Winner!!! Spartan Race Giveaway

Good morning! And Happy Friday!

No better way to start the weekend than announcing a winner!

The winner of the Spartan race entry giveaway is:

DREW!!!

Congratulations!

Please email me at maureen@morunsmarathons.com for the details on how to get your entry!

For all of those who didn’t win, you can use this link to get 15% off of any entry fee!!

And now, the Spartan Race is officially on my bucket list as well 🙂

Have a great day!

New Goals, Old Goals, Goals Goals Goals

Don’t miss out on your last chance for a free entry into any Spartan Race in the country!! Enter here the inner beast in you will thank me 🙂

So while January is when everyone generally talks about goals, I think that all the cool kids know that the end of April is where it’s at 😉

I was thinking about in the craziness of last year I made some pretty bold goals… While I didn’t hit all of them, I got closer than I thought, here’s how things shook out:

Sub 2:00 Half Marathon – Killed it!  February at the A1A Fort Lauderdale Half

1st Full Marathon – well… if by full marathon I meant 9 months of growing another human, rocked this one too.  Otherwise, not so much.

Pull-Ups – yes I now know what Pull-ups are, Huggies make them, right 😉

Cook new recipes – this one I actually did really well with!  I love trying new recipes from different blogs, pinterest, and cook books.  I’m now all about recipes that have the word FAST, EASY, or CROCKPOT in them.  I don’t have the time I used to spend on this but I’m finding that it’s forcing me to be more creative!

No more soda – I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy so I stopped drinking soda altogether, and haven’t started again, win!

Read more – I read more while I was on maternity leave but not at as much since I’m back to work.  My favorite recently is ‘What Alice Forgot’, I couldn’t get through it fast enough and was so sad when it was over.

De-clutter – eh… we moved into a new house a few weeks before Nolan was born.  While we did get rid of a lot before we moved, I still feel like the house is a constant clutter.  But I guess most new moms might feel the same way?

Spend smart – well.  We bought a house.  But I would overall say I’m doing pretty well with this one.  We rarely eat out anymore or buy anything we ‘want’ that isn’t a necessity.

Overall I thought I would’ve been much farther out from my goals, so I’m pleasantly surprised.  Looking at this as my comeback, I need some new goals, don’t you think?

Overall I’m thinking more about long-term goals these days, more bucket list items so to speak.  I have a few BIG goals that I didn’t at this time last year.

1 – I want to qualify for Boston.  I know that I have it in me if I can get my training together.  Often I struggle with having any confidence in myself but I’m confident that I can do this!

2 – I want to complete an Iron Man.  I started getting back into running by signing up for my first triathlon and I want to get back there.  Of course I will build up to it and first things first I need to dig my road bike out and get my trainer set up!

3 – 1:30 half marathon.  Again these are LONG TERM.  I don’t expect to go from a 1:57 to a 1:30 without a lot of work and time.

Overall I want to find the balance necessary to achieve these goals.  Right now, I’ve been back to work for 2 months and my days consist of waking up, getting the baby and myself ready, getting him to daycare and myself to work, work like crazy all day then pick him up, come home, make dinner, wash bottles and get some ready for the next day, take a shower and go to bed.  Because the weekdays go by like that, the weekends have been occupied by chores and attempting to clean the house during nap times, and getting in some quality time while Nolan is awake!  I need to figure out a way to get more out of my day because the way things are right now is not sustainable at all.  I need more running and more Nolan in my life and less working.  I know I’m biased but I don’t think anyone would say no to more of this face 🙂

I think once I find that balance my best bet (and most realistic) is my first full marathon to be late spring or early summer of 2015.  I’d love to do the Utah Valley as my first, and training during the winter and spring would be best here in South Florida, don’t have to deal with any snow!

This post is kind of scattered but right now so am I.  I think getting back to blogging is going to help me get my groove back and get more organized with my goals, my fitness, everything… looking forward to what the future has in store 🙂

I need your help!  Working moms – how do you balance it all?  

Anyone re-evaluate your goals outside of the January ‘New Year’ timeframe?