Some of you might remember that last year on New Year’s Day I ran a 5k on beautiful West Cliff Drive with Devon.
I had been working towards it and even though I felt sluggish and undertrained I came away with a time of 31:53 (though I later learned I rain .1 miles to far so my time was probably closer to 30:53). I remember very clearly thinking to myself that I hoped that one year from now I would be able to do about the same thing.
I liked the idea of an annual new year’s day 3.1 mile run as a sort of personal fitness marker.
As I dug back through my January of 2012 archives looking for my goals and resolutions post so I could update you on my progress I realized I didn’t have one. Is that possible?
I had one other goal I remembered which was to wear sunblock every day and I did pretty well with that one. I hate smearing stuff on my face and wanted one that wouldn’t make me break out and didn’t contain any oxybenzone. I settled on this one and haven’t looked back.
On New Year’s day this year I was feeling a bit sluggish and undertrained again (I imagine this will likely be a new year’s day theme…) and decided to blow off my run.
Then I decided to suit up, eat a banana, drink a glass of water and see how I felt. Before I knew it I was in the car driving to the fire trail in the redwoods.
It was slow going and I didn’t feel great, but I plodded along without checking my pace or time just enjoying the cool crisp air and shade. A nice bonus of winter is that the ground is wet so there’s not dust when cars drive by. The little things right?
I so wanted to end this post by triumphantly telling you I beat my time from last year, but no such luck.
I finished in 34:00 exactly. That’s a pace of a little over 11 mins/ mile. Oof. I’ve got some work to do if I’m going to beat my 30 minute goal for the races I have planned in February and March. I was simultaneously proud of myself for finishing and wishing I had pushed harder in the beginning as I was taking my sweet time.
I also wished I had a rabbit with me to help push my pace a bit. (Not an actual rabbit, that would have slowed me down considerably. Have you ever walked a rabbit on a leash? I have. It’s slow going). Had Devon or Anna been there I would have gone way faster.
So without further ado, I do have a couple of health and fitness goals for the upcoming year.
1. Finally break my 30 minute goal in an actual 5k race. Why on earth did I let 2012 go by without signing up for a 5k? I did run Wharf to Wharf and it was awesome and then I just never signed up again.
2. Increase my strength training again and continue with regular Pilates. I have fallen so off the strength training wagon this year in favor of running short distances and Pilates and my legs and arms are feeling a bit floppy. Strength training boosts your metabolism and makes you look better naked and who doesn’t want both of those?
3. Lose ten pounds. Yup, a weight loss goal. Weight loss resolutions are a bit cliché and I tend to avoid weight loss goals because they put the pressure on and sometimes make me flounder and start gaining. But I’m feeling like this is doable and that posting it will help with accountability. I hope to start 2014 ten pounds less than I started 2013.
That’s it this year. Simple, straightforward, achievable.
What about you? Any resolutions or goals this year?