Winter Slump

The weather was warm the weekend of my birthday and I’d wondered if we’d have winter weather. Winter showed up in the Midwest. My little city had 8 inches of snow this past weekend followed by sub freezing temperatures, fog, and some freezing drizzle. I almost fell on my butt in my own driveway while laying salt down to make it less slippery. I feel the irony, but fortunately not the pain from falling.

I named this post “Winter Slump” because I have no desire to work out. Not just running. I don’t want to squat, plank, or even foam roll. My brain is set to, “blah, no.” I’ve forced myself a few times. I even made my puppy join me once for a quick mile around the block. It was actually fine and I enjoyed it, but it didn’t flip a switch in me to get back into it. I’ve averaged 5.5 miles a week for the past two weeks. That’s not much for someone who would average nearly 15 miles a week when not in training.

My point, and I have one, is that the drive to do it isn’t always going to be there. Sometimes, there isn’t anything to make you want to be active. Some days, there is no outward motivation. I have a challenge going on where I need to be active at least 25 days of the first 45 of the year, so I can’t miss too many days. It keeps me accountable and sometimes, I end up using “I have to,” instead of, “I get to.”

Don’t forget that the reason we get to be active is because we’re able. Taking your ability to move and challenge yourself for granted would be kind of a waste. Then, there’s how hard it is to start over after giving up. I am not a fan of starting over.

I read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis for a second time. I highlighted the heck out of the pages of her book. Toward the end, she mentioned doing things you want to do and not worrying as much about what other people will think. Page 151 says: Do something daring this year and stop “reading” your version of reviews.

So, I took the leap and got myself a starter kit to sell Keep Collective Jewelry. Something I’d said I’d wanted to do since I went to a party and bought some silicone bracelets and charms. I’m still a little nervous and I won’t often use this as a place to sell to you, but I do want to show you what I’m talking about, so here is my very first design session link: Click these words.

This is one of my many arrows I like to wear.

That’s the rundown for my blog. I don’t want to do anything except hibernate and design jewelry, but I’m going to make myself until I want to do it again. It is what is good for me. That’s what it comes down to. Do what is going to help you meet your goals even when you don’t feel like it and you’ll achieve more than you thought possible.

Hebrews 12 with some 13.1 and 26.2 bling

It’s 2019

I have a soft start each year because my birthday is the 5th of January. That means today is my last day being 37 and I consider tomorrow a new year. There’s really nothing special about 38, but I plan to gather with friends to celebrate tomorrow night. That’s actually out of character for me, but so was running not so long ago.

I didn’t resume the streak, but I went and ran on New Year’s Day at Fleet Feet. I started out the run with friends and ran solo for the rest of it. I didn’t feel like it, but I ran 3 miles. Fortunately, I had my music on to keep my mind off the fact that I overdressed and wanted to run in 32 degree (Fahrenheit) weather in a sports bra because my shirt was toasty and I’d shoved my hat down my bra to cool my head off. I’m in the pink top and hat in the photo.

This was just my pace group for the run. There were so many people there, it was awesome!


I joined multiple challenges to keep me motivated through 2019. One has me running 1019 km for the year. My local gym challenge is 25 workouts in the first 45 days. I joined a Saucony challenge to run at least 12 times more than 1 mile in the month of January.

Of course I have a head full of snot, a voice stuck on monotone, and a sore throat to kick off all of that fun. I’m going to do what I can, though. This Monday, the kids will be back in school and I can make gym and run time during the school day.

Yesterday, I found out that my application to be a Nuun ambassador was accepted and I’m going to be #teamnuun this year. I’m so excited! I was introduced to it when I started training with Fleet Feet and I absolutely love it. I have used it before, during, and after races. It really comes in handy during the sweatiest months of the year. Not to mention, Nuun is great hydration when you’re fighting a stomach bug or self induced sickness from having one more [alcoholic] beverage.

SO COOL!

I have been ‘re-branding’ my social media recently anyway and trying to make it all come together like I hadn’t been before. That way, people don’t feel like they have a different person on each Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I’m excited for my new year. I can’t wait to see what it brings! I have a notebook that I wrote “Jenn’s 2019 experiment,” on the front in metallic marker. I wrote an outline of my plans for the year. I’m not setting a weight loss goal. I’m going to love my body more the way it is. I’m going to write more and I’m going to read more. I’m going for less physical change and more mental shifts.

Did you set a goal for the year? Do you have a product you wish you could represent? Or currently represent? You’ll see “Nuun” in a lot of my race photos this year and perhaps some of my training pics, too.

Ideas! Nothing is written in stone…