I don't generally make New Year's Resolutions. I like to set goals on my birthday, which is in July, that cover the year ahead. One resolution I am making this year though is to limit my time on the treadmill. When I say "limit my time" I mean, not run on a treadmill at all. I spent way too much time on that machine last winter and I feel like it beat up my body - hips in particular. It took me awhile to get back to feeling good running outside this past Spring. I don't want to do that again. I have invested in some nice cold weather gear and as long as I am wearing the right stuff, I think I will be fine.
The New Year is a good opportunity to check in to see how I am doing on the goals set in July...it is about the half way point. See my birthday post here: Birthday Morning Track Workouts/Goals.
1. Complete the JFK 50 Mile race in November 2011.
2. Run a Spring Marathon and BQ again with 3:35.
With the way they were conducting the Boston Marathon registration this year, I really didn't think my BQ time was fast enough to allow me the chance to actually register. But, on September 19 - spots were still open and I got in! See post: BOSTON - Here I come! So I will be running Boston on April 16 as my Spring Marathon. Sometime between July and now, my goal time has changed to sub-3:30. I am not sure how or when that happened but that is what it is now. I have no doubt that I will PR at Boston (my current marathon PR is 3:39:45) 3:35 is absolutely doable but 3:29:29 is a stretch and leaves me feeling anxious. But...growth is a little uncomfy.
3. Go to Yoga at least once every other week.
I didn't do any yoga this Fall as I was training for JFK. I didn't have time but I have been consistently going to classes for the past month - at least twice a week. I have seen a HUGE difference in my flexibility and the way my body moves. I will keep this up, for sure!
4. Go to at least 6 new DC-area sites, museums, festivals, etc...
Umm...yah. Haven't even attempted to make time for this one. Winter is a good opportunity to explore though.
5. Buy my first home/condo.
If everything keeps going according to plan, I should be closing on a condo in Falls Church on January 17!
6. Read one book per month.
I do love reading. I just struggle to find the time. I always have a book started, but have not been reading one per month. I don't really see that happening either. The only time I have is basically before bed. When I was training for JFK, I would usually get 3 pages in and fall asleep, only to have to read 2 of those pages over the next night.
7. Take all my vacation time at work.
I did take all of my vacation time in 2011 which was pretty easy to do considering I started a new job in July and didn't have a whole heck of a lot to begin with but I didn't stress over taking a day here or there. It does the mind, body and soul good to step away.
I am still working on this. I manage to get at least 7 hours of sleep most nights, but would really like to move more towards the 8 hour mark. It catches up with me by the end of the week.