Looking to 2016


2016 goals | Resolutions | Kale and Ale

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How can it be 2016 already? 2015 was the year I’d been working toward for many years, so as long as 2016 stays about the same, I’ll be happy. What about you?

To get caught up, I’ve shared my 2015 recaps on food, drink and fitness. Looking forward to 2016, the main theme is to keep bettering and improving myself from within. I’ve never been one for resolutions, but with continuous growth comes evaluation and deciding if one is on the right path, or if the path needs to be adjusted. A new year is a great time for that assessment.

The key things I want to focus on are as follows. What do you hope to accomplish or improve?


In 2015 I ran one race and fewer miles than any year since taking up running. I don’t have friends here that run races like I did in Florida. This year I hope to find a running community or make a point to run a longer-distace race (10k or above) to challenge myself.

With that, I want to work on weight training. The past few months I’ve been going to the gym three days a week and hope to devote one of those days to weight training. The goal is to lose some stubborn pounds that cold winters have brought on, and to tone and strengthen my body by adding an element to my workouts that cardio alone isn’t providing.


This big thing here is to grow and expand my garden, both in physical size and what is being grown. Last year I ended up with a lot of tomatoes and peppers and hope to add more variety this year. What might you suggest I grow that works well for the upper Midwest?

Personal Growth

2015 brought me together with the Twin Cities blogging community, and I want to get more involved in 2016. The connections and support this group has is great. I also want to learn one new thing a month I can apply to my blog and communications overall.

Beyond that, I want to foster more in real life connections I have, meeting up with peers, making it a point to set aside time to see friends, and Skype those far away more often. This is where I get a lot of satisfaction, having a few well-developed friendships.

What are your goals/hopes/dreams for 2016? Please leave them in the comments below.

Happy 2013

First run of 2013

First run of 2013

Happy New Year! Hope you made it through the holidays. I always kind of look forward to the new year. Lower key than the end-of-year craziness, more time to run, fewer sweets to tempt me. It’s a time to focus on making oneself better and look forward to the year ahead.

What does this year have in store for you? What are your goals for 2013?

I am going to refocus on running. After a strong first half of 2012  running (Race for the Cure, my first 10k, my first 15k) I let myself slide. I am going to try and find more runs this year to keep me on track. I already have two 5ks scheduled for this month! (They are both fund-raisers, so if you would like to donate, please contact me.)

I don’t have any hard goals (but I’m up for suggestions or runs if someone is looking for a buddy), but as I start my second full year of running, I would like to increase the miles I ran overall last year. I figured I did roughly 375 miles this year, sharply decreasing my running in the second half. If I were to keep it up, I could surpass 500 miles this year (about 10 a week, very doable, even in the hot summer months).

New Year’s resolutions 2012: Running

I’m not much for resolutions (improvement should be ongoing and can start at any time), but I will admit the beginning of a year is a good time to reflect on the past year and think about what personal goals one might have for the coming year.

Last year my main goal was to make all my food. I don’t make all my food, but I sure make a lot of it, and I’ve tried new and better foods because of it. I’m still doing that at a level I’m (mostly) happy with.

This year I plan to focus on improving my running. In less than half a year I’ve gone from thinking of running to running my first two 5ks in 20 hours to wanting to continue and expand. I have listed a few things off the top of my head that I would like to achieve/improve upon this year. If you are a runner, Runner’s World has a good article on common resolutions and how to achieve them. (See what I did there? I read Runner’s World now!)

General improvement

Since running my races the first weekend in December, I haven’t seen improvement in either my speed or distance. I’m not sure if it’s because mentally I know I won’t run another race for a month or what, but I seem to have hit a plateau and it’s discouraging. I’m still getting out and running, but I really hope to improve either my speed or distance overall this year. Which brings me to my next point:

Run a longer race

Right after I ran my second 5k, my friend said we should run a 10k next year. At the time, I was just happy to get through that weekend, but looking back I’m up for the challenge. I am not sure I can do more than a 10k and don’t have plans for more now, but I think that might be my next goal, if I can find a good race.

Run a fun race somewhere else

I’m open to anything, but ideally it would be a “big race” for the area and isn’t on flat ground and has different landscape. I know running somewhere other than where the elevation only changes 5 feet during my race will be a challenge within itself.

Keep running in the Florida summer

I started in the summer and it was difficult, but I wasn’t that steady of a runner. Now I run a few miles three or four times a week, but when the weather warms up, I don’t know how I’m going to take it. I’ll somehow forge ahead.

What resolutions or goals have you set for yourself this year?