First of all I just wanted to say thanks everyone for their well wishes yesterday. I went to the doctor and it turns out it wasn’t a viral infection, I have strep throat. Now I have antibiotics but unfortunately they make me feel like garbage. My stomach aches and I’m super nauseous from them.
But enough complaining. The year is just about over which means it’s time to start thinking about plans for next year and with that comes New Years Resolutions. Last year I talked a lot about how to make proper New Years Resolutions that you will actually keep. And it worked for me, I made 3 resolutions and was able to accomplish all of them. The basics of the post in case you don’t want to go and read my full post is that your resolution should have 3 components:
#1. A specific goal
#2. An action plan to achieve the goal
#3. A timeline to evaluate and adjust the goal
Okay, now I’m going to break my own rules here and don’t plan on making my resolutions as specific this year. Why? Because I’m a rule breaker. I completely stand behind my advice but I’m making mine a little more long term and general but I think they are all still completely manageable.
1. Get faster at running
I bought the book Run Less Run Faster and I plan to use their training plan to help me accomplish this goal. My goal is to race 2:10 in the Phoenix Half Marathon in February and maybe a pipe dream goal of a sub 2 hour half. I really don’t know how fast I can become because I’ve never worked on speed so I’m leaving this goal a little open.
2. Run my second and err…third marathon
After the New York Marathon nobody asked me if I would run another marathon, instead they asked me when my next one was. I guess everyone has a lot of confidence in me so I officially decided to run a second marathon. I plan to run the Calgary Marathon on May 31.
Then Tom talked me into signing up for my third marathon, the Seattle Rock n Roll. This race takes place just 2 weeks after the Calgary Marathon. I signed up for it knowing that I wouldn’t plan to race this one, just take it easy and that if I needed to drop down to the half-marathon, I would be okay with that.
3. Include strength training twice per week
During my last marathon training I completely gave up on my strength training and I miss it. Building strength makes me a stronger runner and a more confident person. I have decided to dedicate 2 days a week to strength training at GoodLife Fitness.
1. Eat 7 servings of vegetables/fruits daily
During the holiday sweat challenge, you get points for meeting 5 daily servings of vegetables/fruits. I have made it my mission to aim for 7. Now I love vegetables and fruits and as a Dietitian they are part of my regular diet. But it’s not always easy to meet that target. Being aware of what I’m eating and counting my servings has been eye opening and I plan to continue striving for that 7 servings.
1. Up my Pinterest game
How’s that for a non-specific goal? I haven’t worked much on Pinterest, yet time and time again I read other bloggers saying it’s their top referral source. I realize I am doing something wrong because it’s barely even a referral source for me. So I plan to do some Pinterest overhauling in the New Year. Whatever that might look like.
2. Give my readers what they want
On my blogiversary, I got a lot of feedback of what my readers wanted to see on my blog and I intend to work on bringing those posts to life. And selfishly, I think this can work towards building my blog further.
What are your New Years Resolutions?
This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Bloggger Ambassador Program. However all thoughts & opinions are my own.