Monthly archives: December, 2012

Goals for 2013

I’ve decided that rather than coming up with New Year’s resolutions for 2013, I’m going to focus on a few goals that I’d like to accomplish in the next year. Hopefully, firm goals instead of loosely defined resolutions (like I had in 2012…) will be easier to remember and achieve :).

1. PR in the marathon.

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I know I am capable of this and I also know that I need to run smart to achieve this goal. No injuries in 2013!

2. Speaking of the above… foam roll every day and if possible 2x/day.

I know this sounds extreme but I’m not very good about stretching and I tend to have very tight calves that could potentially lead to injury. As I increase my mileage, I need to be more conscientious of other issues like flexibility, stretching, muscle weakness, etc.

3. Increase my mileage to XX/week while running more “slow” miles.

I’m not sure what the upper bound will be but I’d like to safely increase my weekly mileage while also listening to my body and knowing when too much is too much. If I’m going to successfully do this and not injure myself, I’m going to need to run my recovery runs even slower than I do now. The bulk of my training will have to be in the 8:00-8:30 min/mile range with a few days of speed work thrown in.

4. Get back to triathlons and compete in a longer distance tri.

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Most likely this will be olympic distance but it may be a half-Ironman if I can’t run a fall marathon.

5. Run more races than I did in 2012.

I took me until the end of 2012 to appreciate how much I like racing, even if it’s just for fun. I want to sign up for more races with friends next year and enjoy myself!

6. Lastly, I have one goal for this old blog, I’d like to give it more direction. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to make my blog all serious but I would like to blog a little more purposefully. I have some ideas but I’m not quite sure what exact changes I’ll be making in 2013– TBA.

Do you have any goals for 2013?




Marathon Training Week 21 {Goofy Challenge}

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Last weekend I started to have some random foot pain in the same part of the foot that is affected by plantar fasciitis. I freaked out, bought two pairs of shoe inserts (including new insoles for my running shoes), and started icing like crazy. After some achy pain early last week, I decided to take Wednesday-Friday off of running to see if it would help. I kept icing, stretching, and walked everywhere in my running shoes and guess what? By Friday morning the foot pain was pretty much nonexistent. I’m not going to go ahead and say I’m in the clear from injury BUT so far so good *fingers crossed*.

The elliptical was of course boring but by Friday night I was eager to get up and run. This eagerness was great motivation because I ran through snowfall on Saturday and temps in the teens (windchill in the single digits!) on Sunday morning. Hello winter running!

Overall I’m feeling good and I’m going to keep up with the foot icing and stretching regimen. I’m hoping to get through the Goofy Challenge (and ultimately the Boston Marathon) uninjured and my foot pain was a nice reminder that I need to stretch and foam roll more!

Also- thanks to Katie for the weekly workout picmonkey tutorial!




Revisiting 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

Last year, I made a handful of resolutions and then quickly forgot about them :P. Whoops! Surprisingly, even with being absentminded, I still managed to follow through with a few of my resolutions and thought it would be interesting to revisit them. Here goes!

1. Learn to be more comfortable in my skin, even if that means accepting my dorky side.

tailgating_linds-001I’m not quite sure what exactly I meant by this but I have become more comfortable with myself in the past year. A lot of my personal growth can be attributed to meeting new people and saying “yes” to almost everything I’ve been invited to (lesson learned from MWF Seeking BFF…). Putting myself in different situations had not only exposed me to new things, people, and places but it has also helped solidify who I am. I wouldn’t say I’m 100% confident but I’ve definitely made a lot of progress.

2. Create and cook at least one thing each week (meal, snack, etc). I love making recipes from blog-land but I feel like I use them as a crutch sometimes. I want to be more creative in 2012.

DSC04090Bahahaha. Fail. Actually, I’m 100% okay with this fail because in 2012 I realized that (1) I’m a cook not a chef, meaning that I am really great at following a recipe but not so good at coming up with one on my own and (2) I don’t really have time to fiddle around in the kitchen creating a recipe. I suppose that I could make time to do so but it’s honestly not a priority and I am a-OK with that. I’d much rather spend my time cooking other people’s delicious recipes! Maybe one of my 2013 goals should be to take down the “Recipe” page on my blog :P.

3. Complete a triathlon. I’ve run a lot of races and have focused much of my training on marathons but I think that after Boston, a little change up will be fun.

DSC03782Well, I didn’t actually run Boston BUT I did finish not one, but two triathlons. I enjoyed them so much that I even bought my own road bike! [Aside: I'd like my tan back]

4. Spend more time doing things I love and less time doing things I think I should do. Life is just too short to sit on the sidelines!

DSC03534I think this resolution went hand-in-hand with my first one. In 2012 I tried new things and put myself in new and exciting situations more often than I have in the past. I also finished my MPH so I had more time to do fun things and had fewer obligations (homework). Along with these changes, my mentality shifted and I was much more focused on living in the moment and less obsessed with doing the things I thought I should do to plan for the future. It made for a fun year!

5. Be good to my parents- I would love to take my mom on a short trip/ adventure this year. She’s always been so good to me, why shouldn’t I be good to her?

DSC03173This didn’t really happen although I did go to Boston with my mom and I went home/my mom came to Chicago a fair amount this past summer and fall. I would have loved to take my mom on a trip but after graduating and coming to grips with the debt from my MPH along with the job market, it just made sense to save the money. Plus, my mom got a new puppy which made travel during the summer difficult. I think and hope that I was good to my parents, but I don’t think that making a resolution about it was really necessary- I would have been good to them no matter what.

I’ve been considering making resolutions for next year but I’m not completely sold on the idea yet. If I do, I’ll be sure to post them early next week so that I can look back on them next year when I inevitably forget I made resolutions!

Did you make New Year’s resolutions for 2012? If so, how did you do? Did you forget them like I did?




Holiday Things {12-26-2012}

1. On Thursday I started to have some heel/arch/foot pain so I was on injury watch all weekend (and into this week). I had asked my mom for some compression socks for Christmas so she thoughtfully gave them to me early so I could live in them while I was at home. I think they helped with things but I know that I looked cool rocking green socks all weekend!

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2. On Saturday, after running a million errands and spending lots of money on shoe inserts and athletic tape (did I tell you how seriously I’m taking this minor foot pain?), my mom and I were finally able to go to Inn Season, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant near my mom’s house. Unfortunately, after a day lacking in veggies, all I wanted was a salad so instead of trying one of the cool, vegan entrees, I stuck with a basic spinach salad with golden beets, raisins, sprouts, avocado, and tahini dressing. It was good but I could have had a salad anywhere, what was I thinking?

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3. For some reason I thought it would be fun to check out the mall while I was home. Somerset is always decorated for the holidays and after spending a lot of time there in middle school and high school, I like to go back when I’m in town. Well, the mall was an absolute mess of people and the decorations were a little lacking this year but I managed to do a little more shopping and even picked up a sweater on sale at J. Crew.

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4. When I’m in Michigan, I almost always need to go to Siam Spicy, my absolute favorite thai restaurant ever. Their pad thai is THE BEST but on occasion I like to branch out and try something new. This time I tried a stir fry dish that came with ginger and a black bean sauce. It was good and really spicy!

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5. On Sunday I squeezed in my last 20 miler for the Goofy Challenge. I ran 20 miles out from my mom’s over to where we used to live and met my mom and Ian for lunch at one of my favorite cafes. The sidewalks were icy and the route was really hilly but I loved the change of scenery and really enjoyed myself. My foot also didn’t really bother me while I was running which was a huge plus!

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6. On Christmas eve after running more errands, my mom, Ian, and I grabbed lunch at the only open place in the area a Mediterranean place and had quite the unplanned feast. I ordered vegetarian grape leaves and a juice (carrot, beet, apple) and was surprised to be served a huuge entree sized salad, grape leaves, fries, and tahini sauce. The fries were outstanding and I definitely ate a little bit too much.

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7. On Christmas morning, I woke up early and headed out for a recovery 8 mile run. My foot didn’t’ really hurt but didn’t feel great either so I took my run nice and easy.

After eating, we exchanged gifts and listened to Christmas music. It was a great way to start our Christmas morning.

8. Last year, instead of having a formal Christmas meal, my mom and I decided to have something more manageable for only a few people and made chili. We decided to keep the tradition this year and made vegan and gluten free cornbread muffins, a turkey chili, and then my favorite vegetarian chili. I definitely had my share of chili and cornbread, it’s one of my favorite meals.

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For dessert, I had a piece of my favorite cake, pineapple dump cake. The “recipe” is incredibly simple and can be veganized and made gluten free and still tastes good. I ate entirely too much of this stuff while I was at home!

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9. Unfortunately, shortly after Christmas lunch, Ian and I packed up and headed back to Chicago. We both have to work today so we wanted to get back, unpack, and relax a bit before going to bed.

How was your holiday weekend?
What’s one of your family’s holiday traditions? My mom always reads The Night Before Christmas to me and even though I’m older, I don’t want to break the tradition!




Happy Holidays

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I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and lots of joy. Happy holidays!