I am struck with the “writing procrastination” bug. Two weeks ago, I wanted to blog about my 2014 recap, and new goals for 2015. Alas, my monkey mind came up with many excuses. Should I or should I not? – was the question I asked myself daily. I went inside “a room” where I think you, yes YOU, are tired of reading me. This happens to me sometimes. Fortunately, I always find the will to get out of that room, and enter another room called “write for you and you alone”.
And so here I am, on January the 4th, finally listening to myself, and flashing a bright light to my awesome Year Of Being Awesome! A peek of my goals last year is here. 2014 was a year of firsts in my running “career”.
A 2014 Re-cap
I read and listened to 11 books, I am still finishing my twelfth for 2014. Our second (ever) snow holiday at Mt Buller finally happened. I didn’t really count the number of hikes/walks we did, but it should be close to 6. I also aimed to write for 52 weeks or at least 52 blog posts…I managed 31 original posts plus 6 shares. Not quite 52, but I hope you’re OK with 31+6, as I am.
We are the stories we tell ourselves. So tell yourself positive stories…
My 2014 highlights as you know were my “3 half marathons in 6 months” plus 9 months of training. WOW. A marathoner I know in real life told me to work on my speed for short distances during the off season (summer time) while preparing for my next challenge. So as a last minute HURRAH on the 27th of December, I took up his challenge and ran a personal best for the 5 kilometre distance with a time of under 30 minutes (a sub-30 5K)! It was gruelling, painful, and rather pointless (to my monkey mind), but I did it anyway. (Note: I am a 7min/km runner. A sub-30 equates to 6min/km)
I have attempted a sub-30 three times at three park runs. I failed 3 times. Finally, I told Ariel that in order to have a crack at sub-30 (my last attempt was 31.30mins), we need to do parkruns for 2 Saturdays in a row. During the hardest and hilliest part of the run, thoughts of returning the next Saturday swirled around in my head. What is more disheartening than failing? It’s the thought of doing it all over again, and failing….again! That’s how I won my personal 5K challenge ~ I didn’t want to keep attempting!
Leaping into 2015
I am mentally and emotionally ready for 2015. The new challenge is to prepare my body to run up to 5 hours for 42kms! I have 6 months until my date with First Marathon at the Gold Coast. During the year, I also plan to pick up another half marathon medal, a City2Surf run with my boys, a 10K PB and more parkruns.
My 3 R’s in 2015 ~ RUN. NOURISH. WRITE.
There will also be a big shift in my food intake. If 2014 was all about going low on sugar and carbs, 2015 will be about going LOW ON MEAT. I will not commit to completely going 100% plant-based, because I will always have eggs, yogurt, seafood and the weekend bacon treat. As Rich Roll suggested, we must “aim for progress not perfection”.
The daily writing to my *Wruddy will continue, and perhaps another shot at 52 blog posts.
What are your 2015 goals?
*Wruddy – writing buddy