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.
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.
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?