Goals: Met & Looking into 2019

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When it comes to running goals, I had four main goals for 2018:

  1. Stay injury free
  2. Run the 1812 Challenge
  3. PR a 5k
  4. Add 2 new states

So how’d that work for me? Let’s see!

Stay injury free
Despite ending the year with some piriformis/hamstring pain, I’d say I rocked this. The only time I taped was for my races — until after those races were over, and those niggles intensified — then I had to do some remedial taping, but it seemed to help tremendously and knock on wood the niggles are just niggles.

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Thank goodness for a cloudy day! 18 miles done with a smile on my face.

Run the 1812 Challenge
I’d pretty much decided to do this before 2018 began. I didn’t tell anyone — other than my coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy, my running friends, and Mr. Judy. 

I can have laser like focus when it comes to something I want to do, and so it was with training for the 1812 Challenge — which was supposed to be 18.12 miles, but came up a little short at 18 miles. No worries, it was still the longest race I’ve ever run.

No race is ever easy, and I’d be lying if I said I was sure I could do it . . . until I did a 17.12 mile training run. I still knew that a lot of things can go wrong in 18 miles, but thankfully the Running Gods smiled on me that day (read about it here).

Mission accept and conquered.

PR a 5k
This one was an epic failure. I never got to train specifically for a 5k like I’d planned to, and I only ran a few 5ks. And none of them were anywhere near a PR. The closest was Last Run Albany (read about that here), which I always consider a fun run (and even that wasn’t close to my 5k PR!

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Conquering a mountain in ID with Skirt Sisters

Add 2 new states
I truly didn’t think this would happen. 1812 isn’t a half, obviously, and anyway I’ve already run my half in NY. MA was also a repeat state.

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Definitely a challenge of a different kind, but adding another state was wort it (and time in Ocean City, NJ)

I was able to persuade Mr. Judy to take a little trip on down to Ocean City, NJ (read about it here), however, and that along with my half in ID (read about it here) gave me 2 new states for 2018 to bring me up to 18 states in 2018 — and that 18 mile race in 2018 (and yes, I liked the sound of that when I signed up for it).

My 2019 Crystal Ball . . .
. . . is a bit cloudy. Although I’m training for BDR Savannah (read more about that here if you want to join me!), it’s still a question mark. There’s Gizmo, there’s my parents, there’s a lot of things that could get in the way. I’ve started training for it though, and hope it will be my birthday present.

I enjoy working towards goals, so here goes:

  • Add 2 new states. Hopefully GA, and then who knows? One is better than none. I still have Revel Mt. Hood on the brain, but maybe I’m better off if I just pick a fall half. Or maybe this is the year for Rehoboth Beach (within driving distance) or Kiawah Island . . .Action steps:
    • Research hotels for Rehoboth and Kiawah.
    • Research other fall halfs.
  • Stay injury free.Action Steps:
    • Iron Strength.
    • Prehab.
    • Foam Rolling.
    • Yoga more than once in a blue moon.
  • PR a 5k (still a tall order but it’s still one that motivates me!). Action Steps:
    • Train for a spring 5k.
    • Research & choose several potential spring 5ks.
  • Remember my word for 2019 (read about it here) and keep it in mind. Action Steps:
    • Write it in my Planner.
    • Pick a different quote about Love for each month and write it in my planner.
    • Look for a plaque at Homegoods with some sort of quote about Love that I can put somewhere I’ll see it frequently (like by the computer!).

Have you thought about goals for 2019?

How did you do in your 2018 goals?

If you’re not goal-oriented, what motivates you to keep active?

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Short & Sweet: 1/1- 7 Weekly Wrap

Kind of like me. Still battling that on again off again low grade temp. I’m not sick enough to not work out, and not quite feeling good enough to work out as much as normal. There’s the horrible crud that’s been making the rounds that lasts for weeks, and thankfully mine is not that bad.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin (ok, it’s just Holly now — unless she has a new cohost), but I just decided to leave Tricia in there. We all appreciate your work so much, ladies!

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Recovery day after my LSD, a little shoveling
  • Tuesday: 5 treadmill miles
  • Wednesday: Physique 57 Arms & Abs, Dogwalk (first one in a week due to the cold! And probably last one for almost another week — more cold and snow/wintry mix on the way)
  • Thursday:  Rest day
  • Friday:  3 treadmill miles, shoveling paths for the dogs in the backyard
  • Saturday: JY Run Your Core, JY Hamstrings
  • Sunday: 6 mile treadmill LSD, JY Quick Post Run Reset

Mileage: 14 (NC)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running updates 


Tuesday


After so many rest days, I was definitely itching for a little movement. We’d had 6 inches of the white stuff the previous day, but Mr. Judy took care of that with the snow blower.

Still, messy and cold, I took it to the treadmill. I also increased my run interval to 2.5 minutes, but decreased the pace a little.


Friday


Still on the treadmill and still working on some endurance, I again slowed the pace just a little but increased my run interval to 3 1/2 minutes. Even just an easy 3 miles seemed to take a long time.

Sunday


Yup, still on the treadmill. I watched the first two episodes of “13 Reasons Why” — can’t say as it grabbed me the way it seems to have a lot of people, but then again, it got me through 6 miles on the treadmill..


Favorites of the week
There wasn’t a whole lot of anything going on this week. The bomb cyclone bombed (in that we only got 4 inches, thankfully, which isn’t much in these parts). Yes, it got really, really cold, but the good news is I was able to hunker down at home for most of it and we never lost power.

I thought I would try to begin highlighting a few of my favorite blogs from the week here (in case you missed them):

I am also enjoying the freedom from training — at the moment, anyway. I’m getting at some things in the house that have been on the back burner a long, long time. I had actually hoped to be running more mileage at this point, just for base building, but it is what it is. I’m happy that I’ve still been able to get in some runs.

I’ve been working on goals for 2019 and some other healthy behaviors I’d like to make habits. Would you believe I’ve finally done some Epsom soaks? Twice? More on that in Tuesday’s post, which is all about healthy goals you might consider for 2018. All bets are off when I get into serious training, no doubt, but for now, I have the time, and hopefully I can make some new habits.

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And that’s a wrap!

This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Made your 2018 goals — do share!?

Did you get dumped on or was the bomb cyclone a bomb in your area, too?

Are you a skier & look forward to snow?

Farewell, 2017!: 12/25-31 Weekly Wrap

Or a Tale of Two Christmas Trees

Or really three Christmas trees. Like much of the nation our temperatures quickly plummeted this week. And didn’t budge. Just like forecast. Throw in some snow, and I was right about those treadmill runs.

The good news is that by Tuesday I was feeling back to normal. Hopefully despite the exposure to my BIL’s cold and traisping around NYC in the cold, I’ll stay that way.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin even though again this week there wasn’t a lot of activity. NYC is usually good for lots of walking, but not when the temperatures struggle to get out of the teens. But there was a lot going on so I apologize for the length of this post!

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Recovery day after my LSD
  • Tuesday: 5 treadmill miles
  • Wednesday: 3 treadmill miles
  • Thursday:  JY Core & Hips, Walking around NYC
  • Friday:  JY Core, Walking around NYC
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: 6 mile treadmill LSD

Mileage: 14 (+1)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running updates 


Tuesday


After so many rest days, I was definitely itching for a little movement. We’d had 6 inches of the white stuff the previous day, but Mr. Judy took care of that with the snow blower.

Still, messy and cold, I took it to the treadmill. I also increased my run interval to 2.5 minutes, but decreased the pace a little.

Wednesday


Although I had a bunch of stuff to do in the morning, I also squeezed in 3 miles on the treadmill — we were leaving for my parents, then NYC, and with the bitterly cold temps and choosing to travel very lightly, I knew I wouldn’t be getting in any running.

I’ve been playing around a bit with lengthening my run intervals, so I also dropped the pace just a pinch. Since this was a shorter run I tried out a 3 minute running interval; which was fine. It felt good to get two runs in back to back and feel okay.

Bandit snoozes through my run


Sunday


No, running on the treamill isn’t my fav. And while sunny, it was definitely a very cold day. Could I have run outside? Yes, I could have. Did I feel it was the best option for me? Nope. Obviously.

Played around with pushing the pace just a little and got it done.

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Almost the whole family


Favorites of the week
We headed down for a belated 70th anniversary dinner with my parents, my sister and brother, and their respective families. Everyone except one niece and one nephew was in attendance, and since my brother lives on the West coast, that doesn’t happen a whole lot.

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Brave souls at the ice rink in Bryant Park

The next day we took the train into NYC. We were trying to meet up with friends who are presently living in Germany, but were in the city for the holidays, but the plans were tenuous. They didn’t want to brave the cold and make it in at night. After a lot of back and forth, Mr. Judy finally agreed to try heading towards Bryant Park and the Winter Village — and we discovered bundled up as we were, it wasn’t bad.

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Tree in Bryant Park

Neither of us wanted to actually eat outside (although people were — the Winter Village has all sorts of awesome street food and we enjoyed it last year), so we headed into the Bryant Park Grill right next door. It was surprisingly affordable, especially when they split the rib eye dinner between us with no sharing charge.

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Rockerfeller Center Tree

Fortified with hot food, we pushed on to Rockerfeller Center and the Christmas Tree. I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw it — decades, maybe? If you want to see some of my really frozen photos, check out my Instagram here.

Indeed, 34 years ago Christmas Day in the city
It was damn cold then, too; a theme? (me — with short hair — & my brother)
The future Mr. Judy

Part of my insistence on seeing the tree was a) yes, it had been decades and b) it was nostalgic. Although Mr. Judy is nowhere to be found in those old NYC photos, we met each others’ parents for the first time that Christmas vacation. We’d been dating maybe 3 months at that point? He came home with me, then went home to Wellesley.

I then took the train to Boston, and we met up with my then-roomate (whom sadly I’ve lost touch with — I don’t know her married name!) in Boston. We even went to First Night in Boston, despite the cold — something Mr. Judy definitely wouldn’t be into these days!

A couple of more favorites from this week: we went to see The Greatest Showman. Then my family went to see it after we’d left for the city, the first time my parents have been to the movies since their move (they do have movies there on a regular basis, but not usually first run, although they do get them sometimes).

My sister, SIL & myself all loved it. My mom wasn’t as impressed, but she no longer hears well and couldn’t really make out the singing and I’m sure that played into her enjoyment; but she also thought it was sad. The men universally seemed to think it was okay (don’t know how the younguns felt about it).

We gave my mom an Echo Dot; I didn’t think she was all that impressed with it at Thanksgiving but turns out she really wanted it! We also gave her one of our old smartphones, since you need to set it up the dot with an app, and are trying to teach her how to text, but she’s having trouble with it. It’s not a senior friendly phone, but they live in a dead zone where a lot of networks don’t get signal — but we knew this one did, and it does. Hopefully next time I visit we can work more with her & the phone.

I did miss the last brunch of the Wineglass girls. Although we were home by then, we’d just gotten home late the previous evening, and I was tired plus I had a bunch of errands to run. There’s always the next breakfast. They’re breakfast obsessed.

Tonight we are just sheltering in place. We’re going to make some sushi. Or try, anyway. I will be asleep long before midnight. I wish everyone a happy and safe New Year.

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And that’s a wrap!

This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Fun plans for New Years?

Do you remember when you met your SO’s parents?

Do you have those 2018 goals in place?