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2015 Goals

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Happy New Year!

Is it really 2015? It must be because I’ve been writing 2015 for the past 3 months. I guess I’m ready for it!

Does anyone else get really excited when January 1st rolls around and you’ve got a blank calendar/planner to fill in with all the important dates of the year?

By the end of the year, the calendar looks messy and tired. I like the freshness of a clean slate. A place to plan. A place to set goals to hit throughout the whole year.

Last year I shared my 14 goals in 2014. That was a little too much. I followed through with some, but most of them I completely forgot all about.

I’ve got big goals to go after this year.

2015 Goals

NO INJURIES! Every year I say this and every year (at least for the past 3) I’ve been sidelined with an injury. This year I mean it and I my body better be listening this time. For me to make my goals, I need to be injury free. In the past, I’ve kept up with my physical therapy exercises and then some. I thought I was doing everything right and yet I still get injured. In 2015, I’m taking it to another level.

Strength/Cross Training 2-3x/week. When I get deep into training, all I want to do is run. Or rather it seems like that’s all the energy I have to do. This year, I’m getting a sports conditioning trainer. I know what my imbalances are. I know what I need to do to strengthen my weaknesses. But it makes a HUGE difference when there is someone watching my form continuously, challenging and pushing me. More details to follow on this soon.

Run 1500 miles. For the past two years, I’ve had this goal and have come so close. But again, taking time off for injuries prevented it.

Marathon. I’m running Boston in April with Team Stonyfield. I’m training for it as a goal race. My number one goal is to PR. Hopefully a rather large PR since both of my marathons have not been at all what I trained for (thanks injuries). I’d really be happy with a sub 4 at least.

Half Marathon. In 2014, I set the goal of a 1:45 half marathon PR. It turned out that every 1/2 marathon I did was either for fun after an injury, fighting an injury or DNS because of an injury. I only have one 1/2 on my schedule so far, Zooma Cape Cod (join me and get 10% off with code ANGELA15) , in September. However, I’m still looking for a goal race TBD.

10 Mile/10k/5k. I’ve only run two other 10 mile races (HERE AND HERE) and I loved each one. It’s been a couple of years since the last so I’m quite confident I can PR at the Mid Winter Classic on February 1st. Current PR is 1:23. I think I can at least pull out a 1:21 if I’m having a good day. I’m planning on doing the Dover Road Race Series again this year. That means a ton of 5ks and a 10k with lots of opportunity to embrace the suck. I’d love to sub 22 in a 5k and sub 47 in 10k.

Trail Running. As I say every year, I need to get on the trails more. It’s just too much fun. I’m hoping to spend a little more time in the dirt and do at least a couple of trail races.

Yoga. Have you seen my yoga? I’ve seemed to misplaced it. My flexibility has gone down hill in the past 6 months. I haven’t taken the time for yoga and it’s shown. My goal is to get it in at least 1x/week. Hopefully more.

I want to try new races. I want to run new distances. I want to run new routes. I want to meet new running friends. Most importantly, I want to have fun. I love running and I never want it to become something I “have” to do. I choose to do it.

I do have a few professional goals as well. I’m still trying to figure out which path I’m going to take next in my career. I’m hoping to expand my running coach clientele (I’m for hire!), take on more freelance writing opportunities and begin studies toward becoming a health coach. I’m in desperate need of a change. This is definitely something I’m going to be focusing more on in 2015.

What are your goals for 2015?

Let Go of Fear

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I’ve got a lot of it.

I started off 2014 with the goal of being more fearless. Six months into the year, I think I’m starting to let go of fear. Well, at least in some areas, particularly in running.

I mentioned on Monday that I learned a few lessons at RRCA Coach Certification over the weekend that I plan on implementing into my own training plans. A lot of it has to deal with fear holding me back.

Fear of getting hurt (again). Fear of failure. Fear of being outside of my comfort zone.

One of my fears is speed.

In previous training cycles, I did a lot of my speed work or tempo runs on my treadmill. It was easy. Tap in the pace and go.

Too easy.

I’ve said it before, that the track has always intimidated me up until recently. Now I’m kind of digging it. I’m letting go of the fear of going fast. My body will not spontaneously combust if I hit xx pace. I won’t *knock on wood* trip and fall flat on my face. I’m surprising myself with how fast I have been able to run.

I never knew I had it in me!

It’s the same with 5k’s. They suck but I’m learning to embrace fast and the “I’m going to puke/pass out” feeling. I just need to remember I CAN.

Yesterday I planned to do a CORRECT tempo at the CORRECT pace outside. Tempo runs are so easy yet so confusing. Everyone’s definition of tempo is different. Over the weekend, I got the right one and learned I had been doing them kind of  wrong.

As soon as I saw what my pace had to be for 4 miles, I started to panic. It’s not an outlandishly fast pace and one that I’ve held onto for that long (or longer) before. For some reason, every time I see “fast” paces, I get scared. Fear creeps in.

I can’t go that fast for that long!

How can I hold onto that pace?

There’s hills all around me! There’s no way I can get that low.

Most days I self sabatoge even before I get out of the house.

But not yesterday.

I had a plan and I was going to go for it.

And you know what? I did it. And I frickin’ rocked that tempo. It felt comfortably hard but completely doable. I have never been so spot on with my paces either. No positive splits for once in my life.

Boom! Go me!

I think some fear will always be there when it comes to speed. But I will not let fear control my actions in running.

From now on it’s – Don’t think. Just do.

And maybe I’ll sing “Let it go!” over and over in my head during my next track workout.

What fears do you have in running?

Wring Out The Old

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I originally had another post scheduled for today but I just got home (I’m writing this Sunday night) from a 2 hour yoga intensive workshop and am riding a yoga high. The focus was on Wring Out The Old, Ring in the New. What a fantastic way to start the new year with yoga!

This cleansing class was full of twists (perfect for the digestive system after a little too much holiday fun), pranayama breath work, core work, heart opening back bends, and restorative poses to help wring out the old and make space for new. We were not there to punish our body for all it’s wrong doings over the holidays or in 2013. It was to connect with you heart, soul and body. To make space for the new. Allison, our teacher, spoke a lot of intentions for the year to help set the course. A word or phrase to direct toward the outcome, praises the effort rather than focusing on the wrong doing.

I focused on my words for the year – Fearless. Confident. Happy.

Many times during class, I could feel the yoga energy radiate through my body. My palms pulsated with it. I sweated out the negative thoughts. I twisted out the “I can’t”. I opened my heart to new opportunities. During Savasana, all of my emotions came to the surface. I started to tear up. I was a sweaty mess but I felt a sense of lightness. Calm. Peace. Hope. Confidence. Happy. There’s no better way to start the new year with those feelings. It felt simply marvelous (thanks Katie for hosting!)

Allison closed out the practice with a quote that stuck with me  –

“Don’t wait for the perfect time to begin. The perfect time is when you begin.”

How many times do we wait till January 1st? Tomorrow Next week. When I’m strong enough. When I’ve lost xx weight. There’s no better time than NOW, the present.

A big THANK YOU to my friend, Cheryl from Live Fit Daily, who posted about the intensive on Saturday. If not for her, I would have missed out on such a fantastic session. And I may have found my new yoga studio in the process!

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Have you ever felt like you need to be “wrung” out?