I’ve never cared much for New Year’s Resolutions- I’ve always thought that if you wanted to quit smoking or lose weight you would have done it already. A good friend also pointed out that New Year’s Day, aka National Hangover Day, isn’t really the best time to be making life-changing decisions. What I do like, however, are goals. Goals just seem more concrete.
So without further ado, here are my 2016 fitness goals.
1. Hit the trail
Over Christmas I spent a week exploring the countryside around my parents’ house, and I fell in love with it completely. Now that I’m back in London I’m struggling to get up motivation- it’s pretty grey and dreary here at the moment! Thankfully I have some trips planned to explore the forests just outside of London- thanks to my wonderful running club. It’s a sociable affair, with pints and brownies afterwards 🙂
2. Keep working on my relationship with food.
It hasn’t been great, but I managed to boss Christmas without any major mishaps. Now I just need to get on with building a normal relationship with eating.
3. Remain injury free
I’m incredibly lazy when it comes to stability and strengthening exercises, but I resolve to find a way to incorporate them into my routine. I also need to keep listening to my body, checking in with my physio, and getting regular sports massages.
4. Finish a marathon.
To be honest, this is a huge if on my list. My feet are recovering but not at the speed I’d hoped. Ideally I would be 3 weeks into a training plan by now, but that isn’t the case. Running pain-free is the main aim of the game right now. I’ll meet with my physio in a week, and see what he says. Worst case scenario is that I’ll postpone, and do an Autumn marathon.
5. Run a decent half marathon
Pretty explanatory really. 10k has been my preferred race distance, but I’d like to work up to 13.1 – I just need to find a goal race. I’d like to hit sub-2 on my first attempt- nothing too ambitious!
6. Hit a sub-45 10k
This was one of my aims for the end of 2015, but alas, injury interfered and I wasn’t allowed to race at all, let alone trying to smash a PB by 3 minutes. If I can’t run my marathon in spring, I’ll work on the 10k distance and try to gradually bring my time down.
7. Work on a 5k PB
I’ve never really raced a 5k- I do participate in Parkrun, but my local course is hilly and really quite tough, so I have no idea what kind of time I could hit on the flat. I’d like to go to a few different Parkruns and races, just to see how I fare. Not going to lie though, I think the 10k will always be my distance of choice!
8. Complete a sprint triathlon
I’ll hopefully be competing in my first triathlon in June 2016. I’m very excited by the idea of becoming a triathlete, but not overly keen on the cost of it all-I’m terrified I’ll invest a lot in the sport only to realise it isn’t for me. But I suppose you have to give these things a whirl!
9. Volunteer at Parkrun at least once a month
It can be hard to drag myself out of bed for Parkrun when it’s cold outside, but I really do love being involved in the community. So I’ll participate more often (injury-willing) and volunteer at least once per month.
10. Travel more!
OK, this isn’t strictly fitness related, but I think it could be. My running club does plenty of away-trips and destination races, so I’m really keen to be more involved in those, and use my running as a way to travel the world with some great people!
What are your goals for 2016?
Lots of love,