Happy new year! It’s hard to believe that it’s already 2020 and the start of a brand new decade. Now that the champagne glasses are being washed up and the confetti swept away as the new year celebrations come to an end, it’s time to look ahead to 2020.
I’m not a fan of winter so I find January can be a tough month, but what helps to get me through is planning goals for the year ahead. I’m really excited about 2020 as I have lots of health and fitness goals that I’m working towards achieving.
Here are a few of my 2020 health and fitness goals:
One of my main goals this year is to get a PB at the Edinburgh Marathon. Although anything under 4 hrs 12 mins would be good, I really want to break the 4 hour barrier. It’s been over a year since I’ve got a running PB and after a year of injuries and not much running I know it’s going to be a huge challenge to achieve this goal. So, while I know I’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of me, I really believe that if I stay focused and committed I’m capable of achieving this marathon time in May.
Three peak challenge
At the moment it’s still in the planning stages, but this year I’m hoping to complete the three peak challenge. The three peak challenge involves climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales all within a 24 hour time limit. This challenge is something that I’ve wanted to do for years now and as a lover of hiking is something I’m really excited to be attempting this year.
Cardiff Half Marathon
I’ve already signed up to run the Cardiff Half Marathon in October. I ran this race once before in 2018 and it was such a fun and friendly race to run so I’m excited to be running it again this year – plus I always love visiting Cardiff. As well as this, now that I’m familiar with the course and I’m working on my fitness, I might even be able to PB this time round!
I haven’t signed up yet, but I have my sights set on completing an ultra marathon this year. I’ve never ran further than the marathon distance so it will be a massive challenge for me. The race I’m currently looking at is running 100k through the English countryside, split across two days with camping overnight – it will not only be a fantastic goal to achieve but also looks like a fun adventure as well. Watch this space for further updates about this goal.
Although I love to cook, when life gets busy (which seems to be always) I fall back on cooking old favourites, but this year I’m planning to make an effort to regularly try different recipes. Over the last week I’ve been busy replenishing my food cupboards with staple basics and searching through recipe books for ideas so that I’m ready to try new and interesting meals. I’d love to know in the comments section below if you have any vegetarian recipe books or blogs you’d recommend.
Meditation and mindfulness
In 2018 I first started practicing meditation and mindfulness, which I continued throughout 2019. I’ve found that have both had such a positive impact on my mental wellbeing that I’m looking to develop both during 2020. As part of this, in the next 12 months I’m planning to do activities that help my mental wellbeing, as well as my physical health, for example making the time to go to the coast for hikes and making the effort to actually get to body balance classes at the gym.
What are your health and fitness goals for 2020?