Hello 2015!

Today is the last day of 2014. I’m sure most of us are reflecting on the past year, thinking of things we want to do differently for 2015 and making our New Years Resolutions. Personally I prefer setting goals, but I only started doing that within the past year.

My goals this past year:

  • Become a certified personal trainer
  • Become a Kaia FIT Coach
  • Leave the veterinary field to pursue a career in health & wellness full-time
  • BQ at California International Marathon

I accomplished all of those goals this year, except the last. Which is now a goal of mine for 2015. I want you to think about this year ahead of us, and think about what you did in 2014. Instead of making a resolution, set goals for yourself. Setting a goal means there will be a finish in site, something you have actually accomplished. A resolution is a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner. Which goes hand in hand with a goal. You can make a resolution to be healthier, be nicer, or stop smoking…but without a plan of how to do those things, without an end goal, it is an empty promise to yourself.

Why have I only now started setting goals for myself? I think it is because I now know what I am supposed to do with my life. I want to be known (and when I am gone, remembered) as a person who changed lives, helped people become healthy and be a positive influence on my community. Getting into running has helped me realize that setting & accomplishing goals is important. We all have something valuable to give!

My coach shirt. I thought it would be fitting to run in it today, my last run of 2014.

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Today was an easy 4.5 miles:

SLO & OC Marathon Training Easy 4.5 Miles

My legs are really sore (because of yesterday. Thanks to Kaia & Sally) so when I got home I just laid on my stairs for a few minutes. Then took a picture of myself because I thought it would be funny. I’m probably the only one.

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I have some big goals for myself in 2015:

  • Finish back to back marathons (SLO & OC Marathon)
  • BQ at the California International Marathon
  • Pay off debt
  • Build my business as a health and wellness consultant
  • Read more

I’m already working on the read more!

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The most important goal of mine right now is to build my business. I am so happy to have this person in my life to support me with this goal!

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 When I made the decision to leave my current job in a field I have been in for 8 years he did not hesitate to fully support me. He knows how happy I am when I am coaching, and training and sharing the benefits and opportunities of being a consultant. I know 100% that this is what I am meant to do. So I am really looking forward to working hard and seeing where 2015 will take us. I know I will be successful. You can’t go wrong when your goal is to help others reach their full potential.

I want to say thank you to my readers/followers. I never thought, when I started this blog 2 1/2 years ago that I would meet (in person and online) such supportive people. It was never my intention to continue this for so long, but here I am. And I’ll continue to share with you my training, races and life in Sacramento.

Have an amazing and safe New Year friends!

 

 

My Christmas In Pictures

Christmas for us started at my bf’s brother’s house. They have a tradition of getting xmas socks. I like it.

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We both got books for Christmas. We LOVE books!

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  Before going home & starting dinner for the family I got to give some Christmas cheer to some really cute cat friends! I mean, look at that face!

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Streeeeetch

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 I didn’t get up early enough to run, so I went on a quick run before starting dinner.

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 If you’re getting me a gift, anything running related is a good bet. Love my new shirt 🙂

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Ran by this cute Pug face. He was licking the window like crazy, but every time I went to take a picture he stopped.

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 Our personal Christmas 5k. I ran and my boyfriend biked.

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Gifts. Do I have good friends or what?

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By this time I was in stuffed mode & all comfy. Definitely not as cute as my sisters…

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…but do the have cool cat friend socks like me? Nope.

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How I ended my night. How I end most nights actually.

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas! And let me say, I am SUPER excited to see what 2015 will bring!

 

SLO Marathon & OC Marathon Training: Day 1 of 126

It’s that time again! I am training for my next 2 marathons. You read that right, 2. I am running back to back marathons. SLO Marathon on April 26th and OC Marathon on May 3rd. Today started with a Kaia FIT workout – that was an arm KILLER, and tonight I ran 3 miles.

Short, easy run around Midtown. Wearing my Kaia gear (xmas gift from the boss 🙂 ).

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And wearing my Feetures! Performance Socks. Sometimes I like to coordinate my socks with my shirt.

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I am, once again, using Hansons Marathon Method for my training. I first used this plan to train for the San Francisco Marathon and the CIM this year. With my San Francisco training I have to say I was a little bit major slacker when it came to my speed work. Speed work is hard! However, while training for CIM I was doing all my training runs, killing it on my tempo & speed workouts but I had and IT band injury that kept me from training for almost a month. So I am hoping this time around I can complete the entire training plan with NO bumps in the road. Most of that will depend on me. I know I need to work hard, I know I need to properly recover and fuel my body right. I got this! (I say that as I am drinking a yummy sour from a friend).

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I have to admit, I haven’t been very excited to start my marathon training this time around. I don’t know why, but it was making me sad. I love running. I am excited to be running SLO & OC as an ambassador. The only thing I can think of is I have had so much on my mind lately that maybe training is taking a back seat.

The good thing is, when I got out to run today I had a great run. I felt strong, I wanted to be out there and it got me excited to train. I am however, looking for running buddies! So if you’re in the Sacramento area let me know. I am always happy to run with other running peeps. Details of my run tonight:

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So being a race ambassador has some pretty great perks. One of them is I have a discount code for you to use when you register! Use “GONZAMB” for $10 off the SLO full or half marathon. But do it before December 31st because there is going to be a price increase!

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I mentioned I have had a lot on my mind. Which usually means stress. Well, I gave myself an early Xmas gift (or something like that) and left my stress behind. In my last post I talked about starting a new career for the new year. I actually started last week. Sometimes plans change. This change was good…actually it was f-ing GREAT!

I coached my first solo Kaia FIT class last week! This is such a huge deal to me. I mean seriously, I used to be lazy, overweight, unhappy…and now I have these ladies telling me I inspire them. It makes my heart happy to be a coach. AND I am putting together a training plan for our Kaia girls running the Shamrock’N Half Marathon . Can it get any better?

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Oh, wait…kinda. I mean, I didn’t have to wear scrubs to work today 🙂

Can a be more of a dork? Don’t answer that…

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New Chapter

January 1st. New year, new chapter in my life. I am leaving the veterinary field and moving onto a new career that will help me reach my goals. This wasn’t an easy decision. It has been a while in the making. But I know this is the right time. How do I know? Because I am not nervous, I am not scared, I don’t have doubts. I know I am making the right decision. What I am working towards, bottom line, is happiness. What is going to get me there? A LOT of hard work!

My new position will allow me to coach more. I LOVE being a coach for Kaia FIT Sunrise. I feel like this is what I am meant to do. I led (for the most part) my first class this week. I did the warm up, workout and cool down. I chose the playlist – which, by the way, having girls dance between their reps to the music you chose for their workout is such an amazing feeling! I recently attended a certification class for I Kan Run, that is Kaia FIT’s running program. The more I do with this organization the more happy and confident I become. One future goal of mine is  to have my own Kaia FIT franchise. I was hesitant to tell my friends and family this, seeing as how I am new to coaching, but what the hell. It is what I want. Why not put it out there and let people know? Everyone that I have talked to about it has been super encouraging and supportive. Like I said, it is going to be a lot of hard work but working hard is what I do best.

Ask anyone in the veterinary field and they will tell you it is a hard job. We don’t pet cats and dogs all day (although I did kiss just about every cat friend’s face I met). As rewarding as being an RVT is, a part of me always knew it wasn’t what I would do forever. Honestly, until this year I still didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was finding myself, and I still am. But I think I am closer. Everyday I wake up and I am so happy. Happy for the direction my life is going, happy to train as much as I do to run races, happy for the people I have in my life, happy for my life in a city that I love. I feel content. Does anyone else know what I am talking about, or know how I feel? I really do think it is the feeling of figuring out your life. I remember years ago having a conversation with my dad. I told him that I was afraid I wouldn’t accomplish anything with my life. I was afraid of being useless. He told me just the fact that I was worried about that showed that I cared, and that I would find something I loved and would be good at.

I was texting a friend of mine today and she said something to me, “Good people attract good people.” Which I thought was perfect. It describes my frame of mind perfectly right now. If you want something work hard for it, don’t make excuses. If you’re not happy change something. It probably won’t be easy, but what is? And surround yourself with people who support and love you. Be nice. It seems pretty obvious right?

California International Marathon 2014

California International Marathon. I look forward to this race every year, and every year it comes and goes so quickly. I’m letting you all know this first – this race was so f-ing hard for me today! There were times I was worried I wouldn’t be able to finish. Despite that, I did get a 3 minute PR! I was pretty damn surprised. Although, when I look at my splits I did pretty well until about mile 16. Maybe it felt hard because the first half was the fastest I have run a marathon. Or the fact that I hadn’t run more that 13.1 miles since the San Francisco Marathon. I was definitely under-trained. Either way here is the CIM 2014 course:

California International Marathon 2014 by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Obligatory expo pics. I never spend much time at expos. I get in, get my bib and take off. Well, after taking a few pictures.

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This was the first time I have seen this at the CIM expo. All the marathoners! Pretty cool.

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We had an amazing dinner at home with my parents. We got YUMMY ravioli from a local Italian market and my mom brought homemade Caesar salad. But…I totally forgot to take pictures of our yummy dinner! I did, however, get a picture of the great beer we had with dinner.

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 Race day!

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 Kaia ladies getting ready to start the CIM! I want to say again (and again and again) THANK YOU! You will never find a more supportive group of women than Kaia FIT. And not just the Kaia I coach at, but every Kaia FIT. Once again, I am starting to cry looking back at these pictures and thinking of all the love and support I got from these ladies today. I need to get my shit together! 😉

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For real though – these ladies. The most supportive two women I have ever met. And they are my bosses. I actually like my bosses! Just kidding – but seriously.

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Huge thank you to Kira today. I was seriously wanting to quit so bad! I would never let myself, but I was really struggling. At mile 19 I texted her and said, “I’m dying”. She told me to walk it out and get back to it. So around mile 21 I started to walk. But that only lasted about 5 seconds. It just so happened a lady who I was running by earlier and who heard me tell my dad “I’m dying” (I told a few people that today) tapped my shoulder and told me to stop walking and she knew I can run. I thought, she’s right, and started running. Her name was Megan and her friend’s name was Tara (I think. Crap, sorry if it wasn’t!). She kept me going about 1.5 miles then Kira came running up to me. She asked how I was feeling, I told her my feet were swelling because my shoe laces were feeling too tight. She told me what an inspiration I was and I was the first Kaia girl they saw run by and I only had a 5k left. Having her and Megan there with me for that little amount of time was just what I needed. Thank you Kira and thank you Megan for getting me through a couple of miles!

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Best cheer squad ever!

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After running by the Kaia girls I ran by the Sloppy Moose gang. Tara ran up to me and told me I was kicking ass. Maybe I should start listening to all of these people. I was feeling like shit and thought I was doing a terrible job. Thanks Tara! Um, yeah. That is my wave. I don’t know.

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Mile 25-26.2 were the hardest. Once again, I wanted to walk so badly. But I couldn’t. I kept pushing on and was actually able to sprint down the chute.

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The girl in the green is another Kaia friend. She met me at mile 26 and pushed me through to the end. She knew I was struggling, and I was so thankful to have her there. Thanks Chelsea! Ps. she is always killing it at our workouts & is such an inspiration to me! She is pretty bad ass.

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And of course I have to say thank you to my biggest supporter. He gets up at 4am (or earlier) with me. Drives me to races. Drives to spots along the course to cheer me on. He is the best. I don’t know what I would do with out him ❤️. I swear he is happy! He just doesn’t like pictures.

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My not-so happy supporter.

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Okay, so he isn’t a supporter. But I love this cat friend and had to get a picture with him wearing my medal. He wasn’t having it.

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CIM #3 in the books!

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New marathon PR of 3:53:48. Next year I WILL qualify for Boston at this race. I’m ready for you CIM 2015 (well not at this very moment, but you know, I will be).

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Blessed

If I had to choose 1 word to describe my life right now it would be this: Blessed. I’ve never been one talk about my feelings, or be “mushy”. But I’ve gotta say, the older I get the more emotional I become. I personally think it is me becoming an adult and realizing what I want out of life, and what/who is important to me. Realizing I control what happens in my little bubble of the world (for the most part) and taking responsibility for that. I mean, I recently left my friend a Voxer message of me pretty much crying the whole time telling her how much she has changed my life, and how happy and thankful I am for her. Yep. I am all mushy now.

The point of this little post is to let everyone in my life right now how important they are to me. Even in the simplest way. I ran with my Thursday evening running group tonight and had a great time! I am so happy to have met all of these people who bring happiness and laughs into my life. Tonight got me thinking of all the people I have met, just this year, that have become my friends and supporters. People making signs for me (and all the other runners at CIM), friends telling me I will do great this weekend despite my self doubts. Hugs, encouragement, laughs…all of this with people who were strangers to me only months ago. It is a great feeling when people come into your life and you know feel that they are supposed to be there, for whatever reason.

Thank you to all my friends. You should all know who you are! I look forward to our time together – the rest of this year and into next.

 

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Dinner From Around The Globe: Morocco

Over the weekend we had our second Global Dinner! It was pretty simple, but perfect for this time of year. The dish this time was from Morocco. We chose to make Morroccan harira & chicken soup .

But before we started dinner, we had to start with a glass of wine. No, it’s not Moroccan but it was still yummy all the same. It is actually Borjón, one of my favorite Amador wineries.

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Prepping our foodskies!

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All of these veggies we got at the Midtown Farmer’s Market. I love Sacramento for all of the farmer’s markets. Most of them are open rain or shine. It was all rain when we went this weekend!

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Lots of spices for this dish. I think that is why I like Moroccan food so much. It is so flavorful. However, let me give you some advice: pay attention to tsp vs Tbsp. It is a huge difference. But I do have to say I think my little mistake helped our dish…lots of flavor!

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The kids. Always close by when we are cooking.

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The finished product!

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This recipe only calls for 1/3 cup of lentils. I probably put in about 1/2 cup. And next time I make this dish I will put in even more. I am assuming the lentils weren’t the main attraction of this dish, but I definitely wanted more.

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 We couldn’t find any Moroccan bread near by. The few Moroccan restaurants near us that I know of serve pita bread. I guess I need a bread maker so I can make my own next time. My bf went to Corti Bros. and got some yummy bread for us, not Moroccan but it went well. The recipe called for the bread to be served with humus and olive oil.

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 Cheers to us on another yummy Global Dinner! I swear, once I get better at cooking I would LOVE to invite more friends and family over, dress nice and have a little dinner party. I think it would be a great way to show off our dinners! But for now my A’s shirt and no makeup will have to do.

Our next Global Dinner: Rwanda!

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