Adieu January! I’m going to work harder to keep a regular review of my month this year. So here goes:
Another big thing that happened was my tattoo! I got it on Friday, and I’m super excited for it. I’m slathering it with Aquaphor because that’s what you do in the beginning, as the tattoo heals. It hurt right around where I thought it would, which is not crazy amounts. I got an M-Dot for my Ironman accomplishments, and the two stars represent the two races that I completed: Louisville and Wisconsin.
In terms of updating my 2017 Bucket List of experiences, here’s what I was able to knock out:
- Simplify – I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to design my life, and beginning to start thinking about how I can fund the type of lifestyle I truly want to be leading.
- Reduce Possessions – I‘m slowly working on this. We purged on some Christmas decorations we’ve stored and never used over the past few years, and with some home renovations we’re starting to plan, I anticipate going through what we have in our basement to decide what we really want to keep. I’ve also been selling clothes on Poshmark – including some of my nicer running and triathlon gear that’s gotten a bit too big!
- PR the half marathon — almost! I was very close at the Bahamas Half, and I’ve scheduled my next half marathon for April!
- Run a sub-8:00 minute mile – I confirmed and set a benchmark that I can run a 8:00 min pace for a half mile (I decided to stop and cool down that day as I’d already run more than I needed to).
- Read more — I read 5 books in January. While I’m trying to read more meaningfully, I’ve set a 36 book challenge for the year.
- Get regular massages – I got a massage in January.
1) Go to Bahamas – vacation!
2)Have a tiki drink – not only in the Bahamas, but I finally made the trip to Three Dots and a Dash, a tiki bar here in Chicago!
3) Do Stand-Up Paddleboarding. I did this while in the Bahamas. It was a bit windy while we were there, and I’d ask at the activities desk every day if it was OK to do SUP-ping. On my last full day, they acquiesed and let me go out, but it was too windy for me to really actually stand up. This photo is from our actual last day (i.e. I got on a plane that afternoon!) but the water was like glass and I was able to SUP for a half hour before enjoying the last bit of sun and heading to the airport.
I’d give myself a B+ for running this month (definitely less for swimming— I haven’t made it in the water for a swim workout in a while!). I got all scheduled runs in, except one, this month. And I find January to be one of the harder months because of the cold and gloom. Here in Chicago we just saw sunlight for the first time in over a week today! Break out the Vitamin D! Overall though I’m feeling good and strong; my Bahamas race was a strong showing of where I’m at right now, which is right on the brink of PR’ing. My coach and I are working on some speed and some hills, and hopefully I’ll be primed to break that crazy 2 hour barrier later this spring!
QOTD: What was the best thing you did in January?