Back on Track, Pile on the Miles, NYC and More

by - Monday, November 02, 2009

Back on Track Month:
Caitlin has dubbed November Back on Track Month and I'm jumping right in on the fun. Basically the idea behind BOTM is to get back to good healthy habits that we may have been slipping on lately. When I read her post about it, I knew I was going to be playing along too because while my running has been really solid through the month of October, healthy habits have been slipping in other areas. I've been eating pretty crappily, which I can chalk up to lots of sweets and bad tailgate food. Plus I've been getting not nearly enough sleep (thank you Phillies. P.S. Note to the team, stop sucking, thanks!)

So here are my goals for back on track month:

  • Run at least three times per week, with the goal of trying to start up morning workouts now that we changed the clocks and it's dark by the time I leave the office.
  • Eat three to five servings of fruits and veggies per day.
  • Sleep seven to eight hours each night.
  • Limit sweets to a maximum of once per day. (Note to self: Stay away from the work candy dish!)

They're all pretty attainable and easily measurable, which is important so that I don't set up myself up for a major failure.

Feel free to take the idea and play along too if you need to get back on track.

Pile on the Miles Challenge:
Going almost hand in hand with BOTM is POTM (wow so many acronyms in one post). The Pile on the Miles Challenge is being hosted by Bobbi and Caitlin and from now until Thanksgiving the goal is to increase your running or walking mileage to pile on the miles, not the pounds as we head into the holiday season. Since running three times a week is one of my goals for BOTM, I think I should be able to accumulate a decent amount of mileage for this challenge.

NYC Marathon:
I spent yesterday morning sitting in front of my computer watching the NYC Marathon. I was so excited that Meb won. He's the first American to win the race in my lifetime. (Last time an American won was in 1982). I was bummed when I saw Ryan Hall drop out of the lead pack. I was really hoping he'd be able to win, what with Runner's World dubbing him America's Hope and all. But still a fourth place finish is solid.

Congrats to everyone else who ran NYC, especially Lindsay who kicked some serious booty (and sent me a sweet pic of Ryan Hall signing autographs at the Expo!)

Family Time:
I spent yesterday afternoon hanging out with my family at my cousin, Laura's, new apartment. She invited the BF and I over for lunch with my aunt, and her brother and sister and everyone's respective significant others. Laura made some of the best baked ziti the BF and I have ever eaten and she graciously emailed me the recipe this morning. I'm sure I'll be trying it out some time soon.

Also congrats to my cousin Amy who ran her first 10K this weekend!

Laura and her boyfriend are thinking about running the Celtic Solstice Five Miler with me in December. Maybe this bit of friendly peer pressure will encourage them to register! :)

Happy Monday!

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  1. Good luck with BOTM! That's a good idea.

  2. Good luck getting BOT, sister!

    Last night's loss was such a heart-breaker because Lidge was like, what, one strike away from getting through the 9th?

    After Happy Pete (aka Pedro Feliz) tied it up in the 8th, I started to have a good feeling.

    But I was wrong.

    O, well. Even if they lose tonight, the Phils gave us yet another exciting season to watch.

    After this series is over, I am going to go to bed EVERY NIGHT at 9:30. Yes, EVEN ON WEEKENDS!

  3. BOTM sounds like a good plan for November!

  4. Looks great. My post is similar to yours, and now I am going to go add the "bike 200 miles by 2010" challenge! I think I have lost it! LOL

  5. hahaha I like the shout-out and peer pressure ;o)

  6. good luck withe BOTM and POTM!

  7. Yum on the baked ziti! Can you share the recipe? I've been looking for a good ziti recipe!

  8. i like the pile on the miles (and not pounds) challenge!

    thanks for the shoutout/congrats and you know i immediately thought of you when i saw ryan hall ;)