Monday January 1, 2018
Happy New Years!!!
We have officially made the leap from 2017 to 2018… Wow!! 365 days seemed to fly during the last few months of the year. When Thanksgiving rolls around, it seems the clock speeds up then its gone!
The last few days of the year for me involved getting sick. I spent several days with most likely a touch of the flu. I wasn’t throwing up or losing my appetite (which means I’m near death if I’m not eating), but I had a high temperature, coughing, bad headaches, body aches and slept several times a day. Thankfully, I’m just dealing with some coughing and feeling a lot better.
With the new year, I’m looking forward to some new changes centered around my health. A new year presents greater opportunities and growth. It’s also a good time to reset or re-align goals both short and long-term.
One of the biggest challenges that I impose on myself in 2018 is making a more concerted effort to be mindful of my nutrition and eating healthier. This means reducing a lot of the “junk” I love. #1 on the list…CHIPS!. I am a chip fanatic and love it on a regular basis. It’s the salty flavors but I also love sweets too… best or worst of worlds depending on your viewpoint.
I love food and every type of it… my motto is I don’t discriminate against any type of food… well, maybe Brussel sprouts which Carrie has tried time and time again to make more palatable.
I also want to incorporate more plant-based foods while still eating meat but not as often as I have been. Staying on the food side, I also want to see how my body feels by reducing and eliminating dairy. I’m sure I won’t feel as mucousy as I have been.
Other goals involve taking a few pounds off to a good racing weight which for me is about 5-7 lbs.. but most of all, reduce some body fat and increase muscle mass with strength training. The hope is to get my overall performance up with my training and races. I’m looking forward to getting back to a regular routine with stronger definitive outcomes!
One of my biggest goals is to have a great Half Marathon at San Diego in June. The last time I ran this race which is a Rock ‘n Roll event was back in 2002 when I was fundraising for the Leukemia Society’s Team in Training where I raised over $2,400. It was the Marathon I ran, so this will be the first time I run the Half Marathon in the SD RNR event! Coincidentally, its will also mark the first time Carrie has done the Marathon in the same event which was her first ever Marathon in 2002!
These are just a few of my goals that I am looking to make happen and have no reason not to make good on it.
Last day of 2017…
On Sunday which was New Year’s Eve, Carrie and I along with her friend Kara met at a nearby Einstein’s Bagel shop. They ran 8 miles while I walked most of the hour and put in a 1 mile run to see how I felt. I was still recovering and feeling sluggish but did a mile. The cool air and getting outside was much needed. It was a way to celebrate the end of 2017 as we look ahead to a new year!
New Year’s Day…
We are not partying type of people and the days of watching the ball drop or waiting until midnight is not something we worry about. We were in bed at our usual time and did awake to some fireworks which let us know that 2018 had arrived!
I got up to run at 6:05am with temps in the low 40’s according to my little temperature checker. My goal was to run 3 miles depending on how the body felt. I went out and immediately saw the last few minutes of the Wolf Moon which is one of two Supermoons in January. What a sight to see under a pretty clear sky. The moon lit up the roads as I made my way out. I was feeling better than expected, although I was still coughing and feeling a little sluggish but really not bad considering a rough few days last week.
I squeezed out 3.4 miles and felt very good about my run :). I always like ending a year with a run and starting out the new year the same way. A great start to 2018 and a promising year ahead. I quickly dashed out to the gym for my new workout that I created and had a great workout.. nothing like kicking off the new year with little strength training!
I will also be celebrating a milestone in 3 days on January 4th. This will mark my 19 year Anniversary of a successful heart surgery to repair my Mitral Valve. I was only 29 yrs of age when I went under the knife to repair the Mitral Valve which was causing a major backflow of blood (40%) which had me short of breath. I am so grateful for all of the medical doctors and nurses who did an outstanding job on the surgery as well as my family and friends who took care of me during my recovery. On January 4th, I usually try to get out for a run even if it’s a short one to commemorate the significance of the day and to be thankful to be alive and to have to privilege to run another day!