Are you one to make New Year’s Resolutions? I think the start of a new year brings clarity and change for many. A resolution is great, but it usually doesn’t last. That’s why I form goals for myself, so that I can give them longevity and stick with them.
What I did in 2010
My goals last year were to complete a full marathon and try to qualify for the Boston Marathon. If I lost weight, that would be the icing on top! Welp, I lost 10 pounds, ran that full marathon, and picked up speed and endurance. I ran a total of 1,500 miles – aka the distance from my apartment to the Jersey Shore. Take that Snooki! But unfortunately, I did not qualify for Boston. Can’t win em all, yeah? I’m very proud of my progress and it’s had me thinking about my fitness and running goals for 2011.
It’s never too late in life for a marathon
I registered for this half-marathon in College Station yesterday.
Ha ha I was discretely trying to take the picture!
This 60+ age man told me he will be debuting as a half marathoner in March after losing 60 pounds! I was so impressed by his courage, because so many people at EVERY age get stuck in their ways and don’t believe change is possible. This man, even at an older age, is an exception! He saw my Brooks running green bag and asked about my running. I told him how I myself have lost over 70 pounds by running. Then he told me, “Honey, you don’t look like you weigh more than 70 pounds right now...”
It pretty much made my day, my week, my year! Ha ha ha. In effort to not get stuck in the motions of just running races to run them, I started thinking about my goals for 2011…
SAY WHAT??? Well, I have never wore a bikini in my life. As selfish of a goal as it may seem, I want to know what it feels like to be a young woman and wear a two piece bathing suit!!! It’s so much more than just a swimsuit for me, it’s about finishing what I’ve started and losing the last 15 pounds. Of course, being fit and healthy is the ultimate goal of my life. But having little selfish goals like wearing a bathing suit, fitting into those skinny jeans, looking great for your class reunion, being able to shop at a store that you never could, etc. These goals give us a very concrete motivation when “being healthy” just isn’t enough to get us off the couch sometimes. I look forward to finding and sharing craaaaaaazy and amazing sources of motivation with you all in the new year. Lord knows I’m gonna need it, BAD!
8:23 per mile. Repeat 26 times!
As if the bikini goal wasn’t enough, I’m pushing to qualify for Boston this year! Yes, I’m certifiably insane. I am able to run 3 miles at Boston Marathon qualifying speed (8:23/mile). I tell people all the time if you can run 2 miles, you can run a marathon. So I’m telling myself IF I CAN RUN 2 MILES AT BQ PACE, I CAN RUN 26.2 MILES AT BQ PACE! Thousands of people do it every year.
I can do it. I will do it.
Many of you (friends, strangers, tweeters, facebookers, etc.) have asked me about weight loss tips, my current weight, and how many sizes I have lost. I know it helps people relate and feel like they can accomplish this beast when they see someone else was around their size. I’m so glad to be in a place where I can help you. I will finally be sharing this info with you all in the next few weeks so stay tuned!
Foto after watching the BCS Championship Game this week!
For now, I keep thinking about that saying: just when the catapillar thought life was over, it became a butterfly.