First, a few photos:
I received these lovely flowers as a gift last week, and I have been staring at them and inhaling their perfume ever since.
They even made a nice backdrop for my bizarre (but delicious) New Year’s dinner:
|Bratwurst, potato latkes, peas with pearl onions, blackberries and sparkling grape juice: dinner of champions.|
I desperately need some new running shoes (my Nike Frees are almost dead, and my Nike Flex Experiences leave me with frozen feet in the winter), but my shopping lately has been geared toward home goods. Check out these awesome chairs I discovered during my browsing:
I’ve been MIA from the blogosphere lately, and with somewhat good reason. Although I’ve been taking it incredibly easy with the running, the rest of my life has been a whirlwind: I’m currently in the midst of a job change and a big move, and I was traveling back and forth for the holidays.
With nothing major on the running horizon, I just didn’t have that much to write about.
Now, it’s a new year, and I’m getting ready to move things into a higher gear. I still haven’t quite solidified my New Year’s resolutions/goals, but there are a few things I know I want to accomplish over the next 12 months:
Set PRs in my race distances
I’m not going to pressure myself into achieving specific time goals for different distances: although a 25:00 5k might finally be within reach this year, I’m chiefly concerned with besting my most recent sub-27 minute time. In the half marathon, I made HUGE strides this year, and I only aim to improve. I won’t know until the early summer whether or not I’m attempting another marathon, but if I do so, it would be great to shave off a few minutes. Beyond that, I just want to enjoy my running and improve my strength and stamina. Speed is important, but there are other areas for me to focus on as well.
Run 850+ miles
This past year I gained hundreds of miles over 2013, and I came in just one long run short of 800 miles. In 2015, I think I can beat that.
Read 50 books (again)
One of my favorite goals for 2014 was related to reading. I did, in fact, manage to read 50 books in the year, and I hope to maintain that momentum.
Try out new sports and hobbies
I’m not sure when I will get the chance, but I REALLY REALLY would love to try out rowing (ideally, on water), stand up paddle boarding and ballroom dance this year. All three activities have been on my bucket list for quite some time, and I am determined to explore at least one of them in the near future.
Focus more on my overall health
At times I can be super healthy, religiously monitoring my hydrating, vitamin loading, sleep, stress and nutrition, but these cycles are short-lived. When I get busy or bored or excited or distracted, I drop one healthy habit and then another. My goal is to be more consistent all around with my health in 2015.
Care to share your goals for 2015?