Looking ahead to 2016

Another year gone, another one just begun.

Given all the excitement in 2015, it’s going to be hard to beat those highs (having a baby) and lows (Keith being hospitalized), but I’ve never been one to turn down a challenge. So bring on the goals for 2016.

1. Get in shape by running four races next year, including my first duathlon
I’m still waiting for the all clear to begin running again from my doctor after giving birth, but this is the biggie.

I wanted to do the duathlon last year, but my New Year’s Eve hangover made me forget about registering for the Kincardine Women’s Triathlon on New Year’s Day. By the time I remembered, about 10 hours after registration opened on January 1, the race was already sold out. Not so this year. I set reminders. Keith reminded me. I got in.

My race season will begin on May 15, when I run a 5K in Goderich’s Run Around the Square (here’s hoping I don’t get dizzy), then 10K in the Saugeen Shores Rotary Run on June 4, then the duathlon in Kincardine on July 9, followed by 10K in the Kincardine Rotary run in early September.

This means a lot of training on my part. If you run and use Nike+ as your run keeper, please follow me there to cheer me on as I begin my 2016 goal. If you’d like to support me in other ways, please consider donating to the Rotary Run in June.

2. Write more
I’m on maternity leave until November and while I know I’ll have my hands full with the baby day in and day out, I also feel it’s important to make time for me. As such, I plan to write more. I’ve had an idea for a novel in my head for the past year, so I’d like to try to get that out of me and see what comes in the next 10 months.

My plan is to get up early and join the 5 a.m. writer’s club on Twitter in the hopes that I can get in the habit of doing this before I go back to work. That way, when I return to work, I can continue to write or run in this time I’ve carved out for myself before the day really begins.

3. Be a mom
It’s last on this list, but not last in my heart. I’ve been a mom now for four-and-a-half weeks now, which is still hard to believe at times. I’m looking forward to spending the next 10 months with my little guy full time, and the rest of my life in my new role as mom.

4. <Enter reading resolution here>
I didn’t quite make my reading resolution from last year. I’ll have a post recapping what I read in 2015 and what my goals are for reading in 2016 to come. Stay tuned.

What are your goals for the new year? How can I help you achieve them?