Lessons learned and plans for next year

Thursday, December 08, 2011

I’ve not blogged since my half marathon review which is nearly two weeks ago now. I haven’t felt like it since then. Motivationally, I’m in a state of unrest... I still have a little soreness and have delayed exercising beyond one swim since the race.

Thank you to all the Spark People friends who commented and congratulated me on my race. It really does make me feel proud and I hope that perhaps seeing me complete a half marathon has ignited a spark in you! You can reach your goals if you try!!

The soreness has taught me a lesson – I need to train more. I did really well to knock off 15 minutes from my previous time in bad conditions and on hills. But I paid for my lack of training in my recovery time. My friend who trained well recovered way faster than me. So, lesson number one is “You can do it”, lesson number two is “training helps, especially afterwards!”

I have been looking into my next half... I’m booked for the Vancouver half in May but want one in late March. I’ve found one fairly locally on April Fools’ day so I’m hoping my friend will be interested in that one too. There’s another interesting one in Washington state in late April but it’s only 3 weeks before the Vancouver one so I’m a bit worried that I’ll need a bigger gap in between halves to allow me to recover and then restart training.

This week has been all about money. We are really tight at the moment so I am trying to be super careful. I’m writing a project plan for a new project that hopefully the manager will get approved and then it will lead to an extension at my current job. I hope so as there is nothing out there at the moment for me. It will be nice as then we can look more positively towards next year and maybe even book our holiday! We don’t function well without a holiday to look forward to!

Mark is doing over time this weekend, both days so he’s going to be very tired but hopefully they won’t need him next weekend. It’s difficult to turn it down at the moment.

Tomorrow is my day off and I’m going to go for a swim, return some boots that I bought a while ago and have spent a month debating whether I want them – I obviously don’t really as they are still unworn so they are going back! I hope to get some knitting done. The girls want me to make them dolls from an old Knitted Toys book by Jean Greenhowe. My mum used to have lots of her books and I remember having the same toys as a child. I found the book used on Amazon and am hoping to get them finished, with their dress up outfits before Christmas – Gwenna keeps changing her mind and wants a boy doll, then the girl doll, then the boy doll. I’m going to make her the boy first and if I have time I’ll make one of each for both of them. I’ve got some movies and TV series to pick up from the library tomorrow so I will be able to have a nice, quiet knitting afternoon hopefully! I want to sew up one doll to make sure I’m doing it all properly but I’ve not sewn it up when the girls have been there as I don’t want them to see it until it’s finished!

Anyway, what a lot of waffle in this blog! On serious matters I’ve been thinking about my goals for next year and I want to reach my goal weight in 2012... preferably in the first half of the year, but if not, it doesn’t matter – as long as I get there.

I also want to improve my fitness and strength. I want to run the next half marathon better – and recover faster so I want to make sure I follow the training plan to the end! As for a full marathon...we’ll have to wait and see if that’s next year or not... but one day. One day I will do it!

I’m enjoying the SAC and I’m glad that most of the Pink Vikings have stayed on board our longship to continue the journey until the BLC18 starts! I work best when I’m challenged and accountable!

Have a great weekend, friends!
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    Sounds like you have some great plans for 2012 :D i hope your recovery speeds up, aching muscles are the worst especially when walking up stairs hehe

    keep up the great work and i know you will achieve all of your goals and more :) ahhh i love hiring movies from the library i think i'll do that after work tomorrow :)

    3434 days ago
    You are doing a great job remaining positive Abi. That is more than half the battle! I have great faith that your hard work will earn your goals sooner.

    All my best to you and your lovely family. Miss you.

    Scootergirl in Oz
    3436 days ago
    It is a time of year when we certainly are more concious about money isn't it?! As for not functioning without a holiday to plan - I hear you ... I only had my first last year and not having one to look forward to this coming year is a bummer... but a goal to work towards for sure.

    Let's make 2012 the one where we HIT all our goals! Happy to be along side you my Pink Viking Sister!!
    3438 days ago
    Good job on everything. I really wish you the best with it all. The girls are going to love the dolls.
    3438 days ago
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    I love that you're making dolls. That is going to be the best gift. I like your goals for 2012 and am right there with you. emoticon
    3439 days ago
    Wonderful goals abi! I am psyched you have already planned your next race. I will wait and see how I feel after this one to plan my next, but there is a local one in a month.
    Good luck with the dolls! I wish i was crafty like that!
    3439 days ago
    Looks like you've got another great year planned! Last year, I started off strong and, even though I was a first-time runner, finished a couple of 5Ks and a 10K by May. I kept running right up until June, when I went on vacation, and then when I got back and had to deal with over a month where it was over 100 degrees pretty much every day....lost the spark! You've inspired me, I'm adding running to my goals for 2012, and I'm going to stick with the 10K level for now and focus on improving my times!
    3439 days ago
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