Last year, a very enthusiastic running reporter – reporter by profession, runner by self-declaration – made a list of 4 resolutions to be fulfilled in the now-decidedly eventful year of 2014. Among this was the
impossible resolution of running 56K a week, which she… I mean, I, obviously did not commit to. Nonetheless, I had managed to complete the targeted 2XU full marathon in March, along with 5 other 42K runs throughout the year (including two full marathons within a week!). Surely, this trumps running 8K a day until March? First resolution – fulfilled. Sort of.
My second resolution was to run 1,000km in 2014, WHICH I TOTALLY SMASHED.
That’s me… running 1,020km in 2014. You can’t see it on the chart, so you’ll have to take my word for it. Because you know, whatever that is on the Internet must be true. That’s why it’s on the Internet. Because it’s true.
I then figured out how to balance full-time work and full-time studies. The solution was so simple, really! I don’t know why I did not think of it sooner. Basically, all I had to do was quit my job.
Lastly, I vowed to pass second year law and achieve good enough grades to get into Cardiff law school.
Hallo! I did it. I am in the UK now.
And there you have it! All four 2014 resolutions fulfilled in their own special way. No more unrealistic resolutions for this
lazy law student running reporter! Which of course, brings me to the much-dreaded much-anticipted resolutions of 2015:
1. Run more than 1,500km this year.
It’s really not so bad when you think about it, really. 1,500km in 365 days would average 4.1km a day. Therefore, if I run a full marathon (42K), I can not run for the next 9 days. Therefore, if I run one full marathon a month, I can have 9 rest days a month. However, I would have to train adequately so I won’t get injured along the way. Therefore, I would have to run almost every day to clock in enough miles. Therefore, I would probably be lazy and stay in bed and watch TV and binge on cake. #seemslegit #logicalLisa
2. Get into Bar school in London.
This is likely the hardest thing to do this year, because a) The entry requirements are particularly challenging; and b) I am forced to resit an English test which I almost failed the first time around.
3. Actually attend triathlon training/ rifle club meetings.
One of the main reasons I chose Cardiff University was for their competitive Triathlon Club. I had decided to join the Club long before I decided to join the University. Needless to say, I signed up to the Club at the first opportunity presented (at the University’s Sports Fair). Excitedly, I bought a road bike, I bought triathlon gear, and I bragged to everybody about finally becoming a triathlete. I have not been to a single training since.
I’m doing pretty alright in rifle club, though! I have been to a whopping three meetings in the first semester and have shot 40 bullets in total. That’s more shorts fired in the month of October, 2014 than in my previous 24 years in existence. Of course, the rifle club meets at the range twice a week and my attendance has been shameful, to say the least.
Hence, my third New Year’s resolution is to attend as many club meets as possible, and try not to come up with excuses to slack from training.
4. I know I’ve said losing weight will never be on a resolutions list, but my current situation is dire.
This was what I looked like in February, 2014:
This was what I looked like in March, 2014:
This was what I looked like in June, 2014:
This was what I looked like on December 28, 2014/ now:
This is bad bad bad. But this is not going to be one of those usual I’m going to lose weight resolutions that I will stick to for a month, then binge as soon as I get the opportunity to. Nope. I’m going to binge whenever I want.
This resolution is useless, and already not going well.
5. Lastly, sort out my time and finances accordingly.
This is crucial for most things in my life; from studying, to training, to dating, and to living, in general. I need to set aside time to train as much as I need time to study (this is still my priority). Moreover, I need to stop spending unnecessarily (goodbye, unnecessary sweets and snacks and all things delicious; goodbye, 10 different pairs of shoes; goodbye, wearing a different outfit each day), as moving to London will be expensive. What I need to do now, is go out and get myself a 2015 organizer because
the planner on my smartphone is too complicated for me I am so hipster, like that. That is all.
FIVE (somewhat) realistic New Year’s resolutions this year, including the evergreen I will lose weight this year vow. And I will. You just watch.
Despite the unfortunate events that have befallen my beloved Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku this year, I daresay this has been one of my best years yet! I left my job with a string of impactful new stories under my belt; I
have been crowned was named top student in class (again); I’ve completed 6 full marathons and numerous shorter races; I’ve had my heart broken many times before I found the one to mend it completely. #luckyLisa
So here’s to a more eventful and fruitful 2015! May all our wishes come true this year. With a little effort and self-belief, I am pretty sure they will 🙂