New Year. New Goals. New Experiences. New Milestones (from my girls who are 1 and 4). Each new year brings forth a sense of renewal and sheer determination to achieve our goals and aspirations. This year I decided to keep a training journal. It’s been 7 years since I had one – back in 2008, I wrote in a blank notebook the details of every meal, my running workouts and the amount of sleep I got daily. It helped me tremendously which I think contributed to my marathon PR. So, for Christmas I requested from my parents Lauren Fleshman’s bright red training journal called “Believe”. It’s filled with running advice excerpts, a section for goal-setting and plenty of blank spaces to log my thoughts.
And speaking of goal-setting, I finally wrote down a few items I would love to achieve for the year:
1). This is definitely my “Dare to Dream” goal as I plan to chase after new PRs in every race distance I intend to run this year.
2). Build dynamic strength – “Make muscles smarter, Make muscles stronger and Spring”. This is based off the book “Anatomy for Runners” I am currently reading and another subject for a future blog entry.
3). Pave the road towards eating clean! My worst enemy is night-time snacking when my body screams for more calories. I think it’s because this is really the only time I can eat peacefully without having to tend to my kids.
These are my 3 significant ones with regards to training, so I have plenty of work to do before this year ends. Every month, I will revisit my goals to check how I’m doing.
On a different note, yesterday was my first Saturday run with the San Diego Track Club. This is my fifth year with the training program and it always feels awesome to be part of a wonderful organization. This year’s theme is an inspiration for all of us to “DREAM, BELIEVE, AND ACHIEVE” (coincidentally jibes with my training journal, BELIEVE) which is imprinted on the back of the t-shirts each member received for being part of the training program. A great reminder for all runners to see!