RunnerCacher Resolutions for 2017

It’s time for my second annual RunnerCaching Resolutions post!  Last year I listed sixteen specific goals.  I nailed and even exceeded some of them, some I worked toward but didn’t quite reach, and some I completely bombed.  This year I’m dividing my resolutions into seven categories, and linking up with Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum for 7 Quick Takes; and a new-to-me linkup, Tuesdays On the Run which has THREE hosts! Thanks Erika, Marcia, and Patty! (And yes, I know today is Friday…don’t judge me…)

One:  Running

-Run at least 100 miles every month, or 1,200 miles total

-Run 10 percent of my total mileage on trails

-Run at least one trail race.  Maybe the Dahlgren Trail Half, maybe something different.

-Volunteer at a race.  At least one.

-Run with a group (or at least one other person) two or more times a month.

-Be more attentive and diligent with leading the local LIFE Runners and Moms Run This Town chapters.

-Learn to keep a 9-minute pace on a mostly-uphill five mile course.  And no more signing up for races after drinking wine.

Two:  Geocaching

-Find at least 100 caches.  This will require some planning.

-Hide three caches, and do a better job of keeping my caches maintained.

-Attend a geocaching event.  I haven’t been to one in over two years.

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Three:  Faith

-Read scripture and pray EVERY morning.  Whether it’s a Blessed is She or LIFE Runner Devotion, or  my Walking With Purpose Bible Study–it doesn’t matter.

-Go to confession at least every three months

I have a patron saint for 2017!  Jennifer Fulwiler, a Catholic writer and radio host, created the Saint Name Generator that randomly chooses a saint for you.  My saint is St. Gianna Beretta Molla, patron of mothers, physicians, and unborn children.  My resolution is to get to know her better and live by her example.

-Grow closer to Mary and ask her to bring me closer to Jesus.

Four:  Nutrition

-eat at least 3 servings of vegetables every day

-Plan meals at least a week in advance.  I want to make only one or two trips to the grocery store every week.  And take my reusable bags with me when I go shopping.

-Quit buying wine.  Seriously, if it’s in the house I’ll drink it, and even a half a glass in the evening makes me lazy and messes with my sleep.  Save it for special occasions!

-Visit the farmer’s market every Saturday (with my reusable bags, of course).  This will take planning too, because normally Saturday is when I do my long runs.

Five:  General fitness

-Strength train twice a week.  I have a cardio and core class I go to every Wednesday night; that leaves one more workout I need to do at home.

-Get 10,000 steps EVERY DAY, no exceptions.

-Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night.  Easier said than done.

Six:  Life, and other things

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-If I learned anything in 2016, it’s to not take anyone or anything for granted.  It’s more important than ever to be present in every moment, and that no matter what challenges we might be facing, we can trust God to get us through.  I want to be fully present in every moment and be thankful and joyful even when I’m having a crappy day.

-Keep social media to a minimum.  Read a book instead. (And seriously, I don’t have to post EVERY run on Instagram.)

-Blog here twice a month, three if I have time.

-Take more photos with my DLSR camera.  Take it with me everywhere like I used to.

-Be more generous, more compassionate, more understanding.

Seven:  Words to Live By

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self control. -2 Timothy 1:7

A live worth living is frenetic, disjointed, breakneck, and quite fantastic.  Balance doesn’t lead to happiness–impassioned dedication to one’s life purpose does. -Dean Karnazes

Stay afraid, but do it anyway.  What’s important is the action.  You don’t have to wait to be confident.  Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow. -Carrie Fisher

Do you have resolutions and goals for 2017?  Let me know in the comments, and be sure to check out Marcia’s Healthy Slice, My No-Guilt Life, MCM Mama Runs AND This Ain’t The Lyceum!  Happy New Year!

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