I am enjoying an unexpected day off from work today because my kids' daycare provider is sick today. I am not doing much of anything today and chalking this up to a much needed mental health day. I am not working, cleaning, or going anyplace. The half decorated Christmas tree is lit and I am enjoying a hot cup of tea while the kids are napping. Life is good!
I have been thinking a lot about my 2009 goals. I got out a piece of paper and started writing my never ending self improvement list. I ended up throwing it away because I only have one goal that I want to accomplish this next year. Running.
I am going to Run. Not just run, I will be a runner again. I hate that I can't call myself a runner right now. I miss it terribly and I realized I need to do it.
2008 was a disappointing year for me. I had such high expectations of myself, crazy goals, and no plan to carry them out. I hate to admit this , but I had a hard time adjusting to having 3 kids. I underestimated how much work just one more child brings and I forgot how little sleep you get with an infant. The injury and lack of weight loss added to the disapointment. It is hard to look at last years list and know that not one thing has been accomplished. All was not lost, I did learn a lot this past year from all of my mistakes.
2009 is going to be different. I am declaring it my official "do over" year. I am scratching everything off the list except running. My running goals for next year are just about the same as last year. I looked at how and why I failed this year and now I am armed with a plan to get in the game next year.
I am adding races to my calendar as motivation to keep moving to the next level. I love running for fun, but if there isn't an event to train for it kind of kills the mojo. I know I said I wasn't going to race until I was ready but I think I am ready for a comeback. Below are the list of races that I hope to complete in 2009. This is more of a wish list rather than a must do. If I feel like I am not ready, injured, or getting burnt out, I will back off training and regroup. For now I think it is a good way to get me back in the running scene.
January-No races just a modified C25k
February-Valentines Day 5K
March-Irish for a Day 5k
April-Get in Gear 10K
May-Bolder Boulder 10K (if I can afford the trip)
June-Garry Bjorkland Half Marathon (If I get in and I am trained)
August-Urban Wildland Half Marathon
October- Twin Cities Marathon
November-Turkey Trot 5K
December- Reindeer Run 5k
There it is, my goal for 2009. I have high hopes but realistic expectations this time around.