New Year’s Resolutions 2016

Posted on 01 January, 2016 in Uncategorized

Last year I had some New Year’s Resolutions (link), some of which I didn’t complete (bummer, but that’s okay). Here are a few goals I have for this year:

  • Running
    In 2015, I ran a total of 450 miles (treadmill, street & trail). I would like to keep this up, so I’m hoping to be able to run a minimum of 500 miles, at least half of which will be on the street & trail. Last year I didn’t know that I can log treadmill running separately in Endomondo, so for half of the year I logged treadmill running as regular running.
    My running log can be found here.
    EOY Update: I ran a total of 531.85 miles last year, and probably could have hit the 550 mark had it not been for the accident in December.
  • Looking fit by May 7th 
    For Sarah’s wedding.  This sounds more vague than I wanted it to be. In general, I’m hoping to get stronger and more toned. It’s hard to have a definite measure for this though.
    EOY Update: I feel like I’ve completed this, but again, I should have picked a way to measure this. I feel like I could do more pushups now, and I’ve started using the barbells for squats. Maybe next year I’ll aim for one (or a few!) chin-ups, and squatting a bit above my bodyweight.
  • Reading
    This is a repeat from last year. I’m hoping to read at least 5 decent, quality books this year. I think it will help if I already have books to read in mind, so I’m going to list out potential books. Book recommendations are much appreciated.
    List of books:
    – Bitter in the Mouth – Monique Truong: CHECKED
    – Việt Nam Sử Lược: CHECKED
    – Các Triều Đại Việt Nam
    – The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz: CHECKED
    – Happiness by Design – Paul Dolan
    – Mieng ngon Ha Noi – Vu Bang: CHECKED
    – Mieng la Mien Nam – Vu Bang
    – Thuong Nho Muoi Hai – Vu Bang
    – Sherlock Holmes: Reread.

  • Limited late night snacks
    This is pretty much inspired by The Biker. He mentioned to me this resolution he did a few years back when he wouldn’t eat after 10pm. Several times I’ve noticed that I snack even when I’m not hungry, and even though my snacking isn’t so unhealthy, it’s not really a good thing either. My goal is to only snack on vegetables, fruit, or yogurt after 10pm. The amount of snacking should be small and reasonable – I don’t have specific weight limitations or anything, but snacking on twenty clementines will be a no-no.
    EOY Update: This is another not very clear resolution which I easily forget about.
  • Races
    I did a few races in 2015 and I would like to continue. I’m hoping to train and race a 10k, as well as run a 5k under 27 minutes.
    EOY Update: I totally forgot about this resolution. I don’t think I ran any 5k or 10k. I did run an 8k in May, and did not run faster than the year before lol – it was way more humid than I expected, even at 7:30AM. I did run my own half distance (register for a half and had problems picking up the race packet) and finished in ~ 2:17. Would have taken me longer on the real course since it’s way hillier than the trail.

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