The new year is finally here. Happy new year. I had the day off and spent it at home with my 8 year old son. For the evening and new year’s celebration we went to friends in our immediate neighborhood and had a great time. We almost missed the midnight moment because everyone was very consumed in conversations and enjoying each other’s company. All the kids had friends to play with and so it was a great evening from every perspective.
Yesterday I did do double-workout at Kosama doing the 5.00 AM and the 6.00 AM classes. I burnt a ton of calories (see screenshot) in anticipation of a food fest in the evening, but I actually did not go overboard with eating or drinking. I had one Smirnoff Ice (Supermarket Edition = less alcohol at least here in Colorado) and stuck to water for the rest of the evening. Sounds boring, but I am just fine with that and still had a great time. Everyone was supposed to bring a dish to the party and so I made home-made meatballs while my wife made her famous all-natural home-made Guacamole. My son brought Popits (safe (fireworks) for kids) for the kids, but of course those did not last very long. We made it home at around 1.30 AM and went straight to bed.
The one thing I do not like about New Year’s is the fact that I do not get enough sleep and New Year’s Day is always a bit of a drag. My son is an early bird and if it would be him he would get up at 6.00 AM, but at least he gave us until 7.15 AM this morning. I got up with him while my wife stayed in bed for another hour or so. One bowl of oatmeal and a good cup of coffee later I was finally awake. I am currently studying for some financial/stock market related stuff and have a ton of books to read, so I had my morning work cut out for me. I actually got a bit tired at around 11.30 AM and decided it was time for my first run of 2014. The sun had finally worked its way through the clouds and so it looked really nice outside. It was a bit breezy and so I dressed appropriate (running tights, jacket, gloves, and running hat). Completely unexpected for me was the fact that my Nike Plus GPS Watch recorded a new PR (Personal Record) for the 5K distance AND for the 10K distance. Pretty cool to start a new year of with a double PR.
The run was great. It actually warmed up while I was running and I kind of regretted not wearing shorts, but later during the run I was glad I was wearing my running tights and a jacket. The wind was chilly and it was good to be protected. I had enough cold runs in December and did not want to repeat it again. About 3 weeks ago I added a new route to my list of potential runs and so I ran this new route again today. It pretty much goes uphill for the first four miles and some of those climbs are
nasty very steep. I want to run this specific route a bit more often as I think that the long stretch of going uphill will add great strength and ultimately endurance to my running.
2013 is in the books and I am trying to figure out how much I ran last year. I started using the Nike Plus GPS watch in late August and it recorded 495 miles since then. I did not record any workouts prior to August and it feels like a big black hole. Knowing how much I usually run during a week or month it is probably safe to say that I ran somewhere between 1,200 – 1,400 miles last year. I started working out at Kosama on July 11th and except for when I was sick or on vacation I went almost every weekday. This year I will use my GPS watch on all my runs and so it should be easier to keep track of my running in general.
I registered for the Polar Prowl Half Marathon which is on one and a half weeks from today. I hope that this time the weather will be less frigid compared to the Fa La La Half Marathon that I ran in early December. The race is held from the same race organizer and I was happy with how the last race was setup – so, I want to give them my business again. This is the inaugural Polar Prowl Half Marathon and I am proud to be part of it. This race comes with the typical race swag (T-Shirt, Medal, etc.), but what I like in particular is that they offer free race pictures for the participants. This is not standard for many races and I really like how runner-friendly this organizer (All-Out MultiSport Productions) sets up their races. I will write a bit more about this race when we get closer to the actual race day.
As mentioned, 2014 is here and I am very excited about this new year. I will write about my plans and my goals for 2014 in another blog post soon. I am not a fan of new year’s resolutions, but I am a big fan of setting goals and targets in general. Last year I did not really have any running related goals and my decision to run a marathon was made in August – this year will be a bit different. I have quite a few things lined up and it will be an exciting year for sure. Stay tuned.