As for what is new with me: honestly, not a whole lot. So, I’m gonna get super chit-chatty with you today, and just throw out a few odds and ends that have been swirling around in the world of Hanna lately.
My 30th birthday vacation is officially happening!
This week we finally made the major arrangements for a trip we’ve been planning to celebrate my milestone 30th birthday in March. We are going national park-hopping in Utah! We’ll spend three days exploring Zion National Park and then head up to Moab to explore Arches National Park and run the destination half marathon I’ve alluded to several times on this blog: the Canyonlands Half Marathon on March 18th.
This trip has been in the works forever, but this week we booked the flights and rental car so it finally feels like an actual thing that is really going to happen!
My birthday is on March 12th, but our trip is the 13th – 19th, so I won’t actually be on vacation on my 30th birthday as I had originally envisioned. We moved it back a week so I could run the half marathon on the 18th. At first I thought it was kinda lame to not take a 30th birthday trip on my 30th birthday, but it will be nice to celebrate my 30th here at home, and since we leave the day after, I like that going on vacation will be the very first thing I do as a 30-something :-).
I want to be in shape for the half marathon, but training/time goals? LOL. I’ve mentioned several times that my destination half will not be a goal race, and now you can probably see why! This will be a very active vacation and I’m not going to compromise any of that to rest up for a race; also, I don’t know how these Midwestern lungs are going to respond to that altitude. So my strategy is to just assume I’m going to run a personal worst and have a blast doing so.
13.1 miles with that scenery? Yes, please!
2017 is now going to be my most vacation-heavy year ever: in addition to the Chicago Marathon this fall (which thankfully is only a couple hours away so will not require any more expensive plane tickets!), we’re also going to Mexico in January! Kevin’s best friend is having a destination wedding on a resort near Cancun. I’m going to be a traveling fiend in the first quarter of 2017, but what a way to kick off the year!
Tidying and Minimalism Lately
With the advent of nesting season, the past couple months have seen me getting into a much more productive mood, and I’ve been doing a lot more tidying lately both at home and at my office. Nothing huge, just some little things here and there I’m working on. Our bedroom is constantly neglected when cleaning/tidying our place, so the big thing on my radar is to start clearing the clutter from my closet, dresser, and laundry bins. I’ve also done my semi-annual cleaning out of my workout wardrobe, and finally, I am whittling away at my new project of completely decluttering and making over my office space. I have a vision in mind for it and I hope to be able to share the final product once I’m done – let’s just say I am taking the term “minimalism” to heart!
I constantly feel like a fraud for having a blog that’s half-focused on minimalism. I’m a total n00b to this and I worry that anyone who might read my blog and then took a look at my lifestyle would be like “minimalism WTF??!” But then I took a look at my lifestyle and I realized that while I have a lot of work to do, I’ve actually made great strides toward living a more minimalist life. Our apartment is often messy, but we’ve really reduced our clutter – we’ve gotten rid of old furniture that never got used and just took up space, and we really don’t have many decorative items that serve no purpose. The few we do have are unique personal items or thrifting finds. I’ve whittled down my wardrobe so much that I now barely use one of the 5 drawers in my dresser. I still spend way too much money on eating out, but other than that I actually don’t spend much on clothes or gadgets I don’t need. I’ve eliminated goal clutter this year and I’ve gotten much better at saying no to commitments I’m not passionate about. And now I’m about to be a minimal marathoner!
So, without discounting all the work that needs to be done in my minimalism practice, I have to give myself credit where it’s due. So far I’m not half bad!
It’s almost time for those of you running spring goal races to start your winter training cycles! This is the first time in 3 years I won’t be joining you, and it feels weird! The entire time I’ve been a runner, winter has been full of long runs and hard workouts, and it’s kind of odd to go into a new year without also jumping into training.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved it! Cold weather running is my happy place, and I love spending the dreary monotonous winter getting in awesome shape. But I’m glad I’m not training for a marathon or big goal race this season. I am not feeling ready for “training mode” at all right now, hence why I don’t even want to follow a training plan for the Canyonlands Half. Besides, with all the travel I mentioned above, there’s no time!
I absolutely loathe humid summer running, but I am excited to shake things up and flip my training schedule around next year. The downside of having a goal race in the first half of the year is that by the time I’m done, I’m pooped and have no motivation or energy left for the rest of the year, so I end up spending the summer and fall in a listless off season while everyone else has goal race fever. This year, I won’t start training until after the spring race season, so I can still spend that time gradually building up fitness without the pressure. And since fall marathons are so popular, I’ll have a lot more training buddies! I’m also happy for the change because I think training for a marathon in the summer will force me to be better at time management. The hot summer weather will force me to get up early for all of my runs, including on the weekend, so maybe I can finally train for a marathon and still have somewhat of a life this year!