With the start of 2017, there is so much information about resolutions and goals, improvements and changes. How many goals do you have? How will you achieve them? Did you write them down?
I’m a very goal oriented person, and I typically have operated this way, but last year, I didn’t meet all of my goals in running, and it’s disappointing. I know that it’s ok, and there will be plenty of times that will happen in the future, not just with running, but in life. But I was struck by the cover of Runner’s World: New Year, New You. I don’t know why that bugged me, the idea that three easy steps will get you to ____. Don’t get me wrong, I know there’s a ton of room for improvement, but there’s no list to complete or series of steps. It’s a lot of work and time that goes into that journey. Quite frankly, I don’t want a new me…maybe me, just a smidge different… version 1.9, would be ok. It’s all about better choices that will ultimately work toward helping me feel better, right?
With the forced time off from running, I’ve had a LOT of time to think about what I want to do differently in 2017. I’m still unsure of how I will implement all of them and still do things well–that will be a work in progress. There just isn’t enough time in the day, right?!!
An update about my stress fracture: I went back to the doc just after the New Year, and he told me I still need to stay in the boot for a month. Boo! I was pretty shocked to hear that and my jaw probably dropped. The good news is my foot feels a lot better, but I’m definitely not ready for running quite yet. I’m going to give some more time off from running before I jump back in the saddle.
These are some of things I will be working on:
- Running (when I’m healthy): I already have some races on the slate, and since I haven’t been running, who knows how they will go, but I’m really looking forward to some new ones. I also have Chicago Marathon in the fall, and I really DON’T want to cancel that, so I’m going to focus on staying healthy for that race.
- Do more yoga and strength training. Because I can’t do high impact right now, I’ve been getting back to yoga. I really enjoy going to the studio, but with my current work schedule and yoga class schedule, I think I’ll just have to settle for at home practice and being consistent. I’ve also been working a lot more on my upper body.
- Cycling: I really enjoyed cycling last year much more than I thought, so once I can work it back into my schedule I plan on doing that more. I’ve already gone on some bike rides with the kids. I biked 12.5 miles with my oldest to celebrate this 12th birthday. The other two kids bailed after 8 miles, but it was still a great accomplishment for everyone–the longest they’ve ever rode!
- EATING: I’m really trying to be better with planning meals and eating healthier. I generally am a good eater, but when marathon training was in the thick of it and I was so tired, I would make quick rather than healthy choices. I’m also trying to stick to whole foods. Again, we’ll see when things get busy if I can, in fact, keep this up.
- I also want to work on getting more sleep! Once I start waking up at 4 to go running again, this will be hard! The kids are going to bed later, so it’s challenging juggling that with the need to get up early.
Blogging: I shared with you a couple of days ago that I celebrated my 1st blogaversary! I started blogging to give myself an outlet for writing because in my writing job, I don’t have a lot of opportunity to be creative. I’ve really enjoyed it, and will try to keep to at least one post a week, but if I can, a couple of posts every week.
Reading: I’d like to read a book every month. I’m really not into nonfiction, I’ll do it when I have to, but I much prefer reading novels. At the end of last year, I read some great books and would really like to get back to that this year.
Those are things I’m going to work on this year. Still working out specifics, and I hesitate to make things too specific for now.
Any good book recommendations? Upper body workouts that you think I should try?