Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a happy and safe time ringing in the New Year last night. This morning I will enjoy a run and a strength training workout to start the New Year off on the right foot!
Today’s theme is fitness so I thought that today would be a perfect time to discuss my 2016 Goals. I had some pretty crazy goals in 2015 so this year I’m keeping it simple!
Goal: Meet as many social media friends as possible!
This is a fun goal that I totally plan on taking advantage of this year. With some of the bigger races, it’s hard to find a good area to meet people but I’m really going to make an effort to meet more of my social media buddies in person this year. I already know I’ll see Jenn and Crescent in July for Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago (this is where we actually first met last year). I’m also hoping to see Erica, Wendy, Auggie, Meg and Susie as well since they live in Chicago, but I’m not sure if they are doing the race. I know for sure that I’ll see Jenn again for Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego along with Karla, Smitha, Heather and all of the cool #WeRunSocial crew. Of course I cannot forgot meeting some of the New York area crew, this means you Dani!
Goal: Start and Finish the NYC Marathon (my FIRST marathon)
So…the girl that said she would never run a marathon is planning on running the 2016 NYC Marathon. Not only did I pick a marathon to run, but I picked THE marathon. This is the marathon that people say is epic and life-changing. I may only complete one marathon in my life, so I had to pick a good one!
After dealing with an injury at the end of 2015, I want to make sure that I stay healthy enough to start and finish this marathon. I have no time goals whatsoever (basically I plan on stopping for as many photos and twerking sessions as possible). I just want to start and finish the marathon standing on my own two feet, happy and smiling.
Goal: Shave 5 minutes off my current Half Marathon PR
My current half marathon PR is 2:15 from the Diva’s Half Marathon back in October 2014. Since that was over a year ago, I think I’m due for a PR! Last year I completed so many half marathons that I never really stuck to a training plan. I feel that if I commit to following a training plan, I can aim for a 2:10 half marathon finish in 2016. Wish me luck!
Goal: Complete the NYRR Five-Borough Series
Actually this goal I’m not really 100% sure about yet, but I wanted to include it. Completing the five-borough series consists of running each of the following: NYC Half Marathon, Brooklyn Half Marathon, Queens 10K, Bronx 10 Miler and the Staten Island Half. Staten Island is a bit of a hike from CT so that’s the only race I’m on the fence about. I’m planning on doing all the other races already. Completing this series would be so cool because of all the medals (let’s keep it real) and completing a race in every borough!
Goal: Commit to strength training and PT exercises 3x week
Going back to that injury from the end of 2015..I’m positive that was a result of the perfect storm – too much running and not enough strength training. In 2016 I’m going to be team #NoExcuses when it comes to strength training. I’m going to be very diligent about this. This includes 2 boot camp classes a week + one day of training on my own. This, mixed in with 4 days of running and a yoga class (hopefully), will keep me injury free (fingers crossed)! I’m also going to continue to do some of my exercises from physical therapy (PT) to continue to strength my hips and glutes.
That’s it! I wanted to limit the number of goals to 5 and I’m pretty happy with all of these goals. If you’ll notice, I didn’t make any goals for number of races or number of miles. I feel like 2015 was focused a lot on numbers and 2016 is going to be more fun and loose.
Do you set goals? Do you have any goals for 2016?