Last year I came up with a handful of goals for 2013 that I wanted to achieve. I enjoyed doing this so much more than creating New Years resolutions that I figured I would repeat it again for 2014. Here goes!
1. Only blog when I want to blog and only blog about things that I want to blog about.
Tongue twister, much? I debated abandoning this blog but this past month, I have really missed writing about running. What I didn’t miss was the pressure to blog every day. From here on out you can expect me to post when I have interesting things to share. This may be a few times a week or once every three weeks. I’m just going to go with the flow and see what works. As for training recaps, now that I’m training again, I’ll try to get them up on Sundays but I’ll most likely miss a few weeks and if I find I’m only posting weekly training logs I’ll probably stop doing that too. My goal is to not stress over it and do what feels right.
2. Race a smart and successful marathon in April.
I signed up for the I-Challenge this April and will be running a 5k on April 25 and a marathon on April 26, three days after my 26th birthday. This will most likely be my only marathon of 2014. Given how awful this winter has been already, I’m not 100% confident in my ability to PR, as speed training is going to be difficult (although today, I did join a “gym” nearby so who knows?). Either way, my goal is to have fun, run smart, and be proud of my finish time regardless of whether it’s my fastest marathon or not.
3. Focus on triathlons this summer.
I really really missed swimming and biking last summer and was super envious of all of my awesome triathlete friends. Running will always be my favorite activity but I like to switch things up from time to time. I’m not sure which distances I’ll be targeting but most likely I’ll keep them short and end the summer with an olympic distance tri. I’d love to jump right into half-Iron training but with planning (and partially paying for) my wedding and honeymoon next fall, I think a half-Iron might be too expensive (race fees + other items). Triathletes, feel free to jump in with your thoughts!
4. Cross-train at least 1x a week.
Ideally, 2x a week but let’s be honest, I’m never very good at fitting in cross-training. Most likely, I’ll just be using Jillian Michaels DVDs and completing them in the safety of my kitchen/living room but perhaps I’ll get comfortable at my new “gym” and explore the weight racks? Doubtful.
5. Be comfortable with taking a break from intense exercise in the fall.
I always promise myself that I’ll take a break from running or working out after a training cycle and I always end up missing running and jumping back in a little too quickly. Next fall is going to be incredibly busy with last minute wedding stuff (we’re getting married Sep 20), applying to PT schools, taking classes, and going on our honeymoon. Running will most likely not be a priority and that’s okay. My goal is to not stress out about it and to enjoy the other exciting things going on. Plus, I’m sure the break from running will make me even more ready to jump into training for the 2015 Boston Marathon :).
2013 was a pretty great year for me both in running and in life and I’m fairly confident that 2014 will be equally as awesome. Happy New Year!