(A Belated) Fitness Friday + 2013 Goals

by Kristen L. on December 31, 2012

Happy New Year’s Eve! Dave and I returned from the winter wonderland that is upstate New York on Thursday. I’m not the biggest fan of snow, so I was pretty excited to come back to a complete lack of the white stuff here in Groton. That was short lived, however, since we got 5-6 inches on Saturday. I’ll take that over the 1 1/2 plus feet that my inlaws got, I guess!

Stan at the park – a small miracle that he stayed still on the sled long enough to get a picture

Christmas was wonderful and relaxed. It was great to see Dave’s side of the family and get out of Connecticut for a few days. We ate great food, went on plenty of runs (including 3 miles on Christmas!), went bowling and generally enjoyed the change of scenery. Once we got back to Connecticut, Dave delved back into his home improvements products (we are painting most of the rooms in the house) and spending time together before he goes back to work on Wednesday. My first task for 2013 is to tackle my closet. Our house was built in the early 1900s and while it has a lot of character, it’s pretty lacking in storage space. Closets quickly become disasters because there is never enough space to fit everything. I’m determined to keep them tidy in the new year.

Pre Christmas Eve Mass. The Christmas wreath behind Dave’s head makes him look like he has an afro.

One exciting thing we did was see Harry Connick Jr. in concert at Foxwoods on Saturday night! Harry is one of my favorite musicians and Dave got us great tickets on the floor, which entered up being pretty close to the stage. It was my third time seeing him and it was the best show yet. The set list was great and he kept the crowd entertained with his funny anecdotes and stories in addition to the great music. We weren’t supposed to take pictures but I sniped one on the sly.

In the past, we’ve gone skiing during this weekend but we’re staying home this year since we’re skiing later in January. On the agenda is a trip to the gym, errands and painting the dining room. Tonight, we’re going to see Le Miserables and grab dinner in Mystic. 2012 was, admittedly, not the greatest year. I’m looking forward to the fresh start that the new year brings and I have a good feeling about 2013. There are many things I hope to achieve, professionally, athletically and personally. I’m not going to list all of them here, but a few include:

- Breaking 1:30 in the half marathon (shaving 7 minutes off my PR)

-Breaking 3:30 in the full marathon (shaving 3 minutes off my PR)

-Find a career that will allow me to grow professionally in the long term

-Finish improvements on the house to get it ready to sell

-Contributing more to savings

-Continue my volunteer work with Girls on the Run while looking for other organizations where I can donate my time and energy

-Be better at keeping in touch with friends and family

-Coach another marathon group

-BLOG MORE! Learn more about the blogging community and blogging in general

I know New Year’s resolutions can be kind of hokey, but there is something exciting about putting pen to paper (or type to a post) and declaring that you want to accomplish something. It’s quite possible that I won’t be able to achieve everything I want to in 12 (short) months but pressing forward towards all of these goals is only going to bring positivity to my life. While I was in law school, running and working out took a big back seat and I vowed that in 2012, I would rededicate myself to getting back in the shape that I was in while in college. Now, on the tail end of the second #RWRUNSTREAK of the year, I am able to hit the splits and get race times that are close to PRs I set in 2005 and 2006. Even more importantly, running is fun again. I want to carry that enthusiasm not just for running, but to all things, in 2013 and really get some momentum going in all other facets of my life.

With that said, I’m posting my (very late) workouts from last week for #FITNESSFRIDAY. It was heavy on the running and lighter on the circuit workouts that I was doing due to the holiday and not getting to the gym. The background picture was taken by my husband at Mystic Seaport a few years ago.

I was so excited to finally get a chance to try a Body Pump class! They offer a few classes a day at the local YMCA by Dave’s parents house, so I dragged Dave with me the day after Christmas. We went to the 10:15 class and it was packed – at least 30 people were crammed into a studio. I was a little confused about what to do, as you need a good amount of equipment, but one of the regulars showed me what to grab. It was a great full body workout, with each song focusing on a different muscle group. Admittedly, I don’t work my upper body nearly as much as I should, so my arms and shoulders were feeling the tracks that focused on those areas. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I wish they offered it around here. I’d take it all the time if I could. I know they offer an at-home version, which I may look into, but I enjoy doing my workouts out of the house when I can.

That’s all for now! It’s time to do the second coat of paint in the dining room and then it’s another room completed! Only the office and upstairs bathroom to go. Happy New Year!

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