My Winter Resolutions

I have never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, purely because I don’t see the point in making a resolution just because I feel like I HAVE to. I don’t want to make resolutions based on the expectations of others or the need to conform to societal norms (which is what I have done in the past.) I would rather make goals/resolutions throughout the year because I WANT to.

Don’t worry, this is not yet another goal-setting guide. I just thought it might be interesting to share some of my winter resolutions and hopefully inspire you to have a think about what you want to achieve over the next couple of months.

Reading 

I have always been a massive book worm. When I was a young whippersnapper, I handwrote hundreds of books; when I was 9, I even wrote my own spin off Harry Potter series (Tamara Jenkins and the Eagle Cauldron, absolute classic) accompanied by some very questionable illustrations. Basically I was (and probably still am) a massive geek with a very overactive imagination.

I frequently set myself reading goals, and for the next couple of months this involves reading more non-fiction, focusing predominantly on feminist non-fiction. I’ve just started reading Rise Up Women! by Diane Atkinson which explores the fight for women’s suffrage and will also be reading The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic.

Do you have any non-fiction feminist book recommendations? If so I would love to hear them!

Running 

MORE STRENGTH TRAINING.

I have always ensured to supplement running with strength training, and in the lead up to London Marathon I want to focus on this more than ever.

That’s all I need to say on this one!

Embrace Fear

I have been contemplating a change in career for over 2 years but have only recently been brave enough to go for it.

What’s been holding me back? It has nothing to do with fear of failure – it’s more to do with the expectations of others RE not following the career path that I have worked so hard on for the past 10 years.

None of us like to disappoint people, especially those close to us, and my change in career has disappointed a surprising amount of people. The internal battle of wanting to pursue my passion whilst feeling incredibly guilty has had a detrimental impact on my mental health, and in all honesty, I am still struggling with this.

However, I have finally come to the realisation that my career choice is nobody else’s business. I still have a long way to go, and some big decisions to make, therefore my key goal for the next few months is to be brave, embrace the fear and pursue my passion – I’m super excited for what’s to come!

When do you set goals/resolutions? I would love to hear from you!

30 Before 30

As requested by all my fans #blessed, here is my official 30 Before 30 list.

I started pulling together this list together around 3 years ago, back when completing a 5K seemed absurd let alone completing a marathon!

Some of these ‘goals’ are cliché, some are slightly ridiculous (no. 10 – please don’t judge. I still don’t think I have completed this, as I did have a fair amount of assistance.)

Apologies for the one that is marked as CONFIDENTIAL, I am not trying to be mysterious/really irritating! And no, it’s not vulgar/inappropriate/gross.

  1. Complete a Half Marathon – DONE
  2. Complete a Full Marathon – DONE
  3. Complete an Ultra Marathon
  4. Join a running club – DONE
  5. Complete one of the Three Peaks Challenges – DONE
  6. Get 1st lady at ParkRun – DONE
  7. Complete a Tough Mudder
  8. Complete a Triathalon
  9. Learn how to play pool and beat all the men
  10. Change a lightbulb – DONE
  11. Volunteer at a homeless shelter at least twice per year – DONE
  12. Learn how to apologise to people – DONE
  13. Level 2 Gym Qualification & Level 3 PT Course – KIND OF DONE
  14. Hold a tarantula at London Zoo
  15. Own one of the following dogs: Chow Chow, Great Pyrenees, Daschund, Old English Sheepdog (only if I have suitable accommodation and am in a secure enough financial position to do so. If you can’t afford to care for your pet, you shouldn’t get one.)
  16. Host a massive dinner party. The mother of all dinner parties. How am I 27 and still unable to roast a chicken or poach an egg?! Basically, learn how to cook PROPERLY
  17. See Fleetwood Mac live (ASAP – they’re getting on a bit)
  18. Visit Dublin and drink ALL the wine
  19. VISIT ICELAND (and see the Northern Lights whilst sober)
  20. Trek the Inca Trail
  21. Visit the Yukon
  22. Visit Vienna – DONE
  23. Visit Dubai – DONE
  24. Spend Christmas in a snowy log cabin drinking mulled wine and other pretentious pastimes – DONE
  25. CONFIDENTIAL
  26. Start a blog – DONE
  27. Eat at one of the world’s best restaurants
  28. Produce my own podcast/vlog
  29. Buy house/flat
  30. Pursue my passion. BE BOLD BE BRAVE

Despite the multiple clichés, I am very content with this list. Am I missing anything essential?! Let me know your thoughts!

Also, if anyone has been to Iceland, any recommendations would be much appreciated!

Running & Personal Goals (Mid-Year Check-In)

As we are halfway through 2018 (which is mildly horrifying, and I don’t understand how this has happened), I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to discuss my running, fitness and personal goals for the remainder of the year.

Running & Fitness Goals

  1. Great North Run

The GNR has been on my to do list for a while, and this year I was lucky enough to secure a place through the ballot. Out of all runners I know who entered the GNR, somehow, I was the only one who was accepted, so please do let me know if you’re racing! We can go for post-race wines.

  1. Race outside of the UK

I am yet to participate in a race outside of the UK and have chosen the Frankfurt Marathon relay in September as my first race abroad. I will be running this in a team of four, and am EXTRA EXCITED as I am the fourth leg which means that I get to finish on the red carpet.

  1. Commit to my first Ultra-Marathon

This may seem like a bit of an odd goal, as I simply want to commit to signing up to an Ultra as opposed to completing one this year. My aim is to run my first Ultra in early 2019, although I’m concerned that this may interfere with marathon training – any ultra-marathoners, please can I have some advice on this?!

  1. Be braver on the bike

One of my goals this year was to start cycling as a form of cross-training, in addition to weight training. Unfortunately, I still LOATHE steep descents (and gentle descents. And all the other descents.) By the end of 2018, I would like to be at a stage where I am not riding down hills squealing like a deranged warthog.

  1. Improve upper body strength

I don’t really need to explain this one but can confirm that I am well on the way to achieving this goal with the help of my PT!

Personal Goals

  1. Be kinder to myself

SORRY this is such a cringe/predictable goal, but I think self-compassion is so important – and it is something I’m terrible at. This is probably the most challenging of all my goals, and one I shall elaborate on in a later post.

  1. S L E E P

I wake up at between 4:30am – 6:00am, as I prefer to do most of my training before work. On average, I get around 6 hours sleep per night, and therefore by 4pm often feel like the FIERY PITS OF HELL (slight exaggeration, but I do get grouchy and headachy.)  I also frequently fall asleep on the train home, and occasionally end up in rather inconvenient locations such as Brighton and Southampton. Therefore, prioritising sleep is of upmost importance!

  1. Make a hefty dent in my 30 before 30 list

I created a ’30 before 30’ list* around 3 years ago and have completed approximately half of the list. Time is of the essence and other such clichés; therefore, I feel I need to get cracking!

*This is essentially a 30 before 30 bucket list. I am more than happy to share this in my next post, so if anyone is interested please do let me know!