Choose a goal that terrifies you. | #runchat #wellnesschat

It’s the holiday season that never ends. We’ve been on the go every day, today is the only exception. Poor Miles has been under the weather today, so we’re just relaxing at home. In the meantime, I’ll share a few photos from the past few days.

We bought our first ever seasonal beach badges (a gift from my mom). Since we’re living a few miles from the beach, we know we’ll be there often this summer. Chris and Miles played outside the building after we got them.

One of the days we took a ride to the outlets and did a little post-holiday shopping. Miles picked out a new pair of sunglasses. This boy is too cool.

Oh, I finally roasted my kabocha squash. It set off 3 smoke alarms in my mom’s house and sent 2 out of 3 dogs, plus 2 birds into a tizzy. This is going to be an interesting year…

Since I had already drove everyone crazy with my squash, I decided to make kale chips. I even convinced my mom to taste one, but she wouldn’t do it on camera. She said they weren’t bad, the just needed more salt.

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt. Bake 350º for 10-15 minutes.

Have you ever wanted something so badly it terrified you to actually reach it?

That’s what running a marathon has been for me. Well, I actually have always looked past the marathon distance and one day would like to be an ultra runner.

One of my favorite podcasts, Runner Academy, talked once about making goals that were so big they terrified you. With those goals, you’re compelled to reach them. If you choose something easily within reach, like lose 10lbs, you might not work so hard to get there. When you pick something huge and post it up where you can see it every day… it’ll get you out the door each time you don’t want to go.

I like big goals. Little ones don’t motivate me enough. I don’t make resolutions, however I make goals throughout the year. More often than not, August is my goal-setting month for the year ahead. It just always seems to workout that way.

I’ve created a huge goal for myself going forward with running in the next half of 2014 through August, but I’m not going to share it just yet… I will tell you I did sign-up for two races in 2014 and might hit a few local winter 5k races, too.

On another note… yesterday, Chris and I did a run/walk/run for 3.5 miles. It was awesome to share that time with him. Afterward, I looked up some ecards that reminded me how silly we runners are.

This one was my favorite. I really wish I did appreciate my body when I was thinner and more fit. It’s been a very hard adjustment for me to focus on myself when I have a family to take care of (plus lose 55lbs I gained while pregnant).

I told Chris on our run that it was just so much easier to do, eat, workout, and be what I wanted to be back in college. I envy those with several kids and awesome bodies with lots of energy – I will get there I guarantee.

After our run yesterday, Chris chose Oreo cookies as his snack. I didn’t have veggies, my mom did, but I ate my cookie dough bites.

Odd years are usually my best, but the past few years I think each year has had good and bad thrown in. 2013 has been a mix of transition, stress, and lots of changes. It has had the awesome moments like selling our house, and seeing Miles grow, as well as those stressful moments of injury and missed opportunities. Looking forward, every year is a good year and I’m glad to be here as each passes.

It has been nice living with Grandma for a few weeks, since we can go out again in the evenings! While I do like to go to bed around 8-9pm, sometimes it’s great fun to get out. We went to our new-sister-in-law-to-be’s birthday bash at her family’s bar and then hit Applebees for late night appetizers. Yum!

That’s been our week. On the go, barely getting in my workouts, and feeling a bit upset with myself. I’ve dropped the ball on several goals this year, but I’m still ahead of myself a year ago. Looking forward, I believe a year of simplicity is much needed.

Pare it down, take out the fluff, and focus on what’s most important.