Since the beginning of the year, life just keeps getting busier and busier! We’ve been fortunate in that all of the things keeping us busy this year have been positive. Here is a quick recap of some of the things I’ve been up to since the beginning of the year.
We spent a long weekend “up north” in Two Harbors, MN. Our stay at the Grand Superior Lodge on Lake Superior was relaxing. Our time was spent checking out the ice bar, driving to the Minnesota/Canada border, stopping at state parks we hadn’t yet been to and driving around the Superior National Forest. As usual, the time went entirely too quickly!
I joined a Lifegroup through our church to meet new people and be active. Unfortunately the “Fitness Warriors” group I joined only actually exercised together twice and it seemed like meeting biweekly instead of weekly made it hard to get to know anyone in the group. But, it was a good learning experience and now I know that any future group I join should be a smaller weekly group.
At the beginning of the year, I signed up to go on a church trip to a ranch in Iowa that serves at-risk youth. It’s a scary thing to commit to spending a week away from home with a group of 30 strangers! But, I think it will be a great experience and I’m looking forward to getting to know the other team members.
In going with the theme of stepping outside of my comfort zone, I also joined a Ragnar Relay team. At the time I registered, all of the other teammates were complete strangers. This weekend, though I met three of my fellow teammates and think it will be a fun experience.
In February and March, I took six weeks of boxing classes at Believer’s Boxing Gym through a community ed program. It was one of the hardest workouts I have ever done and every muscle was shaking when I was done with the hour long class, but I LOVED it. I fully intend to do some more boxing this fall and winter when my schedule allows for it. I would even say this is one of my “soul mate workouts.”
Valentine’s Day TC 5k
On February 9th, I ran the Valentine’s Day TC 5k around Lake Harriet. While running around the lake is lovely, even when it’s frozen, the course gets so crowded that I have decided I won’t be running future races at this location, unless they utilize a corral system. My finishing time was 34:29, which I thought was very good considering I hadn’t been running all winter.
RVR Horse Clinic
For the first time, River Valley Riders (RVR), held a continuing education class for our volunteers who wanted more experience and training in working with horses. We had approximately a dozen volunteers who all got hands-on experience in working with therapy horses and learning about horses in general. It was a fun day and we’re looking forward to holding another one in the future!
Run for the Roses 5k
On May 4th, Nate, Kiddo and I ran the Run for the Roses 5k held by This Old Horse. This Old Horse is an organization that rehabilitates rescued horses and provides a long-term home for retired horses (professional show horses, therapy horses and service horses). Kiddo and I finished in 39:12 with Nate finishing less than a minute behind us. The course was muddy and cold and none of us had been running through the winter or spring, so I felt the time was decent. I had a few other friends that joined us for the race as well.
In March, I received a BodyMedia Advantage from an MFP (MyFitnessPal) friend who had upgraded her device. After wearing the device to collect data for approximately a month, I sat down and looked at average steps taken and calories burned for a day, then set some goals. I’ve been working toward those goals for a few weeks now and although I haven’t seen much change on the scale, I do feel like my pants are fitting better and I’m looking less bloated in the stomach region. Now, it’s time to start working intentional exercise back into the mix. After looking at where my results were best in the past, I’ve decided my focus will be on running and Jillian Michaels workouts.
In May I took the Basic Rider 1 motorcycle class with my mom at Century College. Going into the class, I really wasn’t sure if I really had any interest in riding motorcycles and to honest, I’m still not sure whether I do. But, the instructors were super encouraging and patient and helped me go from never riding (other than as a passenger) a motorcycle to passing the test and receiving my motorcycle endorsement! Even though I took the class because others wanted me to, I’m glad I did it. It was an experience that took me WAY outside of my comfort zone and that always helps one grow on a personal development level.
The above is just a brief overview of some of the craziness since January. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m hoping to give updates on our adventures more frequently. Having one combined household should help with that!