Here's Why 2018 Will Be My Best Year Ever
Tell me I'm not the only one who actually still sits down with a pen and paper and writes out resolutions for the new year? I mean, I get it, there's all kinds of resolution-shaming going around: It's a waste of time... It sets you up for failure... But here's the thing: goal setting is my jam. As a part-overachiever, part-checklist fiend, I truly love daydreaming about what the next 365 are going to look like.
Sure, like many others, I'm guilty of letting a resolution or two slide each year, but I'd say I'm pretty darn good at staying true to my goals. And I attribute that to sitting down and setting this annual game-plan in stone (and I guess being a Type-A control freak doesn't hurt either...)
But here's the curveball: 2017 was the sh*t. I rocked 14 races and traveled for my first two destination races, collaborated with some of my dream brands like ASICS and Adidas, landed a huge modeling campaign for Matrix Sleep, brought some of my online friendships offline, ignited a newfound love for yoga, and met my new running buddy/puppy Pharaoh! How in the heck can I possibly top all of that next year?!
Well, here are 7 ways I'm going to take a stab at it:
1. I will complete my first triathlon.
Yes, I've totally lost my marbles. I want to swim, bike, and run ridiculously long distances just for fun. Now I'm not saying I'm going to conquer an Ironman, or even a regular triathlon. But instead, I'm going to take baby steps into what I hope will be a new passion of mine. So in 2018, I'm going to tackle a sprint triathlon: 750-meter swim, 20k-bike ride and a 5k-run. And on that note, who wants to teach your girl how to doggie paddle?
2. I'm going to downward dog at least twice a week.
I really dropped the ball when it came to dropping down into downward dog this fall. In fact, I'm embarrassed to admit that it's been about 5 months since I took a yoga class (...which explains why I have the hip flexors of an 80 yr-old man.) So next year, I'm taking my zen more seriously. I'm going to roll out my mat at least 3x a week, in hopes of improving my flexibility, correcting my running posture, and defying gravity for Instagram. 🙌
3. I will complete my 10th half-marathon in under 1h40m.
Last year I set a New Year's resolution of running 2 half-marathons and achieving a half-marathon PR of 1:46. And now I'm proud to say I blew that goal out of the water by conquering 3 half-marathons this year and earning a new personal best of 1:44! So for 2018, I'm raising the stakes once more: race 2 more to earn my 10th half-marathon completion and clock a PR of sub 1:40.
4. I want to raise awareness for a worthy cause.
Every year I say I'm going to give back and come the end of the year, I end up just donating money to a cause. But next year, I actually want to use my blog and my social media platform to help make the world a better place. I don't know if it will be a fundraiser or hosting a fun run, but I'm going to get my creative juices flowing to think of a unique way to help those in need. Know of any awesome charities I should learn more about? Please comment them below!
5. I want to become a certified running coach.
You heard that right. I wanna go back to the books to learn more about the in's and out's of my favorite sport. I can already walk the walk, but I wanna learn how to talk the talk so that I can share my knowledge with y'all and possibly learn how to train others one day! I've scouted a few impressive programs online, but if y'all have any recommendations for courses, I'd love to hear them below.
6. I'm going to conquer ten pull-ups in a row.
Because what's more fun than showing all the fellas in the gym who's boss?
7. I will get my sweet tooth under control.
Many times, I've admitted that my relationship with sugar is a little, well, obsessive. So in 2018, I'm determined to tell sweet treats "it's not you, it's me." I'm going to bring my sugar intake back down to size with a 30-day detox and then continue to keep my sugar intake limited to 25g a day. Sugar has much worse effects than weight gain, such as heart disease and... dun... dun... dun... premature aging! Therefore, I want to nip this bad habit in the bud and regain control of my diet once and for all!
What fitness resolutions do y'all have for the new year? I wanna hear them below!
Images via SweatNetCLT.