In 2014 I got much better about tracking my successes and failures thanks to both improvements in technology and my discipline. I intend to use these improvements in order to make my goals stick. This year I’ve added a few metrics under most of my goals and even created one that’s based on tracking. I suppose these are resolutions unto themselves, but I am looking them mostly as a support for a primary goal.
Be in 4 hour marathon shape. Last year I set the 4 hour marathon goal as something I wanted to do to prove a certain level of fitness. I didn’t even come close to achieving it. This year I’m going to try again, coming in to the year in a lot better shape and hopefully avoiding injury. Also, I want to not only reach that level With that in mind, some of the supporting goals are based on obtaining that level of shape and others are based on a full year worth of workouts that maintain it.
Reach my target weight by 3/7/2015 (because running a marathon at a certain speed takes not carrying extra weight around). This will be done through watching my calorie intake.
Run the Pittsburgh Marathon. I am already registered and would love for this to be the one I run in 4 hours, but I do have a backup plan.
Run the Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis. This is a significantly faster course than the Pittsburgh Marathon (one of the most difficult marathon courses in the country). If I fail to do the Pittsburgh in 4 hours this marathon will give me a few extra months to train, cooler weather, and that nice flat course.
Run 2000 miles in 2015. Last year I ran just over 1000 miles and that was with only one marathon to train for and a period of a few months where I didn’t run much at all. This year I’m going for almost double. Just for fun, to achieve that my average pace in 2015 would have to be about ¼ mile per hour.
Improve my Look. I haven’t really revamped the wardrobe in a while and now that I am in a little better shape it seems like time.
Follow Fashion (since I’ve been out of it for a while I’ve subscribed to a couple magazines and blogs to stay in the know).
Shop More Thoroughly. I have a habit of hunting for clothes instead of shopping for them. This has lead to a wardrobe that’s functional but doesn’t really create identity.
Good Habits. There are a few little things about my routine that are not ideal. I know they cost me a little bit of time each day or frustrate me in some way and I am determined to wipe them out this year.
Straightening up my apartment before I leave in the morning. I’m always more productive when the apartment is clean. I track this every morning. The apartment should be clean 90% of the time when I leave in the morning.
Never hitting the snooze bar. It’s not good sleep anyway and it can waste 20 minutes (or maybe sometimes an hour) each morning. I plan to set my alarm so that I get enough sleep and then WAKE UP when it goes off. I track this every morning and am hoping to meet the goal 90% of the time.
Not watching TV to go to sleep. Reading or catching up on email instead. Another little time sink from my days. I track this goal daily and hope to achieve it 90% of the time.