Mid-life Without the Crisis

It really isn't the destination, but the journey. May be cliche, but it's true.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

You probably noticed that the blog looks different today.  I am the kind of person who has to change my computer wallpaper every month, so I decided to change the look of the blog for 2011, too.  I will still be writing about whatever interests me at the moment, so that has not changed.

Obviously, what everyone is thinking about today is New Year's resolutions.  Should you make any, what should they be, how long until you break it....

Remember that your resolution should be written as a goal.  It should be achievable, specific, and measurable.  Read more about the elements of a good resolution here.

For this year, I have several goals that are all part of the larger aim of getting in shape.  The things I want to do this year are:
  1. Double 2010's number of exercise days (102).  To do this one, I will have to exercise 4 times every week.
  2. Run another half marathon with a time of under 2:30.  That is a big goal, as my first half marathon time was 3:09 and I am no faster now than I was then.
  3. Compete in the Classic Amphibious Triathlon held at Wappapello Lake.  This would be my first, and though it's a relatively short triathlon (400 meter swim, 16 mile bike, 3.5 mile run), that still is a bit daunting.
  4. Consider trying my first marathon.  I am making this one very flexible because I'm not sure I will really be able to do this.  I've been recovering from an Achilles tendon injury and haven't run a step in months, so I will judge this one as I go through the year.  The marathon I am thinking of is the Heart of America Marathon held on Labor Day each year in Columbia, Missouri.
I am really looking forward to 2011.  I think it will be a good year and I am excited about my goals.  I hope you truly do have a happy New Year, as well.


Angie Dixon said...

Oooh, the blog looks GREAT! I never did like pink much :)

I'm going to post my goals later when I'm not suffering from a terrible cold.

But I like something that you did in your goals but didn't mention.

They should be a stretch, or some of them should. Sure, you need reasonable goals you can reach, but you need huge, outrageous goals you're not sure you can accomplish.

For instance, one of my ten-year goals is to win a "Genius Grant," otherwise known as a MacArthur Fellowship.

You can't apply for it. The members of the nominating committee are anonymous. They choose people who are making a huge creative difference in the world, but the winners don't even know they were being considered until they get the call saying they won.

So the only way to win, is to get the attention of these anonymous people who can nominate you.

I like goals like that.

Angie :)

Christine said...

I'm SO impressed over your training and your new goals - wow! I've accually quit all my training since this fall. Felt like I needed a break..

When the project I'm working with is finished (hopefully SOON!) I might start over again. But I'm pretty sure I'll never run a marathon...

Happy new year to you all and good look with your training!/christine