hello 2015

Happy New Year!

Hello, strangers. I’m really not quite sure where 2014 went. Is it really 2015?!
It’s been a great year.

Last year I wrote this:

In 2014 I’d like to gain muscle and lift heavier, eat cleaner, work on a personal training certification, save more money and pretty much most of the common “resolutions” people have. If I get to travel more that’s definitely an added bonus. I don’t resolve to do any of these things but muscle gain and financial peace are definitely my goals for the year.

I haven’t met all of last year’s goals for 2014 (I prefer that word to resolutions), but I did manage to get a few out of the way.

1. Gain muscle and lift heavier.
While I don’t know how much muscle I gained (if any) because I failed to track that progress, 2014 has been a year of CrossFit gains. I’m lifting a little heavier than I did in 2013 and got a bunch of firsts.
No pull-up yet, but I’m probably proudest of learning to climb a rope.
rope climbAnd getting my wall handstand.
handstand handstand2I’ve been doing wall handstands anywhere I can get them in. Next up? A handstand push-up and maybe finally a pull-up!

2. Eat cleaner.
Nailed it. 2014 has been a great year for healthy recipe exploration. I’ve been headfirst in bread and sweets for the past month, but that’s what January is for right?
Some favorites from the year have been Moroccan chicken casserole, Paleo OMG’s shrimp and jalapeno biscuits and a small broccolini and bacon wrapped asparagus obsession.

3. Travel more. Save more $$$.
While these don’t seem like they go together very well, J and I have worked hard this year to build up a emergency fund. I’ve set up auto-drafts to savings directly from pay so I don’t even miss the money,and we throw everything extra in there as well. Saving money while traveling more has also led me to be extra crafty when trip planning. My love for Priceline’s Name Your Own Price and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program continues to burn deep. Hyatt Gold Passport and Starwood’s SPG program are following closely behind. We’ve earned a few free hotel stays and three free plane tickets his year for shopping through their portals for everyday purchases. Everyone wins. But mostly we do.
Some highlights:
kansas citySkating at Crowne Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
fittweetPlanks with Hit the Road Jane at Fitness Magazine’s Meet and Tweet event in NYC
20140629_071517Just a photo op with Jeff Galloway before a run in Savannah. NBD.

So what’s in store for 2015?
For now, let’s say blog more, see more, do more. I guess time will tell.

2014 trot for the troops 10k

Fort Campbell (and the local YMCA) continue to put on fabulous races and this year’s Trot for the Troops was no exception. I did the Trot for the Troops 10K last year (with fabulous pre-race hair might I add) and it’s still my 10K PR.
My phone (and CardioTrainer) died at 5.7 miles, but while I’m pretty sure I came in around 57 minutes this year, clock time says 1:00:03. Eight seconds isn’t a huge deal but the runner in me really wants those eight seconds off my official time. Silly, I know. TrotfortheTroops2014The course was exactly the same as last year and it was just as cold, but I learned from my previous year’s mistakes and wore shorts since I knew I’d be warm soon enough.
trot1Trot for the Troops is hosted by the Hopkinsville Christian County Family YMCA as part of Fort Campbell’s Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. It’s a year-long schedule of local races and fitness activities with a medal for competing six or more. Last year I heard about the tour too late, and while I’ve done way more than six races this year, I’ll be right at six for this year’s tour.
trot2Along with being pretty affordable, I love that the local MWR posts free race pictures to their Facebook page. Otherwise, how else would you see all this sweaty beautifulness?
Official finish time: 1:00:03