Resolutions

So here it is, January 31st and I am just now writing my Resolutions post. But the reality is, I started a good portion of my Resolutions back on December 2nd…

Given my slight (ok huge) excel obsession, I have run data easily at my fingertips. It is easy for me to look at the current year and past year and see where I was/am at any given moment. Towards the end of 2013, I was looking back at that data. It was a year of hits and misses. I made some progress with running but one thing became clear to me. 2010 is still my golden year and I need to get back to that.

Now, it might be easy to say that since I was a novice, it was easy to have that first year be my golden year. But there are a few other things that I observed from that year that no longer played a part in my training.

I ran 5 days a week – that was my sole running goal when the year started and overall, it was a success. And sure, some runs were better than others but overall, I felt better. I already knew that 3 days a week was far too little and 2013 taught me that 4 days a week was better but not quite enough. So I started my Holiday Challenge. Now, there were definitely weeks where 6 days was REALLY difficult (even if it was only a mile) so I feel like 6 days would be too much to maintain overall. But 5 days… my goal from 2010 seemed to be the magical number for me.

The other thing about 2010 that I had lost was a nice solid base. I essentially assumed I was starting from scratch when I started my 2010 running despite a couple of years of random running (it was never consistent in 2008 or 2009).

Thus my first two resolutions were born – develop a solid base and run 5 days a week.

I am happy to report that since December 2nd, there has only been ONE week where I did not run 5 days… I ran 4 instead. But I am ok with that. I know there will be some weeks where it just won’t happen… but overall, I want my weekly number to be 5.

As for that solid base, well, I took an slightly odd approach to this. December I was only going to focus on the one mile run and January the two mile run. There have been a handful of days in January where 2 miles just was not going to happen… but overall both months were a success.

February will be the three mile run… This scares me just a tad since the weather has made it clear it will continue to be horrendous… three miles on the track is a bit… boring. But I am determined to make it work.

As for the rest of my resolutions… they are pretty basic for me and not entirely run related but here they are.

I need to build my savings back up. So I need to kick a few habits… like buying my lunch at work on weeks where I feel lazy. Its such a small thing, but it adds up BIG time. And bringing your lunch to work is healthier because you know exactly what is in it. So eating better (another resolution) should be easier.

Now, that’s not to say I will never buy my lunch and I will only eat healthy… Goodness no. But I am looking for the majority of the time to bring my lunch and eat healthy.

My last resolution is to get back to strength training… again, this started on December 12th and has been REALLY successful so far. So I am hoping I can maintain it. I will just need to play around with timing and schedules when I start to up the training miles… But since I have already made strength training a habit I am hoping it will be easier.

So, to recap the resolutions

Run 5 Days a Week
Build a Solid Running Base
Save More
Eat Healthier
Keep up the Strength Training

So far, I am nailing all of these!

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4 thoughts on “Resolutions

  1. These are some good resolutions! Gosh, my first year of running (2012) was so hit or miss – I’m envious that you started out so well! Me starting out poorly just means every year is an improvement. I hope that every year keeps getting better for you too!

    • Thanks!

      I would imagine most people’s first year is hit or miss because the inclination is try too much too fast. So I am actually rather surprised that my first year WAS so stellar. Odd that not knowing anything, I found my personal perfect formula right off the bat.

      Hoping that this year is better and I am off to a good start.

  2. Not sure if this is an option for you, but attending group classes helped and pushed me especially with the strength training – Barre and cross fit. Also I’m a big advocate of cross training. It saves my legs. I run 4 or 5 times a week, but mainly 4 times a week. Although it depends on your mileage and races you do.

    • I actually do pretty well with strength training on my own… group classes don’t always fit my schedule but when they do, I add in a few here and there. My biggest issue with group classes is cost… I really cannot afford a typical Barre or Crossfit class on any type of regular basis.

      I hardly do high mileage… especially since the highest distance race I will do is a Half and I had no issues when I trained for my first half with 5 days a week of running. I notice that as long as I ease into the 5 days a week that my body adapts.

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