The Day I Became a Fierce Half-Marathoner

I signed up for my first half marathon when I completed my first 10k in June. After completing that race and crossing it off my 30 Before 30 list, I felt on top of the world. I wanted to give myself a new challenge – something I never imagined I’d be able to do. Hubster required a little convincing, but we signed up together and the date was set.

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30 Before 30: #29 Hike in a state park I’ve never been to.

It’s time to cross out #29 on my 30 Before 30 list!

The weather on Madeline Island was perfect for our trip. We knew that we had to rent mopeds and ride around the island, just like we had done when we were there four years ago. We rode into Big Bay State Park and decided to walk a trail that the gentleman at the rental store had recommended.

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30 Before 30: #6 Run a 10k

One of the things on my 30 Before 30 list was to run a 10k. There are some people for whom running comes naturally. They can easily run long distances with little to no training.

Ready for our 10k

It’s 5:45am and I’m ready to go!

I am not one of those people.

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30 Before 30: #27 Buy Flowers for Someone

It’s time to cross some more off of my 30 Before 30 list, considering I haven’t written about it in quite some time! A couple of months ago, I completed #27 on my list when I bought flowers for my mom. It was completely out of the blue. I saw this pretty tulips and thought she might enjoy them.

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I Signed Up for a 10k!

You guys!!!! I just registered for that 10k that my city does…the one on my 30 Before 30 list. I am SO excited! It’s in June and Hubster agreed to run with me.

That’s all I wanted to say, really. Eeep! :)

30 Before 30: #26 Tour a Winery

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I’m crossing another thing off of my 30 Before 30 list! While in Paso Robles, California, for Fitcation ’13, I was able to tour not one but two wineries. Castoro Cellars was beautiful and hosts the annual Earth Day Food and Wine Festival. We also went to Halter Ranch, where we hiked up a steep hill to a giant old oak tree, walked through the winery and caves and got to put our feet up and taste some wine.

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30 Before 30: #11 Go Sea Kayaking Again

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Fitcation ’13 helped me check an item off of my 30 Before 30 list. I went sea kayaking again! When Hubster and I went kayaking on our honeymoon in Mendocino, California, I knew I had to go kayaking in the Pacific again someday. Many of the Fitcation ’13 ladies and I enjoyed kayaking in Morro Bay thanks to Kayak Horizons!

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30 Before 30: #19 Take a Fitness Class

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I did it! I took a Zumba class!

Group fitness classes intimidate me. I’m more of a work-out-alone type of person. I’ve never wanted to chat while I’m sweating. I wanted to challenge myself to take a class, though, and I finally did it. I went to Zumba.

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30 Before 30: #14 Take a CPR Class

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When I was 11, I took a babysitting course through the American Red Cross.  They taught us CPR…but thankfully, I never had to use it.  That was 14 years ago.  I thought it was time to brush up my knowledge, and C’s near-choking on a piece of pizza this year really gave me the push I needed.

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30 Before 30: #5 Join a Local Mom’s Group

In the fall, I joined a local chapter of MOPS: Mothers of Preschoolers.  We meet a couple times each month at a local church.  While I hang out with the other moms, C gets to play with other kids his age.  I have to admit, it’s a nice little sanity break for me to have about an hour and a half away from my child *ahem* with other adults.  I’m still getting to know the other women – it’s hard to get to know each other very well when we only see each other twice per month! – but I’ll certainly be going back each year (they meet September-April).

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30 Before 30: #12 Visit Disney World for the First Time

I just realized that I can cross another item off of my 30 Before 30 list!

We visited Disney World in January, and it was our first time there. It was so much fun and, while it was difficult to be there with a toddler, I’m so glad we went as a family. Even though C won’t remember his trip there, we have some really cool pictures for him.  Hooray for crossing off #12 on the list!

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30 Before 30: #23 Meet an Online Friend in Person

In the past year, I’ve made awesome connections with some really amazing women in the blogosphere.  One of my 30 Before 30 goals was to meet one of them in person.

I met a fellow Mamavation Sista back in August.  I had just pledged to the Mamavation Sistahood and realized that Rachel (@rachhabs, To Hab & To Hold) lives about 2 hours from me, and only about 40 minutes from my parents.  We met up for lunch with our kids, and I knew right away that the woman was flippin’ awesome.

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30 Before 30: #28 Go on a girls’ trip

I can cross off #28 on my 30 Before 30 list!

I went on a girls’ trip last weekend with my friend, Rachel, to Door County, WI.  We had an awesome time, despite the chilly weather that neither of us expected.

Our first stop was the White Gull Inn, renowned for their Cherry Stuffed French Toast.  It was so delicious that I forgot to take a picture of it until after I’d demolished it.

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Getting Back into Jogging

I’m really excited about getting back into jogging again.  At about this time last year, I started training for a 5k that I completed in October.  My goal at that time was to finish in under 45 minutes, and I believe I came in at about 42 minutes.  That was the last time I jogged until last week.

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30 Before 30

Well, folks, last week I turned 25!  Happy Birthday to me!  There were several things on my 25 Before 25 list that I didn’t complete.  I’m determined to complete everything on this new 30 Before 30 list, especially since I have 5 years to finish this one instead of eight months like my previous list!

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