When I make “New Year’s Resolutions”, I usually not only break them by the end of January, but often completely forget what they were. This year I didn’t make any resolutions, but I did set goals. At the end of every month, I’m going to revisit them and see how I’m doing and tweak the goals if needed.
1) Run at least three half marathons, with the eventual goal of a sub-2 hour half. Right on track for at least running three. Not sure about the sub-2 hour part. I have the Citizens Bank Caesar Rodney Half Marathon-2009 in Wilmington, DE in March. I’ve also signed up for the Marine Corps Historic Half in May and I’m looking at one of the Philadelphia ones for the fall.
2) Run races in at least three new states (but I’m aiming for 5).
Still looking good here. Delaware is ON. Unfortunately, the sign up for Maine starts at almost exactly the time I’ll finish running the race in DE. Hopefully it will take at least a few hours to fill up. Florida will only be a 5K, but maybe I’ll get a chance to re-do that one later. I still expect to do two other states, but there are too many variables right now to figure out which ones those will be.
3) Workout five times a week. Yep. This week was the first week that one of those workouts was not running. It was a much easier week. I have discovered that I HATE running on Friday nights after Beer Geek gets home. I’m just tired by then and running is not what I want to be doing. This week I tried running on Saturday morning instead and I liked that better. I guess I’ll just have to play that one by ear.
4) Stop stressing about my weight and start lifting weights. I’m sitting a pound or two higher than I’d like, but my jeans are fitting fine, so I think I may actually be building muscle. I have a fat analysis scale, but it’s been flaky as all heck lately. I have lifted weights almost every day. I only missed two days and I “made up” those days by doing two body parts on the day after the miss. I’m starting to see some muscle definition and my legs definitely feel stronger.
5) Run at least 8-10 races this year.
I’m doing great here. My first race is tomorrow, which wasn’t a planned race for the year. I’ve also signed up for two halfs already and I have two races I always do, so I’m guaranteed five races without trying too hard. I should be able to find at least three more, no problem.
One of my “unofficial goals” for January was to run at least 20 miles each week and do 100 miles for the month. Despite travel and snow, I managed both goals. I think I’ll aim for 21 each week for January and at least 90 for the month.