For the past couple of months, I've been thinking about what I want to do in 2015. I know that "New Year's resolutions" are cliche, and many people don't do them anymore, but there is something awesome about the fresh start of a new year. I happen to love making New Year's resolutions--I don't always keep them, but it's fun to think up new goals!
When I looked back at last year's post for 2014 goals, I realized that my main running goal was to not have any running goals--I wanted to run just for fun. I didn't want to worry about pace, or strictly following a training schedule, or any of that. I planned to run when I wanted, and only if it was enjoyable.
And that's pretty much exactly what I did all year. I followed through on this goal! The interesting thing is, I had completely forgotten that I set that as a goal, and I was feeling bad about my pace slowing so much this year. Now I see that even though my pace slowed, I achieved what I had hoped to--I got excited about running again.
After the Chicago Marathon in October 2013, I lost my running libido. I had trained so much and so hard for that race, running 50+ miles per week, and I was burnt out. That's why I decided not to make any big goals for 2014, and just run for fun. I only really "raced" once in all of 2014, and that was at the Turkey Trot 10K. I ran a lot of races, but that was the only one at my best effort. (Oh wait--I guess I could count the 5K where I "chased" my brothers. That was tough!)
Even though it's going to take me a while to get my running fitness back to what it was in 2013, I'm actually feeling really excited about working on it. I'm looking forward to training hard and pushing myself to be a better runner.
At 5:30 this morning, I registered for a race that I had verbally agreed to several months ago. In October, I'll be running the Detroit Free Press Marathon--the full 26.2. I've already run this race, but out of the three I did, it's my favorite. The course is awesome, and the first half just flew by. Thomas was interested in running it, and at first, I told him I'd run the half while he ran the full. But he talked me into doing the full (I was probably drinking wine at the time!) and so I committed.
The more I got used to the idea, the more excited I became. I decided that not only am I going to run it, but I am going to make it my best marathon yet. After I run the Indy Mini in May (a goal race for me), I'll decide on what finish time I'd like to aim for in Detroit. At the very least, I would like to aim for a PR--under 4:16:38.
And of course, my running quality goes hand-in-hand with my diet/weight. I was my fastest at 130-133 pounds, and I would love to get back there. This year was all kinds of messed up, and I'm actually surprised I didn't gain ALL the weight back. Going back to Weight Watchers a few weeks ago was SO helpful, and I've been doing really well at tracking.
Something that gradually became a habit again in 2014 was eating more and more processed foods. I've always had processed foods in my diet (for convenience, and because I happen to like them), but for the last year, I started to eat a lot more of them--and I'm sure that didn't help my weight any! So my goal for 2015 as far as my diet goes is to cut WAY back on the processed foods. If there is something that I can make from scratch, I'll do it.
When I saw the film Hungry for Change (again... I've now watched it three times), I was really inspired to cut out the foods that have all kinds of chemicals in them. I'm not stating that I will never eat processed foods again, or that my diet is going to be 100% clean--that's totally unrealistic. I imagine this will be a long, gradual process, and probably very time consuming at first (making everything from scratch). But it's something I'll enjoy experimenting with and blogging about. I'd even like to start doing "Taste Test Tuesdays" again--only instead of trying a product, I'll try a new recipe.
Noah and Eli watched Hungry for Change with me, and after it was over, Eli wanted to look through our pantry and read the ingredients labels to see what foods had chemicals in them. I love that he was so interested in it! Jerry and the boys are all on board with changing up a lot of the things we eat, so hopefully it won't be too bad ;) I'm hoping that tracking my food, as well as eating a healthier diet, will help me get back to my goal weight and get into my best shape to run.
In this picture, I was 132 pounds and at my fastest as far as running goes. This was taken just before the Martian Meteor Half, and I ended up running a 1:52:07 (a PR of 10:50!!). This picture is super motivating to me:
I'm going to get a print of it, and hang it on my fridge. I want to feel like that again, and I'm willing to work hard for it!
I have two secondary goals as well: 1) Run a half-marathon each month. I've already written about this. I think that will help me get prepared for marathon training, too. I don't plan to race all of them--all but one or two will be training runs; and 2) No ice cream at home. If I want ice cream, I can go get a scoop at our local dairy farm, but I will not bring any ice cream into the house. That was a huge problem food for me 2014, and I was scarily getting back into the ice cream habits I had when I was 250+ pounds (eating it by the pint...). I may make homemade ice cream with the kids, but I feel okay about that, because it's more of a family activity and not a binge.
So, there they are! My goals for 2015:
- Run the Detroit Free Press Marathon and (hopefully) PR
- Gradually cut out processed foods
- Run a half-marathon each month
- No ice cream at home
It's kind of interesting that when I look at the list, I don't feel any anxiety about any of those goals. They are all things I'm excited for. Today was a great day food-wise, but this post is already long enough, so I'll save that for later!
Anyone else have goals/resolutions for 2015?