Happy New Year! Welcome 2011!

2011 - Happy New Year from JillWillRun.comIt was cold this morning, so I didn’t get out the door and run first thing in the morning.  Truthfully, that’s how I look forward to starting my year… waking up feeling refreshed and getting in a run.  But it was in the 20’s and my desert blood can’t handle that.  So I stayed inside.  And my motivation started to wane… staying in pajamas and lounging around started to sound far better!  Not a positive start to the new year, right?

But I’m running tomorrow morning with a bunch of my Team Challenge gals, so that’s gotta count for a good start to the new year, right?

I like resolutions. And while I always make resolutions at the New Year, I also make resolutions at other times throughout the year.  It’s always an appropriate time to think about ways to improve.

However, I think I need to make the resolutions a little more visible to myself so I don’t just post them on teh interwebs and then forget about them until I look at them again at the end of the year. So this year I’m making some resolutions and then I will carry them around with me (in my iPhone?) so that I see them more often and hopefully remember to act on them!

Run More
I’d like to just run more miles overall throughout the year, but secretly (not-so-secretly?) I’d like to run more races. But racing is a hard one for me, since most races are held on Saturdays and I spend a good chunk of the year coaching Team Challenge. I don’t like to skip group trainings (and I shouldn’t skip them, since I’m the coach!) so that has to take precedence over a race.  Also, I’m a cheapskate, I don’t like paying for lots of race entry fees.  So the goal is to just run more than last year.

Get to MTH (Marathon Training Health)
I’m really itching to run another marathon. I even wrote a whole training plan for myself to begin on January 3. Sadly, I can’t start that. There are certain things with my health that need to be in order before I can begin training for a marathon. (Ahem… Aunt Flo.) So this year I’d really like to see my indicators of health be where they should.

Try New Things
I’d really like to do more cross-training, something that I said was one of my resolutions last year. I struggle with signing up for a gym membership again (it’s been about 2 years since I had one) but that really is a convenient way to get in cross-training. But I’d like to try some new things.

  • I’d like to take a spin class.
    I attended a spinning class in 1998, but I was also shooting video for a story at the college TV station at the same time so I only did a small portion of the workout.
  • I’d like to see if I enjoy riding a bike outdoors.
    Hated it when I was younger, didn’t like our family vacations where I “had to” ride a bike. I don’t even own a bike right now, so I’d probably try borrowing a bike first.
  • I’d like to try hooping.
    Hula hooping was a blast when I was a kid and I was pretty good at it!
  • I’d like to try a handstand class.
    There’s a class at a yoga studio here in Vegas taught by a former Cirque du Soleil performer on handstands!
  • I’d like to take a bootcamp class.
    We had a bootcamp “session” at a conference I attended a couple years ago and that has stuck with me to this day, it was a lot of fun.

Really, I just want to expand my fitness horizons and make sure I keep the FUN in everything. I don’t have fun going to a gym to lift weights on machines. I want my exercise to be about enjoying life AND feeling alive AND being healthy AND moving my body without feeling obligated to “lose inches” or “drop pounds” or “shed a size” or any of that other mumbo jumbo that is screamed at all of us all the time.

Make #JadeTheBoxer a Runner
Everything I’ve read says you shouldn’t start a dog on a regular running program until they’re a year old because they’re growing so fast and need time for their bones/muscles to fully develop. But come this May, when Jade turns 1… I’m going to make her into a runner! I already do little runs with her, we frequently run small stretches on our daily walks. I just need to get her to stop drifting in front of me while she runs because I’ll trip!

Daily Challenge from MeYou HealthLastly, if you’re looking for a simple way to introduce little challenges into your life to improve your overall health and well-being, I urge you to check out MeYou Health’s Daily Challenge.  I’ve been playing with it for a few weeks now and I like (most of) the challenges.  If nothing else, they make you think!  If you do sign up for it, let me know so we can “connect” on there.

I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year and that 2011 is good to you!

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18 comments

  1. There are so many things in this post that I agree with. I think it’s a great idea to make your plans more visible–that’s what I’m trying to do by blogging about them and by using Social Workout. MeYou Health’s Daily Challenge looks pretty cool. I might end up signing up, and I’ll let you know if I do. By the way, if you do end up on SW, let me know 🙂

  2. I have a YMCA membership that allows me access to all the cool stuff you mentioned, as well as the weights, etc. I’ve done bootcamp before and this week it’s going to become a staple as part of my cross-training. It’s so good for all the lateral muscles, it’s fast, furious, and a total hoot. I think you’re smart to mix up your training with other things that are just FUN!! And, your health will benefit from that too.
    Take care, dear, thinking of you!
    Lara

  3. Happy New Year! First – a thank your for you great blog! I was thrilled to see the boxer on your post today. I’ve started running with my baby boxer, Napa who is about 7 mo old now. I’ve really debated about running with her – – the vet said that as long as she’s in good shape that she can run up to 5 miles or so with me. That I just need to watch her for signs of fatigue. ( I run incredibly slow and I take lots of breaks!!!!) Love resolution posts – thanks for sharing!
    Adrianne

    http://runningintothewind.wordpress.com/

    • Thanks for the tips on running with your boxer! I’m going to have to double-check on this… Jade is terrible at weaving in front of me when I run, but that will come with training!

  4. Great goals! A handstand class – yikes. I think I’d give up after 0.2 seconds 🙂

    Love the Jade goal! Don’t forget to bring water for her – dogs overheat easier and all since they don’t sweat. I’m sure you know that already.

  5. Love the goals! I would have to say that getting to MTH would be one of mine as well – and then staying there throughout the course of the training. You know I really wouldn’t discourage you from joining a gym. I really feel like for me it’s almost a healthier alternative to running for a lot of reasons. My cardio workouts are usually shorter, harder, and more varied when I go to gym. Using the weight equipment really makes me want to be “stronger” (ie. bigger) and when I get home I usually refuel better with that mindset. HERES TO THE START OF AN AWESOME YEAR! 🙂

  6. Happy New Year! I guess I’m into th trying new things mode too as I started the New Year off with a polar bear plunge 🙂 Not exactly a fitness activity but it was new to me 🙂

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