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July 2014 Goal Check-In and 3 for August

Posted Aug 04 2014 8:30am

Hello there!

Wow, do I ever love long weekends! I’ll be honest, I haven’t done a whole lot of anything over the last couple of days aside from having some fun in the kitchen, a nice long run, catching up with a friend for tea, reading, and eating delicious food, but it feels SO good. Anyone else having a lazy August long weekend? Today’s plans are to hit the track for a speed workout combined with some total-body strength moves (something similar to  this routine ) and catch up on some of my favourite podcasts. But first, it’s time for a goal check-in!

monthly goal check-in

July was pretty darn great and I know that August is going to be even better, but more about that in a second. In the past month I crossed my first trail race off of my bucket list, focused on finances, and made an effort to chill out a little every day. Here’s how it went.

1. Complete the North Face Endurance Challenge half marathon – A+

I have a feeling that this is going to be one of my most memorable races this year. No lies – I was scared going into it. The old me (as in, the person I was last year) would have probably obsessed over the enormous elevation, the slippery rocks and soggy conditions, and as a result, wouldn’t have enjoyed it very much. However, I think doing a whole bunch of races in the front half of this year helped enormously. As I’ve explained a bit before, running is something I love but racing is not. I signed up for a ton of events this year in attempt to get over that fear, and it’s working! The other things that I believe helped were:

  • Reminding myself of my accomplishments so far. I’ve done plenty of long runs (albeit not on trails), half marathons, and a marathon, and know my body can endure those distance.
  • Being there with friends.  Some new, some not so new, but all awesome people.
  • Keeping my expectations reasonable, with a primary goal of having fun.
  • Feeling super inspired by the marathon, 50K and 80K endurance athletes that competed the day before.

in the ice bath

It was a tough race, but one of my favourites so far because of the new challenge it presented. To learn more about the event, you can check out my full recap here .

2. Save $$$! B

My reason for this was because this month is going to be a BIG one! I’m flying out to Vancouver for my 3rd Lululemon  SeaWheeze  half marathon in just under 3 weeks and am vibrating with excitement already. In addition to that, I’ve got my annual car insurance to pay, some prezzies to buy for friends, and obviously it would be great to have some extra funds to enjoy Vancouver with. (My birthday is August 15th, so a few prezzies for moi will probably be purchased on the trip!)

This was my savings plan for July, plus how I did on each part.

  • Mix more plant-based proteins in to meals (specifically beans) because they’re cheaper than animal-based sources – Did it! I think I only bought a big package of chicken breasts once, and aside from that I ate down the stock of frozen fish in my freezer, as well as lots of the beans in my pantry. Many delicious meals were enjoyed, including the Exploding Burrito Bowl !

Exploding Burrito Bowl - Eat Spin Run Repeat

  • Get back into the habit of planning out my dinners at the beginning of the week. This went reasonably, well, and on 2 weeks I did a pretty darn stellar job of emptying out my fridge before heading to the grocery store again. (Full points for portion control!) If you want to check out what one of these meal plans looked like, you’ll find it here .
  • Better planning of blog recipesThis went really well too! Since many of the recipes I posted in July were big salads (like this  Garden Vegetable and Chickpea Salad ), I was able to split them up for use as portable lunches. I also reigned myself in when it came to recipe selections to be made. I stuck to the 2-recipe/week limit imposed at the beginning of July, and as a result, managed to get a lot more done on my weekends!

Garden Vegetable and Chickpea Salad - Eat Spin Run Repeat 1Garden Vegetable and Chickpea Salad - Eat Spin Run Repeat

  • Take a break from buying running shoes. Ironically I acquired 3 pairs of running shoes in July, the 3rd of which will be reviewed here on Wednesday. However, I didn’t actually pay for any of them myself – so I’d say this went according to plan! I’m super thankful for being able to work with some great brands that allow me to run better and look good while doing it.

Women's Nike Free 5.0 Review

3. De-stress for at least 15 minutes each day – A

I’ve learned that de-stressing for me comes in many different forms. I had planned to go for walks during my lunch breaks, but a lot of our July days were rainy and felt more like early spring than mid-summer. I said I’d meditate or stretch before bed at least 3x per week, but this only happened about once a week. Oops! Despite the lack of progress on those two items, I did succeed at other forms of relaxation.

With the exception of one particularly social week, I was careful not to load myself up with after-work commitments. I consciously took FULL rest days on Sunday and even watched a movie last weekend. This is the girl that rarely watches any TV unless she’s on the treadmill at the gym, so it felt kind of weird but lovely at the same time! The movie was Silver Linings Playbook, and while many movies put me to sleep (even good ones), I’ll happily watch this beautiful man for hours.

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I practiced deep breathing in the car on the way to and from work which seemed to calm me down a lot. It also probably made me a much more patient driver, which I hope everyone else on the road appreciated! I went to Starbucks some days on my lunch breaks and wrote in my journal non-stop for 30 minutes each time. Lastly, I ended many days with about 15-20 mins of magazine reading (rather than computer time or looking at my phone) which was really relaxing and seemed to help me sleep better. There was no yoga and very little meditation, but it just goes to show that what one person finds relaxing may be totally different from another.

And with that, it’s time to set sights on some new targets!

3 goals for August 2014

1. Make the most of every minute in Vancouver. 

Guys, I am beyond excited about this. Have I mentioned that yet? ;) But seriously. It’s my birthday present to myself and it’ll be shared with some pretty fantastic folks. I’ll be staying with two of my blogger besties, Christina and  Daniellemeeting up with some friends at Vega, as well as blog readers and Instagram friends. In addition to SeaWheeze and the race activities, my dad is flying in from Bahrain, I’ll be seeing my aunt and cousin, and I’ve got every intention of eating a ton of shimp, salmon, scallops and sushi. As far as the race itself goes, I’m hoping to prove to myself for the second time that I can run a sub-1:30 half marathon , and as always, I’ll post a full update the week after.

SeaWheeze 2013 fun

Some pics from SeaWheeze 2013

If you’re curious about the previous Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathons, feel free to check out my recaps from  2012 and  2013And, if you happen to be attending this year, shoot me a message at eatspinrunrepeat (at) gmail (dot) com because we’ve got a meet-up planned!

2. Pass a work-related exam.

Quite possibly the most boring goal ever posted on the blog, and I apologize for that. However, it’s just gotta be done. Long story short, I’m looking at a 2-hour multiple choice exam on a piece of software that I have to use to do my job, and it’s Hard with a capital H. Studying involves reading user manuals and setup guides. The date is August 20th and the countdown is on. On the bright side though, after the exam there will be only 1 more sleep till I leave for Vancouver. Yay!! #getmynerdglasseson.

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3. Volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity building site.

Recently some folks came to our office to do a presentation about how to get involved with Habitat for Humanity , which is a particularly active organization in the KW region. The company I work for decided that this would be a great team building activity as well as a good way to give back to the community, and I’m really excited about trying my hand at house building! I’ve signed up for one of the dates and have no idea what I’ll be working on yet, but whatever it is, I’m sure I’ll learn something new. Fingers crossed for a sunny day – they’ve been few and far between lately!

Now it’s over to you! Tell me…

  • What was one of your proudest accomplishments in July? Come on, toot your horn!
  • What’s up next for you this month?
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