It is ASTONISHING how quickly this year is flying by. Scary, really. Everyone told me this would happen as I got older. Damned if they weren’t right.
At the beginning of the year, I, like everyone else, set some goals for myself. Let’s review, shall we?
- BE HAPPY, DAMNIT!!! – SUCCESS! While I still have my moments of stress and just feeling blue (who doesn’t?) I’ve come so far with just being able to deal with it, do what needs to be done, and move on. This has been the most stressful year at work I’ve ever been through (and it will likely only get worse from here), but I’m managing not to let it consume me. It’s still a struggle sometimes, but overall I’ll give myself a passing grade on this one.
- Continue to decrease dairy and processed foods. – SUCCESS! Processed foods are pretty much nonexistent in my diet now, the major exceptions being Clif bars and the occasional vegan convenience food like Tofurky. And I still have a weakness for Fritos. It could be a lot worse. And as far as animal products go, a tiny bit of dairy may sneak past me every now and then as an ingredient in something I didn’t make myself, but other than that, I’m DONE with animal products of any kind.
- Save a higher percentage of our combined salaries. – FAIL. We just haven’t made this happen. We’re still saving, but at the same rate. I want to kick that up a notch or two.
- Run 1,000 miles. – FAIL. I was on track for a couple of months, but I’ve fallen behind now. I ended June with 401.7 miles for the year. That means I’ll have to average 100-mile months for the remainder of the year. Doable? Probably. Will I make the effort? Probably not. (Just being honest here…)
- Run a sub 2:10 half-marathon. – FAIL. I was sure I would nail this one at the Shamrock Half in March, but I bonked and ended up running a 2:13:20. Next opportunity will be in October.
- Run a sub-27 5K. – BOTH? But mostly fail. I “officially” ran a 26:31 in February, but the course was short and I don’t count it. It wouldn’t have been under 27 anyway. And that’s the only 5K I ran this year. My 5K split from a 4-mile race in April was 27:11, still 11 seconds short of the goal. So success for the official record, fail because I personally don’t count it. Maybe this fall…
- Run a sub-60 10K – Neither. I haven’t run a 10K this year. I was sick the day of the race I planned on running to meet this goal. Since that’s the only one I know of in this area, I may not get another chance at this one this year.
- Cross and strength train more. – SUCCESS! I’ve made use of my spin bike and D’s Bowflex and have done some core work. Even though I’m calling it a success, I still want to up my game in this area the latter part of the year. Especially going into marathon training.