Today is the last day of 2015, which was a crazy-busy year for me. Just looking back at three of the highlights:
- I ran my last New England half marathon, the Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon, with a PR of 1:51:43. That’s my time to beat in 2016.
- I moved to Texas and found an amazing running group.
- I started CrossFit and fell in love.
So now I’m writing out my resolutions for 2016. Sadly, it won’t include a full marathon; my weight has been moving in the wrong direction, and marathon training is not conducive to weight gain. All the marathons in the Houston area are early in the year, and I somehow doubt I’ll be in a good enough condition to even handle a late spring one.
What I can do are these, which are all measurable:
- Get better at sticking to my macros and calorie goals. I need to revisit the calorie goals part, but the macros are tough. I tend to gravitate toward high-carb, high-fat foods, but I need more protein: egg whites, chicken breast, Greek yogurt. Ultimately, I’d like to stay around this body fat percentage but put on a few more pounds – I’m aiming for 5. Baby steps, and here’s to hoping that swapping out IsaLean shakes for IsaLean PRO will help.
- Enter a CrossFit competition. This one’s going to take a LOT of work. First, I need to find my maxes on a couple lifts, which I have planned for January. Then, I need to be able to clean and jerk 85 pounds. There’s a competition in the summer that my coach mentioned, and I think that’s the one I’m going to do. It boils down to putting in the work (regular CrossFit class 3x/week, barbell 1x/week), which I’m going to do. And working on mobility, also something I’m striving to do. Which brings me to…
- Practice yoga once per week. It doesn’t matter if it’s at the box or at home, I need to dedicate time to a yoga practice.
- Increase mileage. I’m a low-mileage runner (about 12-15 miles a week when I’m not training). Getting in some more distance, maybe even just 5 miles a week, would help with my pacing.
- Attend Toastmasters. What?! Okay, I admit that this has very little to do with running and CrossFit and more to do with confidence. I’m the first to tell you that I’d rather do Karen than speak in front of a room full of people. That’s going to change; in 2016, I will get up in front of people, and I will deliver a speech without immediately wanting to throw up afterward.
What are your resolutions for 2016? How do you plan to get there?