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Three Simple Running Goals for 2017

This past year running took a backseat to work and life in general. Some days I was focused and motivated to exercise, but other days I found a million excuses not to workout. Luckily, my jobs involved a lot of physical labour and my weight remained constant in spite of not following a regular exercise program. I completely ignored this blog and rarely tracked my running distance or progress. I didn’t sign up for any events which also contributed to my limited interest in running.

This year I am taking a new approach to training and exercise. I would like to enjoy running while incorporating some specific goals for 2017. My first goal is to run a distance of 5 miles (8km) without walking breaks. Now, I am able to run 5K. However, after a year of limited training I am extremely slow. I am like a snail, so time goals at this point would lead me down the path to complete failure. This must be avoided! Thus, I am going to concentrate on building up endurance and when I can cover 5 miles I might consider incorporating some speed-training.

My second goal is to enter two 10K races this year. At this point, I have no idea when or where – to be decided in the near future.

My third goal is to actively track my progress via this blog. My intention is to post my running data and thoughts at least twice a month. I did my last run of 2016 this morning – a slow, comfortable  3 miles in 36:31 – this will be my starting point for 2017.

These three simple running goals are intended to help me stay motivated and focused on running. In order to achieve these goals I have to be extremely dedicated, unwavering and prepared to make running play an important part of my life by setting aside enough time for consistent and quality training in 2017.

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2014 New Year’s Resolutions

My first and most important resolution will be to eliminate chocolate from my diet. So this year, rather than reduce my chocolate consumption I am giving it up on January 1st.  I no longer eat potato chips or drink soda and I was successful by quitting “cold turkey” the same way that many people give up smoking.  I will try this same approach for chocolate. When my husband goes to Switzerland I am not going to request any more Swiss chocolate.  I will do my best to avoid chocolate and when tempted I will reach for fruits or nuts. Actually, I feel stressed just thinking about life without chocolate. This will be difficult!

Second, I will spend less money on gadgets – Although I am fairly frugal in most things I spend some of my hard-earned cash on running events and running gear. There is always some new gadget that promises a better performance and I am all too willing to fork over money for the latest fad in running. The newest high-tech t-shirts, compression socks, and shorts cost a small fortune. Spending more than $150 on a pair of sneakers does not make me faster than a cheaper pair. Yes, they may be slightly more comfortable and durable but I really cannot tell the difference. They will not propel me across the finish line any faster than a cheaper pair. No matter what the marketers claim fancy sneakers and expensive running clothes do not result in speed in my case. So, this year I am not going to squander money for unnecessary running accessories.  I already have enough gear.

Third, I will read at least one book per month – When I am home in Canada I have access to a public library which means that I can always find something to read without it costing a small fortune.  It is easy to find reading material online but I tend to tire quickly when reading on a computer screen. Consequently, I will have to make an effort to find and buy books. I can use the money I save on gadgets for books. I will share my books with colleagues and hopefully some of them will have books that interest me.

A small poster to help me remember my resolutions.

A small poster to help me remember my resolutions.

Resolutions – How did I do in 2013?

2013 resolutionsLooking back over my 2013 resolutions I have to admit that my success rate was less than 50%. Of my five resolutions I was only successful in two. I did not eat potato chips or use a single package of paper towels last year. Here is what happened to the other three resolutions.

Improve my French – My plan was to set aside one hour, three times a week, to brush up on my French. Unfortunately, every time I opened my French book or computer to study I lost interest within thirty minutes. Way too boring to actually sit down and study. Instead I decided to listen to French radio and watch more French TV instead of always watching German or English TV. Also, I used every opportunity available to practice with French speakers. In the end, my ability in French has improved without sitting down with a book.

Learn a new skill every month – I had great intentions but I missed the boat on this one. I started out on the right foot with skiing lessons in January but within a couple of months I seemed to have forgotten this resolution.

Reduce chocolate consumption – I failed miserably with this resolution for the second year in a row. In the last two years I have managed to give up potato chips and soda pop. This year, I tried desperately to reduce my chocolate consumption. At times I was successful but on way too many occasions I grabbed a chocolate bar to munch on when I felt hungry or stressed.

As this year draws to a close it is time to think about my 2014 resolutions.