What I’ve Been Up To in January

As some of you may have noticed, I took the month of January off.  I didn’t necessarily intend for a one week break to turn into four, but it happened.

And, as it turns out, I’m okay with that.  I don’t feel compelled to apologize (something that I do too often as it is), because it was necessary, though I will explain why I needed that time.

The fact is that I needed a little re-boot.  I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, somewhat uninspired, and totally worn out.  Taking a few weeks for some hibernation was important. None of this is to say that I haven’t missed it around here.  Or that I haven’t missed you all, because I have.  So, hello again!

Trees at Rhododendron

I may not have been blogging, but I have been doing things over the last month.  The running hasn’t stopped, of course.  I’ve been at it consistently and with a relaxed outlook – enjoying the time off between training cycles.  I’ve also selected my primary running goals for 2014.  They are:

  • complete two marathons (Newport, OR in May and Portland, OR in October),
  • run at least one of those marathons at a sub 4-hour pace (though I’m really shooting to run both under 4 hours, and I do think that it’s totally possible),
  • PR at the 10k distance, and
  • run at least 1700 miles during the year.

All of this seems pretty darn exciting to me!

I’ve also been filling my brain with lots and lots of information and stories.  I’ve been reading voraciously – 10 books in the month of January!  I’ve learned and escaped and laughed and fantasized with these books in the last four weeks and it’s been wonderful.

Trees from below Rhododendron

I’ve been cooking some delicious food.  Banh mi inspired noodles.  Delicious soups from this bookCauliflower parmesan.  You get the idea.

And finally, I’ve been thinking about what I really want this year to be about.  In a few short words, my primary goals for 2014 are about living deliberately and with intention.  In the words of my fantasy BFF Bob Harper, I need to remember in any given moment that all I’m doing is exactly what I’m doing.  Be present and concentrate on what’s at hand, making choices and plans with intention, rather than constantly battling stress and anxiety about the future.

I hope that this approach will be reflected in my posts this year.  I aim to write and share very intentionally and with deliberate thought towards what’s worth writing, sharing, and reading.  I hope you’ll join me!

25 comments on “What I’ve Been Up To in January

  1. Laura says:

    A beautiful post with a amazing intentions! Sounds like you have some amazing goals and I can’t wait to follow along!

  2. Ani says:

    Those are fantastic goals! I know you will accomplish them and so much more 🙂

  3. kaisywmills says:

    Gorgeous picture! 🙂

  4. sueslaght says:

    Welcome back! Good for you to see what you needed and to take care of yourself. Looks like an amazing year ahead!

  5. Hello again! You sound very focused and I bet that will lead you to have a good year.

  6. Welcome back! I don’t think you should apologise for taking a break at all. It’s natural and it’s healthy. You do this for fun, for enjoyment of your free time after all. And those are some awesome running goals, best of luck with them!

  7. Lexa says:

    Welcome back! I am inspired to “living deliberately and with intention!” Thank you! I look forward to more amazing posts. 🙂

  8. tlsylvan says:

    Welcome back! Those are some great running goals, can’t wait to hear your journey throughout the year!

  9. I love the part about being deliberate. I am not very organized, and I find that doing things deliberately, and not getting sidetracked but other tasks, helps immensely.

    Great running goals. You can nail those sub-4’s! Both of them.

  10. I absolutely love this post. So inspirational – I completely understand about your needing to take a reboot and I admire you for doing so. It’s hard to pull yourself away from the cyber world and from your everyday routine to reflect and look inward. And your goal for living 2014 deliberately and with intention? Brilliant. I am so inspired. So glad I stumbled across your blog, you definitely have a new reader 🙂 Xo, Jordan

  11. Joanne says:

    I’m glad you’re back to posting and i love your running goals!! Can’t wait to hear how your marathon training goes!!

  12. So glad that you were able to take time off and recharge, that is so important sometimes. I am glad that you are back though 😉 Love your goals and intentions for this year, you will be amazing.

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