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Happy New Year! I rang in the New Year with friends at a pink, black and white-themed “Flamingo Formal” at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Brooklyn, and watched the fireworks in Prospect Park at midnight. Two days later I hosted … Continue reading

Running Highlights of 2015

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December has been a busy month and I haven’t gotten a chance to blog much. So I’ll update you with the most important piece of news: Two days ago, I registered for my second marathon! I’ve been thinking about doing … Continue reading

Kicking off 2015 with a Splash: The Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge

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Happy New Year! I closed out 2014 with a one loop run of Prospect Park with some friends in Brooklyn. On the left is Amanda from Atlanta, who I met on Instagram/Twitter in January and in person in May when she … Continue reading

Running Highlights of 2014 and Goals for 2015

2014 was a big year of accomplishing goals for me. I set out to complete my first marathon, a goal which I started thinking about in mid-2012. So much of my 2014, and even my 2013, was geared towards running the NYC … Continue reading

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I used to hate New Year’s resolutions. I hated the idea that I could say I was going to do something, write it down in black ink, and then fail to accomplish it. I thought I was just setting myself up for failure and disappointment. Instead, a few years ago, I started a New Year’s Eve tradition of writing down all of the things I had accomplished in the past year that I was proud of. I still do this, but 2 years ago I decided to bite the bullet and write down a list of goals for the coming year.

And you know what? I liked it. It wasn’t that scary after all. I liked having a list of goals, some more attainable than others, and they gave me direction and a sense of pride when I crossed them off my list. And I didn’t mind not accomplishing all of them, because I  just put them on the list for the following year.

The Empire State Building was flashing its new multicolored LED lights all night in celebration of the new year

The Empire State Building was flashing its new multicolored LED lights all night in celebration of the new year

So here goes: some of my goals, mostly fitness-related, for 2013.

It’s gonna be a good year.

– Run a sub-2:00 Half Marathon
I ran my first half marathon in September 2012 in 2:08:09. I’m not running at all right now due to my injured foot but in 2013 I’m going to come back with a vengeance and run a half marathon in under two hours!

– Complete the NYRR 9+1 Program
To run the 2014 NYC Marathon – 26 miles at 26 years old

– Unplug: Social-Media-Free Sundays, and No Technology one day a month
I spend way too much time on the internet, and in front of a computer every day at work, so I’m going to self-impose a ban on social media one day a week and a ban on technology one day every month.

– Go stand-up paddle-boarding
This has been on my to-do list for a while. Summer 2013, it’s gonna happen.

– Take one dance class a month
Before I started running, I was a dancer for, oh, 16 or 17 years. Tap, jazz, ballet, modern, theater dance, afr0-brazilian…pretty much everything but hip hop. I don’t dance as much nowadays, and I miss it. Dance classes are so expensive in New York, and when it’s a toss-up between a dance class or a run outside, running always seems to win, whether it’s because I’m training for a race or because it’s free. But I’m going to take one a month in 2013, regardless of where I am in a training schedule and how many miles I ran the day before, because I always leave a dance class smiling euphorically.

– Make a really pretty three-layer cake

I used to work at a cupcake shop and got pretty good at decorating cakes and cupcakes, but I have never attempted to make a decorated three-layer cake all by myself from scratch. This is the year.

– Make Macarons

I guess since this is half a baking blog, and macarons are in the title, I should figure out how to make these sooner or later. These are my Culinary Everest. If they don’t happen in 2013, well…there’s always next year.

– Make a 30-by-30 list
Before I turn a quarter-of-a-century-old in May, I’m going to write a list of 30 things to do before I’m 30. Stand-up paddle-boarding will be high on this list. (But sky-diving won’t, because that was crossed off my bucket list five years ago! Maybe it’s time to go again…)

– Enjoy the journey
I tend to get stressed out about the future and worry about a lot of things. Last year at this time I couldn’t have imagined that my life would be what it is now (new job, new apartment, new shiny half marathon medal on my shelf) and in retrospect, I caused myself so much useless anxiety and stress over things I couldn’t control or see into the future. Last year, “live in the moment” was on my list of goals for 2012. And I was pretty good about that one. This year, it’s made its way back onto my list, rephrased for 2013: enjoy the journey.

Happy New Year!

Do you make resolutions? What are some of your goals for 2013?