My Summer Checklist

I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve never taken time off.

I’ve had a job since I was legally able to work – at 14, I hauled chairs and umbrellas at a beach club every summer; by the time I was 21 I had worked my way up to a senior waitress position. Two weeks after graduating college, I moved to NYC, and I’ve not stopped working since.

So, for the first time in 14 years, I took a summer break! After my big intro grad class ended, my plans for the month extended as far as naps, bad TV, and getting as much sun as humanly possible. Just kidding… my plans extended as far as very specific house projects, bad TV, and learning a bunch of new recipes for the fall. Plus the sun part!

Here’s a quick review of my Summer Checklist, and how my projects went…

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TCS New York City Marathon – Training

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After the Marine Corps Marathon last October, I was pretty discouraged about running. My knees were shot, my spirits were low, and my excitement about running another race anytime soon was essentially non-existent. So I took a break! 6 months off of running to strengthen my knee with quad exercises and a 12 week round of Sweat with Kayla to tone up for a trip to California.

Given my discouragement (and newfound love for circuit workouts), I wasn’t planning on running a marathon this year. Instead, Mike and I were going to participate in the 9+1 program through New York Road Runners – running 9 races and volunteering at 1 to guarantee our spots in the NYC Marathon in 2018. We also entered the lottery for this year’s race, which I thought was futile — this would be my fourth lottery entrance, and I’d never gotten in in the past.

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