Resolutions Revamped and New Goals

I have a barrage of goals for my 2020 New Years Resolutions (here!) including reading one book a month, blogging more often, focusing on a more anti-inflammatory diet, run my 20th marathon and improve my strength training regimen.

When I think back to my goals without reviewing them, just trying to go off memory, I totally thought I was failing. I was certain there were more failures than successes. This is why it’s important to document and review your goals becaaauuuuuuse I’m not as big of a failure as I thought! At least not in this aspect… this time.

I just finished my 30th book, including 8 Audibles. I’d love to challenge myself and shoot for 50 books this year instead of my original 12. FIFTY! I’ll continue noting my progress as I go along in IG, but I’ll also write monthly blogs to recap the books I read and which ones I’d recommend.

I’ve definitely been blogging more as well. With Coronavirus, I’ve been trying to keep track of things as we go. In part, I think it will be helpful to look back on and remember, but I also do it to get things out of my head. I’ve been seeing a video-therapist every two week for the last 2 months to help process. I think it’s helping, but I’m also struggling with anxiety, panic, and depression. Mental health right now is severe and the constant dialogue in my head about all of this is insane. I think about my plane crash and it took me 6 years to not think about it constantly. That was one traumatic event… This is constant sustained trauma, fear, and anxiety – the damage this is doing on a grand psychological level has to be insane. And for a country who has a history, a strong reputation for fucking over mental health, we’re in for a weird and rough couple of years coming up…

So I’ll continue to blog, between Coronavirus updates moreso for myself, my monthly book updates, running and running comebacks, I should have plenty to chat about. It seems to be a therapeutic release anyway and perhaps someone reads these. Who knows!

I’m thinking about taking my writing up a notch and I’m going to start researching how to write a book. I have thought about it for years and I think it’s time to tell my story about the plane crash. I haven’t the slightest clue about how to write a book or where to start, but it seems as though there are endless articles online advising you how to do so, and that seems like a good start!

Choosing to eat and focus on more anti-inflammatory foods and diets has been my biggest failure. Not only are we doing our part to keep the craft beer industry afloat, I’ve also eaten more pizza in the last 3 months than I have in the last 6 years!

In conjunction with the strength training goal – which I have been CRUSHING in part to being injured and unable to run regularly, I’m just about done with Phase 2 of the 80 Day Obsession program on Beachbody on Demand. I haven’t completely been following the nutrition plan of this program, so I’ve been tossing around the idea of using Phase 3 along with the meal plan and documenting that progress. There’s still an unforeseen amount of time left in quarantine, or at least some version of it – so it does feel good to focus on something I can control.

As for my running goals – I did run my 20th marathon, though I’m still on the fence about whether or not it counts. So many people have said “you ran it! It counts!” but there aren’t any official race results and honestly, I’ve ran marathons and ultras for training and never counted them! So just because someone from the race organization saw my Strava, doesn’t mean it’s official. Again, I’m undecided… and still a bit salty at the attitude behind the race organization. I know it’s not an easy call, but it never felt like they made any decision for “the right reason” even when they did decide to call it. I have plenty more I could say on the subject, but hopefully they take it as a lesson.

I’m still injured – see I quit running – and with race season seemingly suspended for the foreseeable future, it works out well that I just keep focusing on building strength and rehabbing my leg. I’ve start enjoying biking around the neighborhood and have a 10-mile loop I really love! I do test my leg out about once a week and this week was the first week I felt as though there was some progress in my injury. It still hurts, I can feel it right now, but the pain finally recedes at least sometimes throughout the day. Of all my goals, running is going on the back burner for 2020. With no end in sight, there’s no point in registering for fall races. I have a trail race that has been rescheduled to September, but we’ll keep an eye on that. Worst case I just hike it and enjoy the views.

Well, I think that about sums it up for now… I’ll check back in on these goals in a few months and see what kind of progress I’ve made! What are you doing for your 2020 goals and resolutions?

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