2020 – Let’s start Fresh, shall we?

Happy New Year my friends! We made it! I’m hopeful for a better year all the while knowing that time continues and I’m still the same person.

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No Goals, No Resolutions

I know it’s that time of year again when we all make goals, sometimes small, sometimes big, hairy ones. That won’t be me. I am not saying I don’t have goals, or aspire to nothing this year. I’m just not going to set up any expectations of myself and my body right now.

Washing 2019 Completely off my Body

New Year’s Day here in Arnhem means taking a dive in the lake to make a fresh start. This is my third time jumping in the freezing cold water and, while I haven’t made it completely under water yet, I have made it further than the previous two times (this time up just past my waist). It may be nuts, but I love this challenge and hope to make it to the biggest polar plunge in the Netherlands (in Scheveningen) in the next year or two.

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Ready to take the plunge

Wishing everyone the best – whatever that means for you

Whatever your aspirations – new running goals, recovery, weight loss, inner peace, joy, more self-care – I am sending all my love and positive energy out to the universe for a fresh start and fabulous year.


  1. Kim at Running on the Fly says:

    I have never done a polar plunge….but now I’m intrigued. Sometimes you just gotta do that stuff to check it off the bucket list (even if it wasn’t on the list to begin with LOL). Happy New Year!!

  2. Birchwood Pie says:

    Happy New Year Renee! All the best for you in 2020. I’m going to have to try a polar plunge sometime.

  3. Rachel says:

    I saw your pic on Insta and thought “wow, she’s brave!” Kudos to you on the polar plunge!! Happy new year :)

  4. kookyrunner says:

    That’s so awesome that you did the plunge this morning! I don’t know if I could do that – I would probably chicken out, lol.
    Wishing you nothing but good health, no injuries and tons of positive vibes in 2020!!

  5. I am not a resolutions person either! Happy new year to you and hope your 2020 is filled w much happiness and health

  6. runswithpugs says:

    I am not a cold water kind of girl, so polar plunges are not my jam, but I love how this is your fresh start! 2020 is going to be something else for both of us!

  7. Marcia says:

    Happy New Year Renee! I love that you did the Polar Plunge! I haven’t yet heard that infernal “new year new you” cliche that is so rampant at the New Year. I loathe it. I’m not a resolutioner either, nor did I set goals. Wishing you all the best in 2020!

  8. Liz Dexter says:

    Brilliant, love you washing that manky old 2019 off yourself!

    I don’t have any running goals this year, really. I am just doing low-key and non-stressful races – round the 11 route after I don’t do London Marathon and then the Canal Canter which has walkers and cakes and no cut-off for runners. Happy 2020 and I hope our paths cross again!

  9. […] I mentioned already that I do not want to have any big goals this year. Last year I had goals and, well, we all know what happened there. I think, for me, I just want to be healthy. I want to get it together emotionally and physically and I think that’s enough as far as goals go. Sure I’d love to race more and hit some PR’s but to be honest, I think just being able to run and race is enough. Obviously I’m going to run Chicago (if it’s the last marathon I run) but I don’t even have a time goal for that. Just start fit and finish smiling. If we were having coffee, what would you tell me about your goals for this year? Big hairy ones? Or keeping things low key and going with the flow? […]

  10. I’m a “little” envious of your polar plunge! I think that sounds like a fun challenge (maybe to do just once?). Perhaps I should have taken a dip into our creek in our back yard. LOL

    Thank you for the wonderful wishes for 2020 and right back you! Here’s to a happy, healthy, and fit 2020!

  11. […] – In the morning we had the New Year’s Dip (well, I did; Ron doesn’t do those crazy cold water shenanigans) and in the evening I did my […]

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