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moving along into 2013 with hope and faith

Wow, am I really going to be 34 in 4 days? where does the time go. it seems like just yesterday I was turning 20 and I thought I was OLD THEN! HA! I surely didn't know ANYTHING back then. It makes me laugh how we always think we know everything at that age when really we are just BEGINNING to experience life.

I have a lot of big things coming up in my life here soon...one is my 10yr anniversary to my sweet husband on Feb.14th.
It's amazing how the longer you're married the deeper your connection grows. we have more patience with each other, more tolerant. We know all of the little quirks of each other  and are better at overlooking them.

WE are about 4-5mos away from having our chiropractic clinic PAID OFF!!!! Holy crap, can't even tell you how excited I am about that because......it means we can finally buy a HOUSE!!!

Yes, we have been in this 950 sqft apartment fro 7yrs! yes SEVEN YEARS, you heard me right.
we have long ago out grown it, but we didn't want to spend money on a bigger place when we could put that money to our clinic payments and get that paid off faster. so we chose to sacrifice alot of things and stay in this tiny 2bdrm apartment. It's been hard, but will be so worth it in the end!

I have started peaking around at houses online and i'm soooo excited. I definitely want/need at least 5 bedrooms, which I know sounds obsurd, but let me explain:
bedroom 1-Steve and I
bedroom 2-Megan
bedroom 3-Eriika
bedroom 4-OFFICE-this is a must I am going mental....NEED an office!
bedroom 5-spare room for FRIENDS/FAMILY when they visit!!!

I have never lived in a big house, ever. we never owned a home growing up, so this will be HUGE for me!
I am sooooooooooooooo excited!!! hopefully we'll be in  a home by summer:) I'm afraid I won't know what to do with all the space though!:/

As I said in my last post, 2012 has pretty much been a wash for me with my running, but i'm excited to start over again in 2013!!

I had surgery on friday so I have to take a mandatory 3wks off and then i'll ease back into running....hoping to have Nikki start training me at the end of January for the Eugene Half marathon.
I want to KILL that race! I need a new PR, I need something to keep me going:)

Even though I haven't had the best running year, I am still content.Sometimes I have found myself getting so discouraged and feeling like i'll never be fast or hit my goals, but I know I can. Timing is everything and I guess 2012 just wasn't my time:) but it will come, I know it will.

well, I guess that's it for now...nothing major to report!;)
Merry Christmas friends!!!

2012....not what I had hoped for

Wow. Hard not to look at 2012 and see only how BADLY it sucked -Running wise that is.

I had a good 10K race at 40:59 during a 70mile week in Boston training, but that's about it. other than that...I didn't hit any of my goals for this year:(:(:(
I would like to just forget this entire year in regards to my running and start over.

It has crept up on me so slowly that I never even realized it has been EIGHT MONTHS....since I've run a 40 mile week. most of the weeks in the last 8 mos have been 20-30 miles...and  few that were less than 10.
I have lost an incredible amount of fitness and it's hard to think back to what GREAT shape I was in before boston and how I never even got to run. I never got to see what all my hard work could have done. I got so discouraged after 2 stress fractures in 11 mos that I just sort of gave up mentally after that. it's been 8 mos and i'm FINALLY feeling like i'm starting to get my MOJO back!! I never thought it would take THIS LONG to heal from this experience. It was a tough one on me.

On a positive note, I ran my first 13 miler today pacing a friend to her 1:54 half marathon and ran my first 40 mile week since March. It felt good. I feel like i'm READY to get back into racing shape.

I am having some surgery done on Friday and I will have to take 3-4wks off, but after that I plan to ease back into running and get ready to get serious again.

Plans for 2013:

January: Ease back into running , get base up to 35 miles a week

February-April: Train for the Eugene Half Marathon under Coach Nikki Raffie (www.teamathena.org)
GOAL: Sub 1:30:00!!! this is do or die. I WILL hit this goal.  gonna be tough as at this moment I estimate with no endurance the last 8mos I could probably run a 1:40-1:45 and I am taking a month off so I've got A LOT of ground to make up in 3mos from Feb-April, but I can do this.

May-June: MAYBE train and run the Newport Marathon (depending on how training for the half goes)

June-Dec TBD but I am determined to finally hit the goals of -19:30 5K and -40:00 10K

Though, this year has sucked for me, I understand that these things just happen. I'm trying to focus on finding my "zone" mileage wise and what type of training will work for my body. I am trying to remind myself that I have MANY years of running ahead of me still.
I will be 34 on Dec 27th and many women are running super fast who are years older than me...so I think I still got another good 6yrs to train hard and hit my goals:) 1year in the scheme of things is not that significant.

I love this quote....because I have finally after 8 mos found this desire again. 
here's to 2013:)