Here we are at the start of another year. It seems like 2016 flew by. For me as a runner, it was a really awesome year, but I chose goals that played to my strengths: back to back half marathons, trips to races, etc. I also chose typical things like manage my time better and drink more water, which feel more like “resolutions”. Today’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is “Runner Resolutions” (yes, I know I need to update my page), but I’m going to talk about some specific goals instead. For several years now, I’ve used this format and it really works for me.
- Get back into the local race scene. I’ve been really busy with the traveling and racing and only running half marathons. I used to love to run at the local races, so I’ve decided to hit up a bunch again this year. I’ll be doing a 5K, a four mile race, the GW Parkway 10 miler, and a few others. Running these shorter races will also help me with my next goal.
- Find some speed again. I suck at speedwork. I just really am not good at pushing myself when I’m not in a race. If you are local, don’t be surprised to see me pop up at some 10Ks and 5Ks in the area. Why? Because I want to run the GW Parkway at a sub- 10 minute pace, which is not something I’ve been able to manage in a long time. (My PR is 1:30 and change, so it’s very unlikely I’ll PR…)
- Use a training plan again. I was all over the place with my training for 2016. I never really settled into any plan, regardless of the race I had coming up. This week I plan to sit down and put the Hansons Half Marathon plan on the calendar and use that to get ready for the GW Parkway.
- Add another 4 or so states to my 50 states quest. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t plan at least some travel and racing. And I do still love the half marathon, even if I am backing off a bit. We are planning to hit the Mainly Marathons Heartland Series, but everything else is very tentative at this point. See that white section in the middle? That’s where I plan to run.
- Batch cook on Mondays. We have activities three nights a week now, so I need to have easy meals for those nights. I figure if I make two large meals each Monday, that will feed us until Friday. We ate tacos entirely too often this year, so we need to branch out.
- Cross Train at least once a week. I have options in my fitness room and there are tons of videos out there. I need to make myself use them. Bonus if I manage more than once a week.
- Stop grazing. I don’t eat an evening meal on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Instead, I find myself grabbing random things from the refrigerator and the pantry. I need to fix myself a meal and eat it after we get home (and actually eat a healthy snack before practice/running so I’m not ravenous when I walk in the door.)
- Blog 3 times per week. I began cutting back from 5 times a week earlier this year and I love that I no longer feel pressured by my blog. Hopefully this will free me up to spend more time reading other blogs and interacting on social media.
- Sub as often as I can at the local library. I’ve subbed frequently this last month and I’m remembering why I became a librarian in the first place. Working the reference desk is a very social job and sometimes I even get a question that takes a lot of thinking or researching.
- Keep up my 2016 schedule. I started working more hours on the days that I worked and taking one full day to not work. I noticed towards the end of the year that I fell out of that habit, so I need to make an effort to get back on it.
- Continue cleaning and decluttering. This month I moved a lot of stuff out of our house via a “buy nothing” group I belong to. It’s been great seeing things I don’t need (and are just filling up space in my small house) go to people who can use them. Along these same lines, I need to minimize how much new stuff I bring into the house.
- Take a trip with Beer Geek. This will always be on my list. We need this time each year to reconnect and reevaluate where things are going in our lives.
- Minimize Facebook and other social media. I’ve turned off notifications and I’ve left a bunch of groups. I know I need to spend a certain amount of time for blog purposes, but not having new stuff pop up all the time should help with the distraction issue I’ve been having.
- Keep using my bullet journal to keep me on track. I love having everything in one place and for some reason, writing things down makes them more real to me. I’ve always been a big “to do” list person, so this is just one big (really organized) list.
It feels a little strange to not have some BIG.SCARY.GOAL. this year, but there are enough things swirling around unsettled that I want to focus more on the day to day happiness. This is not to say I won’t do something crazy like sign up for MCM again or hop a plane to knock out another state. It’s just that I’m not planning to. At least not today.
How about you? Do you have some rockin’ goals for 2017? Is this going to be a big, scary goal year for you?