April Check-In

Well, here we are, at the end of April. As much as I want to complain about the weather, I feel like having 80-degree days in March should cancel out the fact that I hate having to wear a coat on my birthday in April.

One of my favorite nights this month!

Anyway, April flew by this month, and  I can hardly believe it’s over. However, I did accomplish a lot, so here’s my April check-in for you all.

Life’s List Items Crossed Off: 2. A Sub-30 5K (YAY!!!!) and one other surprise you’ll get to read about soon!

Miles Run: 46. Much better than last month!

Races Run: 3 – Bunny Rock 5K, Home Team Charity Run, and the Lakefront 10 Miler

Upcoming Races:

  • 5/12 – Move for the Kids
  • 5/26 – Soldier Field 10 Mile
  • 6/2 – The Color Run
  • 6/9 – Chicago 13.1 (Thanks to Kim!)
  • 9/2 – Disneyland Half Marathon
  • 9/9 – Chicago Half Marathon

Even though I will be at well over 12 races this year, I am still shooting for a race a month. Still need something for July, August, October, November, and December. And I’m hoping for some of those to be CARA certified.

And speaking of CARA…

CARA Races Participation Award Update: 4 down, 6 to go. (Still need to sign up for 3 more)

Books Read: 3. Not great, but I’m still on track for my Goodreads Challenge.

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Cary has
read 17 books toward her goal of 50 books.

Accomplishments for April:

  • Graduated from physical therapy.
  • Completed the Lakefront 10, pain-free!
  • Got my hair cut.
  • Celebrated my birthday with good friends and good food.
  • Saw Snow Patrol at the Aragon.
  • Video-chatted with my nephew for the first time. Well, I chatted, he bounced in his bouncy-seat.

Goals for May

  • Work out more regularly.
  • Train for and complete the Soldier Field 10 Mile.
  • Create a curriculum for a reading program at work that I am really proud of.
  • Clean my apartment. Really clean it.
  • Use my Groupon for fondue before it expires.
  • Stop being so hard on myself and use my tendancies to overanalyze everything I do and how it could have been better to make positive changes, instead of just beating myself up.
  • Continue to do my therapy exercises at least 3x a week, even though I’m no longer meeting with my PT.
  • Volunteer for Mayfest.
  • Book flights to California.
  • Keep on track for my Goodreads goal.
  • Recruit at least one runner for Team Bookin It, and reach the $300 mark in my Half Marathon Fundraising by the end of the month. (Click here to join my team, or to help with fundraising!)

The Year In Review

I know I’ve been MIA for a while, but I’ve had quite a lot going on in my life. Since my last post, I ran a half marathon in Las Vegas, lost my job, got a new job, partook in at least 4 different holiday celebrations, and managed to keep working on things from my list.

Since New Year’s Eve is a good time for reflecting on the year, I thought I’d do a little recap of the year’s highlights.

  • Dance Experiment – DE was definitely one of the highlights of my year. I met 21 amazing new people, performed on stage at the Park West, and unbeknownst to me until several months after the fact, also accomplished something else from my list that night – receiving a standing ovation! (Check out the edited photo and original by Rich Chapman, which helped me realize this accomplishment!)

  • Running It’s no secret that running played a big part in my life this year. At the start of the year I had never run farther than 6 miles, and by year’s end I have 2 half marathons under my belt, I’ve almost reached my goal of a sub-30 5K, and I completed a 20-mile training run, in the snow! While I’m still slow, and I still can’t say I love running, I will always attribute 2011 to the year I first could call myself “a runner.”
  • 12 Things in 2011 – My biggest project of the year was to cross off 12 things from my List this year. Not only did I surpass that goal, but I also am well on my way of crossing off two more in the first half of January. (Run the Disney Marathon and go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.) This year had quite a few ups and downs, but the focus I was able to place on accomplishing these things really helped me stay positive through the rougher times and left me with the feeling that the year was a success.

That said, successes are not always possible without some failures as well. Here are a few of the things I attempted but did not accomplish:

  • My knitting project  – It’s over a year later, and my scarf is still incomplete. 
  • Running a 5K in under 30 minutes This one is not for lack of trying. I ran as fast as my little lungs would take me, and I missed my goal by 7 seconds. But, I think I’m okay with this particular failure because my focus this year was on distance, not speedwork. I think if I could get this close without speed training, it’s definitely attainable in the near future.
  • Learning to write with my left hand – another story of another abandoned project. Not something detrimental, and I can always pick it up again later. It’s just more proof that I don’t always accomplish everything I set out to do.
  • Become a godmother – Clearly this is one outside of my control. But in a year where at least 5 of my closest friends and my sister had babies, this was not the year of the Godmother for me. Maybe this is something that will never happen for me, but it’s not something I’ll take off the list because you never know if/when it might happen.
  • Watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy – I’ve tried. I keep trying. I just can’t make it through the first movie without falling asleep or getting bored and distracted. This might be one of those items where eventually I realize it’s just not worth it, and take it off my list completely. But for now, I might give it one more shot.

Overall, I think the year was a success, and I plan on doing 12 Things in 2012, too, so be sure to stay tuned.

Happy New Year!