Well we’re well and truly into 2014 now, getting back into the routine of work but hopefully not getting back into bad habits. Like most people I tend to see the new year as a time for taking stock, looking back at the previous year and setting goals for what I want to achieve in the coming year (and like the majority of people, giving up on those goals before the month is out).
2013 was a strange year, with some of the highest points (Mr H proposing, landing a dream job) and lowest points (losing loved ones, having to live apart from Mr H) of my life.
This year I’ve not really sat down and planned any goal except for one overriding thing: to get fit.
My ambition for this year is that I want to be able to say in December that I have run on a regular basis throughout 2014. I’m not talking about losing weight (although knowing that I’m going to start wedding dress shopping later in the year makes me acutely conscious of the need to eliminate bingo wings) but about being able to run faster and further and to make it part of my daily routine.
I have a real love/hate relationship with running. I love the way I feel after a run (I 100% admit to being a smug runner) but quite frankly sometimes the thought of having to get up the next morning and go for a run fills me with dread. Equally if I snuggle back under the covers I feel completely guilty for the rest of the day. I’m also an incredibly slow runner to the point where I’m genuinely embarrassed to enter races. I want to be faster and I want to be able to run further and I know that the only way to achieve this is to get out there and put in the miles but I’m put off by my own lack of fitness.
Given the above, the likelihood of failure in my running goal is pretty high. Right now coming up with goals like improving my 10k speed or getting up to half marathon distance are completely unrealistic and if I know if I’m likely to fail I will fail. So I’m starting at square one. I accept I am slow and unfit and currently unable to even run 3k continuously. I accept that even getting up and getting outside on a dark cold morning is a triumph right now. It doesn’t matter that running 5k in 45 minutes is a massive achievement, the only person I’m racing is myself.
In order to have some sort of goal I’ve set a really simple target for January – run 40km over the course of the month. To some people that probably sounds like nothing but to achieve it I need to run a little over 3km at least 3 times a week – that’s regular exercise that right now really isn’t happening. If I achieve it then I’ll look to something more challenging for February. If being a fee earner in a law firm has taught me anything it’s that I can be very target driven so hopefully this will serve as the encouragement I need.
I totally acknowledge that without some kind of accountability my good intentions might slip into inactivity so as well as writing about what I’m doing here I’m also tweeting as part of #FitTeam14. I’ve been following Stuart Amory on Twitter for a while now but never got involved in his Twitter fitness challenges. This year I’ve decided to join in with #FitTeam14 which allows people to tweet about their activity and get motivation and encouragement from the group. So far I’m finding that tweeting about what I’m doing is really helping to keep me motivated. You can find out more about #FitTeam14 on YouTube.
So there’s a start on some goals for 2014! Have you set any fitness goals for this year? What are they and how are you keeping motivated – I’d love to hear about them.