Thursday, December 31, 2015

My 2016 Goals

Happy New Year's Eve!!

London and I are still visiting my parents on the West Coast so things have been a little quiet around here lately. Today, we will celebrate English New Year (at 4pm) at the pub and then spend the night at home as a family. I'll be impressed if I make it until 10pm ha ha!! 
At the start of every year I love to set goals for myself. As always, I have a lot of fitness-type goals this year and also some personal ones. I do this because I like the accountability. Plus, I love having things to work towards. Let's get right to it.

1. Run a Sub 4-hour Marathon.
This is my A fitness goal this year. I'll be attempting it at the BMO Vancouver Marathon in May with the help of my running coach. Yes, I hired a running coach and it's already proving to be the best decision!! I have a back-up marathon in mind if I don't reach my goals (I need to get this injury in check first before I can really hit the ground running.)
2. Have a Healthy Training Cycle.
I am hoping to fix this injury and keep it, and anything else, anyway. That's only possible by listening to my coach, listening to my body, cross-training, taking "real" rest days and stretching...lots of stretching! 
3. Run A New-To-Me Race.
I run a lot of the same local races but this year I'm hoping to try something new. It can be any distance but it has to be an entirely new event. 

4. Continue Taking Spin Class.
This is an important one that I let go of half way during NYC Marathon training when things started to get crazy busy. My goal is two spin classes a month. I'm hoping to score a spin bike in the sales which will also help me if I can't get to a class and want to do my own workout at home.
5. Make Strength Training A Priority.
I'm aiming to accomplish this one through weekly Body Pump classes at GoodLife. Depending on my London schedule I'll either be there Monday, Tuesday or Thursday nights plus Saturday's on my running down-weeks.
6. Clean Up My Diet.
I'm not sure what this means quite yet. I just want to be more aware of the food I'm putting in my mouth and not make marathon training an eating free-for-all.

1. Continue Putting London First.
Yes, I have lots of Fitness Goals but London comes first. That means putting down my phone when we're together and focusing on him. 

2. Make Time For Family And Friends.
It's hard to balance working full-time, being a single-mom, and training for a marathon. This year, I want to make sure I make time for those important to me. That also means a few extra trips to Calgary to see some of my girlfriends who live there.
3. Appreciate My Job.
I love my job. I feel extremely lucky to get paid for what I do. Every day is a new adventure. I've been doing this for 13 years and still have to pinch myself sometimes. The future of our industry, especially in a small market, is uncertain. I don't want to take a single day for granted.
4. Have Fun.
There have been some stressful moments over the last 18 months. I want to make sure I'm still making time to let loose and have some fun. 
Do you make New Years Resolutions?
Do you keep them?

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