Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello, 2015

It is the start of a new year, which is a great time to look ahead and set some goals. I've excited for 2015 and will do my best to make it a great year. The new year has already started out pretty well thanks to a rare day off that was delightfully relaxing - brunch and games with friends, a short run around my neighborhood, and this evening is going to be spent watching movies and playing with my cat, Hannah.

It may sound selfish, but I want to take this year to focus on myself and my well being. Stress, lack of sleep, and generally not thinking about myself led to a 2014 filled with illness, injury, and general unhappiness. In 2015, I want to do what is best for me as a person.

Goals for 2015:

Take days off. I spent most of 2014 working seven days a week, and, quite frankly, it hasn't been worth it. I need a day off from work to rest and recharge. I was a little late getting schedule requests to my various jobs, so January is another month of non stop work. Starting in February, however, I vow to take at least one day off a week to rest, relax, and reconnect with friends.

Try new things. I tend to fall into routines. I will eat the same things, run the same routes, do the same workouts, etc. I want to try at least one new thing each month. It could be a new recipe, it could be taking a new class (I want to give yoga a try), or it could be a new running long as it is something new and different and outside of my usual routine, then it will count.

Run more races. I ran eight races in 2014. I want to run at least nine in 2015. I'm already registered for five races, so I'm over half way there. If anyone has any races in Chicago that they love, then let me know! I'd love some suggestions so that I don't just end up running all the same races I ran in 2014 again.

Tackle longer distances. Of my races in 2014, all but one were 5k. My plans for a 10k and half marathon ended up in failure due to some health problems that forced me to put my training on hold. Luckily, my health has improved, so there is no reason that I shouldn't be able to train for and complete longer races. Although I have registered for a couple of 5k races, I've also registered for an 8k, a 10k, and a 10 mile race. I also want to find a half marathon to enter, as that was my goal distance in 2014 that I wasn't able to achieve.

Run with others. I felt a little lonely at times while running in 2014. Although I'm usually happy to run alone and enjoy my solitude, there are times when I crave the company of others. I really don't have any friends who run, so I really want to get out there and meet more runners. I didn't take advantage of any opportunities, such as various running stores' weekly fun runs, in 2014.  

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