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GOALS! And a challenge to kickstart 2015.

I can't start a new year without talking about goals. It just wouldn't be right. So as 2015 begins, here are a few things I want to accomplish as far as running is concerned this year:
  • Set a race PR at Boston
  • Stay injury free 
  • Focus on quality, not quantity
  • Race all 4 distances (5k, 10k, half, marathon, full marathon)
  • Cross train at least 1x each week and strength train 3+ times each week
To help jumpstart the cross training, I kicked off a challenge on Instagram with @TeamRunnerd. It's not too late to join the group of us getting our challenge on! Here's what the challenge is all about:



And here's this week's workout:


I also posted these tips the other day because the challenge is about getting moving, doing something active you don't normally do, and challenging yourself:


It shouldn't be so difficult that you quit after a few days or make you so sore that you have to skip every other day. They key is to make it work for you. For example, today I did squat and lunge pulses in place of regular squats and lunges because my knees have been a little sore. Not sticking to the exact workout does not mean you failed or that it doesn't count. The idea is to get moving and have a little fun. Knowing others are doing it "with" you makes it even more fun and if you choose to make yourself accountable on IG, you are qualified for a prize at the end of the month.

In addition to the specific running goals I have set, I have other things in my little world of running that I'm looking forward to, but I have set some bigger goals in my personal life this year, so I want to be able to focus on really enjoying my running and allowing it to be a time when I can get refocused.
Something I think is important to remember whenever setting new goals is they don't have to be BIG. This can sometimes be hard to remember, especially with the pressure we put on ourselves as we compare what we do to what everyone else is doing. Your goals should be focused around what is most important to YOU. And while reaching your goals should challenge and push you, it is important to remember that they should be reachable.


And now some things that made me smile this week:

You can't tell me that isn't funny.
And because I think The Bachelor is a waste of brain cells but dearly love my friends in spite of their obsession with it, I couldn't resist sharing this (which of course I also Snapchatted to them while The Bachelor was on last night):

Comments

  1. I can attest to the delicousness of those cookies. While I am glad you had a great break, please don't ever leave me that long again? Mmmmkay?

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  2. Wrong post. I struggle at life.

    Your goals are good and ones that, like you said, push you, but are attainable. Slow clap.

    I am hoping to do all those things (well, not Boston) too. Hopefully we will make 2015 our beyatch. Even if it isn't my year, I will be excited to cheer for my friends! ;)

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