Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s the last Friday in 2016?! I’m going to be honest – I’m more than ready to ring in the new year. 2016 was difficult and I have dubbed it the year of the #dumpsterfire (with the presidential election being the cherry on the top of the crap pile). I will be welcoming 2017 with open arms this weekend!
There is no set topic for today, so I thought I would discuss my five goals for 2017.
First, let’s review my 2016 goals!
Meet as many social media friends as possible
Nailed it! I completed four Rock ‘n’ Roll races this year which gave me an opportunity to connect with numerous running buddies from the #WeRunSocial crew. Although I may not be traveling as much in 2017, I am still making a point to stay connected with all of my new friends. Running has really placed some amazing, awesome and fantastic people in my life and for that I am very thankful!
Start and Finish the New York City Marathon
Nailed it! Although I didn’t get the time that I trained for, I still started and finished the New York City Marathon! Completing my first marathon this year was the overall highlight of my year.
Shave 5 minutes off my half marathon PR
Failed so hard! Due to my numerous injuries and marathon training, I didn’t focus on speed at all this year. Therefore I didn’t get a new half marathon PR, but I’m okay with that!
Complete the NYRR Five-Borough Series
Nailed it! I ran ALL five boroughs this year – NYC Half Marathon, Brooklyn Half Marathon, Queens 10K, Bronx 10 Mile and the Staten Island Half Marathon. Although I didn’t enjoy all of the races, it was still a huge accomplishment for me.
Commit to strength training and PT exercises 3x a week
So-So. I really had no motivation in the beginning of the year so I didn’t keep up with my normal exercise routine. After March, I got more back into a routine that I liked but I only ended up doing strength training 2 days a week instead of 3 days. On the flip side, I was very diligent about my PT exercises, especially from July onward.
…and now for my 2017 goals!
Add 2 more states to my 25 State Challenge
Last year I decided to set up a mini-challenge for myself. I am in awe of the runners that take on the fifty state challenge because it’s a HUGE undertaking. To be honest, I know that I don’t have the funds to travel to all fifty states, and to be honest, there are just some states I don’t care to visit. That’s why I decided on doing a 25 state challenge. Last year I added California and Nevada to my map. This year I’m hoping to add at least 2 more states, preferably Washington (RnR Seattle) and another state.
Eat More Plant Based Meals
I’m not a huge meat eater – I don’t eat a lot of red meat, but I do eat a lot of chicken. I’m not looking to become vegan or vegetarian, but I do want to incorporate more plant based meals in my diet. To ease into this, I’m planning on participating in Meatless Mondays and I’ll build from there. To help me with this, I’ll be cooking recipes from a few cookbooks – The Runner’s World Cookbook, Meals on the Run, Run Fast Eat Slow and Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook.
Run Another Marathon
Last week I received the magical email that I was accepted for the 2017 Chicago Marathon in October. I LOVE Chicago and I’ve done the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago races twice. I have always enjoyed running in that city and I’m looking forward to a 26.2 journey through the streets of Chicago.
In addition, I also qualified (through the 9+1 program) for the 2017 NYC Marathon in November. Now I don’t think I’m going to do the NYC Marathon, but I’ll see if I can defer it to 2018. I REALLY want to tackle that course again!
Set A PR
2016 was definitely NOT the year of the PR, and that’s okay! In 2017 I would love to set a PR in any distance. I think that I have the best chance of setting a PR in either the 5K or Marathon distance. I am especially hoping that I can add some speed work into my marathon training next year, if my IT band will cooperate.
Yoga Once A Week
Okay, so this is the year I actually commit to doing this! For the past two years I always say “I need to do more Yoga”. I even purchased the Yoga for Runners DVD this year.
Although I used the DVD, I didn’t use it enough at all. If I was lucky I would do Yoga twice a month. This HAS to change in 2017 and it WILL change! If 2016 taught me anything, it’s that I’m prone to injuries. Yoga may be a good way to combat this, while also increasing my flexibility, which is currently horrible!
That’s it! I’m confident that I can hit all 5 of my goals next year and I’m excited to get this party started!
I wish you all a very safe and happy New Year this weekend. I’ll be doing my normal routine of ordering pizza, drinking champagne and hanging out on the couch! 🙂
What are your goals for 2017?