Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year & Another Goal

I hope everyone had a fun filled New Year's Eve and managed to start off 2013 on the right (or left) foot, so to speak, ha. 

I would have written this post yesterday but alas my brain didn't have the capacity to formulate complete sentences.  Yeah, I went a bit nuts on New Years Eve.  I certainly didn't think that was going to be the case given that I had been up since 5:00 am but once the dancing started, G was hard pressed to get me to go anywhere.  I love a good dance party.  I don't care if I'm the only one up and dancing either.  I create my own fun, ha ha.  A few drinks always tends to help. 

The look on G's face says it all.

Elaine eat your heart out.
After much dancing and champagne drinking, G finally dragged me out of our friends place around 2:30 a.m.  I fell into bed sometime around 3:00 am.   My internal alarm clock went off at 7:00 am.  I managed to tell it to shut up and I slept fitfully for another couple of hours.  The smell of toast and cooking bacon got me out of bed at 9:00 am.  I took the fact that I was hungry as a good sign, although I still felt a little wobbly when I got up.  After some eggs, toast, turkey bacon, a strong cup of coffee and some GU Brew hydration, I started to feel better.  Good thing because I had an 11.5km run to do with 8 of it at tempo pace.  The plan was run up to our friends place and pick up the car.  This was a strategic move on my part.  I knew that if we didn't leave the car, I probably would have bailed on my run. 

I finally dragged myself out of the house at around 12:30.  I was thankful that the sun was shining.  It was a glorious day out.  My first few steps were not great.  My stomach was not happy.  As I got moving, I started to feel better.  I tried to push the pace after my 2km warm up but it wasn't going to happen.  I decided to just do what I could.  After about 5km, I felt a lot better so I started to push the pace again.  This time I managed to hit my goal pace.  So I stuck it out for as long as I could.  Before I knew it, I was done.  And, miracle of miracles, my hangover was gone.  Running is definitely the cure for what ails you! 
Not a bad effort all things considered!

After my run, I spent the afternoon lounging on the couch watching Top Gear and catching up on some of my favourite blogs.  Melissa at Lift. Teach. Love. Run is participating in a challenge hosted by Jill Conyers and Jen at Marathon Mom.  The challenge is to run 13 races in 2013.  They can be virtual or real races.  I was pumped about that idea and luckily enough the ladies extended the registration deadline to Jan 6th so I jumped on that bandwagon this morning.  Can't wait to get started on that!  Looks like 2013 is going to be a busy one!

How did you spend your New Years Eve?

Did you get out for a run on New Year's day? 


Unknown said...

We partied, 80s style! I ran 5 miles with a friend - but you totally beat me: miles-wise and pace-wise...I should be shunned! lol jk ;)

Phaedra Kennedy said...

Partied 80's style, I love it! That sounds like my kind of party!! :D

M.Love said...

YAY!! SO glad you're going to join in on the fun!! Woot Woot! And I wish I could have your pace -- haha! I'm the turtle - slow and steady haha! :)

Yo Momma Runs said...

We needed you at our juke joint on New Year's Eve. You could have helped us get the party started! I am also not afraid to be the only one dancing (in all of my dancing awkwardness!:)). My husband is a HUGE Top Gear fan. It's pretty much the only show he loves and watches regularly.

Phaedra Kennedy said...

Thanks for putting the bug in my ear!!! :D Nothing wrong with slow and steady - the fact that you're up and running is what counts!

Phaedra Kennedy said...

Oh man, I would have had a BLAST at that place! Yeah I am all finger pointing and face making when I dance, but I don't care. My hubby got me into Top Gear. I love the original one (BBC) those guys are complete idiots and so much fun to watch.

Jonathan said...

Actually, I did run on New Year Day. I sprinted on a treadmill. I decided to bump up the challenge by running 0.1mph faster for each minute. So, after warming up for 5 minutes at a speed of 4.2mph, I started off at 12.3mph and finished off at 13.7mph in 15 minutes. I'm only 0.3mph from hitting the treadmill's maximum speed. Looking forward to that day when I run at its fastest speed.

Was I zonked out? No.

I didn't go out to party on the night before, though. I simply stayed at home to do some thinking about what I want to do in 2013. Fitness-wise, I'm wanting to keep getting larger, be more proportional looking, be stronger (in both bodyweight exercises and lifting weights), and, yes, sprinting fast.

Phaedra Kennedy said...

Wow! That's amazing Jonathan! You are becoming quite the running machine. :D I love your fitness goals. I have no doubt that you will achieve them!

Abby said...

I was flying home on a plane so no exciting New Year here; however, you are amazing. Your hungover 11k time is pretty much the exact same as my 10K PR, sober. I could not do that. Glad you got up and got moving.

Phaedra Kennedy said...

Ha ha, thanks Abby! :D