Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A look back at 2016!

2016 is coming to a close...and what a year it's been. I love taking some time to reflect on the year, both personally and professionally. This was a great year for me professionally. I shifted a bit in the focus of my group programs and offered more strength training programs than running programs. As many of you know, I coach runners both privately and in a group setting and I am also a personal trainer for clients both privately and in a group setting. In addition, I also train and teach small groups at the Magdalena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas. I chose to work at the Y because I felt it would give me the opportunity to work with as many people from varying ages and abilities. I have literally worked with people of all ages and fitness levels, from the professional athlete through seniors needing to work on strength and balance. It's been extremely rewarding these past 2 years I've been there. And I am excited to be coaching the very first running program for the Y beginning in January. We're training for the Encinitas Half Marathon, which should be a great time!

The year began with a strength-training program held at Moonlight Beach. This was a 5-week session that kicked off the New Year! We focused on high-intensity interval training that really got our engines running. You might as well start the New Year with a bang, right? This program was then followed by another strength program, this time geared specifically for runners. We had a blast with running-specific strength work, muscle priming, hill work and much more. This was also held at the beach and it couldn't be more invigorating to workout with the ocean for a view. In both programs, it was so awesome to see people who initially thought they couldn't do a particular exercise and then knock it out of the park! That is what keeps me going every morning!


The last group program for the year was the second running of the Lake Hodges 15K Trail Running Program. I absolutely love this trail and race. Lake Hodges trails are excellent for starting a trail-running career. The race itself is just challenging enough for the experienced trail runner to be satisfied but not so challenging for those just trying trail running for the first time. Our program met for 10 weeks and the group was a good mix of experienced trail runners and those just starting out. It was hot and dusty most of the time but these folks pushed and pushed, never giving up and giving it their all. And as you can see, we definitely had fun together.

And let's not forget all of my wonderful private running, personal training and nutrition clients I've had the pleasure to work with throughout 2016. There were pounds lost, age groups won, new race distances conquered and a couple of Boston Qualifiers. It would be difficult for me to single out each and every one and all of the awesome goals they've achieved but know that they all hold a special place in my heart. Their goals are my goals and I am invested in everyone's hopes and dreams just as much as they are. From my dear running client who accomplished her first 100-mile race this year to my dear personal training client, who at 98-years old, is my most consistent and determined client and everyone in between. The time I have with my clients is special to me, whether it's in person, over the phone or through email. You all inspire and motivate me to do my best, both professionally and personally. I am grateful to each and every one of you! Here's to an amazing 2017!

As you look back on your year, focus on how far you've come! Don't dwell on goals you didn't reach or things you didn't do. Instead, focus on all you have done and accomplished, however big or small. Not every goal is huge and those smaller accomplishments along the way to larger ones count too. You have all made 2016 especially amazing for me and I am looking forward to working and running with you in 2017!

Stay tuned to my personal look-back on 2016 later this week! In the meantime, check out Susie from the Suzlyfe, Lora Marie from Crazy Running Girl, Debbie from Coach Debbie Runs and Rachel from Running on Happy, whom I'm linking up with for the Coaches' Corner blog link up.



I'm also linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday Link Up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Jen from Pretty Little Grub, Michelle at Fruition Fitness and Nicole at Fitful Focus. Check these badass women out!

18 comments:

  1. 2016 was a tough year for me both on and off the road. I've got some new challenges ahead, but I'm ready for 2017! Bring it on!

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that. I definitely didn't finish the year as strong as I'd like because of some health issues. But we're going to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and KICK BUTT next year!! Cheers to you, Wendy!

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  2. I love looking back on the year because sometimes we forget just how far we have come in a year especially if we've had some recent set backs.

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    1. Exactly! I always want my clients to know that their goals are important and even if they didn't get exactly what they wanted, they still did amazing things!

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  3. Congrats on all your accomplishments this year! I focused a lot more on strength training and feel the strongest I have and to set new goals and make more personal gains in 2017!

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    1. That's fantastic, Patricia! Here's to a great 2016 and an even better 2017!

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  4. I had a rough year race wise, but I have a feeling 2017 will be better than ever :). Keep up all the good work with both your goals and your clients. It sounds like you are an amazing coach!

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    1. Thanks so much for that, Nicole. I am sure you will take everything you learned from those races and have an awesome 2017!

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  5. What an amazing year! It's been a whirlwind for me too this year, hoping my new studio and blog continue to grow!

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to see what these amazing clients do next year!

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  7. This is such a great post! It's awesome you're giving kudos to what your clients accomplished ;-)

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    1. They are all amazing! They have all worked so hard and deserve some kudos!

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  8. You were the reason I was able to finish my 1st 100!!!! Thank you so much!!!

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    1. You are amazing, Cheryl! It is such a pleasure to work with you. So excited for your upcoming year!

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  9. Congratulations on a truly awesome year for you personally, but I know that the biggest deal for you is seeing all of your clients and athletes flourish. For a coach, that is truly the greatest accomplishment of all!

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