I shun New Year’s resolutions. I’ve always believed that if you want to make a change in your life, you should just do so regardless of the date on the calendar. Besides, I’ve never really spent the turn of another year in the reflective mindset necessary to truly make lofty life-altering decisions. I’d suggest that these so-called resolutions might be better termed mere aspirations. By bowing to the calendar, these aspirations are more likely to lack the requisite thoughtfulness, plan and commitment required for success. Not surprisingly, studies suggest that most resolutions don’t last an entire year.
In contrast, I do believe that carefully considered goals, backed by an action plan, are important. Not beholden to the calendar, over the course of the last six weeks I’ve developed some fitness goals I hope to realize this year:
- Set a race pace per mile PR. In 2013, I hit an 8:00 mile pace during a July 5K. This year I hope to drop that into the 7:00 range – even if it happens to be 7:59.
- Stay free of injury. In 2013, I paid the price for making novice marathon training mistakes. By learning from my boneheaded ways and staying diligent with cross training, I hope to make it to the start line for every registered race.
- Become a marathoner by finishing the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon.
- Steadily gain strength through a consistent gym routine all year. Historically, I’ve found myself in a cycle of regular trips for three or four months, followed by a two to three month absence. I’ve been consistent since August 2013, and I need to continue this trend.
- Develop abs that pop. I know a strong core is key to maximizing one’s fitness potential, but it’s an area that I all too frequently ignore. This year my core will become a priority. After all, who doesn’t admire a popping 6-pack?
I have to admit, putting these goals down on the proverbial paper is quite invigorating! And with a defined destination, it’s up to me to make sure I stay on track. To hold myself accountable, I plan to formally review my progress mid-year. In the meantime, wish me luck! Or better yet, ignore the calendar and join me in setting some personally meaningful fitness goals.