Every year I read many posts about people doing new years resolutions. Every year I come up with something, but then usually drop it with in the first couple of months, just like everyone else. Last year was a little different, my goal was to be more in shape*, and I must say "I think it was a success, but I want more."
I started off by buying a folding bike, which was great when I could commute to work (2.5 miles each way). I since moved to a new city where I could commute via bike, but it is too far for a everyday kind of activity (14.5 miles). I also joined a gym for the first time in my life. It was a small community center gym that had enough equipment to be satisfactory for the price. I worked out 5 times a week for a while. Later it dropped to 3 times a week, but I did more intense workouts. I even ran a 5k, something I haven't done since high school x-country.
After moving to another state in May things changed slightly. I was in a new environment and didn't know anywhere I wanted to go biking, and didn't have a good gym. The bike quickly started picking up dust. I tried doing workouts at the apartment complex gym, but the equipment selection is quite... lacking. My wife and I started searching for good gym, we came across Princeton Club. It sounds la-de-fucking-da, it kind of is. For $30 per month (special pricing that they have all the time) you get a membership. We jumped on it and I must say that I am happy with it. They have a bunch of equipment, good FREE classes, and racquetball (something I loved doing in college). I haven't partaken in any classes yet, but I plan to try out spinning next year.
After a month of dust collecting I thought I should start trying to utilize my bike on the weekends for casual rides. I quickly found that the city I moved to is one of the top ten in the nation for bike trails. I mapped out a course and set off one Saturday morning. It was awesome. I've never scene so many bikers out together. There is so many people with a lot of money put in there bikes. Kind of crazy.
I have also been working out about 3 times per week which has really helped in the winter months.
This next year I have decided I want to "step it up".
I want to run a 1/2 marathon. Most likely sometime in the summer, probably around June (searching in progress).
I have already kind of started training for it. I will succeed where I failed before. I have tried multiple times to do this, and always ended up injured during training. The one problem I had was I didn't workout, I just ran. This time I am going to have a plan where I workout most of the time, and slowly ramp up my running. This way my body will be ready for the running part.
Think I can do it? Want to join?
For now I'm going to do workouts 3 times per week, and try to do 2 runs per week. We will see how it goes, I'll try to keep you posted but as always, no promises. I'm going to use http://www.jefit.com/ to keep track of my workouts, and nikeplus.com to keep track of my running, and a new "workout" google calendar to keep a reminder in my calendar on what to do today.
What are your new years goals?
Last but not least I want to say goodbye to my Grandpa who passed during this holiday. He was a Veteren of the military, a husband, a father, a grand father, and a great grand father. He had a long life and he is no longer suffering from his illness. God bless, and rest in peace.
* My initial goal was to run 5 5k's for charity events. I only got to one, but 1/2 way through the year I realized it wasn't going to happen to I adjusted it to just be "be more in shape."