2015 is going to be a big year because at the start of February, I turn 40! It’s also going to be a big year because I’m going back to school. This will take up a massive chunk of my free time, so I’m trying to be realistic about what other goals I’ll set myself. I don’t want to set myself up to fail. But I love setting goals and resolutions each January, even with the knowledge that I won’t achieve them all.
I’ve thought long and hard about 2015’s goals and these are the ones I’ve decided to publicly declare. These resolutions look fairly do-able and yet still they excite me.
The Big Exciting Major One
1) Qualify as a pre-school teacher
This is my big goal. My fabulous new challenge. And I’ll say it here, I want to graduate top of my class. I want to work my socks off and be awesome.
1) 1.49 1/2 Marathon
This is my ridiculous goal for 2015. I honestly think that it is beyond me. I don’t think I can run this fast. But if I told you my goal time was 1.50, I’d be lying. I want to go 1 hr 49…just one time. This may happen at Kaiser, it may not. But it’s there, making my heart beat faster. (Bad analogy for a heart patient, but you know what I mean). This may happen in 2015, it may happen in 2016 but it will be on my list until it happens.
2) Sub 50-min 10k
I think this is more possible. My current PR is 50.37 but that was on a slightly short course. It would be 50.53 on a 6.2 mile course so I’m pretty confident I can knock a minute off it. But it’s still a tough challenge for this slow runner. If I could do a sub-25 min 5k, I’d be pretty chuffed as well.
3) Run in 5 exciting new places
I’m thinking new state parks, running whilst we’re on holiday, cool races…but I want five awesome new running experiences by the end of the year.
1) Do a 100 mile bike ride
The Husband is doing a Century Ride in May and frankly, I’d love to join him. But May will be crazy with lectures and exams and I won’t have the time to train – and how two of us train for a long bike ride at the same time, I have no idea. So I’m aiming for September or October. I might need a new bike (my beloved touring bike is made of steel and weighs a ton) and I will def need to learn to clip in (ugh) but I can do that. 40 year olds can do anything, can’t they?
2) Learn to swim
My failed 2014 resolution. I’m going to book lessons in June after I do my big goal trail-race.
3) Cross-train weekly
This can be anything. A bike ride, yoga, zumba, rock-climbing, weights…but once a week.
1) Learn the guitar
The Husband and I bought each other half a guitar for Christmas. So far, IT HURTS MY FINGERS SO BADLY! But we’re both going to persevere and I’m hoping to be able to play it decently by the end of the year. We’re going to be like the von Trapp family singers!
2) Clean up my diet
My diet is probably 75 – 80% healthy. And when it’s healthy, it’s SUPER healthy. But I eat a lot of cake. I eat too many second portions. I eat oversized portions. So I’m going to set myself a limit of two sweet treats per week and two drinks per week. I also want to spend January cutting down on/cutting out sugar and I’m not drinking alcohol till after Kaiser. I need to just clear up the mucky edges of my diet.
3) Less time on the iPhone
Another failed but worthwhile 2014 resolution. I’m hoping this will take care of itself due to my college courses, guitar playing, running and the total lack of free time, but I’ll also be working up some ‘guidelines’ to make this happen. I’ve been turning it onto Airplane Mode this week whilst I’m out an about and that’s helping.
Less of a goal and more of a desire…my wish list for 2015 is: Maui/Hawaii, Yellowstone, Oregon (seriously, what’s with the mass obsession about Bend?) and Utah.
And that’s it! I am really excited about these goals. I actually want to do all of them – none of them are things I just think I should do (like yoga). I’m very VERY excited about 2015.