You see…in order to do the Friday Five you have to blog on a Friday. And I have been very bad at that in recent months (and just at blogging in general).
So there’s no better time like the present to discuss our goals for this brand new year. Any kind of goals whether it be life related, or fitness related, or even related to this blog. Picking goals is always hard for me. There are all these things that I really WANT to do, but most of them are kind of unreasonable, like…”open an animal rescue” and “take up glass blowing” and “learn math”. I don’t like to fail at my goals. So here are my top 5 REASONABLE goals for 2015:
1. Don’t. Get. Hurt.
If you’ve been here a minute, you know what kind of year I just had. As much as I want to run, race, and PR in 2015 my top priority is staying injury-free. See, I want to run all the time. Thing is I have some physiological issues that prevent me from doing that. I know some people that could run double-digit miles every day for 8 years straight and I wish I could be one of them, but I’m just not. I’m a 5 day per week runner at best and that’s pushing it. Last year I WAY pushed it and paid the consequences so this year I’m doing things differently. That includes VERY minimal racing from now until April (there will be no 15 in ’15 challenge for me) and cutting way down on my junk miles. If my marathon plan says “run 3 miles”, I run 3 miles and I don’t run them as fast as I possibly can. Slowing down in my training runs is just as important as losing the junk miles.
2. Be friends with swimming.
I go to a really wonderful gym that has a really wonderful pool. I know how to swim and I want to swim laps in that pool. I’ve attempted this maybe three times and every time I end up with a gallon of water in my ear and I get flustered and the whole experience is ruined. I’m decent at backstroke, but I don’t think that would serve me very well in a triathlon. Eventually I would like to do a triathlon.
All triathlons aside though, swimming is such fantastic exercise and it would be a great addition to my routine. I really want to learn to enjoy it more in 2015 and I would love to hear tips from all you swimmers out there on how I might make that happen. Maybe it will be as simple as a pair of ear plugs.
3. Run more with Betty.
It’s going to be pretty much impossible to do this until it gets warmer outside, but I have this super cool Graco Relay jogging stroller that Betty enjoys riding in and I enjoy pushing.
I received the stroller shortly before my foot went all to hell and I didn’t get as much use out of it in 2014 as I wanted to. I would really like to do more 5ks with it this year and training runs in general because I truly believe it makes me stronger. Plus Betty is hilariously entertaining while we are out running together and also not getting any younger. One day she won’t want mommy to push her around in a jogger anymore.
I’d push her to prom in the jogger if I could.
4. Redesign and self host this blog.
I am kind of mad at myself that I haven’t done this yet.
Before I had this blog I had another one that I wrote for a few years. One of the first things I did was self host that site. I have been talking about doing that with this blog since the end of 2013 and then I don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden it’s 2015 and I still haven’t done it. I’ve also been talking about doing a redesign for way too long so it’s time to get on top of that too. Self hosting really helps with the creative freedom.
I think the thing that makes me the most annoyed at myself is that I’ve done this before and I know how to do it. There will be no learning curve and there are literally thousands of times when I had downtime at home in the evenings when I could have done it. 2015 can be the year when I stop being so lazy with things.
5. Be a good person.
I think I made this a goal last year, too, but there’s never a time when we should stop trying to be good people, right? I am constantly trying to improve, whether it be at my new job, or as a wife to Mr. Salt, and most especially as Betty’s mom. That is a role that is ever-changing as she gets older and her needs are different. I always have to adapt. I also want to make an effort to reach out to friends and family more. I’m very lucky to have a great support structure in my life and a lot of people that really care about me. I want those people to always know how much I care about them too.
I’m excited for this year. I think it’s going to be great. 🙂
What are some of your goals for 2015? Did you post about them? Make sure to link up with the DC Trifecta!!
Have a great weekend, everyone, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!