Here’s a look at my 2012 goals and how I did:
• Continue “barefoot” running in minimalist shoes, on average one to two runs per week. (Eh, not so much. I barely ran in my VibramFive Fingers this year, but I definitely hit the 1-2 run average for most of 2012.)
• Attend a yoga class or practice at home weekly to maintain flexibility and reduce risk of injury. While I didn’t practice at home as much as I had hoped I’m going to cross this one off as accomplished. I yoga’d more than I can count in 2012.
• Squelch my IT band pain permanently through strength-training and foam roller use. (Didn’t really increase my use of the foam roller and as a result still suffered from IT band in 2012, including at the Cleveland Half-Marathon and even during some shorter races like the North Coast Challenge 5-Miler.)
• Run a 5K in less than 28:00, by incorporating more speed work training. (I had great intentions but fell VERY short on this one.)
• Run a half-marathon in under 2:30, by incorporating a higher weekly mileage base. (Cleveland was my only half in 2012 and with the 90+ degree heat index that day I came no where near this.)
• Sign up for a summer CSA and continue trying more vegetables. (Yes! Accomplished!)
Overall I’m happy with where I’m at right now as I look back at health and fitness in 2012. Sure, there were some highs and lows, but overall I still placed value in my health and stayed conscious of decisions that can impact it. I am eager to take on new challenges in 2013.
Over the last two years have started expanding my goals to include both running and non-running activities and I think this is a great balance I’d like to continue. If you want to look back at where I’ve been you can also read my 2010 goals and my 2011 goals.-- Thank you for reading. Want more news on how to keep a healthy home and lifestyle? Stay connected by subscribing to my blog's RSS feed or by signing up to receive posts via email. You can also follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.