I usually don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I have a few. Some of them are about fitness and some are more about life in general.
I had a pretty good year in regards to running, even setting two PR’s in the half-marathon and the full. I was ecstatic about my PR in the half, but less than thrilled with my marathon PR.
Even though I had a PR, I feel like I still could have done better. With that being said, I decided to reevaluate my goals and training for 2015 and I think I have come up with some good resolutions.
1. Walk Charlie more. Charlie is one of my favorite things in this world. I am a terrible dog owner and only walk him 3-4 times per week, which is NOT enough for him. During the summer I walk him twice a day, every day. However, during the cooler months I am guilty of not wanting to walking in the cold weather. We throw the ball around the house and play with Charlie daily, but he likes/needs to be outside walking and exploring all year round! Even if it is for a short 20 minutes once I get home from work he needs to get walked outside. No excuses (well, unless its raining…)
2. Make more meals at home. I eat very healthy, but I need to make more meals at home! I often use the excuse of “I’ve been at work for 10 hours and don’t feel like cooking tonight.” I have a crockpot and I really need to use it! There are so many meals I can make in it that take hardly any prep time, and can be ready when Morgan and I get home from work. I also love taking leftovers to school, so it really is a win-win.
3. Focus more on speed/hill work. I do enough middle-long distance running through the week to not worry about my endurance, but I really need to do more hill and speed work. Doing speed and hill work will only improve my overall fitness and running performance, which will hopefully lead to more PRs. You only need to do this type of workout 1-2 times per week, so it will be easy to fit into my schedule.
4. Strength train regularly. I strength train on a weekly basis, but I feel that I could bump it up a notch. I spend approximately 30-40 minutes each session strength training, so it is not time consuming. I just need to regularly keep it up!
5. Save more money! I have been really good at saving money for our European vacation this summer and it is amazing at how much adds up when you are conscious about it. Once vacation is over that is no reason for me to not continue saving. Little things like taking my lunch to school daily and taking my own coffee help to save money. I got a lot of gift cards to coffee shops during Christmas, so that also helps 😉
These five resolutions are my primary focus, but of course there are many things I want to change or work on more during 2015.
After seeing movies like “Unbroken” and “Lone Survivor” it really puts in perspective how lucky we are, and reminds us (at least me) to treat everyday like a gift.
Here are two pictures from two of my most favorite NYE celebrates.
New Years Eve 2009 in London, along the Thames. Can’t wait to go back this summer!
New Years Even 2012 in Times Square with some of my best friends and my cousin Eric (pictured). It was such a great trip!