New Year’s Eve was very low key for Bill and me even though we got invited to a party about thirty minutes after I signed up for a New Year’s Day race… Sunday evening we went to the party late, stayed for about an hour, and were home and in bed by 11 PM.

On Monday morning, Bill and I joined our friends Erin and Kim for the New Day New Year 5K where Bill braved the extreme cold to play paparazzi to the three of us. It was a lot of fun even though it was the coldest race I’ve run. Receiving a blanket after crossing the finish line was amazing and such a genius choice for race swag. I snagged first place in my age group and my prize was a gift certificate to the restaurant where the race was held. I’ve got my race recap posted here on the blog and you can check it out by clicking here.

Photo credit: Bill

Since I’d raced hard on Monday, I skipped running with my friends on Tuesday morning and headed out for a solo run on Wednesday afternoon. At 29°, it was by far the warmest run of the week.


Thursday morning I met my friends at 5:30 AM as snow fell on the frozen tundra where the temperature was 20° with a windchill of 2°. I wore my new Buff (affiliate link) I’d purchased for Monday’s race and even though it was nice to be able to pull it up over my nose and mouth a couple of times when the wind gusted up, that thin layer was too hot against the back of my neck.


The real temperatures plummeted to single digits on Friday and Saturday with windchill in the negatives, and when none of my friends were meeting to run on Saturday morning, I ran a 10K on my treadmill (affiliate link). After my run I lifted weights, getting back on my three times a week weight training schedule.


Saturday evening we had our tenth and final holiday party of the season – we were invited to eleven. With the parties behind us and the goodies gone from the house there are no more excuses for not getting back into a healthy routine. Cheers to staying healthy and fit in 2018!


And in case you missed it on the blog, this past week I posted:

Looking ahead to this coming week, I hope to write my final post on tips to capture optimal running pictures, this one on photo editing techniques.


Here’s a run-down of my workouts from this past week…


Fitness tools beyond the equipment in my gym that I used during the week included:

Cameras used for blog photography include:


  • Questions:
  • What’s the coldest weather you’ve run in?  
  • Have you gotten back into your regular routine now that we’re a few days into 2018? 
  • What one thing are you most looking forward to in 2018? 


Have a great week!


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