Boston Marathon Training – Week 5

Linking up with HoHo and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.

45 total miles

I felt pretty good about it, but I’m definitely looking forward to next week’s cutback.

Monday – Rest Day

I had my 6 month dentist appointment after work. Getting my teeth cleaned is like a mini-spa day. They have this warm wax hand treatment you do while you get your teeth cleaned and you get a warm cushion under your neck. My hygienist ran her first marathon last summer and my dentist is a triathlete so we chat about running and racing a lot. It’s rad.

Tuesday – 9 miles w/ 5 at Half Marathon Pace (7:47)

I continue to struggle with this pace on the treadmill. It makes no sense at all to me. My 10k just last month was way faster than this. Part of it might be that I’m not used to the early morning workouts since I’m usually a noon runner. I had to jump off to use the bathroom a couple of times.

Anyway, after warming up for 1.6 miles, I made it 3 miles at 7:47, then had to step off to go to the bathroom. Then I did two more sets of 1.25 with a little jog break in between and then I jogged to cool down until I got to 9 miles.

This run was frustrating and I think next time I have a half marathon pace run scheduled on the treadmill I’ll just knock it back to an 8 min pace to start and then get faster if I’m feeling good after a few miles. I want to be able to run a tempo without stopping.

Wednesday – Yoga

I was planning this for Friday, but got scheduled for a meeting during my regular yoga time so I switched it up.

The yoga woo woo of the day for me was noticing how my ability doing a pose on one side doesn’t predict how well I’ll do it on the other or how well I’ll do it next time on that same side. I decided to give myself a break about the run the day before. It’s just one run and doesn’t need to mean too much.

Thursday – 10 miles General Aerobic

Got up early again to hit the gym. I took it easy at about a 9:13 pace for the first 5 miles and then pushed the buttons every mile for the last 5. I finished feeling like I could’ve kept going and decided maybe morning runs aren’t that bad after all.

Friday – 5 recovery

I was still feeling really good after the 10-miler from the day before. I averaged an 8:59 pace.

I have a pair of running shoes I keep at my desk and use only on the treadmill. They’re this year’s model of a shoe I really liked last year and the toebox is now way too narrow for me. I’ve been trying to tough it out, but I’m 182 miles in on these and my pinkie toes are 1/3 blister on both sides. This run was fine, but I think I’m done with these shoes.

Saturday – 5 mile recovery

I had two of recovery 5-milers in a row since I shuffled around for yoga. I convinced my husband to go outside with me for a slow jog since I didn’t want to overdo it in advance of my tough long run planned for Saturday.

He talked the whole time about music podcasts and his plans for our album. It was like running with my kids. As soon as we set out I heard all his hopes and dreams and thoughts. I’m definitely going to try to repeat this.

Sunday – 16 miles with 10 at marathon pace

I decided to circle the same 2.5 mile loop for most of this run which turned out to be very handy later…

I stashed a water bottle by a tree, drove to a Starbucks to park, and jogged a 4 mile roundabout warm up that ended on the loop. This loop has a bit of a tiny uphill on one side of it and a bit of a downhill on the other.

I didn’t run this super well. My goal is to stick as close to 8 minute miles as possible on these but my garmin tells me all sorts of paces so I end up trying to guess what marathon pace ‘feels’ like and failing. Here are my paces, but I’ll be honest that I stopped 3 times for water and I think I could’ve skipped at least one of those stops if I’d slowed down a bit. I took Gu at mile 7 while running (salted watermelon – this one’s actually pretty good).

7:53, 7:43, 8:03, 7:42, 7:49, 8:06, 7:49, 7:48, 7:57, 7:52

I jogged 2 miles back to my car where I discovered I’D DROPPED MY CAR KEY ON MY RUN!!!!!

I retraced my steps back to the loop and texted my husband to come bring me a coat. He came up and we walked the entire loop together searching for my key. I have no spare and I had to drive to Oregon tonight. We finally found it retracing part of the loop I’d already walked while waiting for him to meet me. So freaking relieved.

I went home and plugged the garmin in to the computer (still can’t get it to connect via Bluetooth on the new phone). It says I traveled 21.5 miles on foot today. So 16 miles running and 5.5 miles looking for my keys. That’s rough.

Everyone, don’t be like me. Make sure your keys are very securely tucked into whatever pocket you have them in.

Tomorrow is a rest day and I’m grateful.

Show Us Your Books Jan 2018

This is my second time linking up with Jana and Steph for Show Us Your Books and I’m late again. My intentions are good, but damn life is busy. I need another winter break.

On to the books!

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

I had this on my shelf ready to crack open when I was reading through Decembers ‘Show Us Your Books’ and learned that most people hated it, so I approached it with some concern.

I loved it. Yes, the style is very different and takes some getting used to, but I was so moved by this book. I was in tears in parts of it.

The story takes part in the graveyard where Abe Lincoln’s son Willie is interred. The graveyard is inhabited by ghosts who are in denial about their deaths. They’re all hanging on to some aspect of their life and are refusing to move on. When Willie shows up they’re surprised to see him not move on quickly like most children do, but you learn that his strong attachment to his father is keeping him around. When Lincoln comes to the grave and can’t help but hold his dead son, I died. And all of the spirits watching around, wondering why it’s been so long since someone touched them too…it was a lot.

I’d love to hear people’s thoughts about the preacher who seems to be the only person with an idea of what’s happening to all of them. That part was really jarring for me. And also the black characters who kind of existed on the periphery of the story. It was odd that there wasn’t more there.

The Bardo is a Buddhist idea for the transitional state between death and rebirth. The graveyard is the bardo for these spirits, but Lincoln and the country are also in a transition period, trying to figure out what kind of a country it’s going to be or if it will be one country at all.

I’d recommend this one. It’s one of those books that makes me miss my old book club because even three weeks after finishing it I’m still thinking about it.

How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald

There were a bunch of reviews about this one floating around on the net about the same time so I decided to give it a whirl.

Before I get to the ideas, a couple of things:

  1. The Tour de France sounds like the quidditch of bicycling. It’s so unnecessarily complicated. I do not understand why it takes so long and why there are different types of events on different days. This seems custom made to ensure nobody cares about it because how can you possible spectate something like this for over three weeks?
  2. Matt Fitzgerald’s ability to write race reports for races he didn’t run is astounding. There are a lot of drawn out accounts of single races in this book. They’re exciting, but I’m also taken out of the drama because I can’t help but wonder how did Matt F know so-and-so’s innermost thoughts at this precise moment of the race? The details are so specific. Clearly he’s a real fan and has watched a lot of footage. I can’t tell you hardly anything about what happened yesterday let alone during a race I ran even a month ago.

The ideas though. I was motivated by this book and I would recommend it for endurance athletes. There’s a lot of interesting research and anecdotes here and I can see myself coming back to this book and getting something new from it each time.

The highlight this time was resilience. An athlete has to accept that things will not go perfectly. It does no good to sit around envisioning the perfect race conditions. With experience (through sport or life), the best athletes learn that they can make adjustments when things don’t go perfectly and still get a good outcome.

Life lessons, man.

Finally…

Romola by George Elliot

I made it 15 pages and returned it to the library. In my defense, I loved Mill on the Floss. I checked this out at the tail end of winter break when I was feeling that delving into a dense, luxurious Victorian novel would be decadent and cozy. Real life intervened and this just wasn’t keeping my attention during my bus commute.

ON DECK:

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan – Just started it today. Very good so far.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood – I got this recommendation from one of the link up blogs and it happened to be available at the library)

Boston Marathon Training – Week 4

This week was an emotional rollercoaster which fortunately ended on a high.

Total mileage: 43

Extra: I finally got my butt to a yoga class!

Even though I can feel that I ran 43 miles this week in my legs, it’s actually soreness from yoga that I’m noticing the most. I haven’t done much for my core or arms in a while and I can feel all those down dogs and chaturangas in my shoulders today. It also occurred to me that with all this running I don’t do a lot of twisting motions in my regular day so just doing that felt so amazing.

To the workouts.

Monday – Rest day

I’m clearly not a never-skip-a-Monday girl. I skip a lot of Mondays. This was New Year’s day and I basically read books and played video games all day. It was great.

Tuesday – 8 miles with 10x100m sprints

Did my normal routine of cranking the treadmill up to 9.0 for .15 mile sprints with .15 at 6.5 in between.

I started a new show on Netflix called “Halt and Catch Fire.” I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about it but everything I heard or read said to start in the 2nd season so that’s what I did. It’s a drama about a company trying to revolutionize personal computers in the 80s. I know that doesn’t sound too exciting, but I like it. Weirdly, I feel like it’s helping me keep motivated at my desk job where we’re doing a lot of testing lately.

Wednesday – Recovery 5 miles

Avg pace 9:06

My sister texted me saying she’s been struggling with an injury and can’t run as much as she wants to. She’s my best running friend these days, training for a BQ in March, and is a few weeks ahead of me on this same training plan. Her text made me start wondering whether this is worth it and whether I’m setting myself up for injury too.

Thursday – Total 10 miles General Aerobic

AM –  5.3 miles at 9:26 pace

PM – 4.7 miles at 9:07 pace

I got up early thinking I could maybe bang out 10 miles on the gym treadmill and then just show up an hour later than normal to work and skip a lunch break. I was not feeling it this morning at all. I did a 10 mile treadmill run last week after work one day and it was fine, and I probably could have continued to slog through this too, but I just didn’t want to. I quit at 5.3 miles.

I spent the morning thinking about these long midweek runs that I have planned for the next 13 weeks. Maybe I should modify the plan and split those days with running in the AM and cycling or barre in the afternoon so I can get some cross training in. My hamstrings have been bothering me since July so maybe less running would actually be good for me.

Before my 2nd run, my sister texted saying she went to a PT and the injury isn’t as devastating as we feared. She’s got a plan to strengthen some muscles that are out of balance and her goal marathon is not out of the question.

I felt a lot lighter on my feet for the 2nd run. Still twinges in the hamstrings, but I actually enjoyed myself.

Friday – YOGA!!!

I haven’t been to yoga since maybe June – coincidence about the timing of my hamstring issues? Hmmmm…..

I’m really into the yoga woo woo. Since it was the first Friday of the year, there was lots of imagery about thanking the past year and letting it go – the good and the bad – so you can look forward. But my favorite idea was related to resolutions. Sometimes resolutions are really veiled ways for us to punish or criticize ourselves for what we think we lack. A better way is to realize that there are already great and beautiful things inside of us and through practice we can bring them to the surface. I love that.

Saturday – 5 miles recovery

I saw a “Run with Shalane” ad on instagram so I decided to download the Nike + run club app so I could check it out.

Well done, Nike. This was brilliant. I had so much fun.

This is basically a 46 minute guided run, with Shalane Flanagan and a coach. They’re obviously reading a script so it can come across as a bit canned, but I really don’t care. They first start you off talking about what the purpose of the first couple of miles of a longer run are and how you should feel. Then throughout the run they pop in to talk about Shalane’s experiences running – what got her motivated to start and what motivates her now, how running with teammates helps, what it was like to be injured before her goal race of Boston last year, and then at the end what it felt like to win the New York City Marathon. By the last couple of minutes I felt like I was winning the New York City Marathon. It was fantastic.

Sunday – 15 mile Long Run

Avg Pace 9:06

I read up a bit about hamstring issues and decided that it’s because my quads are stronger than my butt and hamstrings, so today’s mantra was Run With Your Butt. I tried to stay mindful of engaging my butt and core muscles to propel me forward and I think it made a difference. I only felt one twinge on each side near the end of the run when I was getting fatigued.

I’ve been seeing all these pictures of folks running outside in truly horrible conditions so I know this isn’t that much of an ordeal, but it started raining so hard after the first hour. The temps here are in the low 40s, but the raindrops are huge and assertive and I wasn’t wearing a hat and my jacket isn’t built for full on rain. By the time I got home my whole body was soaked and my feet were pruney. The shower has never felt so good.

This run felt amazing. I did last week’s 14 miler on a flat route and it sucked, but this one was hilly and wet and I felt strong. I’m hoping I can keep that up for the next week and beyond.

Linking up with HoHo and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.

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Boston Marathon Training Recap – Week 3

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I ran a lot last year. At the beginning of 2017 I had a vague idea that it would be cool to run 1000 miles. I hit that goal in January around mile 17 of my goal marathon. This is the 2nd year of actually keeping track of annual mileage and my first year being fastidious about recording in Runkeeper. I climbed over 193,000 ft of elevation and spent over 257 hours running. That’s wild.

After taking New Year’s Day off as a rest day, today I’m starting week 4 of my Boston Marathon training program. But first, last week in review. It was kind of slow and I didn’t feel great, but I got it all in at least.

Total Miles: 40

Monday – Rest Day

We got some snow on Christmas Eve! By Christmas night it was mostly melted, but I got out to walk around in it.

Tuesday – 10 miles easy, avg pace 9:20

I was still feeling some twinges from Sunday’s killer marathon pace long run so I took it easy. I’m watching The Last Kingdom on Netflix and I’m on the fence about it. It’s about the Saxons vs the Danes in the 9th century. I don’t really care for the main character and there are only about 2 women in it, but I keep thinking it could get awesome pretty soon and Vikings are cool.

Wednesday – 4 miles recovery, avg pace 9:15

Treadmill again

Thursday – Rest Day

This was supposed to be a speedwork day, but by the afternoon I was feeling really stuffed up and exhausted so I decided it wasn’t worth it. I went home, took some Nyquil, and fell asleep at 7:30.

Friday – 8 miles, with 4 @ Half Marathon pace

I usually run in the middle of the day, but my boss wanted to take us out for lunch, so instead I ate a bunch of delicious Asian fusion and then hopped on the treadmill after. I was still a bit under the weather from my cold the day before. Those are my excuses.

So, I got in the run, but not exactly as written. I got 2 miles at 7:47 pace and then did the other 2 as mile repeats with .25 jog recovery. Warm up was 2 miles and then cool down to complete the 8 miles.

I’m not crazy about this. It’s the 2nd time I’ve had this tempo run scheduled and the 2nd time I’ve had to break up the tempo miles because I just couldn’t push through. I get another shot at it next week.

Saturday – 4 miles recovery, avg pace 9:12

Just running around outside, getting it done.

Sunday – 14 miles, avg pace 8:53

This run was long enough that I busted out the Gu. Now I feel like I’m really marathon training. Next week I may even strap on my hydration pack!

I ran a route that takes me 6 miles out to hit a bike trail for 1 mile and then loops back for 7 miles. This route is kind of silly because the bike trail isn’t really that nice. It’s right between a freeway and a trailer park. There’s garbage in the bushes. In the summer, every 9th stick you see on the trail is probably a snake. But, at least it’s different. I felt like I needed some variety and didn’t want to deal with the hill on my lighthouse route.

Happy New Year!

I’m linking up (late) with HoHo and Tricia for the weekly wrap up.

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Motivation – what works for me

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The key to my motivational strategy

About three years ago I was in a workout lull. The previous couple of years had been spent in a stress-haze related to job issues. I knew my lack of regular activity wasn’t helping, but I just didn’t want to take the time for it. I wanted to want to take the time for it though.

Around this time I heard Gretchen Rubin making the rounds on some podcasts talking about her perspective on personal motivation. Her idea is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all motivational strategy. You can’t just will yourself into making changes. Before you tackle any goal, you need to understand how you naturally react to expectations and then develop an action plan that takes advantage of those reactions.

In other words, first know yourself, and then you can more easily set yourself up for success.

She divides people up into four categories – tendencies – based on how people deal with internal and external expectations. I’m an Obliger, meaning I can be counted on to meet benchmarks that others set for me but I’m not so good at following through on goals I set for myself. It sounds like an Obliger would be doomed as far as setting any personal goals, but that’s not the case at all.

Recognizing that I needed some kind of external push, I got some family members to join me in a Run the Year 2016 challenge where we all logged our mileage for a year with the goal of getting to 2016 miles total as a team. I sent out monthly email updates to everyone. The challenge had mixed results for other family members, but for me it was key to getting me back into the gym. I personally logged 830.66 miles for 2016.

In the fall of 2016, my youngest sister asked me to try to BQ with her in 2017. This was something I’d had in the back of my mind for some time, but it wasn’t something I’d ever have tackled if I was only accountable to myself. I needed it to be someone else’s goal first.

Now that I’m training to hopefully PR at Boston I’ve started this blog. It’s been two years since I rebooted my running habit and I feel pretty solid in it, but this blog will hopefully give me that perception of external accountability that I know I need.

The point of Rubin’s system isn’t that everyone should start a blog or get someone else to set goals for them. For some people, having other people expect them to do things is the #1 way to ensure they won’t get done. Other people are great at single-mindedly pursuing their goals regardless of what anyone else expects. The point is to understand what motivates you and then arrange your environment so that you’re set up for success.

Here’s a link to a quiz for figuring out your tendency.

I highly recommend searching for Gretchen Rubin in your podcast app to hear her interviews about the four tendencies. I was able to get her book from the library, but I found her interviews to hit all the major insights that I needed. Good luck!

 

 

Boston Marathon Training – Week 2

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Hitting the trail

37 total miles for week 2 of Boston training.

I took the week off work to hang out with my kids and do as little as possible. Mission accomplished. The week flew by and I am not ready to start waking up with an alarm clock again on Tuesday or organizing runs around a normal work schedule.

Monday – Rest or XT

I did 20 sad pushups on my knees.

Tuesday – 8 miles with 10x100m strides

I plan my runs a week in advance, taking into consideration the family schedule. The only things I had to plan around this week were Christmas Eve shenanigans with Josh’s family (meaning longer runs had to be on Saturday, Thursday and Tuesday). We got some free tickets to Star Wars so that took up Tuesday morning, and band practice was planned for Tuesday evening so that meant I’d have just enough time for my run and cooking dinner in between those two things.

On Monday, Josh let me know he’d asked our bass player and his wife to come over early and potentially stay for dinner. Maybe it’s because I had literally nothing to think about all week, but this sent me into an out-of-perspective tailspin. It was the right thing to invite them over early to avoid traffic, but when was I going to run? In the dark after dinner? It was raining and super cold! If I skipped, I’d have to do two hard runs in a row later in the week at some point. And I hadn’t planned my grocery shopping around 6 people for dinner so when would I go to the grocery store to get more? And when was I going to cook it? Usually I think I’m pretty cool about adjusting my expectations, but for some reason I just wasn’t on this day.

As always, everything turned out fine. Our friends had other dinner plans, and practice was over by 5pm. We ate leftovers. My teenager wanted to go to the YMCA with his friends to lift weights in the evening, so I got to use one of his guest passes to hop on the treadmill for free. I’d been looking forward to doing this workout outside, but I don’t hate the treadmill and I got to finish The Good Place on Netflix.

I warmed up for 4 miles at 6.5 and then alternated .15 miles on at 9.0 and .15 miles off at 6.5 and then finished up my 8 miles and finished a .25 mile walking cool down right as the teens were ready to leave.

I felt much better.

Wednesday – Rest or XT

Two sets of 20 sad pushups on my knees.

Then I got in 1.75 trail miles with my 12-year-old. There’s a beautiful trail behind the library that I haven’t run on for about 2 years. I’ve told my kids the only thing I want for presents ever is to run with them. You get to learn so much about your kids when you’re running with them. They just start blabbing as soon as you start moving. It’s wonderful.

Russell picked this run because it was his favorite during cross country. He says he prefers running trails to running on the roads and I agree, there is something completely unique and soul-enriching about running on dirt surrounded by trees. We chatted about how middle school is different from elementary school and what’s going on in band and I don’t know what all, and it was wonderful.

Thursday – 10.28 miles, General Aerobic, Avg pace: 8:49

I felt good! I’ll never get over how differently paces feel outside vs inside. The goal today was to cruise the whole way. The first 1.5 miles from my house is always uphill so I logged my slowest mile there at 9:41, but after that my cruising speed was on the speedy side. My fastest mile was 8:31 and there were many around 8:40. I worried a bit that I was running my easy day too hard.

Friday – Don’t think I even left the house or changed out of PJs

Saturday – 13 miles, 8 @ Marathon Pace

I’d been dreading/anticipating this workout ever since I bought the Pfitzinger Advanced Marathoning book and decided to tackle this plan. That’s a lot of marathon pace miles. I’m aiming for as close to 8 min miles as I can – intimidating!

Last year I’d do my challenging workouts on a bike trail about 15 miles away because it’s super flat and pretty and has no stop signs. This was my plan for this run.

On Saturday morning I made a game-time decision to keep the run closer to home. I didn’t want the extra hour commute that the bike trail would entail. I drove a no-stop-sign loop nearer to my house, clocking it at 2.6 miles, and decided to go for it.

I parked at the library and did a 4 mile warm-up jog that finished on my new speedwork loop. Then I sped up, aiming for an aggressive, maintainable pace. Finally I cooled down as I jogged back to my car. All of these are Garmin stats.

Warmup splits: 9:10, 9:03, 8:54, 9:23

MP Splits: 7:42, 7:55, 7:45, 7:44, 7:49, 7:48, 7:50, 7:40

Cooldown: 9:06

This run made me feel like a superhero. The first 3 miles I worried about whether or not my pace was too fast. The next couple of miles I realized there was no reason to believe I would run out of steam. I was definitely working hard, but it felt like different muscles than the jogging muscles. I felt like I had settled in to the pace. The 7th mile had the minor “uphill” (it’s like 36 feet over the mile), but I’d blasted through it twice already and knew what to expect so I just kept at it. Then the 8th mile…might as well finish strong.

I don’t have to do another marathon pace long run for several weeks, but I think I’ll use this loop again.

Sunday – Recovery 5 miles

I went out for a run/walk with my fifteen-year-old and we made it around a 4 mile loop. This, plus the extra 1.75 with my younger son earlier in the week adds up just fine to make me feel like I met my 5 mile recovery requirement.

I’ll be heading up to spend time with family in about 30 minutes. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and I can’t wait to catch up on all of the wrap-ups in the next week.

Linking up with Tricia and Ho Ho.

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2017 Year in Review – That was unexpected

 

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I met very few of these goals – and that’s ok!

2018 will by my 2nd year using an Inkwell Press planner. I picked it last year because there are lots of goal setting tools in it, including this yearly goal page broken up into areas of your life.

Planning a year in advance is both fun and futile. I like taking the time to think about what I’d like to accomplish. On the other hand, I hope I never ever have a clear vision of what an entire year is going to look like. The surprises this year are what made it one of the best ever.

I got married! I spent two weeks in Norway with my sons and aunt and a sister and two of her kids! I got a promotion at work! These were not on my radar last January at all. In fact, the only thing on the list I made last year that really will define 2017 for me is my BQ. My goal was 3:40 and I came in at 3:39:55. I was maniacally focused on this goal to the point of dreaming about it at night and scheduling my waking hours around it.

Things that were partially accomplished:

Personal

  • Meditation habit: I did this on my morning commute for about half the year using the headspace app. It was good and then I lost interest.
  • Books vs Facebook: Eh, I decided I like Facebook. I did read more books this year though and I’ll be keeping that up in 2018.

Social

  • Volunteer: I volunteered with the local Neighborhood Action Coalition for about 4 months. There was a lot of time commitment for very little positive outcome. I hate saying this, but it ended up being a lot of meetings about having other meetings and also discussing whether the local Indivisible group was activist enough. The meetings also conflicted with the nights I had my kids with me and I didn’t like taking the time away. Anyway, I like the idea of volunteering, and I’m still calling my senators (Hi Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray!) but this was not the best way to go about it.
  • Family and Friends: Decided this is a silly goal. I connected just as much as I wanted to with family and friends. Why force more? I’m in a friend group where everyone’s happy to see each other when I organize something but not many other people take the initiative. The result is that I see everyone whenever I want to. I feel balanced in this area.
  • Family reunion: was planning on organizing a Ragnar for the family but it didn’t happen due to the Norway trip.

Financial

  • I saw a lawyer last month about getting a will together and will have something to sign by January. This has been a new year’s resolution for me for multiple years. Super excited to almost have it done.
  • I donated to the food bank early on but then set up automatic monthly donations to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, IRC, and the Sierra Club.

Music

  • Josh and I are about halfway through recording our first album. We also picked up a mandolin player in the last couple of months which is awesome. This will be a big goal area for me in 2018.

Home

  • We replaced the deck
  • Drywall was fixed in the boys’ room
  • Retaining wall and plumbing get moved forward to 2018

Dream Big

  • Yup, done.

Did this change how I approached my goal setting for 2018? Kind of. I’ll share my 2018 goals in another post, but I made them with the expectation that I am capable of having a priority (not multiple priorities), and that the purpose of this whole thing is more about reflecting on my values rather than creating some kind of scorecard that I judge my year against.

Overall, great job, 2017. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store.