch planned with my boss and now retired office manager, at Happy Sumo, and my family all decided they wanted to eat at Happy Sumo too (lol).  I mean, you really can't beat Happy Sumo sushi!!!  My dad said, "we'll wear trench coats and sunglasses and sit in the corner."  haha

        I just celebrated 10 years with my company!  Five years in the SLC office, five years via satellite.  So nice that my boss kept me on even after I moved to Arizona in 2011.  One of the best things for my family!

        The Gateway has turned kind of raunchy since we moved and since City Creek opened up.  It was really ghetto and made me sad, but I think there are good changes in store for the area.

        Bentz was SO grumpy and SO under slept.  He finally zonked out and stayed asleep for hours despite it being so cold.  He is such a champ!  When we go out of town I don't do much to keep to his schedule, and he usually adapts so well, but we sometimes encounter rough patches like on this day.

        Every year I win the jackpot on the pinball machine at my moms.  I spent HOURS on that thing this year, and I nearly won it at least a dozen times, but I eventually failed miserably.  I could have had a record top score!!  The shame!!

        And another random picture from the fun Christmas Eve Eve.  Bentz never does stairs so he learned how to go down big-boy style.  :)

        I realize my posts are a little random, but I just can't not post the fun times.  I used to write one ridiculously long post, but I now find that blogging time is more sporadic that it's easier to focus on bits and pieces at a time.  For instance, I am in bed.  :D

        I love the memories.

        Year of Running 2016

        I wanted to do the "Year of Running," link-up, and sadly it has already closed before getting around to it, but I figured I'd write it anyways since 2016 was my favorite year for running despite losing some time for an injury.  It was a year for my books, and I credit my coach and also my most supportive team member, BEN.  It can be difficult juggling training, working, sleeping and family/mommy life, and I definitely couldn't do it without my sweet Ben.

        Best race experience:
        Mt. Charleston Marathon!  The race was evidence of solid training and it built up my confidence.  Now I wish I would have made my goal a little more ambitious because a few weeks later I ended up sidelined with my injury -- bummer! 

        Best run:  Basically all of my spring weekend long runs; they were some of my most favorite miles:  I was hitting my workout paces, I was getting faster, I was getting sleep at night (!!), I had a huge base built up, and I got lost in my music constantly while wishing my long runs were longer!  (This fall I experienced the opposite and half the time I didn't hear the music that was playing in my ear because I was focused on my steps and trying really hard to hit paces.  There will always be ups and downs in everything we do and this year was a good reminder of that.)

        Best new piece of running gear: 
        Motorola S11 HD bluetooth wireless headphones!  These were inexpensive in terms of wireless headphones and no. more. cords. and the battery lasts well through a marathon.

        Best running advice you’ve received this year:  It's supposed to be hard.  If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great.


        Don't quit.  You're already in pain.  Get a reward from it.

        Most inspirational runner:  I have always loved Meb. He is so talented, but that is just the tip of the iceberg which is why I find him so inspirational.

        Favorite picture from a run or race this year:  One with my family! -- after we both ran 26.2 on our 6th wedding anniversary.  A race to remember!

        Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat:  
        Seattle!  It was my favorite race based on the experience as a whole:  location, scenery, people, weather, etc.

        I hope you had a wonderful year running, or whatever it is you do, too.  Now on to 2017.  Happy running!!

        A Very Mall-y Christmas (UTAH II)

        My mom plays the piano at the mall and each Christmas we venture over to hang out by the fireplace that's by the piano, and listen to her awesome Christmas tunes (she's amazing!).  James just happened to be videoing her playing when the funniest thing happened in the background.  I think I about died.

        My New Hobby

        We interrupt my Christmas posting to tell you about my new hobby.

        I have been wanting to try Lush's crazy colored bath bombs for awhile and finally got my hands on INTERGALACTIC, one I've been eyeballing.  Now is the time to do it cuz there ain't no bathin' in the summer.

        The water was SO BLUE and there was a TON of glitter!  I felt like I was in a snow globe!!

        Glitter aftermath...

        I read that the glitter is "plastic free" and ocean safe.  

        2017 New Year's resolution:  try all the bath bombs.

        Flyin' Early to Christmas (UTAH I)

        We did a lot of traveling in the past couple of months (Cali, Seattle, Utah) so we took the super early/late flights for Christmas, which helps on costs!  That meant getting up at the lovely hour of 3:00 to catch the 6:15 flight!  But it was Christmas time so there was plenty of excitement to get us going.

        Usually we drive the 9+ hours for Christmas, but after five trips where each one we hit terrible weather, last year we decided we were donzo with that.  I get stressed driving in the snow and that stress has grown since having a little one, so the plan this year was to fly up to Utah and drive long only one time:  one hour on Christmas afternoon.  The rest would be done via TRAIN/TRAX.  (Our Christmas afternoon drive was in a BLIZZARD though.  Go figure.  lol)