This year, I’m not focusing on a specific time goal (ie run a sub-2 half marathon) or even anything specific to running. I learned in 2015 that I perform better and truer to my actual ability when I take that pressure of myself. While I certainly will have an idea going into each race of where I think I will land and mileage to hit each week, I’m not setting those as goals for 2016. Instead, I’m focusing on things that will help me become a better runner overall. I will check in on these goals each month!
Without further ado, here are my non-running fitness goals for the next year:
- Build a stronger upper body & core. I spent a lot of time building lower body strength (and some core) in 2015, but often skimped on the upper body or challenging core workouts because I simply didn’t like them…mostly because my upper body is weak. I want to make this a focus, while continuing to build lower body strength.
- Improve flexibility & mobility. I started adding yoga into my routine in 2015, but haven’t been consistent here as it didn’t always fit into my schedule. With moving to a new part of town, I won’t be able to go to my studio anymore. I’m going to try some at-home DVDs so that I can fit these in to my schedule (and save money!). Consistent stretching & foam rolling in the evenings will help, too.
- Become a stronger swimmer. This time last year, I couldn’t even swim! Conquering that fear in 2015 and learning the basics was a huge step for me, but swimming still isn’t enjoyable. I want to get better at it, and I’m only going to be able to do that with consistent practice. My biggest challenge will be finding an indoor pool that’s easily accessible to me….stay tuned!
- Cook more often. This isn’t directly related to fitness, but good nutrition obviously has an impact on performance. I’m a terrible cook and lack the patience to deal with the tiny kitchen the apartment has in order to get better. I’ve often defaulted to easy and quick (think: steaming pre-cut veggies in the microwave) ways to prep food. However, with a bigger kitchen and nice appliances, it’s time to put them to good use. My goal is to try at least one new recipe each week, which I will share with you on the second Friday of each month!
- Enjoy the journey. It can be easy to get caught up in training and stressed out if things aren’t going as planned, especially if you are type A (guilty!). My last training cycle has really helped me relax and enjoy the training, while still being dedicated and seeing results. I’d like to carry that momentum into my training for the new year.
How about you? What are your goals for 2016? Will you join me in any of these non-running fitness goals?