Saturday, December 17, 2016

Ironman Training: Lessons learned for now

I have been on the journey, once again, to train for the Ironman Wisconsin. This time I'm a little wiser and smarter, but still have lots to learn. I went through previous posts from last years run of training, and it was a good one. 

Here are my lessons learned this month, I learned that ….
  1. I need to eat different now that I’m in my 50’s.
  2. Once I signed up for the master swim class, I’m more likely to go to the pool and swim. and once I’m there, I enjoy the instruction and learning. I feel stronger when done.
  3. It's okay if I run slow, I am doing it and completing what I set out to do.
  4. I am very hard on myself, but that’s what makes me a competitive athlete.  there is nothing wrong or right about it, that is just the way I am made up.
  5. It’s okay if I don’t make the promises I keep, I need to listen to my body more and make sure I’m getting the rest I need.
  6. I need to record everything to keep myself accountable, this includes: my eating, my water intake, my workouts, how I feel before, during and after, and what I am learning.
  7. Baby steps... I can set out to do something small, in smaller durations; like, run 10 minutes on the treadmill. That is something, better than nothing.
  8. I am getting stronger running, just by running a little bit or walking a little bit each day.
  9. If I setup a weekly walking day or biking plans with my friends, I gain bigger benefits. I get my workout in AND I get to chat with my friend during the time we workout. I learn so much and look forward to it. It’s a treat!!
  10. I can do it all. It all is working.
  11. I need to have a coach, that is all.
  12. I need to stick with the schedule and not let my head get in the way of doing.
  13. I need to keep myself accountable, and surround myself with friends who support me and listen. At first its moment-by-moment and then daily and once the habit is formed less.
Here are last years previous posts:

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Highlights of 2016 (No particular order)

2. Ran the Grandma’s marathon!
3. Traveled the east coast to run a half marathon in 3 additional states, Massachusetts (44), Coventry Rhode Island (45) and Simsbury Connecticut (46). (Annie, Cyd, )
4. Traveled the Utah to run a half marathon, reaching 48 states. (Kim)
5. Traveled and stayed with friends in Portland, Oregon, to run Bridge of the God’s half marathon, reaching 47 states. (Rebecca, Coco)
6. Created a new online advocacy program, Coffee Talk with SWE-WI. (Kristen)
7. Competed in the J-Hawk Olympic Distance spring Triathlon.
8. Started my Phd. (Nice to meet you Nancy!)
9. Hung out with my childhood friend Alisha and chatted for hours over coffee. Love that we can stay connected all of these years.
10. Was promoted to Assistant Director the week as volunteering at DC Fashion week. (Oliwia, Olivia)
11. Signed up for the Wisconsin Ironman 2017. Let’s try this again! (Jennifer)
12. Had my first formal dinner party, it was a blast, with lots of close family and friends. (Bruce, Barb, Laura, Susie and Sonia, Shelley, Aaron, Amy, Daun, Jacqueline, Chris, Peter, Juju)
13. Started a masters swim class this fall, learning how to redo my swim strokes. Thanks Cheri, this is going to be so good for me!
14. Leon officially declared retirement, last day Jan 1, 2017.
15. Joined a running group to keep me honest, and met so many great new friends. Thanks Candice!
16. Went to 3 weddings this year: Niece, Rachel, and two of Staci’s friends, Becca and Ellie.
17. Traveled to St. Louis to attend a conference, thanks for introducing me to new friends Kim!
18. Became a Juice Plus Distributor, thanks Kim!
19. Started cleaning the Yoga studio in exchange for free monthly yoga. (Love my yogis, Anne, Janice, Hope, Jess, Ken, David, Darlene, Karen, Amy miss you, Inner Fire Yoga and all of you, the community is large and wide)
20. Went to fireside with my friend Amy and John.
21. The Dean of Organizational Leadership at Chicago School of Professional Psychology appointed me Research Associate.
22. I went to a dinner party hosted by Darlene at her lovely home, it was fun!
23. I ran 9 half marathons and 2 marathons this year. (Cyd, @
24. I spoke on a Women Insiders Panel in Chicago and met new colleagues. (Amanda)
25. Leon and I travel to Mexico for New Years 2016.
26. Leon’s department sent him to be a motorcycle patrol escort at National Police Week in DC.
27. Staci and I, took a Mom and daughter trip to Maryland to visit Simone and her daughter.
28. Went on long walks with my friend Shelley around her neighborhood.
29. Met all sorts of new friends, runner friends, fashion friends, eclectic friends, nutritionist friends, yogi friends, academic friends, professional friends, holistic friends and athlete friends.
30. Hired my IMWI2017 coach, Jennifer, who is keeping me on track and becoming a closer friend.
2016 was a year of giving back, hard work, decision and choices, achievement and success.
2017 is planned for 2 hefty goals, everything else is lighter. I can’t wait to see what comes in 2017. I wonder what 2017 will bring? Watch out 2017, here I come! There’s more to come... Just wait and see. Who do you want to be in 2017?
Feel free to comment on the many things that I listed or forgot. Also, I'm sorry if I didn't mention you or if you are not tagged in this note.

Monday, December 5, 2016

SMART Goals (2017)

My Wish List and Goals for the 2017 New Year! :)


My SMART Goals
1. IMWI2017  (see running goals)
2. Phd in 2019.
3. Art Gala in Chicago - March 25, 2017. (ART PARTY: Spring Soiree in Chicago come join me)
4. Promoted at Work.
5. Continue to focus on managing budget.
6. Maintain balance in all of these five areas: physical, spiritual, mental, social/emotional and material.  (Accountability matrix and communicate weekly with key friends to keep me accountable to stay focused.)

My Wish List:
To be recognized for my hard work and talent.
To be healthy, wealthy and happy.
To be positive and listen without judgment.
To never give up and keep forging forward.
To be surrounded with family and friends.

My promise: 
I promise to stay focused and not get off-track, and accomplish these goals.
I promise to make time for family and friends to enjoy time with each of those I care about.

Ornament Exchange - Day 3 (2016)

Welcome to Day 3, Ornament Reveal.

Every year, we do a Twelve Days of Christmas Ornament Exchange.

Solum message peace
something all could use right now.
Glad tidings and peace.

This is a peace ornament!


This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.  Our festive peace ornament, Day 3, was provided by Amy Haushalter. #‎ornamentexchange2016 #‎christmas2016 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love #love #crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ornament Exchange - Day 2 (2016)

Welcome to Day 2, Ornament Reveal.

Every year, we do a Twelve Days of Christmas Ornament Exchange.

Red, write ornament,
traditional candy cane, 
just the right size.

Glistening nearby
just to say, it’s holiday
Fragile, some might say.

These candy canes are
just the right size to display.
On the Christmas tree.

These are candy cane ornaments it is just the right ornament and fits perfectly!


This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.  Our festive chalkboard ornament, Day 2, was created by the delicate hands of Jennifer Craine. #‎ornamentexchange2016 #‎christmas2016 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love #love #crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ornament Exchange: Day 1 (2016)

Welcome to Day 1, Ornament Reveal.

Every year, we do a Twelve Days of Christmas Ornament Exchange.

Remember your school
days, during the holiday?
It's Chalk and blackboard.

As a rule, you see
the simplistic tools we use.
Glossy light, reflect.

A gift of heart. May 
your days be Merry and Bright!
Happy holidays!

This is a replica of a chalkboard, this chalkboard ornament was ready to hang on our tree.

It's just right and fits perfectly on my stick tree.

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.  Our festive chalkboard ornament, Day 1, was created by the delicate hands of Kim. #‎ornamentexchange2016 #‎christmas2016 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love #love #crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl