January in Review

Miles ran: 39
Worked out for: 17.8 hours
Races (not really raced): 1
Internet friends met in person: 2 (this might be worthy of a separate post)

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New Years Day run in the snow

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S-No-W Fun Run with the Wurst Running Club Ever

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So much snow.

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We painted. (These are the strangers we painted with.)

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It was cold. So very cold.

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Moar photoboothz

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Three Dots and a Dash. Went there for a work function. You know who likes to party? Digital marketers.

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True story: I had a little party with friends to watch Flowers in the Attic on Lifetime. It was just as campy as we hoped it would be.

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Did it ever stop snowing?

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The days are getting longer.

Goals

Have a goal race. So yeah, there’s this little race called the Chicago Marathon

52 or more strength workouts. Went to 5 classes at oneBody Pilates studio. (Can you tell I was using up a Groupon before it expired?) I really like this studio! They currently offer combined mat/equipment classes (the equipment being the “spring wall”), limited to four students per class. All of the classes I took were with Nicky, and she’s excellent. With the small class size, you get very personal attention and constant feedback on your form (in a friendly, supportive way). I highly recommend checking out oneBody if you like Pilates or are interested in trying it.

24 or more “fun” workouts. I made it to three burlesque classes at Vaudezilla, half of a ballet class at Rast, and a Barre Judo class at Creative Motion. Burlesque is so fun, I plan to write a post about why every woman should take a class. I haven’t made it back to ballet since my “episode” (partly scheduling, partly being lazy/embarrased) but I’m determined to go back. And Barre Judo sealed it for me – “aeorbics” style classes just aren’t my thing.

Zero balance on all credit cards. Working on it.

Read 12 books. I started it in December, but I finished Orange is the New Black, and then watched the first season on Netflix. The book was good – interesting, but the writing left a little to be desired. However, I really got into the Netflix show, which obviously took some creative license. AND, I finished a second book! Whoa, overachiever. Book #2 was Prodigal Summer, which I started to read years ago, but couldn’t get into. Not sure why, I really enjoyed it this time around, and highly recommend it.

Once a month, host something. Success! Invited some friends over to watch Flowers in the Attic on Lifetime. I even made snacks (reuben bites for the win, even though due to dietary restrictions/preferences, only my brother and I ate them) and sangria. #SoFancy  Anywho, if you read the book as a young lady, you might enjoy Lifetime’s campy movie version. (As for my brother, he tagged along because he didn’t want my sis-in-law driving alone in the snow. #TrueLove)

Volunteer. As I mentioned, I’ve decided to once again run the Chicago Marathon on behalf of the American Cancer Society. This year I’m taking it up a notch, and applied to be a team mentor. But stay tuned for my fundraising raffles and events. I also applied to join the Taproot Foundation. (If that org sounds cool to you, especially if you support the arts, you should also check out the Arts & Business Council of Chicago. I have  volunteered with them as well.)

4 thoughts on “January in Review

  1. Love your pictures! Especially the ones of the frozen Chicago River.

    Yay for running the Chicago Marathon again this year! I am excited to hear how your training progresses, and I think you are going to really enjoy being a team mentor!

  2. Yes! Tell us about meeting those bloggers!

    I love that you are trying new classes and doing so much cross training. And I think burlesque sounds like a hoot (yes, I said hoot. I am an old lady now, apparently).

  3. Burlesque IS a hoot! ;-)

    I’m not sure if I’ll post about the other bloggers. Neither of them still blog, so I don’t know how “out there” they want to be. We met via LiveJournal, back when that site was popular. I might post in a way that doesn’t really talk about them specifically.

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