January is more than halfway over and I still haven’t written down my goals for 2013. They have been floating around my head over these past two weeks – while I took a trip home to visit my family then returned to Saint John to breaking news involving the arrest of a city councillor – but now it’s time make it real.
Goal-setting can be scary. Sometimes I find it weird thinking about month in advance, let alone a year or 10 years down the road. Maybe it’s because of my job – writing for a daily newspaper when things can change at the drop of a hat. Or maybe it’s because my life has changed drastically (and not in a bad way) from what I once imagined it would be like. While you may never know what life will throw at you, I have learned that you can take charge of your health.
- use affirmative language
- write in present tense
- make it measurable
- be specific
- by when
My big goal for 2013: I run my second half-marathon and beat my personal best in the spring of 2013
I feel good about this goal because it’s realistic, and I get excited about it! It’s also going to be challenging and it will force me to stay in shape. The time to beat: 2:16
Another running goal: I run a 10-kilometre race in 2013 and beat my personal best of 53:26.
Another thing I want to improve over last year: I strength-train at least twice a week.
Last year I ran, did spinning, and a few other activities, but I know if I get stronger, it will improve my performance.
And finally: I practise yoga at least twice a month.
Runners are known for having extra-tight muscles. My muscles are sore and tight as I type this (thanks to Sandra‘s bootcamp!) and I know more stretching, lengthening and flexibility could do me good – not to mention the extra OM in my life.
Of course, it would also be good to tone up the ol’ belly before my trip to Jamaica in April. But I hope by doing the above, and eating right, that will take care of itself. Plus, I hate putting the focus of my health goals on looks/vanity.
So, where does that leave me? With running, strength and yoga, I will be a busy bee. I should run at least three times a week – more if I’m training for a half – so it will be a good five or six days of activity to get these goals accomplished. Over the past few weeks, I have been down to three days a week (less when I was away and during last week’s feverish breaking news).
According to my random Google search and this website, I should start pre-training immediately, getting comfortable with running five days a week at five to eight kilometres a pop. Time to get moving!