Happy Friday! Since it’s the last Friday of the month, I’m linking up with Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions.
I’m also linking up for Friday Five 2.0 with Rachel from Running on Happy and Lacey and Meranda from Fairytales and Fitness.
So we finally made it. Can you believe that today is the last Friday in 2017? I think everyone has mentioned that this year went by quickly and I would have to agree. I feel like the summer dragged on (because because of the heat and humidity) but the Fall season went by super fast. That being said, I’m ready to welcome a new year and I hope that 2018 will be a good year 🙂
Since it’s the end of the month, it’s time for my December Runfessions!
I runfess that I don’t mind working between Christmas and New Year’s
While I know that most people take off the week in-between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I always work. For me it’s a great couple of days to catch up on emails and set things up for the new year. I don’t have any meetings and don’t receive any phone calls so it’s a very quiet and peaceful time. It’s almsot like the calm before the storm so to speak, lol
I runfess that I’m both excited and worried about marathon training
I officially kicked off marathon training on Christmas Day. I’m excited for 12 weeks of training! This is my first time training for a spring marathon so I’m a little concerned about doing long runs in bad weather. For instance, it’s supposed to be really cold and snow this weekend and I have a 12 mile long run. Sure, if the weather is really bad, I can run on the treadmill, but I’d rather run outside. While I don’t mind the treadmill, I want to run outside as much as possible. As the saying goes “You never know what you’ll get on raceday”, so I want to run in all types of weather so I’m prepared.
I runfess that I love the start of a new year
There’s just something about starting a new year that makes me smile 🙂 I always feel like it’s a brand new slate for everything – fitness, personal life, professional development, etc. I also like all the passion that I see in people during the first month of the year. Everyone is so energized to do better and to be a better person. Now all of that energy might not last for the whole year (I’m guilty of this), but it sure is great to start out the year with tons of positive actions!
I runfess that I enjoyed Christmas food a little too much
Yeah..I definitely enjoyed Christmas dinner, and all the leftovers, a little too much! I’m happy that all the leftovers are gone so I can focus on my regular eating habits after Sunday. For the month of January I’m really going to focus on being aware of my eating habits, especially snacking. If I can get a hold of this next month, I’m hoping it will set me up for success for the year.
I runfess that I’m still working on my 2018 racing schedule
It seems like I do fewer races every year but that’s okay! I have really worked on filling my schedule with either races that I love or new races. I like the idea that I can use running to explore different cities and I’m going to focus on that more in 2018. Currently I’m registered for 11 races (5Ks, 10Ks, half and full marathons), but I think there are still a few more I will probably add in the next upcoming months.
That’s it for this month – thanks for reading my runfessions! Wishing you all a happy a safe New Year!
Do you have anything you want to runfess for December?
Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
Marathon training in the winter can be a struggle but its nice to have the treadmill as an option. The last time I ran a spring marathon was 2014 and that winter was brutal. Hopefully you will be able to do most of your runs outside!
Oh yes, I am starting to realize that training through the winter will be even harder than I thought. My long one today was only 12 miles and it was really hard in the cold weather! My legs felt like lead by the last 3 miles!
Gosh, you have a lot of races lined up already! I usually work the last half of the week. While it’s hard to drag myself away from my family, I do like the chance to catch up.
Happy New Year!
It’s nice to come back to a manageable inbox after the New Year!
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018!
Karen Bayne says
Being excited about the new year is a good thing!! I runfesss I am not there yet LOL I think several of us need to reign on the holiday eating!
Your racing schedule looks great! I am only committed to one race for 2018 so far.
I have heard from a lot of people that they overdid it with the holiday treats this year – I guess we’re all guilty of that, but thankfully we can get back on track next week!
I don’t mind working the week between Christmas and New Year either. It’s so quiet and peaceful and I get a ton done and then leave early 🙂
Yes! I also got to work from home a few days as well – it’s been great!
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a spring race since I’ll have to train through the weather, but now that I have a lot of hills on my next race, I can use my treadmill to simulate those grades. I won’t feel as bad if I don’t get outside because I don’t have those San Francisco hills in my backyard.
That’s great that you can use the treadmill for hill work. I think that people sometimes forget all the things that you can do on a treadmill! I did my long run today in super cold weather and it was brutal. I can already tell it’s going to be a long training cycle lol
I have 2 races on my calendar so far… 3 if you count one that I’m still undecided on. I like working the last week of the year too… I took it off this year because I had the time to spend.
That’s great that you had the days off to use up at the end of the year!
Ok, the cat photo is hilarious! I confess I felt a bit like that over the holidays too.
The car photo makes me laugh every single time I see it!
Deborah Brooks says
Starting a new year makes me smile too! You do have quite a race schedule lined up already. Hope you are able to get that long run in this weekend. Happy new year!
I was able to get my long run in today and I am beyond happy that’s it’s done and now I can enjoy my weekend!
Happy New Year!
Kimberly Hatting says
You are really rocking the “submit registration” button LOL I have 6 (maybe 7?) officially registered for, and several others that have not yet opened up (and, of course, several more that I just have not paid for yet). There are too many options!! Best wished for a fantastic 2018, Kim 😉
LOL yes I’ve been rocking it hard the past few weeks. The half marathon in Delaware was only $25 so I couldn’t pass that up!
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year Kim!
I guess I wouldn’t mind working between Christmas and new years either if I knew things would be low key and quiet. Kind of an easy day! Save those days off for when it gets busy and you really need them!
It’s just such a great time to catch up on things without any distractions, I love it!
I can’t wait for NYE to be over so I can purge my house of all the unhealthy foods. Haha. I’ve gained too many inches… no good for a non-running runner!!
Have a great new year, Kim!
LoL same here! I’m trying to make sure that there are no leftovers after this weekend.
Happy New Year Rachel!
Can I whine about working this time of year? Because everyone is sick and everything is an emergency–in between the holiday parties. Pass the cookies, please.
You can totally whine! It has to be hard for people like yourself in the medical field, but THANK YOU for all that you do all year long!
Becca | Rabbit Food Runner says
I love the start of the New Year too! That’s quite a race schedule so far! I’m excited to hear all about it. Happy New Year!
Thanks Becca! I’m happy with my race schedule so far – I hope I can make it to all the races!
I think we’ve all runfessed that we ate too much over the holidays! But hey, YOLO, right??
I also love the excitement that a new year brings …and since my birthday is Jan 1, well that’s even more reason to love it!
Happy New Year!
LOL, I’m all about YOLO, especially around the holidays!
Happy New Year and early birthday!
Michelle @ Running with Attitude says
I love the energy of the new year too! You’ve got a great race calendar – I’ll hopefully get to see you in Chicago and Philly!
Happy New Year Kim!
Hope to see you in those cities! It’s been far too long since we’ve seen each other!
Happy New Year Michelle! 🙂
Just be safe during winter training. Outside is definitely best, but the TM is nice to have when it’s icy or whatnot out there.
Most everyone on my team at work was out this week. It was nice and quiet for sure, but also a little weird/chaotic since we quasi-moved into new offices. I was grateful to be able to work from home Tue & Wed this week. 🙂
Definitely! I will not run on ice under any circumstances. I actually used my Yaktrax on Saturday for a run in the snow and they worked really well, but it was just snow and no ice, thankfully!
You are registered for 11 races?! that’s amazing!! I see you have ran Philly and Wilmington… I highly recommend the Delaware Running festival, one of the best races I did in 2017!
I like working the last week of the year too!! and I love that Meme… because it is oh so true… when it’s quieter, I can for sure hear myself not work!!
I’ve done the RnR Philly race but not the race in Wilmington – that will be a brand new one for me this year! It’s an inaugural race so I hope that it goes well!
Glad to find another person that likes working the last week of the year!
Atim at EffiFit says
I’m looking forward to 2018 as well and starting fresh!
Same here! Happy New Year 🙂
Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers says
I took some time off over this past week, but I’ll admit I’m happy to catch up on a little work this weekend and clean up the house! It feels like getting caught up before the new year.
It always feels good to catch up on those things! I definitely got caught up on cleaning and donating a few bags of items I had sitting in my room for weeks!
The Accidental Marathoner says
I’m looking forward to following your marathon training and watching you kick that marathon’s butt this year! You have lots of fun races planned. I’m still working on my calendar.
Thanks so much – I really hope I kick the marathon’s butt this year and that it doesn’t kick mine, lol
Karen @ fit in France says
11 races on your schedule already ? Wow ! I can’t plan that far in advance. I have a love hate relationship with races. Some years I do a ton, the next year almost none. I have 3 lined up so far, one in Feb. and 2 in April.
I did 35+ races back in 2015 and I said “never again” – it was just too much! Ideally I would love to have one race a month of any distance, but it’s hard to find a lot of local races here in the winter.
I never get off the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, except for last year because I was a school nurse, but any other nursing job has never allowed it. Looks like a nice racing schedule for 2018 so far. I am totally looking forward tot he New Year.
Thank you for all that you do as a nurse not just around the holidays, but all year long! I really appreciate anyone that works in the medical field.
Happy New Year Toni!
Zenaida Arroyo says
I am also training for a Spring marathon and am also worried about the training. I wasn’t when I first signed up! 🙂 I see Chicago RnR is on your schedule for this year and hope you make it. I am also looking in to the Kiawah Island Half Marathon since I haven’t run a half marathon in SC. Let’s hope I make it happen.
I can deal with normal winter weather for running but this arctic blast is really hard! My legs actually hurt when running.
I am looking forward to RnR Chicago and hope to see you there!
I have heard awesome things about Kiawah – I hope you can make it! My running coach lives in SC so she will be running too!
Oooh, good luck with marathon training season! I’ll look forward to reading your updates. And don’t sweat eating all the foods. That’s what this time of year is for!
Thanks so much Andrea! I’m happy to be getting back on track with my eating this week after indulging a lot over the holidays!