Here we go again!

Yay for a New Year! Everything is so fresh and new. Its a great time to feel extra motivated. I know that there are a lot of resolutions this time of year floating around but this is usually my training go time for the Cleveland Marathon.

I have been participating in the Cleveland Marathon on and off again since 2010. Its my favorite race and I am super excited to be chosen again for the 4th year to be an Ambassador for this race that I love! Its an honor and a privilege to me because of the people that I have gotten to know thru the years. This race family has really become such a wonderful source of support and motivation for me. Many of the ambassadors are returning again this year and there are some new faces that I'm really looking forward to getting to know this year too! You can get to know them all here too!

My plan for this year is the kick the crap out of my half marathon PR, which is currently 2:21:23. This was from the Cleveland Marathon two years ago when it was the snowpocalypse. My parents are both signed up for the 5k and the kids will be participating in the kids run on Saturday and i'll be there to cheer them on! Then on Sunday, i'll do my thing. I'm super excited and I think that focusing on my speed this year will be really good!

Now lets talk motivation.
You either ran today or you didn't

My running bestie hooked me up with this awesome running calendar and I LOVE IT!  I know that I wont be running every day of my life, but if I cant get in a few miles, I feel good about walking a mile or two to keep track of my miles. In the past I'm usually good for the first half of the year and then after Cleveland It just all goes away. I know that this calendar isn't going to go out and run the miles for me, but it will certainly give me a good motivation to keep at it day after day. Its the 7th and I'm 7 for 7 so far!

This week felt pretty solid

Monday: It's pretty damn cold in Ohio this week, but Jan 1st my indoor track was closed, so I bundled up and braved the cold for 2.5 miles. It felt surprisingly awesome!

Tuesday: I took the kids to the indoor track and they hung out while I ran, slowly but i managed to get in 2.

Wednesday: Back to work and back to a lunchtime 5k on the treadmill!  It felt good!

Thursday: I wanted to get some arms and some other cross training in, but still wanted check off that calendar so at lunch I did a combo of pushups, squats, lunges, crunches, planks, jumping jacks and then 5-7 minutes of running. This was really awesome because I was still able to get some running in (2 miles) and at a faster speed than normal and some other strength training in. So yay, ill definately be doing that again.

Friday: I walked a mile at work on my lunch break, work was busy and couldn't leave for a whole hour break. But, I did get the bonus of rollerskating for about 90 minutes that night too. I haven't roller skated in about 20 years but it was really fun and i highly recommend it.

Saturday: 2.5 miles on the indoor track

Sunday: 4.5 miles on the indoor track

Week 1 total: 18.6 miles
I'm pretty happy about this mileage for the week, it goes to show that the daily miles really add up.

Are you signed up for Cleveland yet? You can sign up here! There are so many distance options to choose from! the whole 26.2, 13.1, 10K, 8k, 5k and kids fun run!  Hope to see you there!

If you like what you see here, you can follow along with my adventures on Instagram too! Make it a great week guys!

What do you do to stay motivated?
Do you have a running group or friend that helps you stay accountable?


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