There's plenty to chat about...shall we find a (virtual) table, and grab a (virtual) drink of choice?
First off, if we were chatting, I'd tell you about the run streak that carried me to a fun finish for 2018. This was my sixth year of doing a winter run streak, and this year it lasted 41 days ((I know, YIKES!)). I took things easy and kept most of the runs short, and finished the streak with 88 total miles (from Thanksgiving through New Years Day).
|41 days of opting outside for my 6th winter run streak|
|And, my Iowa Hawkeyes were victorious in the Outback Bowl!|
Next, I'd express my utter joy to be entering my REAL off-season. I consider the winter months (December-February) as my off-season, even though December has the daily running. Once January hits, though, the running gets scaled back even further and the strength-training and HIIT workouts re-enter the arena. The running will continue, but definitely not on a daily basis and (most definitely) not for very long distances. So far, I have already had two consecutive non-running days in 2019, and have ZERO guilt in not lacing up!
If we were having coffee, I'd also chat about my January goals. I'm a big believer in monthly challenges because they're easy to commit to for the short term. For this month, in addition to my routine daily planking and leg lifts, I'm doing a few other daily exercises as well (as pictured below).
Another thing I'd share, if we were chatting over coffee, is my eagerness to try new (indoor) things. One of my sisters-in-law gave us her elliptical, and I have been experimenting on it. It didn't come with an owner's manual, so I'm pretty clueless on how all the settings work. Thus far, I'm not very impressed. I can feel a good cardio burn, no doubt, but I'm not convinced how accurate the "calories burned" or the "distance" readouts are. Stay tuned.....I'm hoping to learn to love it (or at least like it a little bit). It's definitely much quieter than 'Milly (and it probably needs a name!), and 20 minutes "elliptical-ing" go MUCH faster than "milling."
If we were gathered around a table, I'd also tell I'm sad to not be doing the Fight for Air Climb this year. I have done the Climb for the past five years, so it feels like I'm abandoning a long, lost friend. That said, it's not all bad, because I got in (via lottery) for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-mile (Washington, DC), which is happening on the same day! Although I won't be climbing (officially) for the American Lung Association, I still will be utilizing the stairway for cardio and HIIT workouts. After all, stairs are like hills on steroids, so they provide a great supplement for running.
|run, REST, repeat|
|Anyone care to join me?|
|Suggestions for a name?|
Finally, I'd pass around a pic of my latest (non-running) guilty pleasure. In all honesty, I do not do a lot of online shopping, but these little babies popped up in an ad, and I was a total sucker. Aren't they cute?
So, that's all for now. Just a few (or several) things I'd share if we all were enjoying a (virtual) coffee gathering.
|Come to Momma.....|
How about you? Anything you'd share, if you joined us? How was your New Year? Did you celebrate with a run? Any new goals or objectives for January, or for 2019? Recent spontaneous online purchase(s)?
I'm also linking this with Meranda and Lacey for the Friday with Fairytales and Fitness link-up.