The funny version of my new year's resolutions are on my blog:
I always make resolutions for the new year. Not because it is a new year, but because I really want to accomplish things. Usually my resolutions are things I am already working on and the new year is just an opportunity to put them on paper and make them solid. I made a poster last year that was hanging over my computer and mirror in my room all year. Most of the goals I managed to accomplish. I beat my 5K, Half Marathon, and Marathon goals. I ran my first full marathon. I completed 30 events in the running season. I read more books. I missed three goals: achieving my goal weight, getting a 10K time below 01:10:00 and finishing a first draft of a novel. But not accomplishing these goals wasn't a bad thing. I've lost a significant amount of weight and am only 20-25 pounds from my goal weight. With all the running I didn't have as much time for writing, but started a blog instead. And I only ran two 10Ks and they were at bad points of the season. One being an utter disaster!
I can honestly say that 2011 was the best year of my life. I lived for myself and no one else. I dedicated myself to something that made me happy last January and it has brought me the most amazing life. I joined Fleet Feet's training group last January hoping they would get me to my first full marathon. What I got instead was amazing running partners, connections in the running community, a job that I adore at Fleet Feet in my field, a sense of accomplishment, and last but not least: running gave me an amazing boyfriend.
They say if you do the things you love and don't let failures get you down your life will fall into place. I'm the proof. I'm experiencing a happiness in my life that I have never known before. Running gives me the accomplishment and recognition that I craved. It gave me the job that I don't mind going to most of the time. Running literally dropped the perfect man into my life in the most unlikely of places (we met on a bus travelling to Rock and Roll Philadelphia).
All that being said, my goals for this year are:
Run a 5K under 28 minutes
Run a Half Marathon under 2 hours and 15 minutes
Run my 30K under 4 hours (and then don’t run 30Ks anymore!)
Run a Marathon under 5 hours and 15 minutes (I really want sub-5, but I’ll settle for 5:14:59)
Reach a healthy BMI/Body Fat Percentage (essentially lose 20-25 pounds)
Finish my first Triathlon
Volunteer for more races
Read at least 40 books
Finish 1/2 a first draft of a novel
Finish a crochet blanket
I'm not ambitious or anything!
So follow your dreams friends. Set goals. Reach for something new. Make this year the best it can possibly be. Here's to hoping that 2012 is even more amazing. Start today and make it happen. A year from now you will wish you had started today :)