Monthly Check-In: January 2016

January has been over for several days already and I’m not gonna lie- I was happy to see it go! It went by faster than usual (probably because of my time in Florida and the blizzard) but I always feel like January is the toughest month to get through. As I did last year, I am going to try to recap how I did on my goals each month, in a slightly different format than last year. 


Summary of January: 

This was an interesting month, as it started out with oddly warm temperatures and ended with a blizzard. I felt like I got a strong start on my goals but definitely slacked a bit when I was away and during the blizzard. That’s why it’s important that I keep track of my goals and check in regularly to hold myself accountable. 

I didn’t run any races this month, but did manage to run about 99 miles. (If I had paid more attention I probably would have just run 1 extra mile!)  I made a trip to the Speed Clinic in Virginia and started working on improving my strength and form. (I still have to post more about that!) I also ran on a treadmill more than I would have liked by doing a free trial at a gym. 

I think I fell into a rhythm with my blogging that can work for now. I have been posting about 3 days  week, which has left me enough time to also read other blogs and reply to comments. Here are a few posts from this month:

Getting Organized to Achieve Your Goals

Why I Decided to Work with a Running Coach

5 Strategies for Breaking through a Racing Plateau (guest post on Laura’s blog)

The Things I’ll Do for Running

5 Reasons Why Treadmill Running is Good for me right now

2016 goals


  1. Continue to work on staying strong and healthy This month I visited the UVA Speed Clinic where I had a full 3D running assessment and was given specific feedback about my imbalances, weaknesses, and how to address them
  2. Run/Walk 2016 miles 175 miles ran and walked in January…just about right on track for this goal
  3. Work towards a BQ No marathons are scheduled for anytime soon. I’m working on building a solid base right now
  4. Work towards sub 1:40 half I’m starting to think about training for a half, but haven’t decided on one yet
  5. Do at least 10 push-ups 3 days per week I did this except for the week of the blizzard when I was sore from shoveling. (That week I did push-ups 2 days)



  1. Improve posture This one has been tough for me. Posture is one of the things I am focusing on after my running assessment but it’s I still find myself slouching all the time. 
  2. Move more I did well with this in the beginning of the month but have gotten off track, especially when it snowed. I felt like I just wanted to be lazy the whole week! Aside from shoveling, of course.
  3. Focus on saving money I did well with this in January, but now I am starting to think about all the expenses I have this spring and it’s starting to worry me a bit
  4. Get back in the habit of weekly meal prep I think of the 5 Sundays in January I did meal prep on 3 of them. But one week I knew I was off from work for the snow and the other week I had just gotten back from vacation. 
  5. Make time to unplug I haven’t really figured this one out yet. It’s tough to track, and really hard to do when I feel like  am busy and behind on so many things. 

Now we are already several days into a new month, so it’s time to focus on what’s ahead! 

How did you do with your goals in January?

What are you looking forward to in February?


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40 thoughts on “Monthly Check-In: January 2016

  1. I am not a goal setter but I would like to pick my races soon and figure out if there’s a half in my future that I am training for! I don’t total my monthly mileage but if I did, I would probably see that it’s down in the winter because of the weather and dark mornings. The combination just has me running slightly less I think but before we know it, the warmer weather will be here! I say this as it snows right now!
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  2. Really excellent January. I know if I had to deal with ice and snow my January would be super weak!

    “Make time to unplug” I started making a conscious effort to do this a couple of months ago. At first I had to basically schedule the time for myself. I would say”okay from 10:30pm – 12:30am” (my bed time) you will not go on the computer or do any chores. It was hard at first because I felt like “oh no, I still need to blog and comment on blogs and do laundry and ….” but eventually I learned to let go of all that unnecessary stress!
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  3. I need to go back and check on mine. Posture is such a good one- I need to work on that too! I sat up straighter just reading it. :) Yes, January is one of my least favorite months too.. now winter feels like it’s manageable, just another month or so hopefully!
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  4. Nice Wayne Gretzky miles last month! Ha ha! I’ve been doing planks and a few pushups here and there but I’m also concentrating on stretching out my arms and chest to make sure the pushups aren’t making my slouching worse. I too have bad posture.
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  5. January seemed to be a good month, and I hope to continue making progress this month. I set some goals a little late in January, but feel like I did well with my post-run yoga. I’d like to continue that as part of my cool down each time I run.
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  6. Spring is an expensive time for me too. Taxes (I have a private piano studio so I always owe $$) and my car gets inspected AND we pay our car insurance for the year in a lump sum. Owe and teacher union dues are due and that’s $800. AUGH!!!
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  7. You aren’t kidding that January is the toughest month to get through! This January was particularly tough for me–I couldn’t wait for February. I like the idea of setting new goals or evaluating my goals at the start of each month. I kind of let things go in January, but I’m already back on track. Onward and Upward!
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  8. I totally get what you mean about not being in the groove in January!! Strength training would immensely help your running – speed, prevent injury, and definitely posture!

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