Saturday, December 29, 2012

My New Years Fitness Resolutions

I'm not usually one for making resolutions.  I usually make a small list of goals and figure out a plan to achieve them.  However, when I read this list yesterday on Facebook, I thought it encompassed so much more than just your typical resolutions.   It was posted by Ben Kaplan who writes about all things running for the National Post.  Yesterday he posted his 49 Running Resolutions and asked readers to put theirs out there.  Since I dabble in multisport, I decided to make this a list of fitness oriented resolutions rather than just running.   I like to look at it as a list of "reminders" vs. a list of goals or resolutions.   It's something I'll be checking back on throughout the year.

23.  Get back in the pool on a regular basis
22.  Take Ben Kaplan up on his Race a Reader Challenge because even if I lose, I get my stride analyzed. 
21.  Stay consistent!
20.  Pay attention to the numbers BUT
19.  Don't let the numbers get to me.
18.  Don't let my head get the better of me:  Remember the glass always is half full.
17. Stretch!
16. Recover, recover, recover
15. Get on the computrainer at least once a week.  Cycling is excellent cross training.

14.  Realize that sometimes it's better to miss a workout so you can hang out with friends.
13.  Get my marathon coaching certification.

12.  Give back to the running / triathlon community by volunteering at a race or two.
11.  Take out the trash in my diet and get back to clean eats.

10.  Break 1:30 for a half marathon, hopefully in October and re-qualify for NYCM for 2014
9.  Go sub 3:20 at Boston.
8.  Remember to embrace the empty miles.  They are just as important as all the others I've logged.
7.  Recognize that falling off the wagon happens, just make sure you get back on.
6.  Pay better attention to what I eat before a race and how it affects me.  
5.  Remember that the foam roller is my friend
4.  Promote a healthy and active lifestyle by being a positive role model
3.  Keep doing my rehab exercises.  Just because I feel better, doesn't mean I'll stay that way.
2.  Don't be afraid to fly.
1.  Maintain an attitude of gratitude even when the going gets tough.  

Do you make New Year's Resolutions?

If so, what's on your list?





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