October! Facts about me and new goals!

Hello October! I love fall, particularly October.  I love the leaves changing, the apples, pumpkins and cool weather. To be honest, I can’t believe how quick September came and went. It seems like days ago Michael and I were counting down the number of 16 and 20 mile long runs we had left and looking forward to tapering.  Now we are knee-deep in tapering and making lists of all the things we want to do in Chicago and things we need to pack.  The marathon is less than a week away, it came so fast.  Much like I did in September, I want to start this month off sharing a few facts about myself and setting 5 goals for this month.

So here are a few things you may not know about me:

Long before I was a runner and a yogi, I was a swimmer and a nordic skier.  I grew up downhill skiing with my dad and waterskiing at our summer-house.  When I got to high school I knew I wanted to play sports.  I started out on the swim team and found my athletic stride.  Then I joined the downhill ski team, when the team got cut due to funding I joined the cross-country (nordic) ski team.  I had never done it before but caught on quickly and was pretty good.  At the end of high-school I was one of the best skiers in the state.  I went on to ski in college, choosing a Division 3 school with a great coach.  He helped me to become the best skier I could be with some hard work.  My senior year I went on to win Division 3 National Championships.  Throughout that journey I learned how to be a runner.  I ran cross-country in college too, but only as a way to train for skiing.  Today I’m mostly a runner but part of my heart and success will always belong to cross-country skiing.

Nordic Skiing

I come from a very close-knit family.  My parents are my best friends and have always supported me in all my ventures.  I have one brother named Arthur.  We are inherently differently but as we grow older in life we are learning we are more alike than we thought and our bond continues to grow.

My Brother and I

I love sweets and could eat them all day.  Particularly chocolate, I have to use massive amounts of self-control in order to not overindulge.

I love animals.  I grew up with a yellow lab named Maewest.  She was an incredible friend.  She spent every minute with my family, spent her days at my parents office with them.  She was a shoulder to cry on when you were sad, a mother hen who sat up with you all night when you were sick and a water lover to the core.  She used to run from about 25 feet away, down the steps, and the length of the dock at our summer-house before launching herself in the water.  She passed away a few years ago, my family misses her terribly but I really hope to have another friend like her in the future.  My first choice would be a Great Dane.

Maewest and I

My favorite coffee in the world is the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks! I am so happy it is finally here!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

And now for some goals for October!

1.  Finish the Chicago Marathon with a goal time of 3 hours 35 minutes! This would allow me to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

2.  Relax and Enjoy the Chicago Marathon!  Michael and I have trained and prepared for this together, I can’t wait to share the experience with him.  I want to soak up every minute of the trip, see the sights of Chicago, and just have a fun time overall.  I think secondary goals are just as important as time goals and qualifying goals!

3.  Practice more yoga! I’ve been preoccupied with the Marathon and dropped a day of practice.  My goal is to get back on the mat and practice regularly. I also want to post more about yoga, the benefits and my experiences with it.

4.  Try one new recipe a week.  Michael and I have been cooking a lot and I have been baking too.  We were discussing this and thought all of our cooking lately was a product of the marathon and the idea that food is so important right now.  I’ve been having a lot of fun cooking and trying new recipes so I want to continue doing this once a week.  Plus I am learning a lot about cooking and think my skills are really improving!

5.  Finish a book.  I’ve been reading the same book, A Place of Yes by Bethenny Frankel since August.  I find the book interesting as it shares a lot about her life and what she learned from each of the experiences but the list of books I want to read is so long! I need to finish this a move on to the next one on my list.

I hope you all learned something more about me, I think it’s important that you all get to know me a little bit so that you may understand my writing or experiences a little better than before.  I also think goals are good, they help you to set a tone for the upcoming month.

So what do you want to accomplish this month? What are your goals? What else would you like to know about me? 

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