Dreaming

by Kristin Bushong on September 16, 2014

How many times have you wondered what your life could truly be like, if only you took a leap?

I’m gearing up for the Big 3-0 next February, and while the number doesn’t frighten me (all that much) what does frighten me is entering into another decade without really working towards making my dreams come true.

A list of quotes to live your life by.

I never really wanted to pursue anything magical – like, singing on Broadway or acting in Hollywood or even being the President of a large corporation. But I always knew that I would be successful at whatever I did.

I wanted to be a strong and independent woman, making her own living, not dependent on any other person or any one thing. There have been bumps along the way, and lots of trial by fire learning, but I’m slowly getting there.

I’m (finally) working in a great job, living in an amazing city and experiencing the world with my husband and my friends. I’m figuring out how to efficiently save money and pay off debts. (Something I was never really taught.) I’m learning how to love myself as well as my body (as it was given) through running, healthy living and other fitness goals. I’m carving out a home that we love and can feel comfortable in. (Even if it’s only a one bedroom apartment and it’s taking a really long time.) I am attempting to become a better wife and partner and all that comes with that (forgiveness, patience, kindness). That’s a big one that takes a ton of work every day.

But, like so many others in my generation, I am truly yearning to do more with my precious few hours on this earth. I want to make a difference in the world around me. To give back to my community. To help foster a greater sense of peace and love between all living beings. To do something more with my day than sit at a computer and type away. To stop mindlessly watching hours of TV every night. To see more of this country, this world. To explore and adventure as much as possible. To Dream Big.

And I guess that is where this post is leading. Dreams. What are your dreams?

Mine change every day and are numerous and diverse in nature.

But as I get closer to the end of the year, and to my next big birthday, I’m really stopping to think more seriously about why I’m not working towards my dreams. Why I’m not being more creative in my daily life. Why I am wasting So.Much.Damn.Time.

I’m not sure what that really means yet, but I have some ideas. And I’m in the beginning phases of fleshing out those ideas into action items. And then hopefully checking those action items off of a to-do list. Working towards living a life I can be proud of every day.

It’s a small start, but it’s a start.

Will you join me?

Kristin Sig

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Last Week’s Training – Week 13 Recap

by Kristin Bushong on September 15, 2014

Woo hoo! The big miles are almost over and taper is quickly approaching. Yesterday, I did my 20 miler one week early, because I will be out of town this weekend as a bridesmaid in my bestie’s wedding! The gorgeous rustic chic fall affair will be in the NC mountains and I just can’t wait!

Here is the bride & I at her travel themed bridal shower in August:

So, the 20 miler went surprisingly okay-ish. I felt GREAT for the first 10 miles. The weather was amazing and we had good conversation, but that meant I also went out too fast (low 9 minute miles). This lead to a breakdown towards mile 18, so, you live and learn. A little nervous about 26.2 – not going to lie.

Here is how last week in running went down:

Week 13 Mileage Total – 37

Total Workouts  - 5 

Monday: Strength Day - BodyPump class at lunch. Great to get back to the weights!

Tuesday: Rest Day - Accidentally slept in and did not run before work…or at lunch…or after work.

Wednesday: Mid-Week Long Run - 7.5 miles in 1:19 before work with Ali. 10:32 average pace on a hilly route. Ran the 8 mile loop but cut it a bit short, because, tired.

Thursday: Track Day! I had stuff to do after work, so skipped track this week and did the workout on the treadmill. 4.8 miles in 50 minutes at varying paces. I included my 2-3 minute walk breaks in the time and mile count. Warmed up for 1/2 mile and then: 3200 m run – rest 2-3min, 1600m run – rest 2-3 min, 2x800m run (rest 2-3 mins in between). Run the 3200 and 1600 at race pace building to threshold effort. Run 800s at threshold effort. TOUGH!

Friday: Easy Run - Treadmill run to make up for Tuesday’s slacking. Decided to do hill repeats and some sprints – BEASTMODE. 4.51 miles in 43 minutes. Warmed up easy for 2 miles, then ran uphill hard (5.0 incline at 6.5 speed and 6.0 incline at 6.6 speed, two each) for 2 minutes, flat for 1 minute, alternating 4 times. Then to finish off the workout and get to 4.5 miles, I sprinted 30 seconds, ran easy for 30 seconds until completion. Felt GREAT and even did some planks after hopping off the ‘mill. Was a sweaty MESS.

Saturday: Rest Day - Lazy day taking the dog to the vet for her annual checkup, watching lots of TV, and meeting a friend for nails + Greek food.  Hydrating for the big 20 miler!

Sunday: Long Run Day! Met the group for our 20 mile run at 6:45. The weather was perfectly amazing and almost cold! Ran with a new girl (who usually runs with the Arlington group) so we went out way too fast for the first 10 chatting away. This, I knew, would come back to bite me. We met up with the rest of the girls I usually run with around 8 miles after a bathroom break, and settled into their slower pace. I started to feel tired & knee achey around mile 10 but hung with them until 15. At that point, I had to take a walk break and new I wouldn’t catch up. I ran/walked the last 5 miles until finally ending back up with the group for some much needed refreshment. Finished up the 20 miles in 3:37 or a 10:50 average pace. Not too bad for all the walking I did (clearly, I went WAY to fast the first 8-10). I need some Superfeet insoles to help support my arches and I need to roll like WHOA, otherwise not sure how I will make 26.2….

Today I am definitely feeling that 20 miles and feel tired. Looking forward to a fun wedding this weekend in the North Carolina mountains and some much needed R&R. I may not get in a long run, so we will just see what happens. Will be running this week before we leave to front load some mileage!

Nervously approaching marathon day….

Kristin Sig

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Last Week’s Training – 5 Weeks to Go!

September 9, 2014

Only 5 weeks to go until the marathon! This past week, I was a little more low-key about my training and just now after looking over my training log, I realized that I only got in 3 total runs. Ooopsie! Overall, I felt pretty good last week and as of right now, I am still […]

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Marathon Mental Games + Week 11 Recap

September 1, 2014

I had my first super long training run yesterday, and man it was tough. I tackled 18 miles with Nahayma (a girl in my DTP running group who is training for Chicago) in about 3.5 hours on the Rock Creek Park Trail. Sunday was muggy with humidity and by the time we finished it was […]

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Marathon Training Week #10 Recap + A Bridal Shower Sneak Peek

August 25, 2014

Whew – what a week! Last week’s training was not exactly what I had hoped for, but I am very happy that I managed to get in a long run before heading home to North Carolina for the weekend! I co-hosted a bridal shower in Charlotte for one of my besties Saturday morning, and spent the […]

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{DIY} Easy Peasy Polka Dot Cork Board Pantry Project

August 19, 2014

This is a really fun project I whipped up this weekend to add some spice to our otherwise boring pantry doors! I had seen similar projects on Pinterest, and headed to Target last Friday to pick up some cork tiles to make a decorative and functional cork board to cover our narrow pantry doors that […]

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Marathon Training Week #9 Recap

August 19, 2014

What a week! I’d say overall, last week’s training was pretty solid, although not the mileage I was hoping for. Me & Rachel at Eastern Market on Saturday! Much more fun than an easy run… I had two really great runs, and a so-so track workout on Thursday. I accidentally took this week back a […]

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Marathon Training Week #8 Recap

August 13, 2014

Okay I am finally up to date on marathon training recaps! If you missed the last three weeks, you can find them here.  And because no post is worth reading without pictures, here is a really awkward selfie with my cat. #becauseimweird #callieisnotimpressed So as a refresher, I am following a 20 week training plan […]

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Marathon Training Weeks #5-7 Update

August 12, 2014

I need this in my life Oy – I am way behind on updates! I have had a busy month with two long car trips, two bachelorette weekends, and lots of running. With all the travel, I am a little behind on my long run mileage, but I did get in 14 miles this past […]

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Marathon Training Week #4 Update

July 16, 2014

Apologies for turning this blog into a strictly running blog, but I do have some fun DIY projects to share fairly soon! (Cough, Kristen’s bachelorette and bridal shower, cough.) So last week was week #4 which was all about recovery. Here were my stats: Monday: Rest day, off. Tuesday: 3.5 miles on the treadmill with 9:38 […]

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