HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! I hope your 2018 is starting off with some of your favorite people, in a wonderful place, with plenty of renewed purpose.
2017 was a bit of a whirlwind and there are definitely some things I’m sad to see go, but overall I am so excited to start a new year! I know I’ve mentioned it (okay, probably a little obsessively), but I just LOVE the holiday season. I am going to take full advantage of the excitement I feel right now and ride it out before the winter blues really start to kick in. Setting goals is one of my favorite parts of a new year, and this year is no exception! January 1st brings a fresh new start where everything seems possible, and I can’t wait to dig in. My overall resolutions are still in the making, but I do have some running goals to share with you today.
Before I dive into my running goals for this year, I want to quickly recap the goals I set for myself at the beginning of December and see how well I accomplished them this past month.
- Complete the 30 Day Plank Challenge. Yes! This sure was a challenge though. I naively thought that I’d be able to jump back in to planking with no problem, even after taking a break for a few months. Boy was I wrong! Once I got to about the halfway point in this challenge the planks started to be really challenging. I would shake a sweat profusely after just a few seconds of the plank, and wonder if it was even possible to finish. I’m glad I stuck it out and happy to say I completed the challenge!
- Continue running shorter distances at least 2 times a week. I did pretty well on this, but definitely didn’t do anything more. I consistently ran two times a week throughout December, with one week of three runs. All of my runs were less than 5 miles in length. Even so, I do feel like I’m slowly getting back to it after the marathon and am eager to get back to my regular routine after a long break.
- Complete all of my holiday errands at the beginning of the month and focus on being present and less stressed holidays. This was about an 80% success. I completed what I thought to be all of my Christmas shopping at the beginning of the month, but extra errands and gift purchases kept popping up throughout the month that I had forgotten about. There were definitely a few errands that I had to complete much later in the month, but at least I got the bulk of it out of the way!
- Plan some seasonal date nights. Eh, we got in two date nights that involved us leaving the house this past month. One of them was seasonal (going to see a Christmas light show) but other than that we weren’t too successful here. We did, however, watch a whole bunch of holiday movies, build a gingerbread house, buy presents for our students, decorate cookies, and make a time capsule ornament so I’d say we got in plenty of holiday activities at home!
- Plan a spring goal race. Definitely have not officially planned one yet, but I do have some on the radar. I did sign up for a May half marathon, and am considering a 25k (that actually takes place on my birthday in May!) as well as a half marathon earlier in the spring. My speed goals have yet to be decided though!
- Read at least one Christmas book. Yes! I completed my favorite Christmas book again this year, The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn.
- Find some ways to give back to others on a weekly basis. I am proud to say that this went pretty well. I always feel like the holidays pass me by and I get too caught up in the stress to remember what they’re really about. This year I was able to write Christmas letters to some people who really needed them, dropped off some cookies and random gifts for our neighbors, and painted ornaments to mail to friends and family who needed a little extra cheer. I can’t believe how much more meaningful Christmas becomes when you really focus on spreading the joy.
- Not get overly obsessive about holiday foods; find a healthy balance between treats and smart choices. Ehh, this was moderately successful. Most often I felt like I was in a really healthy place, mentally and physically, but there were always those few days where I started to worry about how much sugar I had eaten or all the cardio I was missing out on.
- Spend time thinking through the past year to evaluate progress and set goals for the new year. I have spent a little bit of time reflecting on this past year and setting goals, but I definitely plan to do a bunch more in the next day! We have been traveling for the holidays so this upcoming week is when I really plan to hunker down and get busy with some goal setting.
- Choose water over pop unless it is a Sunday or holiday. Most often I was able to do this! There were a few times when I just really felt like I needed a coke! (Aka whenever we were at a restaurant or when we had pizza;).
Now that I have officially finished my monthly goals from 2017, I am so excited to get started on some new running goals for a new year! I have some big plans for this year and feel like I have been on quite a journey of self discovery this past year, so I can’t wait to see how I can use that to my advantage in the coming months.
I don’t have any official New Years Resolutions to declare for you yet (those will be coming later this week) but I do have some running goals for 2018! With only 12 months in a year, I feel like I have to really pick and choose what I want to accomplish in the year since there is never enough time for everything. Here are my running goals for 2018!
2018 Running Goals:
- Get a PR in the 5k! I have never truly raced a 5k, I’ve only ever run them for fun. Usually I like distance running so much more so the 5ks I do run always get swept up in some other training plan and I never give them much attention. I want to use this as a stepping stone for incorporating more speed into my regular training and pick a 5k to PR in (I have no idea what my times have been for past 5ks so I’m just wanting to break 30 minutes to start and then see where I go from there)!
- Run a new distance race! Something other than a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon. I think some of these funky distance races have the best themes or causes and I really want to try one out.
- Break 2:00 in the half marathon. I think this is the most ambitious of my running goals (my PR is 2:07 and that was super challenging!) but I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time and think now is the time. I am thinking right now that my goal half marathon will take place somewhere in the late spring, but once I get my race schedule set I’ll be able to officially choose one.
- Run a fall marathon. I love love love distance running in the summer and can’t imagine spend Saturday mornings without a long run. I’ve wanted to PR in the marathon for a long time, but I think I will focus my speed work on the half marathon in the beginning of the year, and then run a full for fun again in the fall. I want to truly enjoy the challenge of the marathon distance without putting any extra pressure on myself.
- Practice gratitude and presence while running. So often I get swept up in the have tos of running or working out that I forget to remember what a gift it is. There are so many people who would love to run but can’t that I want to make sure I’m not taking it for granted. Whenever I am injured or sick I always wish I could be out there running, so I am going to focus on appreciating the moment while I am running, not wishing it away, and finding something to be grateful for on each run.
Well, those are my big running goals for the year! Now that they are on the internet I feel like I’ll be held more accountable than if I just wrote them for myself ;). I love how I always feel like I’ve accomplished so much and pushed myself to new limits in running by the end of the year, but there is always so much more I can achieve. Improvement is never ending, as long as you’re looking at it the right way.
Here’s to challenging ourselves, continuous improvement, dreaming big, and hard work this year!
HAPPY 2018 FRIENDS!!!!!