*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!

*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.

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 14-20*

Mileage for the week of November 14th – November 20th

Total weekly mileage: 26.5

Total November mileage: 90.25

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,293.5

Week in review:

11/14      No run/rest day

11/15      30:15 min./3.5 mi./8:37 pace

11/16      31:20 min./3.52 mi./8:54 pace (+1.98 mi. of hill repeats at NP) (5.5 mi. total)

11/17     48:01 min./6 mi./7:59 pace

11/18     31:51 min./4 mi./7:57 pace

11/19     No run/7.5 mi. hike

11/20     1:01:29 min./7.5 mi./8:12 pace

This week turned out to be a little lower in overall mileage but I made up for it with some good cross-training between the workout with the November Project and my hilly little hike Saturday. (My glutes are still sore from that hike too!)

My hope is to up my mileage a little bit this week since I have some extra time in the mornings. My son is out of school for the holiday so I get a break from the morning prep/drop-off routine, not to mention a long weekend coming up. What better way to fill that space than with some extra miles and added strength training?

I’m eager to dive into training but I really want to focus the next few weeks on building some strength and creating a solid foundation for when I do jump in. That, and create a plan of attack for the Christmas and New Year holidays so I don’t completely derail myself. Then balls to the wall come January!

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 7-13*

Mileage for the week of November 7th – November 13th

Total weekly mileage: 31

Total November mileage: 63.75

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,267

Week in review:

11/7      No run/rest day

11/8      42:21 min./5.25 mi./8:04 pace

11/9      35:35 min./4 mi./8:54 pace (+ 2.5 mi. at November Project)

11/10     48:08 min./6 mi./8:01 pace

11/11     33:14 min./4 mi./8:17 pace

11/12     26:09 min./3 mi./8:41 pace

11/13     51:15 min./6.2* mi./8:15 pace (Griffith Park Trail 10k)

*According to my GPS, the Griffith Park Trail 10k course was quite a bit short… my watch calculated the course to only be 5.79 miles with my average pace being 8:50 rather than 8:15. With my warm-up (.55 mi.) prior to the event, I know I ran at least 6.25 miles for the day. I’m never sure how to calculate these types of discrepancies but I’m very careful not to give myself credit for running mileage I did not run.

Given that, as I mentioned in my previous post, I walked away with a 2nd place finish, I’m completely content with how the week unfolded. I had a couple of great runs and a good workout with November Project. Everything seemed to come together how I had hoped it would.

I’m a little in flux as I begin a new week with no immediate goals… I’m still sorting out how I want to tackle my next big one. I’ve got some time but I’m anxious to get to it! ; )

Have a fantastic week!

*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!

cert

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!

lamarathon

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!

roller

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!

2ndplace

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!