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Happy New Year!

The week between Christmas and the New Year is always one of my favorite times of the year. It’s usually all about spending time with family, relaxing and recharging. And this past week I stuck with that tradition – though I did have to acknowledge a little email in my inbox on Monday from the RC coaches noting that I’m 12 weeks out from the NYC Half.

Hmmm…a not so subtle hint that it’s time to return to a training plan. Thankfully the RC team recognized that I was still in holiday/vacation mode so the plan for this week was fairly light.

NYC Half Marathon Training Week 1

Monday: Day after Christmas is always “Family Pajama Day” – no houseguests, no meal prep, just the 4 of us hanging out – a perfect day!

Tuesday: 800 meter repeats on the treadmill.  (What was I saying about it being a light week?!)

Wednesday: Too much family fun = no workout

Thursday:  Strength day – even got my youngest son to join me! There were lots of planks, squats, deadbugs, bridges and lunges – it was all about core and legs.

Friday: 3.1 miles – J joined me for running the last virtual 5K of the Rock’n’Roll Winter Runningland Series. Conditions were much icier than we expected so this was part run, part shuffle.

Source: Rock n Roll Marathon Series

Saturday: Saturdays are usually my long run day, but we started the day very early shuttling out to the middle of nowhere for my son’s hockey game. By the time the game was done and we made the drive back I just couldn’t will myself back out into the frigid temps to run. And once I spied the forecast for Sunday, my decision was made.

Sunday:  40 degrees this morning! My ideal running weather – so I got in 5 miles while the family slept. Happy to get the new year off on the right foot 🙂

Yeah…pretty easy peasy this week and I’m fine with that! I’m pretty sure the RC coaches will not be so kind during this upcoming week.

Did you have any big plans for New Year’s Eve? Are you training for anything yet? 

I’m linking up again with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap. Please be sure to stop by and checkout both of these great ladies, and join in and share how your week went! 



  1. Hanging out with the family sounds like the perfect way to spend the week. That ear muff medal is adorable! I think after an “easy” week, you are ready to tackle whatever the RC coaches throw at you! It will be so cool to run in NYC. I need to make that happen soon. Thanks for linking, Michelle. Happy New Year!

  2. I love the idea of “Family Pajama Day” although we sort of had that on Christmas this year – I did not step one foot outside the house! I do like the downtime between Christmas and New Year’s. I had to go to work 2 days, but it was pretty quiet. Happy New Year!
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  3. It was 40 and sunny here too today! So perfect for a run and a great way to kick off the New Year!
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  4. Sounds like you had a great week of workouts between Christmas and New Years. I definitely did not. I was a bit lazy relaxing with family I do not get to see often. My sister is running the NYC half as well and got a bunch of goodies for Christmas to help with her training.
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  5. Hanging out in pajamas all day the day after Christmas sounds like such a fun tradition! I especially like the “no cooking” part of the tradition!

    Happy New Year!
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  6. Happy New Year Michelle! Sounds like a good light week of training! Pajama day sounds fun too! I’ve got to start training for RnR San Francisco in March. Time to start looking for a new training plan.
    Sharon recently posted…Last Week’s Workouts and Weekly Wrap 12/26-1/1My Profile

  7. Hey I participated in Family PJ Day and didn’t even know it! It felt great! Being with family is so important and it is a balance between the need to be with them and the need to get our sweat on.
    Are you like me and there isn’t much easing back into regular workouts? You just gotta take the plunge and do it. My race calendar is filling up for the next few months so there will be only maintenance in between racing. I never know exactly how to handle this but somehow I do manage.
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    • I’m always so impressed by how many races you’re able to do! Can’t wait to see where you’re heading in 2017 – maybe our paths will cross 🙂

  8. Sounds like you are really excited to start your half training! I am gearing up to start training for some spring tri races. Happy new year
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  9. Family pajama days are great…used to love those days during the holidays when the boys were little.

    Good luck with the NYC training …that race has always been on my bucket list! Can’t wait to read your review of it.

    Happy New Year Michelle!
    Teresa recently posted…Another Year, Another BirthdayMy Profile

  10. Nice work! I’m glad you enjoyed the holidays with family. This week I’m kicking off half marathon training but I’m still not mentally ready for it!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…New Year’s Resolutions for 2017My Profile

  11. Now that my Running Streak officially ended, I’m taking things easy for January. I have a 10K in March, but will probably find a couple other events before then to do. My marathon training will probably officially start back up some time in March as well (Grandma’s Marathon is in mid-June).
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  12. good luck with your training! It’s sometimes hard to get back to it after the holidays. I am signed up for three marathons this spring so I am hitting my training hard!
    Wendy Hammond recently posted…Meal Planning & Other Goals for 2017My Profile

  13. I was totally in that fog where I had no idea what day it was. Love it! A pj day sounds perfect and necessary to me. All the best as you run toward NYC!
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  14. That’s a great day after Christmas tradition! It sounds nice and relaxing 🙂 Great job with the start of training last week.
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  15. Good luck with the NYC half marathon training. I was thinking about doing it for charity but I don’t think I will have the time to train.
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