You Have to Start to be Great

Today’s Workout:  25 minutes weights, 8 miles running***

Happy New Year!  I hope that your 2012 is off to a running start. 🙂  I have been sick the last few days and completely out of my normal routine so I feel like today is the official start of the New Year for me.

Every single new day is really an opportunity to re-evaluate and start fresh right?  It doesn’t necessarily have to be a new year, a life event, or even turning another year older.  Just start today whatever you want to change or accomplish in your life.  Don’t wait until tomorrow or next year because if you never start you wont ever really know what your capable of.

I for one absolutely love setting goals.  They help give me focus, keep me motivated, and overall make me want to be a better person.  Each year my new year’s resolution is the same:  to be the best me that I can be in every aspect of my life.
To help get me there I think it is important to set SMART goals:

S:  Specific

M:  Measurable

A:  Achievable

R:  Relevant

T:  Timely
Obviously my number one goal in 2012 is to meet the man of my dreams and fall in love but I definitely have no SMART way of figuring that one out so I will move on to reality. 😉

1.  Sub 20 minute 5k.  It pains me just to write this because the 5k distance is something I am terrified of.  But the truth is I know I am capable of this goal and maybe sharing it is the only way I will actually achieve it.

2.  PR in the marathon.  I am planning a Spring and Fall marathon in 2012 and know I am capable of improving.  The marathon distance is my running weakness but it is also my favorite distance because it is the most challenging and I grow the most from training for it.

3.  Run 3,000 miles.  Yes this goal is huge but I most definitely think I can do it and I have a plan that mostly involves staying injury free.  3,000 miles is equal to 8 miles of running each day.

4.  Pace at least 2 races.  I am incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work with the Utah Race Pacers and look forward to pacing at least 2-3 races in 2012.  Pacing is like teaching and it is incredibly beneficial and definitely makes me a smarter runner.

5.  Eat Clean.  In 2011 I completely cut fast food out of my diet (no french fries for an entire year) and in addition to keeping up with this goal in 2012 I would like to cut out all chocolate candy.  To a lot of you I am sure this seems incredibly extreme but I don’t eat a lot of chocolate anyway and think it is incredibly realistic for me.  The truth is I feel 100% better when I eat clean and making simple changes helps me get to where I need to be.

6.  Have more fun.  I want to explore more, meet new people, and be more present in 2012.  As I get older time goes by faster and I hope I can truly live each day to the fullest.

I’m sure I may update/tweak this list as time moves forward but I think this is a good solid base to keep me focused and running forward in the new year.