For the past month or so, I’ve been trying to make it a point to keep track of the goals I hope to accomplish in the coming year. This afternoon, I sat down and edited those notes to come up with a list of goals/resolutions for the year. I don’t recall ever making such a formal list/plan for new year’s resolutions, but I know that I perform better when I have something to follow. Here’s a snapshot of what came up with:
I’m only going to go into more detail about the fitness goals because that’s more the focus of this blog (and the others ones are pretty self-explanatory):
2011 Fitness Goals: (in no particular order)
1. Schedule breaks in training schedule so I don’t get burnt out – In the past, I’ve gotten sick of running. Either I end up getting sick or I just don’t want to run. I think it’s important both mentally and physically to make sure that I schedule in breaks so that I can stay healthy and continue with my training as planned.
2. Do yoga or a stretch routine once a week or for every 5 days of running – While I have been lucky enough to not incur any serious and permanent damage (knock on wood), I do suffer from super tight muscles and extra soreness after some runs. I think a lot of this can be attributed to insufficient stretching. Hopefully, regular yoga and/or stretch sessions can remedy those problems. And even if they don’t, a little stretching and meditation never hurt anyone.
3. Try something new (spinning class? bikram yoga?) – I want to take a specific class for this one. More than likely I won’t have the funds available to do this until the summer when I am no longer driving 140 miles for work each day (I’ll be able to put that gas money to use elsewhere!), but it is on my list for the year. I need to broaden my interests outside of just running, not to mention that I could definitely use the benefits of more cross training. I will be able to take a few yoga classes at a studio in the near future thanks to a certificate from my parents for my birthday; so I’ll have that to hold me over until I can get in some regularly scheduled classes come June and July.
4. Run at least one race a month – This past year I ran 14 races, but I missed a few months and I ended up starting to feel burnt out towards the end of the MRTC Road Race Series. By spacing them out through the year, I’m hoping I can still work up a decent race total while giving myself the chance to try a few different races than the ones I’ve been doing. I don’t want races to feel like a chore I have to complete because I signed up for so many within such a short amount of time. I want to enjoy each race I run.
5. Properly train for the St. Jude Marathon and set a new PR – Yes, I did complete the St. Jude Marathon this year, but I did not race it. That’s what I would like to make my big goal for next year. I want to train and race the St. Jude Marathon (and when i say race, I mean against myself for a new personal record). I’m also contemplating signing up to be a St. Jude Hero to help raise money for the hospital.
So, there you have it, my 2011 fitness resolutions. I guess since I’ve made them official by putting them on my blog, I better work hard to follow through on them. You guys will hold me accountable, right?
Until next time!
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