January 2017 Goals

I hesitate at the word “goals” here as they’re really just events I want to make sure definitely happen this month – they’re already scheduled I just need to make sure I’m ready for them and do as best I can on the day.

On the 7th I’ll be in Edinburgh, watching the International XC at Holyrood Park and hope to gain some muddy inspiration for the upcoming end to my own XC season.

On the 10th I will turn 30! I want to make sure this day is the best it can be, surrounded by the best people – my family and friends – and doing everything that makes me happy.

On the 12th Sophie and I are heading to Holland Park for a pre-work morning run and breakfast hosted by Rude Health.

On the 13th I’m starting a 3 month membership at local studio Method Movement. I enjoyed an introductory month here over November/December trying out all the different types of classes on offer and bought a membership deal on Cyber Monday so I could continue the classes in the New Year. I want to feel stronger but also more flexible and agile, so I’m hoping to take on a few weights-based classes a week as well as yoga.

On the 14th it’s the 3rd round of the Surrey XC League races and the ladies are in Croydon, so my aim is to get a strong team out on the day and hold on to our top 3 position going into the last round.

On the 15th I’m running the Winter Tanners – 30 miles to celebrate 30 years – with some Fulham RC friends and some Never Stop Londoners.

On the 18th I’m excited to hear Nicky Spinks – inspirational runner and the fastest person to complete the Double Bob Graham Round – at a movie night held at The Running Works.

On the 21st Sophie, Nige and I are heading down to Boxhill for the annual Fell Race.

On the 28th I finally get to race XC at the infamous Parliament Hill in the SEAA Cross Country Champs.

In addition to these goals and instead of the usual New Year Resolutions I want to improve on the following, particularly this month so that they become more routine over the year…

  • Drinking enough water throughout the day, not just at mealtimes
  • Reducing my caffeine intake to just one coffee and two cups of tea/day
  • Eating protein at breakfast – either in the form of eggs, Greek yoghurt or, when on the move, supplements
  • Keeping Friday and Sunday evenings for yoga or downtime so I’m ready for the weekend/week to come

Do you have any goals for this first month of 2017 or habits you’d like to start so they become routine for the rest of the year?



  1. 8th January 2017 / 6:57 pm

    Happy Birthday! (in 2 days)
    I watched the XC on telly, how was it live? I’ve been in Edinburgh recently and walked in Holyrood Park, it was very cool to see it again on TV. Good luck at the mother of all XC races on Parliament Hill! My husband is running that too and he still hasn’t got trainers… What shoes are you using for the event?

    • Amy
      11th January 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Watching the XC live was amazing! The crowd was electric!
      I’m looking forward to the race at Parliament Hill in a few weeks and think I’ll be wearing my Walsh fell shoes, nice and grippy but also lightweight. Maybe see you cheering on the sidelines?

      • 18th January 2017 / 8:00 am

        I might be there with the 2 Beagles, yes!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *