New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fun New Year’s Eve. I ended the year with a long run with a friend, MRTT meet-up, family brunch, afternoon nap, and quiet evening at home. I really wouldn’t have had it any other way, but now I am ready for the new year and some new goals. 

Members of the Alexandria/Arlington and Falls Church chapters of MRTT

New Year, New Goals

I shared a few New Year’s resolutions in my Runfessions post. My biggest goal for the new year is training for the New York City Half Marathon in March. My current plan is to continue to focus on cross-training (Orange Theory Fitness, indoor cycling, strength training), but extend my long runs to get in shape for the 13.1 mile distance, which is 5K longer than the 10 mile races that filled by 2016 calendar. I’m also committed to better nutrition, which will be easier with my son going off to grad school, but harder with another long business trip scheduled at the end of January. 

Weekly Wrap

I spent the last week of 2016 hanging out with family and friends, relaxing, and getting organized for the New Year. Since we stayed home, I was able to keep up with my fitness routine.

Monday started bright and early with the smallest Orange Theory Fitness class ever–only five of us showed up for that 6:15 am class! 

We doubled up on strength and spent more time than usual on the treadmill, so I earned lots of splat points. After that, I had brunch at one of my daughter’s favorite restaurants, exchanged a few Christmas gifts, and spent the rest of the day organizing our Christmas “toys.”

Tuesday started even earlier, since my daughter had a 7 am flight home. After dropping her off at the airport I went for a run around the Capitol. I wasn’t going to take any photos but who am I kidding I couldn’t resist having the Lincoln Memorial all to myself.

Since it was still early when I finished, I did a few rounds of Workout 3 of  Quick Strength for Runners (<< Amazon Affiliate Link). It focuses on lateral balance which I sorely need.

Later in the day I met a friend for lunch, returned another Christmas gift, and got a pedicure to get my toes ready for the new year. 🙂

Wednesday started with a 5:30 am ride at Cyclebar. I had sent an open invitation to my MRTT group to join me, and was astounded at the BAMRs who showed up to ride.

Even more remarkable–I think I’m the only one was heading into work afterwards. Everyone else got up early just to get away from their kids for this!

I worked a full day on Wednesday, but ended the day with a deep tissue/trigger point massage focusing on my calves, ITB, and hip flexors. Aahhh.

Thursday I did three rounds of Workout 4 of Quick Strength for Runners before heading into work. I spent another full day at the office, wrapping up everything that had to be done in 2016.

Friday I started my day “off” with a 6 am CPY 2 class at Core Power Yoga. The instructor led us through a slower flow than usual with a focus on hip openers–just what I needed. I also ventured into an arm balance that almost happened. Who knows what 2017 will bring! 

Saturday I met my friend at 5:45 am for a long run, planning our route to make the multi-chapter Moms Run This Town photo at the LOVE sign in Falls Church. I also got my last photo entry for #RunChatHunt.

There’s a whole lot of Christmas going on there!

Later in the day we hosted my sister-in-law for brunch, although she did the heavy lifting by bringing a crab quiche. Yum! I spent the rest of the day relaxing, watching Orphan Black, and nibbling on the last of the Christmas cookies.

Sunday I started the New Year with a mash-up of Workout 3 and Workout 4 of Quick Strength For Runners. After church, I headed to Revolve for a surprisingly crowded New Year’s Day ride of mostly regulars. 

The rest of the day was spent taking down the Christmas tree, cleaning the house, and making a vat of soup with the last of our Christmas ham. 

If you are chasing new goals in the New Year, the Weekly Wrap link up hosted by Holly and Tricia is a great way to stay motivated and accountable!

Please join us Saturday for the first Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up of 2017!

Have you settled on any new goals for the new year?

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39 Responses to New Year, New Goals

  1. Driving to work was a breeze this week! And Whole Foods was pretty much empty this morning.

    Back to reality after tomorrow…
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…2016: The Year in NumbersMy Profile

  2. I am so overdue for a pedicure but I refuse to grt one during the winter months when I will be wearing boots the next there mths.
    lacey@fairytalesandfitness.com recently posted…The Week UnwrappedMy Profile

  3. So fun to be training for the NYC half you so got this! Happy new year and see you for coffee
    Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner recently posted…New (Old) Songs To Spice Up your Workout MixMy Profile

  4. I’m always impressed when people show up for super early workouts on their days off. Of course, I tend to do the same thing so I guess it’s not that unusual…

    Happy New Year!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…A New Year, A New MeMy Profile

  5. Sounds like a really active week and a good start to 2017!

    My house is in desperate need of cleaning, and I’m in desperate need of a massage. I must do better with that this year!
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…Hello 2017 . . .: 12/26-1/1 Weekly WrapMy Profile

  6. HoHo Runs says:

    Kudos for sticking to a workout routine during a holiday week! Having a race on the calendar is always great motivation for that. NYC will be so much fun and I have no doubt you will nail it. I haven’t taken down the tree yet (or any decorations) and am seriously thinking about leaving it until after the marathon. My 2017 plans are currently on hold as well. Happy New Year, Coco. Thanks for linking.

  7. Steena says:

    Happy new year!
    I always feel silly blogging about new years goals, but it’s refreshing. Like a clean slate!
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  8. Carmy says:

    My goal for 2017 is just to be consistent!
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  9. I am always so impressed at your dedication to workouts (most of which require drive time). I love that pic of the Lincoln Memorial!!
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Let’s Embrace the PossibilitiesMy Profile

  10. How cool that you will be running the NY Half Marathon! That is a race I would like to run one year.

    I love seeing pictures of running in DC <Love that place!!
    Zenaida Arroyo recently posted…Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Training Week 5My Profile

  11. I am always impressed how you manage to get all your workouts done! I will be working on my goals this week as I reflect on 2016. Cheers!
    Mary Beth Jackson recently posted…Not the year end I expected…………My Profile

  12. You did a great job staying on top of your workouts. I’m always so impressed by your dedication to get to an early morning class! You inspire me to cross-train more!

    Happy New Year!
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Back to TrainingMy Profile

  13. Darlene says:

    I am so impressed with your workouts. You put me to shame.

    You will love the NYX half. I have heard only good things about it. Someday I will actually get into the lottery.

    I plan more of the same for 2017 – good health, lots of races, good times with family and friends.
    Darlene recently posted…Monday Running UpdateMy Profile

  14. I really need to add cross-training this year. I focused more on running distances last year; now I need to work on my strength and flexibility.
    The Accidental Marathoner recently posted…Bada-Bling Bada-Boom…and So Ends My 2016 Running YearMy Profile

  15. OMG–Christmas ham soup sounds amazing! I have been hooked on ground pork for my soups lately but ham sounds yummy.

  16. I need a coffee date to start off my year in the right direction too. Hopefully by then I will have my goals for the new year! I’m always so impressed with your activity. I don’t think your travel slows you down at all getting your workouts in. Sure wish we had an OT around me.
    Tricia@MissSippipiddlin recently posted…Weekly Wrap 74 And The Ball Dropped on 2016My Profile

  17. I haven’t set any goals yet, that’s on my list to do this week. But I’ve made it a focus to do 2 x week more strength training to get my ankle stronger.

  18. Janell says:

    Happy New Year! Strong start to 2017. NYC marathon is on my bucket list for sure. I know it’s a while away but I look forward to your race recap.

  19. Jenn says:

    Busy, busy!

    It must be so cool to have so many great landmarks so nearby. And so many convenient classes. It gets tough to cobble together consistent workouts – the nearest OTF is 30 minutes from me; we have no spin studios; and our two “big” cities are still quite small.

    One of these days, I’m going to get to run DC!

    Happy New Year and keep up all the hard work!
    Jenn recently posted…weekly wrap: 12.25 – 12.31My Profile

  20. Best of luck with your training for the NYC half. I’m also back in training mode as of this week, but this weather isn’t helping my motivation. 🙁
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…January 2017 GoalsMy Profile

  21. Wow – great job for keeping up such a busy schedule during the holidays! I find that the switcharoos on when you’re working, when you’re not, to throw off my workout game.
    Happy new year!

  22. Did I read that right, classes at 3 different gyms? Wow!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Michelle Rogers recently posted…My resolution: Be fearlessMy Profile

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