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Race Recaps #27, 28 & 29

Over the last 2 weeks I have participated in 3 races!  A 5k, a 10k and an 8k!

Time has been very precious lately, so here are quick recaps!

Veteran’s Day 5k
A little local race in my town.  It was an out and back course on a gorgeous morning!  I was feeling pretty good and went from doing a 3:1 interval to 7:1!  There were a few ladies who seemed about my pace in front of me and they were great motivation on the course!  Finished strong and felt good about the race and supporting our local vets!  So thankful for their service and all they have done fighting for our country!
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Veteran’s Day IRUN4 Virtual 10k
The next morning I met my Holiday Calorie Crush Challenge partner for a run! She was doing 12 miles and I was going to run my virtual IRUN4 Veteran’s day virtual race!  I signed up for a 10k, and this was a perfect distance for me at this point in my training.  I met up with Lauran and we had a great time chatting and running!  She is a rock star and finished her 12 miles after we parted ways!
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Starry Night 8.5k
A few weeks ago when I was finalizing my race schedule for the fall, I saw a race that made my heart say YES!  It was a race that benefited the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation!  I knew I had to do it, and so I signed on up!
The race itself was a 3 loop course with an 8.5k distance.  The reason it was 8.5k was that equals 28,000 steps, and there are currently 28,000 kids fighting right now.  That number is way to high!  It was an honor to run for such a great organization, and I am already looking forward to next year.
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The race was at a unique time and at first I was not sure why.  Once I was there things made more sense!
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3:30 was race time.  Once we all finished the race we had a post race meal.
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Then there was a little concert by Houston area native, Josh Worthington.  I guess he’s kinda a big deal and was the runner up on the Voice last season!
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After that they did an award ceremony then we light up the night!
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So I only have 4 more races in 2014 to finish out my goal!!!

Thanksgiving day 5 miler
Dec 1- 5k
Dec 7- 10 miler
Dec 21- Half marathon
And for good measure I signed up for the Run for Jess virtual Elf Race!

Do you have any 2014 goals you are finishing up in the next few weeks? Any races for Thanksgiving or in December?  Fill me in 🙂

XO,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

April Showers Bring May Flowers…

This week brought a lot of showers in my life.  It has not been easy, but I am thankful for all those around me who have been so supportive with love, hugs, and prayers.
With all the showers in life, there are always rainbows and flowers too.

This week I also received some really great news!
I am now officially an ambassador for Girls Gone Sporty and Energy Bits!!  I am really excited about these wonderful opportunities and grateful these companies see that I would be an asset to their brand!!! So THANK YOU Girls Gone Sporty and Energy Bits!!!!
There will be more to come about these fabulous opportunities soon 🙂

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May Goals!
I have been slacking on my goals the last few weeks, so I decided to put them out here to get some accountability and encouragement!

One of my goals for running has to hit 100 miles in a month.  This month I am going to run a 5k (or more depending on my training schedule) a day!  I am really excited about this and I really hope I am able to reach this goal
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I also am going to join the plank-a-day challenge!  I do planks in some of my workout classes, but it is an area I seek improvement in.  I will be posting my daily times on instagram.

To run 3 more races.  I am up to 13 races in my quest to run 33 in 2014!

TO GET MORE SLEEP!  This has certainly been the most challenging part of my healthy lifestyle lately.  Insomnia has gotten the best of me and I really need to refocus on getting proper sleep and not just letting the insomnia.
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To blog more.  I have so many ideas about posts yet most of them stay in my mind.  So here is to blogging at least 15 times in May!

What goals do you have for May?
What helps you stick to your goals?

-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Happy New Year!


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I am a little late in getting this posted…I have been dealing with some sick toddlers who were kind enough to share their cold with me…so the past week has been lots of cuddles, naps and fluids! I finally was feeling a bit better on Saturday and went a little overboard. Went to the gym, a birthday party and lots of errands. Also did my food prep for the week. That pretty much wore me out and I was exhausted most of Sunday. So more rest for me. And a baby shower and some babysitting. I am not really that good at resting…I guess I should add that to my list of goals for this coming year…

Speaking of goals, I have a few in mind. I have never really one to make ‘resolutions’ exactly. I know that I always had some areas I want to work on each year, but for many many years it was always to lose more weight, be in better shape, eat less junk….etc etc…As I though about my goals for this year, I really wanted to focus less on the areas I usually focus on, and set my goals as something more tangible! Right now I have a few health/fitness goals in mind, and other goals that are related to non-health/fitness areas of my life.


Here are my health/fitness goals for 2014

  1. Run 33 races
    This year I will be turning 33. I was inspired by my second elf from the Elf4Health challenge as she completed 30 races in 2013 for her 30th birthday! The more I thought about what she did, the more inspired I became! So THANK you Lauren for your inspiration!
    I am already signed up for a few races. It is going to be a mix of official races and virtual races! I know that with my sometimes crazy schedule this will be the best for me. I want to make at 20 of them official races! I will be doing 5ks, 10ks, and at least one half. I would really like to do 4 half marathons, so I am looking into that right now. It is hard to plan some of the races past April since I don’t know my entire schedule for the year yet. I will post my race plans as soon as the become official! One race that I am REALLY excited (and REALLY nervous) about is the DC Cherry Blossom 10 miler. I was really surprised to get an email saying that I was picked for the lottery!

  2. Improve my speed and endurance with running
    I have never been a fast runner. I have my moments sometimes when I run faster than a 10 min mile pace…but it only lasts for 30-60 seconds. I am working on getting my workout plan together to improve on my speed and my endurance.

  3. To become a Les Mills Body Pump instructor
    I have had this desire for the last 9 months or so. I have really enjoyed the classes I have taken over the past year. My instructor has been telling me since day 1 that I need to get certified. So lets make this the year!

  4. Learn more about nutrition and what MY body needs
    Over the past few years I feel I have learned more about the types of foods that are better for the body, and I feel I eat clean and healthy 80% of the time. There are times when I have struggled with certain foods, or seeing other ‘healthy’ people and what they eat, and I have realized that it might not be the best for ME just because someone else might eat it. So more self discovery, and not feeling guilty or bad about taking care of myself better.

  5. Sleep more
    It is not a surprise that this is an area in which I KNOW I need to work on. I have struggled on and off with insomnia for YEARS. Over this past year it has been more of a challenge for me to get the proper amount of sleep that I need. I really don’t even think I know what that is. I am setting myself boundaries with TV watching, phone usage, computer time, and focusing on getting myself to bed. I am really hoping that more regular sleep is only going to help me in ALL the other areas in my life that I want to improve on!

  6. New recipes
    I want to try at least 2 new recipes a month and also post 1 recipe a week on here.

  7. The Blog
    Hello, I need to be more consistent! I want to post 2-3 times a week on top of a new recipe that I have created or have tried.
    I also want to have more guests on my blog. I love hearing what other people have to share about. (So if you have a topic you want to share about, let me know!)
    Learn MORE about how my blog even works and the tools that are available to me! (Any experts out there???)

  8. Learn how to do my hair
    This might sound a little silly, but I am a 32 yr old who doesn’t exactly know what to do with a curling iron! My hair is SUPER long, and if it isn’t straightened, in a messy bun or a braid I am at a loss. I have tried you-tube and Pinterest, but I need to try again and really get serious about it. I don’t need to do my hair every day, but once a week I would love to know what to do with it!

  9. Write more letters
    I love a good text or phone call, but I really miss the days of letter writing! I grew up writing letters to relatives and some pen-pals.

  10. Get my card company on Etsy
    I need to learn more about Etsy and get my product out there 🙂

  11. Read more
    I would like to get through one book a month.  I had this goal last year and it was a bit of a failure.  So I want to try again!
  12. Become an even better and more supportive wife to my dashing husband
    We have had some chats about what we would like to accomplish as a couple and I am excited for this year together!

There are a few other goals that I have in mind, but I need to work through some of the details before I share them!

What are some of your goals for this next year??