*Change is GOOD!*

If there is anything I have learned this past year, it is this: change is good!

Don’t get me wrong, though. It’s scary as hell. There is comfort in the familiar… among the places, faces, and routines that we experience day in and day out. The magic of change, however, is that by letting go, we create space to allow for new places, faces, and routines to become a part of our world that we may not have experienced if we were too frightened to let go.

Space also allows us to discover new things… new jobs, new relationships, new hobbies, new interests, new communities, new foods, etc. In some cases, it also allows for us to focus more deeply on the prominent passions in our lives if we are willing to let go of the things that no longer serve us.

Toward the end of 2016, I felt myself desiring a shift to create more space so that I can invest more time to focus on some specific goals, personal development, and truthfully, a little more downtime for self-care and sleep. I’ve spent several months analyzing where I invest my time, what activities give me joy, and making a mental list of things that I need to purge.

It is no secret that this space has been neglected. I guess I’ve come to realize that this website and blog have fulfilled the initial purpose in which I created it. (For newer readers, Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking was created to chronicle my journey of qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon. This goal was accomplished in 2015.) After almost four years of sharing here, I feel it is time to move on and allow the little time I do spend crafting content, to be spent on other endeavors.

So with that said, I am announcing that Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking is going to be put to bed. This will be my last post.

The decision did not come easy. Trust me. I’ve connected with so many readers over the years and have found so much value in the support and encouragement from strangers who didn’t feel like strangers but just running friends. I’ve truly appreciated each and every follow, like, and comment and knowing that I’ve influenced people around the world!

The website will remain up until and active until my URL expires (in March I believe). I will be removing my Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking Facebook page right away, however.

You’re probably wondering if I’ve decided to quit running, if I’m going to run off and join the circus, or just what in the heck I’m going to be doing to fill the void…

I AM NOT GOING TO QUIT RUNNING! In fact, I’m running the LA Marathon in 10 (TEN!!!) weeks and really need to focus my energy on training and preparation for that. Beyond that event, I’m not yet sure what else the year has in store but I’ve decided that it’s best to focus on one thing/goal at a time and give 110% to that instead of spreading myself out among too many things at once.

I AM NOT GOING TO JOIN THE CIRCUS! I am, however, going to invest more time in building my writing business (Learn more at www.bloggerbitch.com) and finish the coursework to obtain my real estate license. I want to learn how to brew my own kombucha, work on writing my novel, read more, devote more time to making self-care a priority, and spending time with my boys (and girl whenever possible).

I’m on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so if you’d like to follow future adventures and endeavors, feel free to give me a follow. (I’m less active on Twitter and Facebook AND I’m trying to reduce my time spent on social media in general. Another time suck!)

It has been such a great few years and I, from the bottom of my heart, thank you all for allowing me to share my journey with you. I wish each of you the best and many, many great years of running ahead. And remember, change is GOOD!

Farewell.

xo Hyla

*Weekly mileage ~ Dec. 12-18*

Mileage for the week of December 12th – December 18th

Total weekly mileage: 31.75

Total December mileage: 90.75

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,420.5

Week in review:

12/12      41:47 min./4 mi./10:27 pace

12/13      No run/rest day

12/14     15:50 min./1.75 mi./8:57 pace (NP)

47:50 min./5.25 mi./9:07 pace

12/15     47:52 min./5.25 mi./9:07 pace

12/16     43:22 min./5.25 mi./8:16 pace

12/17     53:41 min./5 mi./10:43 pace

12/18     43:06 min./5.25 mi./8:13 pace

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times… the best laid plans…

My intention for a 40+ mile week didn’t quite work out. But, honestly, it’s totally okay. I’ve been fluctuating between trying to stick with training and giving myself a little bit of a break before I really need to buckle down in January. I guess I’ve settled in the middle somewhere.

I’m trying to take advantage of the next few days before I travel home for the holidays since I can control my schedule better here. It will pretty much be a crap shoot the 10 days we are home on holiday. I plan to run but I don’t want to have a lot of pressure to get specific mileage in while trying to enjoy the limited time with family and friends.

With that said, I’m looking forward to diving in after the beginning of the new year. I can’t believe we’re just 2.5 weeks out from 2017!!!

*Weekly mileage ~ Dec. 5-11*

Mileage for the week of December 5th – December 11th

Total weekly mileage: 35.5

Total December mileage: 59

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,388.75

Week in review:

12/5      No run/rest day

12/6      47:26 min./5.25 mi./9:02 pace

12/7      31:56 min./3.62 mi./8:49 pace (+.40 – watch didn’t sync) (NP)

26:56 min./3 mi./8:59 pace

12/8       No run

12/9      45:09 min./5 mi./9:01 pace

12/10    27:40 min./3.11 mi./8:54 pace

37:46 min./4.14 mi./9:08 pace

12/11    1:28:06 min./11 mi./8:05 pace

Making the transition back into marathon training in the heart of the holiday season is a wee bit tricky! I knew it would be… I missed a run this week due to an error in judgement Wednesday night at a holiday gathering that resulted in a gnarly hangover. Of course, I should know better… but I am human and slip up from time to time. Lesson learned and onward.

The skipped run resulted in me missing my weekly mileage goal by 4.5 miles but it’s not the end of the world. I had a strong long run on Sunday and got in a good hilly session with the November Project on Wednesday so not all was lost.

I’ve rearranged the early part of my training schedule for this week to accommodate another party but I’m shooting for 42 miles this week. My goal is to make this week and next really count before the Christmas/New Year’s whirlwind!

Have a great week!

*Strength… Stamina… Spartan*

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably already looking ahead to 2017 and considering how you are going to challenge yourself, set new goals, and experience some fresh, exciting events. It’s fun to think about all of the possibilities and planning for a new year!

One such possibility you might want to consider is registering for a Spartan Race. Spartan Race combine running with obstacles that require strength and stamina. They offer challenging courses and “provide racers of all levels a proving ground to test themselves.” It’s a brilliant test of strength, both physically and mentally. The bonus is, they’re also a ton of fun!

Spartan Race has races throughout the year in a number of cities and regions. You can check out their complete list of events on their website but if you’re itchin’ to start working toward a new goal, they do have events coming up in the earlier part of 2017, starting with SoCal the end of January. Other early 2017 locations include Las Vegas, Arizona, Houston, and Atlanta.

Season passes, for those that want to commit to more than one event, are now available. They sell out fast so don’t delay in making the commitment. (I’d wager to say that a season pass might also make a fantastic Christmas gift for the athlete in your life!) There are three pass options including the Trifecta, which allows the participant to complete in three races anytime in 2017. The Open Season Pass and Elite Season Pass allow for unlimited Spartan Races and are a great option for the serious Spartan competitor.

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Trifecta Pass

Also new for 2017 are some kicked-up race obstacles, Spartan gear and the coveted medals.

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Race Medal

One of the things I love about Spartan Race is that it’s not just about the race. The organization helps with guiding future participants with training and workouts to help racers prepare for events, offers nutrition advice and recipes (sent right to your email inbox if you sign up!), and they even offer an educational course which is intended to help participant find success whether in the race itself or day-to-day life. It’s a well-rounded program based upon the philosophy that you can change your life by tackling obstacles and challenges head-on and doing so with a willingness to learn from them to become stronger.

If you’re looking for a new challenge in 2017, set your sights on training for a Spartan Race! Aroo!!

*Disclaimer: all information presented was provided to me by Spartan Race. However, the opinions presented are my own. Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking makes no representation of validity of the information and is not liable for any errors, omissions, or any losses, injuries or damages that may arise from participation in Spartan Race events. All information is for informative purposes only.

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 28-Dec. 4*

Mileage for the week of November 28th – December 4th

Total weekly mileage: 32.5

Total November mileage: 126.5

Total December mileage: 23.5

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,353.25

Week in review:

11/28      No run/sick

11/29      29:15 min./3 mi./9:43 pace

11/30      25:04 min./2.9 mi./8:39 pace (NP PR day)

27:16 min./3.10 mi./8:48 pace

12/1       45:28 min./5 mi./9:08 pace

12/2      45:25 min./5 mi./9:05 pace

12/3      30:50 min./3.5 mi./8:49 pace

12/4      1:21:06 min./10 mi./8:07 pace

This week was a mixed bag that, all considered, turned out decent enough. Most of my runs were done at an easy pace with the first few days focused on trying to get back to 100% after a flu/stomach bug. The week culminated with my first double-digit run since the Portland Marathon.

I’m still ironing out some kinks but I’ve got a whole post in progress regarding the new training cycle I’ve just started. All of the sudden on Saturday afternoon, it occurred to me that I already have less than 16 weeks to prepare for the LA Marathon. The realization sent me into a state of urgency to get to business. I had intended to be more organized in planning my training for this cycle. Not the best way to start what I’m hoping will be… well, I’ll share more on that later, but it’s starting to come together. Even if most of it is still in my head. (I’m a HUGE advocate for writing out goals, plans, checklists, to-dos, the like and this step is really important to me.)

Anyway, busy, busy. As usual!

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 21-27*

Mileage for the week of November 21st – November 27th

Total weekly mileage: 27.25

Total November mileage: 117.5

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,320.75

Week in review:

11/21      1:14:26 min./8.5 mi./8:46 pace

11/22      1:05:16 min./8.25 mi./7:55 pace

11/23      27:22 min./3 mi./9:07 pace

11/24     No run/holiday travel

11/25     32:51 min./3.5 mi./9:23 pace

11/26     33:55 min./4 mi./8:59 pace

11/27     No run/sick

What started off as a strong week with the intention of higher mileage and a few solid strength training sessions was derailed mid-week.. Basically, I crashed and burned in a big way.

The week started off really well. Since I hadn’t run the previous Saturday, opting to hike with the local girls from the Oiselle Volée team, I decided to kick off the week with a longer, challenging (hilly) run. With my son out of school for the week, I was planning to use the “extra” time I was gifted not having to get him rolling in the morning to do a few longer runs. That, and I had a long weekend for the holiday too and wanted to maximize my days off, especially following Thanksgiving.

I guess I should have known better. Holidays are not an ideal time to try to add more to your plate. It was a busy week with holiday prep, spending as much time with our daughter as possible before she returned to Oregon after staying with us for three weeks, traveling to my brother’s home in San Diego for Thanksgiving and then back to LA the next day, briefly entertaining our best friends passing through town, beginning the first stages of Christmas prep, and then BAM! I got a flu/stomach bug Saturday afternoon that took me down for two days.

So a new week begins. But I’m using my experience from last week as a reminder that this time of year presents some challenges and if I set my expectations to high, I’m in for a long month of disappointment with myself. I spent a lot of time the past two days trying to figure out how to balance what I want to accomplish in March while honoring the season. I’m not 100% sure how I’m going to do that just yet… but at least I’m feeling better.