Running, pushing, and pulling my way to a new me.

So in terms of fitness, I've already come a long way in the past few years - I've lost ~60 lbs, going from severely overweight to a healthy weight. I've gone from being sedentary to being an avid long-distance runner. From being a junk food addict who couldn't cook to save her life to having a kitchen stocked with healthy foods and living primarily off meals I prepare myself.

But there is always room for improvement. After all, I've come this far, why stop now? Here are the things I would like to accomplish this year. 

1. Improve my much-neglected upper body strength
I can run for hours but tend to neglect everything above my legs. I want this to change. Specifically, I want powerful-looking arms to match my runner's legs. So when I cross-train I'm going to pay much more attention to upper-body than to lower-body workouts.


2. 100 Push-ups.
This is related to the first goal. I used to not be able to do a single push-up. So far my record in a single set now is 25, and I can also pump out 3 sets of 15 if I work hard. Let's take that up a notch. I'm going to start the 100 push-up program online, and follow that baby to the end!

3. Pull myself up.
I have never been able to do a pull-up or chin-up. This past August, I resolved that within a calendar year that would change. I haven't worked much at that goal since then, but it's not too late to start! By August 13, 2013, I WILL be able to do at least one unassisted pull-up and one unassisted chin-up! (Anybody who's undertaken a single project here? Any advice?)

4. Race to the finish
I have a half-marathon on February 17th that I intend to complete in 2 hours or less. I have a marathon on May 5th - my first marathon, so I intend simply to complete it. I am in a training clinic to help with that, and I promise not to miss a session. Or, if I absolutely must miss, to make it up that same week.

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