Happy Friday, everyone! So you know how I was mulling over signing up for the half-marathon? You know, the mulling over that was like a hot minute ago… but anyway, I signed up! I made little deals with myself and completed them in a shorter amount of time than I thought, so I pushed the confirm button. The deals were to lose 2 pounds (this was probably from less eating when I had bronchitis, but I’m counting it anyway), to run three miles (did 4), and to sell stuff to recoup the cost (which I did rather quickly, though sadly as I loved the Sky dress I sold (but, I knew I wouldn’t get anymore use out of it)). I started these on Monday, by the way, and didn’t do it in a span of two days.
So I’m running a half with Tonya (and Michelle and Kathleen, while Mrs. PoP just so happens to run a full, as well!)!! So if you feel a surge of endorphins that day, it’s probably due to all the running events going on everywhere!
Oh yeah, but I didn’t follow the Cash Rebel’s School of Economics lesson of signing up for the full versus the half. A full would have been a better bargain in terms of cost-per-mile since it was only $10 more overall, but I know myself well enough that I’m nowhere near ready for a full, both in terms of planning since wedding stuff will come to a head, and physically.
Here’s my training plan so far, since I want to get enough miles in but also still focus on Jamie Eason’s weight training plan (that’s a great workout plan, by the way – learned some new things!). I made it flexible enough that I can either combine two workouts into one or probably skip my Sunday workout, though the latter tends to dorkily be B and mine’s “day date time”:
Thank you everyone for convincing me the race fee is, indeed more of a health/wellness expense versus entertainment/fun (which is where I’ve always considered it). That’s a great change in perspective since I do agree it’s not as frivolous as I perceived it to be, but rather an investment in my health.
As for as other November goals, it’s mostly to get rid of cc debt through Michelle’s challenge, and to focus on my 2014 finances per Shannon’s great post on Fall goals. I’m still old school and use spreadsheets over Mint (love that new spreadsheet smell! ;)), and have fresh 2014 monthly’s/overall to populate. A big goal is ‘saving’ 40-45% of my total income next year (safe goal of 30-35%). When I say ‘saving’ I mean putting it towards retirement, investments, and actual savings, but that’s quite a jump from what I’m currently averaging (slightly less than 25%). I do think it’s possible since debt repayments/wedding stuff will be squashed during the first few months of 2014, but I’d still like to cut costs since I’d like to go with a higher rate. We do plan on combining our finances (but still keeping a portion for personal accounts), as well, so that’s another layer of figuring out
my our finance strategies/goals for next year. While we’re both eager about starting a family, we’re pretty terrified of the costs, so we just want to line our ducks in a row as much as possible. I’ll report about it more when plans firm up!
Anyone else have November or 2014 goals that I can
copy be inspired from? 🙂