*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

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*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 combines 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 on 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.

*The high life*

Over the weekend I attended my first Oiselle Volée meet up!

Before I share that story, let me just tell you that in order for me to go, I had to step outside my comfort zone. So here’s the truth bomb… I drove on the freeway.

Any SNL fans out there familiar with the skit, the Californians? (Google it if you’re not. It’s hilarious!) “You take the 101 to the 405 toward Santa Monica, exit at Sunset…”

The freeways and the amassed traffic are a nightmare. One that I managed to avoid for 8 solid months. Until Saturday. The 405 is such a joke here. So much so that I actually saw a greeting card in a gift shop once that read “I’d take the 405 for you.”

Which is exactly what I ended up doing in order to drive out to Pacific Palisades where I met up with two other SoCal members of the Oiselle Volée team. It was worth every steering wheel-gripped mile!

We met up at 8 AM for a hike up the Los Liones Trail to the Parker Mesa Overlook. It was a cool morning to start but sunny. Round trip, the hike was 7.5 miles with about 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Basically, all uphill as we made our way to the overlook and then all downhill to return to the parking area. The trail became more crowed as we made our decent so clearly it’s a popular choice for hikers, runners, and cyclists looking for a challenge.

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New friends, Saturday morning hikes, sunshine, and ocean views!

The view was incredible! Given that I live on the east side of town, it’s not too often that I get to see the ocean and to be able to view miles of it stretched out as far as I could see was pretty spectacular. I also tend to forget that there are some vast green spaces here too. It was a welcome reminder that there are wild lands within the sprawling city.

Whenever I explain to someone that I’m still fairly new to the Los Angeles area, the first thing they ask is how I like it. My typical response is something along the lines that it’s growing on me or I’m starting to feel acclimated. However, while hiking back down the trail in the company of two great women, the sun shining down on me (in November!), breathing in the fresh ocean air… it occurred to me that I’m actually sort of starting to love it here. (Minus the traffic, I later told my husband.)

It was a fantastic morning and I’m so grateful for the connections I’m starting to make through my Team Nuun, Oiselle Volée, and November Project affiliations (as well as a Saturday morning group that meets for a run and coffee hosted by the Fleet Feet store in Burbank). So worth the drive on the 405!

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The high life!

*The latest WJTWT news*

What a week, right?

I’m not even going to go THERE. Rather, I’ll give you a little glimpse as to what I’ve been up to. It’s been busy, as usual!

Over the past couple of months I’ve eluded as to the reason I’ve been so absent in this space. I’ve had to rearrange my priorities a little bit in order to fit in a new endeavor. Completely by accident, I fell into a new career path not long after moving to California, when I started working for a real estate brokerage. Years and years ago, I actually quite seriously considered a real estate career. At the time,I had an infant and studying the course material while juggling my new responsibilities as a mother were more than I could handle at the time.

Fast forward, oh, 19 years or so, and I’m suddenly considering it again. So much so that I took the leap and began the coursework a couple of months ago. It’s a LOT of material and studying is slow going, but I’m very pleased that I completed the first or three courses and passed the test this week. Onto course number two!

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One down, two to go!

I’ve also hinted a few posts back that I was considering another large event… As it turns out, I just can’t quit the marathon and this week I made it official. I will be running the LA Marathon in March!

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Congratulations? You just spent $200 bucks for 16 weeks of self-inflicted suffering (in the best way possible)!

This is a big deal. I’ve got high hopes for this race and am trying to come up with a scheme to help me with my master plan. World domination? No. Maybe just a PR. ; ) More to come on this later!

In other news, I finally pulled the trigger. On trigger point rolling that is. I could no longer deny that I needed to do something different in terms of recovery. I’m sore. Like ALL. THE. TIME. My go-tos, stretching/yoga and Epson salt baths, while wonderful, just aren’t providing me with relief. I caved and invested in a Trigger Point roller. I’m already feeling a difference!

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My “I’m totally stoked” face!

The week culminated with the Griffith Park Trail 10k this morning. I wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest. The course description stated that it would be a tough, hilly route. I’ve trained out there and it is hilly, but today’s race was still not what I expected in terms of difficulty. It was like a roller coaster out there.

I take most races seriously and this was no exception. And, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a wee bit competitive. I like the challenge, both mentally and physically. The result this morning yielded me a second place finish! I worked for it too!

It was a fun little race and well-organized (aside from a medal mix up and the course being a little short, at least according to my GPS). The prizes for the top finishers were beautiful handmade mugs. I SO love mine!

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2nd place female!!!

I’m looking forward to taking it easy the rest of the day and gearing up for another busy week! Enjoy your Sunday!

*Come fly with me*

As a young girl, I longed to be a part of the “in” crowd. Specifically, I wanted to be a part of a small group of girls that were the best of friends. We were all friends really and I got invited to their homes for sleepovers and birthday parties and such, but I always felt like I was slightly on the outside craving a deeper connection.

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#flystyle back in grade school!

This very much summarizes the way I have also felt in recent years watching the sisterhood of the Oiselle Volée team flourish. (In French,oiselle means female bird and volée means birds or a flock flying or in flight.) I’ve been in love with the company, and what they stand for, for a number of years now and have yearned to be a part of it even though I didn’t want to admit it. I am drawn to the comradery of the membership and to the endless amount of inspiration.

A few months ago, and I believe it is directly tied to my move and my desire to create new relationships with like-minded kindred spirits, that I decided I’d join the Volée team at the next opportunity. The timing could not have been better either. After coming down off of my marathon high last weekend, I was feeling really disoriented without having a goal to focus on and the uncertainty about where I’m heading next. This team is exactly what I need.

Whether it’s meeting other local runners, connecting online more broadly, or simply making a friend or two, the people we surround ourselves with weave into our beliefs of what we think is possible, and how we view ourselves and our potential. ~ Lauren Fleshman

This week, I became an official member of the Oiselle Volée Team and I’m so excited to get to know my fellow birds and fly with them!volee