2016 Goals

I may be a few days behind, but I wanted to take time and think about what I truly wanted to accomplish in 2016. 2015 was a wonderful year. There were a few bumps along the way, but overall, it was filled with so much love and happiness. It will be hard to beat last year, but here’s to trying!

 

Running Goals:

  • Run 24:30 in the 5k
  • Run 1:55 in the half marathon
  • Run 4:30 in the marathon
  • Volunteer for more races
  • Race a new distance
  • Run at least 6 half marathons
  • Run 1000 miles

 

Home Goals:

  • Expand and keep up on our garden
  • Finish the spare bedroom
  • Redo our kitchen
  • Make some big furniture purchases

 

Personal Goals:

  • Try 8 new recipes
  • Travel somewhere new
  • Read at least 10 books
  • Lift twice a week
  • Do ab work three times a week
  • Save more money
  • Advance my career
  • Be ready for the week every Sunday (laundry, lunches, etc.)
  • Be Happy!

 

Some goals are a bit lofty, and some I think shouldn’t be too hard to do. My biggest goal this year is to better myself, whether that means as a runner, personally or as an employer, we’ll just have to see. It’s going to be a good year, I can feel it!

 

What are your goals or resolutions for 2016?

2015 in Review

What a year! It’s hard to believe that 2015 is over. It seemed to go on forever, I actually forgot many things that happened throughout the year, but it also seemed to fly by so quickly! This year was filled with many ups and downs, but when it’s all said and done, I couldn’t have asked for a better year, filled with so much love! It will certainly be a year I won’t forget, but I’m most definitely looking forward to 2016!

January

  • MCRR Ladies Night Out
  • MCRR Banquet
  • Work trip to Toronto, ON, Canada
MCRR

MCRR

Toronto

Toronto

March

  • Strongsville Super Saturday 5k
  • Claire’s 18th birthday
  • Pudge’s emergency stomach surgery
Birthday girl!

Birthday girl!

Poor little guy

Poor little guy

April

  • My 27th birthday
  • Canton Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon

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Just part of the race swag

Just part of the race swag

May

  • Darren’s 30th birthday in Vegas
  • Yard overhaul
  • Medina Half Marathon
Birthday boy

Birthday boy

From bad to better

From bad to better

Medina Half

Medina Half

June

  • Claire graduated high school
All grown up!

All grown up!

July

  • Twin Sizzler 5k
  • Bridal Shower
Tech tee and trouble

Tech tee and trouble

So much love!

So much love!

August

  • Bachelorette Party in Watkins Glen, New York
  • Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
  • Our Wedding!!
  • Honeymoon in Saint Martin
Watkins Glen, New York

Watkins Glen, New York

Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal Dinner

Pure love

Pure love

Paradise

Paradise

All around beauty

All around beauty

September

  • Mom’s surprise 60th birthday
  • Claire moved to Seattle
  • Volunteered at North Coast 24 Hour Endurance Race
  • Race with Grace 5k
  • Harvest 5k
  • Work trip to Bethesda, Maryland
Birthday girl

Birthday girl!

Race with Grace

Race with Grace

Bethesda, Maryland

Bethesda, Maryland

October

  • Garth Brooks Concert
  • Medina SPCA 5k
Best concert ever!

Best concert ever!

Post race with some speedy MCRR ladies.

Post race with some speedy MCRR ladies.

November

  • Second Sole Made in America Half Marathon
  • Thanksgiving in Seattle
  • Seattle Half Marathon
Made in America Half

Made in America Half

Hello Seattle!

Hello Seattle!

Seattle Half

Seattle Half

December

  • MCRR Holiday Run
  • Tekfor Holiday Party
  • Frosty 5 Miler
  • Christmas with Family & Friends
Holiday Run

Holiday Run

Frosty 5 Mile

Frosty 5 Mile

Christmas with our boys

Christmas with our boys

 

It was a crazy, busy year, mostly filled with planning for the wedding. Running took a back seat, but in the end, it turned out ok. I was still able to run some races, do some traveling and spent time with family and friends. I didn’t meet too many of the goals I set out for myself this year, but there’s always next year!

Goodbye 2015, I’m ready for 2016!

Wedding Wednesday – Bachelorette Party

Today’s Wedding Wednesday is a special post to reflect back on the amazing weekend that was my bachelorette party! With all the stress of planning for the wedding and busy schedules, I’d been looking forward to a weekend away with some of my favorite ladies. Not everyone could attend the trip, but I still had a great time and enjoyed the company.

The bachelorette party took place in Watkins Glen, New York. This place holds a special spot in my heart as we used to do family vacations here when I was younger, and it is nearby Corning, where I ran my marathon last year. So I was extremely excited to go back to a place that held such great memories.

We drove up Friday and enjoyed a fun night in; eating, drink and playing typically bachelorette party games. It was a good evening to relax and unwind after the long week. The girls even set up a theme as Chelsea’s Race to the Date, including a course map and race bibs to wear during the weekend!

When we arrived, I was asked to leave while everything was set up, so my sister and I headed into town. We went down to the dock on Seneca Lake and spent some time soaking in the sun and fresh air. We also were able to take a picture to replicate our trip from 2002.

Thankfully we aged well..... 2002 vs 2015

Thankfully we aged well….. 2002 vs 2015

Saturday was our only full day in the area, so we had a lot on the schedule. We started the morning with a hike around Watkins Glen State Park. The parking lot was still very empty when we arrived so we had most of the park to ourselves. We hiked for about 3 miles and it was absolutely beautiful. I’ll let these pictures speak for themselves.

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After our hike, we cleaned up and started on the next adventure, a six hour wine tour! We had a bit of delay, but we still managed to keep right on schedule and even added in an additional winery. Each winery was unique and as always, a great way to try all kinds of wines. The wines near the Finger Lakes can sometimes be a bit sweeter than I like, so for once I tried a few red wines and may have enjoyed one or two.

If you’re interested, here are the wineries we visited. I had visited Red Newt and Chateau Lafayette Reneau before, but that was back when all I could drink was sparkling grape juice. The trip this time around was much more fun!

  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
  • Hector Wine Company
  • Red Newt Cellars
  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau
  • JR Dill Winery
  • Atwater Estate Vineyards
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After our wine tour, we came back to the house, vegged out and enjoyed our final night before heading back to Ohio. Sunday morning, I managed a short three mile run before the trip back and it was the perfect way to end the trip.

Even though the drive was long and tiring, I had such a wonderful time in the Finger Lakes. This trip was absolutely perfect and more than I could have asked for. I’m so lucky to have such amazing friends who gave me the perfect bachelorette party!

Souvenirs ;)

Souvenirs 😉

2014 in Review

It’s the last day of 2014 and I’m a little sad to see this year go. It was a fantastic year that went by too quickly, and so many great things happened. Let’s take a look back to see what happened this year.

  • I ran 22 races: eight 5ks, one 5miler, two 10ks, two 15ks, two 10 milers, six half marathons, and one marathon
  • I traveled: Chicago, Vegas, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto, St. Louis, San Francisco, Napa, Corning
  • I PR’d in the 5k, 15k, 10 miler, half marathon and marathon
  • I started trail racing more consistently
  • I hit my highest mileage month of 112 miles
  • I became a member of the Oiselle Flock
  • We got engaged!
  • I ran my second marathon and PR’d by 21 minutes!
  • We welcomed our nephew Vincent into the family

And here’s a look back at the goals I set for  2014.

Running:

  • Break 2:00 in the half marathon-Cleveland Half, 1:58!
  • Break 24:30 in the 5k- Nope, but I did get a post college 5k PR!
  • Raise $1,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation-Far from this goal, but I did raise $300
  • Volunteer for a race– Helped with Medina Half Marathon prep
  • PR in all distances– Just about, PR in post college 5k, 15k, 10 miler, half marathon, and marathon!
  • Run at least 6 half marathons– 6 on the dot!
  • Run 600 miles– 872 miles!

Personal:

  • Try at least 15 new recipes- not even close
  • Plan a vacation for somewhere new-San Francisco and Napa!
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight-done!
  • Read at least 10 books – Just 3
  • Donate 1/4 of my clothes– Box is ready to be donated
  • Try something completely out of my element– I finally started lifting
  • Bike at least 20 miles a month- major fail
  • Get back into yoga– most of the year, ready to begin again on January 5th!

Blogging:

  • Own my own domain – done
  • Blog at least 3 times a week– most of the year, yes
  • Update the blog layout – yep!
  • Use a blog calendar– yep, and it helped a ton!
What a year!

What a year!

Did you accomplish your goals in 2014? What was your favorite thing from 2014?

Wedding Wednesday

I cannot believe how quickly each month is passing by! Just 8 months to go, and I can’t help to wonder if I’m not doing enough yet. So far no stress, but I feel like I should be doing a lot more.

Here’s what we’ve accomplished this month
-Booked Hair Stylist
-Had our engagement party
-Reserved hotel for guests
-Bridesmaid dresses picked out and ordered
-Designed Save the Dates
-Ordered Save the Dates

This month I really wanted to focus on things that don’t need to be done right away, but if I got them done, then I’d have less stress later on. One of the main things we’ve been doing is working towards our centerpieces. I’m not ready to show pictures yet, but they involve wine bottles and corks….so we’ve been doing our best to drink a bit of wine. This is sure to be an ongoing project over the next few months, but I’m not too mad about it 😉

My favorite day of wedding planning this past month was the day I was able to go bridesmaid dress shopping with my girls. It was so fun to sit back and watch them try on dresses while I relaxed. We lucked out and found a dress they all love for a great price!

That night we all attended our engagement party thrown by my Matron of Honor, Maid of Honor and mom. We had so many friends and family stop by, I truly felt so loved and fortunate to have so many amazing people in our lives. Unfortunately, I only took three pictures the entire night, but that means we were just enjoying ourselves a lot!

In our game day best

In our game day best

These ladies are the best

These ladies are the best

Can you guess who answered which?

Can you guess who answered which?

Looking ahead, I’m not sure how much I’ll accomplish with the holidays, so it will probably be mostly looking at ideas and planning the next couple of months. But just in case, here’s what I’d like to accomplish in the next month.

-Create short list of honeymoon locations
-Obtain all addresses for guests
-Book officiant
-Book DJ
-Research Florists
-Research Cakes
-Order Guest Book
-Find my wedding day shoes
-Finish our wedding website
-Start registry

 

Did you have an engagement party? Where did you go for your registry?

2014 First Half Goals

We’re halfway through 2014 and it’s time to check up on my goals for this year.

Running:

  • Break 2:00 in the half marathon…..Cleveland Half, 1:58!
  • Break 24:30 in the 5k…getting closer
  • Raise $1,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation….$300 so far
  • Volunteer for a race…Did some volunteer work for Medina Half, but haven’t done day of race volunteer work yet
  • PR in all distances…PR in 5k, 15k, 10 Miler, Half Marathon-check! Still missing 10k and marathon
  • Run at least 6 half marathons….4 done!
  • Run 600 miles…currently sitting at 435

Personal:

  • Try at least 15 new recipes…I think I’m at 2 or 3 so far, lots of work to do
  • Plan a vacation for somewhere new
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weigh…yes!
  • Read at least 10 books…2 for 10
  • Donate 1/4 of my clothes…the box is ready and full!
  • Try something completely out of my element
  • Bike at least 20 miles a month
  • Get back into yoga….done!

Blogging:

  • Own my own domain….masherruns.com
  • Blog at least 3 times a week….almost every single week
  • Update the blog layout….updated when I bought the domain
  • Use a blog calendar…working wonders planning things ahead

Still some work to do to meet all my goals, but I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far. I’m excited to see how many I can cross off in the next 6 months!

 

What goals have you accomplished this year? What goal do you want to accomplish before 2015?

June Rewind

Here we are, half way through 2014, and the month of June is gone. I plan on doing a first half of 2014 recap, but I wanted to make sure I touched on June first, as it was a big month of running for me. Here’s the number for June!

Miles run: 106

Races run: 3 (Park 2 Park Half Marathon, Flirt with Dirt Trail 10k, Columbia Station Half Marathon)

Miles biked: 0

Favorite Workout: 6/10 – Track Tuesday-Mile Repeats

Books read: The Runner’s High

June was the month of running. I spent 18 of 30 days hitting the roads/trails/paths and it couldn’t have gone better! I hit my first 30 mile week and after a long time of training, I finally hit my 100 mile month! I never thought it would happen, but I feel stronger than ever and know that my hard work is paying off!

I also managed to run three races this month, two half marathons and a trail 10k. I worked on pacing, and hit my goal time perfectly in Park 2 Park. But I also struggled through some heat at Columbia Station. I even had a chance to break in my new trail shoes at the Flirt with Dirt 10k, and fell in love with trail running.

My favorite workout this month was some mile repeats on the track. After some surprisingly quick mile repeats the week before, I wasn’t sure I could do it again. But, I was able to hit three mile repeats all under a 7:45 pace. I haven’t been able to run consecutive 7 minute miles since college and it felt great to see my speed coming back!

My downfalls came with catching up on my book, and getting miles on my bike. Hopefully I can get both of those done in July.

Besides for running, we managed to make it to the Tim McGraw concert and had a blast (even on a Sunday night). I was also able to take advantage of Ladies Night on the Square, one of the town events that is featured once a month during the summer. With very few tied up weekends, I’m hoping to explore our city more and take advantage of all those long summer nights.

So there we have it. June was mostly running, with a little bit of local fun thrown in. July will be full of running (not surprising) and celebrating my second favorite holiday! I’m hoping to get a few races in, and stay above the 100 mile mileage mark for a second month!

 

What was your favorite thing from June? What plans do you have for July?

Friday Faves

It’s hard to believe that another month is almost over. Time to take a look at this months favorite things!

AllTrails – I found this website when I started looking for local trails, then I discovered the app for my phone. You can search by location, or specific needs like biking or dog friendly. I’ve found a ton of new trails I can’t wait to explore, and now I have no excuse for not having enough trail runs this summer!

Hart of Dixie – This has been my latest Netflix addiction, even though it’s a few years old. I went through season one and two in an embarrassingly quick amount of time, and liked it better than I thought. I’m still waiting on season three to be uploaded, but once it does, I’ll be unreachable for a few days.

Oiselle Stride Shorts – I used to wear spandex in HS and college, but after I graduated, I didn’t feel I was in shape enough for them. I finally bit the bullet and purchased the Stride Shorts and fell in love! They fit perfectly, hide sweat and they have a built in pocket. These are my new go to shorts for track days.

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Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps – Jelly Belly has done it again. I discovered the recovery crisps last year, but had trouble finding them in stores. Now that I’m able to find them closer, I can’t help but buy a few bags at a time. These are perfect for post run hunger, especially when I have to drive home from a race. Plus they’re not heavy on the stomach, and gluten free/peanut free for those who follow a certain diet. Chocolate is by far the favorite flavor, in my opinion.

Nuun of the Month – Watermelon is the perfect summer flavor. It’s fun, refreshing and has a bunch of flavor. This was a limited flavor last year, but looks to back for the long haul. Right now all orders from Nuun ship for free through Sunday, June 29th. Be sure to stock up now!

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What are your favorite things? What’s your summer drink of choice?

365 Project – May Photos

Another month has gone by and I managed to get some great photos this month. I tried to pull away from my normal favorites of sunsets and country scenes, but sometimes you just can’t help yourself. Here’s a look at my favorites from May, but if you’d like to see them all, you can check them out here.

Free book exchange along my running path. 89/365

Free book exchange along my running path. 89/365

A stormy night ahead. 89/365

A stormy night ahead. 89/365

Post run relaxation. 101/365

Post run relaxation. 101/365

An evening run full of straight lines and curves. 107/365

An evening run full of straight lines and curves. 107/365

Painting and wine create beautiful things! 112/365

Painting and wine create beautiful things! 112/365

A run with the sunrise. 116/365

A run with the sunrise. 116/365

What are your favorite photos from May? If you could photograph just one topic for a month, what would it be?

 

Friday Faves – May

It seems like it’s been longer than a month since I did my Friday Faves, but it’s that time again! This month is definitely a mix, but that’s what keeps it interesting!

The Piano Guys – Now that I’m finally able to turn off the heater in my office, I needed something to listen to that wouldn’t distract others at work. I turned on Pandora and found these guys. It’s the perfect music to listen to while concentrating on work. Plus the mash ups they do are fantastic! My favorites are The Cello Song and Beethoven’s 5 Secrets.

Erica Sara Bracelet – Over the past year I’ve had my eye on a few pieces of jewelry, but could never decide which one I wanted. I finally decided on the Every Mile bracelet and I’m absolutely in love. The saying, ” Every mile becomes a part of me” has so much meaning to me. And the best part, it fits my tiny wrist! Now to figure out my next piece….

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Oiselle’s Scantron Tank – I bought this tank as part of my race day outfit for Medina, but once I tried it out, I didn’t want to wait to race in it. It’s so light and freeing, it’s perfect for all weather. I love that its loose around the stomach so it doesn’t stick to you when the humidity is making everything else cling. I got the fresh green, but the brill blue is looking pretty good.

Cheez-It Grooves – I have an addiction, and I’m not about to fight it. I tried these crackers at a wine tasting a few months ago and I haven’t been able to put them down. As soon as I get home from work, the box is in my hands. I personally think they’re paired best with a port wine cheese dip. Yum….

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GE Wine & Dine Events – We’re big fans of Buehler’s for our grocery shopping, but when a friend told us that Giant Eagle hosted a wine and dine night, we almost didn’t think twice. Once a month, they host a 6 course dinner that has a wine tasting for each part of the meal. For only $20 a person, or $35 for a couple, you get to try new foods and wines and meet some great people. This past event had a kale and yam salad, salmon, stuffed mushrooms, beef brisket, shrimp and Spanish chorizo, and turtle cheesecake.

Nuun of the Month: Strawberry Lemonade. This flavor is perfect for the summer. It’s light and refreshing, combining a few of my favorite flavors into one. Now until Tuesday, May 27th, Nuun is offering free shipping. Make sure to jump on their website and stock up now!

 

What are you currently raving about?