|Our family portrait from Christmas 2013. What a huge blessing to move into our first home with the help of family AND then celebrate Christmas together!|
On our way back from Haiti, the hubby and I decided it was time we truly get back into gear regarding all those little things that lead to enhanced training outcomes, better health and a happier mood for us in general. We planned out our racing/life schedule for 2014 (it's a busy one), got our bills in order, hit up the store to stock up on healthy grocery essentials, signed up for a few spring races and are trying to motivate each other by streamlining training sessions when possible. Having a husband who is also an athlete = winning! I just love it. The other day we drove into town for our run together, and though we went completely separate ways, it was super motivating to have him out there at the same time.
|Us kicking off 2014 in the best way we know: with a long trail run!|
|Getting organized over a cup of coffee with this sweet calendar... a gift from a friend!|
|First run post-Haiti with the hubby and pup. |
Kenya is excited to be getting back into shape too!
As also mentioned, nutrition is another area that's been slacking, as often does anyway on the off-season and during the holidays, but I'm feeling ready to settle back into packing my lunch daily, cooking a few key meals per week with planned leftovers, focusing on better pre- post- workout nutrition, pushing fluids and having my beloved green smoothies daily. Nothing too specific, just small tweaks along the way to optimize energy levels and enhance recovery, which I'll be needing both as I dive headfirst into this next training cycle...
Speaking of which, this past week I kicked off training towards my next two races, the Blacksburg Classic 10 miler in mid-February and the Shamrock Marathon in my hometown of Virginia Beach in mid-March. 2013 was a fun year of trail ultras, but I am oh SO excited to return to the roads for some faster running... And just LOVE all things marathon training!!! After seeing my new set of workouts for the next 2 weeks, I was giddy as a kid on Christmas. I enjoy the surprise of new workouts every two weeks, and with plenty of long runs, tempo runs, pace runs, etc back on the schedule, this girl could not be happier! While I look forward to working hard and clearly have my work cut out for me over the next two months, I'm continually reminding myself that these two are "just for fun."
Really, who have I become?! :D
Happy training y'all ! What are you currently training for ??