Time To Smash 2018: My Health And Fitness Goals

January 1, 2018

I’m not a big New Year’s resolutions person but I do think it’s good to have some goals, especially health and fitness goals, to help pave your journey and give you a focus through the year. I’ve been thinking about mine for a little while so I thought I’d share them on here to make them official (no backing out when I’ve shared them with the web!) and to help inspire and motivate you guys to set your own wellbeing goals. And remember, however big, small or silly you think your goals are, they are yours, for you to work towards, and not for comparing against others. Here’s to taking 2018 by the balls!

2018 fitness goals

sub 2-hour half marathon

This year, I’m determined to get a sub 2-hour half marathon. My best half marathon time to date is 2:01hrs, which I know sounds close(!) but with shin splints and varying levels of training, my times do tend to fluctuate and have been slower recently as I took my pace down for full marathons. I’ve never been competitive with running. I do it because I enjoy it, I’ve never gone after times, nor watched my watch while training, so to have a time goal to work towards is going to be new for me. To get there, I’m determined to add some shorter, faster runs into my weekly training, plus some leg-specific gym sessions as I can’t say they feature regularly…! I’m also trialling two sports watches — the Suunto Spartan Wrist Trainer and the Garmin Forerunner 235 so I’ll keep you posted on how I’m finding them too.

paris marathon

a big one, another marathon! Some of you will know I did 2 marathons this year (London and Copenhagen) but by no means does that mean another one is going to be a breeze. I swear marathons don’t get any easier. 26 miles of hard work for that medal, gratification and pint afterwards! Paris Marathon, please be nice to me!

swim 3 miles

in 2017, I did a couple of awesome swim events with Great Swim, including SwimRun and a 1-mile swim in the Thames. I always let swimming training fall right to the bottom of the pile — I find it so much easier to fit running and the gym into my lifestyle — but i’m determined to really build on my swimming this year. 3 miles is my goal and I really want to spend a lot more time in the lidos of the South East. Better get paddling!

drink more water

i fell off the wagon with this one a bit this year and definitely haven’t drank as much water as I should over the last few months but I’m determined to pick up the 5 pints a day target for 2018. It really does make you more alert and is good for your body for a whole load of reasons so here’s to that!

more iron

gah, an annoying one. I’m anaemic and super dependent on iron tablets or else I feel super tired and really struggle with running as my legs get heavy and tired, so it’s definitely something I’m aware I need to stay on top of. That said, I really want to make an effort this year to increase my iron levels though food so I can become less dependent on taking multiple tablets every day. How many ways can you eat spinach in a day…?!

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