My 2017 Running, Blogging & Life Resolutions!

Last night I got in a nice little run at the beach. It was super crowded since a lot of people are vacationing and/or off of work this week, but it still felt good to zig zag around and feel the warm ocean breeze. During my run I started thinking about my resolutions for next year.


A part of me can hardly believe 2016 is about to end, and another part of me is really excited to welcome 2017. A third part of me is in total shock that it will be twenty SEVENTEEN! Weren’t we just celebrating the new millennium like a day ago?

Up until yesterday I wasn’t sure I had any resolutions for 2017, but after really thinking hard about it I have come up with a list. Here are my resolutions for the new year:

Running Resolution:

Above All Else, Run Happy. I want to get back to training hard and achieving big running goals, but above all I just want to run happy. When I was dealing with my calf issues earlier this year I wasn’t happy. There were some days that I literally almost cried from forcing myself to run with calves so tight they felt like they were going to pop. When I started wearing compression socks and took my running down from 6 days a week to 5 days a week I felt a lot better.

In the past running six days per week was never a problem, so I assumed I would ALWAYS be able to run six days a week. What I didn’t account for is that every training cycle is different because our lives are always changing. I was much more tired and stressed out this summer and fall than I have been in a long time. Eventually adjusting my training schedule to compensate for that was a good idea.

In 2017 I want to be really aware of all that’s going on in my life and create training schedules that challenge me but that take into account how my body is feeling both physically and mentally. Running 3 to 5 high quality days is much better than running 6 crappy days. I need to remember that!

Blogging Resolution:

Be consistent with writing weekly training recaps. I’ve said before that these are my least favorite posts to read and they’re also my least favorite posts to write. That being said they are consistently my most requested type of post, so I am going to make it my mission to publish one every week on Tuesdays. I’ll be writing them in the same style Jennifer at Dashing in Style does as I think her format is really informative and detailed.

General Life Resolution:

My motto for 2017 is “I am not afraid.” I have had so many irrational fears all my life. Just this week I blogged about two stupid fears: one was that I was too ugly to wear bright lipstick and another was that “real runners” would make fun of me if I ran at the park/beach/anywhere outdoors.

I always know the things I am afraid of are irrational, and yet I still let them hold me back. In 2017 I am going to push myself to take more chances and be less afraid. In the past every time I’ve stepped up it’s always been for the better. I love wearing bright lipsticks and running at the beach now. Actually I can’t imagine not doing those things anymore.

That’s why my motto for the year will be I AM NOT AFRAID!

Felines have a reputation for being scaredy cats, but Cecil is a pretty brave little guy. I am going to be more like him!


I’d love to hear what your New Year’s resolutions are if you are making any!

What’s your #1 resolution for next year?
What’s your #1 running goal for 2017?



  1. December 29, 2016 / 6:41 am

    These are some great resolutions. I love that you are trying to not be afraid in the new year. That should be my resolution too. Frank and I are trying to move further west (like Utah or California) and I always feel so afraid and anxious about not know what’s happening next. I need my resolution to be to go with the flow and be okay with change. I do have some running goals, but I’m going to spend the next few days trying to map them out a little better for myself. I have a 20-hour flight today, so that’ll be plenty of time.

    • Kristina
      December 30, 2016 / 2:43 pm

      I hope you were able to work through all of your plans for 2017 on your flight and that you’re now off on the journey of a LIFETIME! Enjoy every single second and please post a lot of pics 🙂

  2. December 29, 2016 / 6:52 am

    As you know I also just want to enjoy running in 2017! I find the weekly recaps interesting to read but I also find them easy to write- I find that using that layout I end up talking about whatever is going on with my running! I am looking forward to seeing how your training goes in 2017!

    • Kristina
      December 30, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I think our goals for next year are very similar. I know we’re going to have a great year!

  3. December 29, 2016 / 8:32 am

    I love your motto of not being afraid; it’s so wonderful to hear and see people no longer holding themselves back! I want to be more like you and try to bring that idea into my 2017 year as well.

    As for my resolutions, I have 3 big ones:
    -Run a marathon (Already signed up; it’s in September!)
    -Pay off a shit ton of my student loans (I want to have them 1/2 gone by the time my husband and I start trying for children in 2018)
    -Write a book (I have the idea, I have a new computer to write it, I just need to make the time to write for 1/2 an hour a day.)

    There are smaller ones like trying out a run-streak and a blog-streak, but those will only help me on my way to the larger ones. 🙂

    • Kristina
      December 31, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      YEAH!!! Love that run a marathon resolution! September is going to be an exciting month!

      What I love even more than run a marathon is paying down your student loans. Applying for my mortgage made me take a good hard look at my spending habits and I found so many areas I should be tightening up. Since August of this year I’ve put myself on a budget and it’s been exciting to see my savings increase faster, and also it’s exciting to put more towards my student loan. You’re going to love seeing that number go down!

      Looking forward to hearing more about your book!

  4. December 29, 2016 / 9:16 am

    I love your run happy resolution! I feel like we’ve gone through some similar things this year, running-wise, and come to the same place. I tried 6 days a week during my last marathon training….and I can count on one hand the number of weeks I actually pulled it off. It just didn’t work for me, and that’s okay.

    One of my goals for my base building this winter/spring is to do more cross training. I feel like that’s such a cliche runner goal but I’m signed up for a fitness class soon so it’s actually gonna happen! I’m getting to that point of feeling like running alone isn’t enough to keep me stimulated. I’m not sure what my marathon training will look like yet but I’m toying with the idea of doing a RLRF-inspired plan.

    • Kristina
      December 31, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      Cross training will definitely add some spice! I love cross training and when I’,m not in the middle of a serious training cycle, I love putting together circuits that include weights + running for myself. That helps keep some week day runs a bit more exciting. I’ll do like X, Y, Z weights + 1 mile run and repeat!

  5. December 29, 2016 / 10:14 am

    Great resolutions. I really like the run happy goal. We often get sucked into go faster/better time goals and we forget why we started doing this in the first place.

    I’m not a big resolution person. At any point in the year i see the need for change, I try to start that process immediately. My big running change will be strength training. Already started a couple weeks back. See, no need for resolutions lol

    • Kristina
      December 31, 2016 / 6:24 pm

      Way to go on getting into strength training, I know you’ve always hated it but I bet you will like the results! You will literally be flying up that mountain!

  6. December 29, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    I definitely agree that 3 happy running days is better than 6 crappy running days! I do not have any running resolutions this year, but I do have some personal goals. I’m writing about them in a couple days but one of them is to learn Spanish and another is to do a 2000 piece puzzle! You actually reminded me of another goal I want to reach, but it is one of those ones where I won’t tell anyone about it unless it happens. I don’t want the pressure!

    • Kristina
      December 31, 2016 / 6:27 pm

      Ohhhh okay now I am so curious about what the secret goal is. I hope you reach it!

      That’s such a good idea to learn Spanish. It’s honestly ridiculous that I don’t know Spanish and live in south Florida! I had so many issues with the delivery of my washer/dryer this week because the delivery man really only spoke Spanish and I only speak English so there was just a lot of gesturing and confusion about why he couldn’t install the dryer. I really need to learn spanish!

  7. December 29, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    I learned this the hard way this year: “…every training cycle is different because our lives are always changing.” Having to deal with other stresses makes the stress of training so much harder. I’ve learned to listen to my body more and make adjustments when I need to. So I am right there with you about having training fit the rest of my life!

    • Kristina
      December 31, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      You have had such an incredible year, Jen. I have loved following your training cycles. I think you take a really smart, hard working approach to training! Looking forward to your 2017!

  8. Susan
    December 30, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    I really love your goals. One of my favorite quotes is “what would you do if you weren’t afraid?”. My 2017 goal is to add back in more meditation & yoga. I was really good about it but then last year, I kind of fell off the wagon and would hit the weights more. I hope I can find a nice balance because I miss the yoga! My running goals are always the same: have fun and stay injury free!

    • Kristina
      December 31, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      I love that quote and your goals! You did a great job hitting the weights this year. I bet adding in some yoga to the mix will make recovery from lifting go so much faster!

  9. December 31, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    The bit about the recaps makes me smile. I don’t like reading them, either…but I do like skimming them and I enjoy writing them and going back to reread my own. I’m glad you’ll try to post them more often this year!

  10. December 31, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    These were some great resolutions. My year was meh and I’m excited for a “reset” in 2017. I am also looking to blog more consistently in the new year.

  11. December 31, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Your 2017 motto sounds great! Sometimes I’m afraid of silly things as well. If it makes you feel better, I don’t think I could ever be brave enough to wear bright lipstick 🙂

    I don’t make New Year’s resolutions but my main hope for 2017 is to do an olympic triathlon. Also, it sounds kind of corny, but my “life goal” right now it create a life where I’m excited to wake up every day and where I can genuinely help people live happier and healthier lives.

    I hope that you, Adam and Cecil have a great weekend!