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Fitness Goals: Giving the Gift of Getting Fit!

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It’s funny. I went into 2014 with really scaled-back goals due to my knee issues. I fully intended to take things a little easier, take some time off of running, and really focus on rehab.

And then I ended up doing my first Ironman 70.3 and having a complete and total blast. So, you know. Goals. They change.

Still, I really believe that the fact that I went into the year focusing on doing what was best for my body was why I was able to complete such a major accomplishment.

So, going into 2015, I want to keep in mind what worked for me this past year, but I don’t want to leave it at that this time. I also want to give myself a few specific — but achievable — goals to keep myself challenged.

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My 2015 Fitness Goals

Continue mixing up my runs. I had serious success with doing long, slow, heart rate-based runs mixed in with some higher intensity short runs, and I want to incorporate more actual speedwork as well. Using a heart rate monitor has really helped me determine whether I’m hitting physical or mental blocks while struggling on a run, which has been huge in helping me figure out the best ways to overcome those struggles. However, I’ve had major issues with my chest strap cutting into my skin, so I’m definitely psyched to go into 2015 with a new TomTom Runner Cardio GPSWatch, which has a heart rate monitor built into the base rather than using a chest strap.

Compete in (or, let’s be honest — at least complete) a longer-distance trail race. I did a 10K (mostly) trail run on Thanksgiving morning and loved it. Between that and the inspiration I came away from the Runner’s World Half with, I’d really like to do a longer (maybe 25K?) trail race, which will require plenty of trail training, of course, but also a fair amount of cross-training. I’m game.

Hit a new 5K PR. Fall 2014 was a good time for longer distance PRs, apparently, and as mentioned above, I think it’s time to focus on a little more speedwork. I suspect that doing that, along with continuing some longer trail runs, will get me to a new, faster 5K finish. And don’t worry — you’ll hear all about it when it happens!

Now, as much as I love setting goals, you know what’s even better? Giving a goal. In fact, TomTom has this cool #GiveAGoal campaign going on this holiday season, encouraging people to give one another a gift that helps them achieve their fitness goals (like, you know, a cool new running watch).

Because we love that idea as much as TomTom does, we’re giving away one TomTom healthy lifestyle package, including a TomTom Runner Cardio watch, water bottle, fitness attire and coupons for healthy food. Happy holidays indeed, right? All you need to do to be eligible to win is to share your healthy goals for 2015 (especially those that a watch like this might help) in the comments below!

Got a goal to share? You know you do. Let’s hear it below, and we’ll pick a lucky U.S. reader to win in about a week! And join in the conversation on social using #GiveAGoal! Kristen

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  1. Deanna says:

    My main goal is to increase my steps per day from 10,000 to 12,000 in 2015. I need a new goal that gets me to really start thinking outside of the box every day to be more active.

    I also plan on picking my wogging (walk/jogging) back up in 2015. I’ve never been a big believer in the heart rate monitor until this year. I’ve started to realize that maybe I am quitting on my running because of a mental roadblock and not because I physically should stop running and start walking again. (Similar to what you said above) I haven’t bought a heart rate monitor, but it’s definitely something I’m planning to do in 2015.

    Participate in at least 3 races in 2015. I did 2 5K’s and the Tough Mudder this year. Even if they are just 5K’s, I find a lot of motivation for sticking with my wogging routine when I have a race coming up.

  2. Jenny says:

    I have several goals, but my main goal is to be consistent in my running routine! I am currently doing a training program to train for a half marathon! My FIRST!!
    I also want to commit myself to doing one 5k/10k per month!

  3. nicole sperry says:

    1. Start running again. I completed my first 5k in 2013 but between work and not enough money to enter any runs I stopped. I would like to participate in the wicked 10k here in October.
    2. Obtain another fitness certification. I am currently certified in Zumba but also looking at either Pilates, piloxing, booty barre, etc. I used to hate working out with a passion but now in my 30’s I’ve learned to embrace it like a friend who has been gone for years. I hope to inspire others in their journey as well.
    3. I plan on losing at least 50 pounds. I am currently at 230 at 5ft10in. I put on alot of weight with each of my pregnancies and after having four kids it’s time to reclaim my body.

  4. Patrica Afuah says:

    My goal is to run a the Marine Corps Historical Half in May. I’m standing by to register. I also want to start doing CrossFit. The idea makes me nervous but I want to do something that will challenge my body more than what I currently do. Here’s to a healthy 2015!

  5. Carla Kenney says:

    My goal for 2015 is to drop 50 more lbs! Run my first triathlon sprint June 7th! Break my 5k fastest time! Stay committed to my fitness goals! ! The hardest thing for me is discipline and commitment and making the time. My goal is to do all these things to be the healthy active mom/wife/daughter/friend they all deserve. I want to be the best possible me I can be! Thank you for this opportunity! Can’t wait to reach my goals!

  6. Run a 10k, run my first sprint triathlon, PR my 5k. Hit 70k steps per week. TRAIN,TRAIN,TRAIN!! 2015 Will be a GREAT year!!


  7. Stefanie Cowles says:

    2014 was the year I changed my life and started my fitness journey, and I am so excited to start 2015 off on the right foot! I set small weekly goals, monthly, and ultimate goals. I love meeting small milestones and working towards the big ones! For 2015, I want to: reach my goal weight, make healthier food choices every day, run a 10K (I’ve got a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot planned already!!) beat my PR for a 5k, get my family more involved and active, and join at least one fitness class (as time and finances allow!) I can’t wait to see where I am this time next year!

  8. Neva says:

    My goal is to complete 3 half marathons and get a new 10k PR somewhere along the way!

  9. Cat says:

    I work out regularly but I had to give up running due to knee and back issues, so what I would like to accomplish in 2015 is 1. finish rehabbing my knees; 2. regain my cardio fitness that has been lost due to lack of running (a HR monitor would help me maintain a proper level when I do the elliptical!) and 3. increase core strength because really that helps with everything else.

  10. Becky says:

    Today I hit a weight loss milestone. I am down 100 pounds. This brought on a lot of reflection and thoughts as to what I hope to accomplish next year. 1. I want to lose the last 9.4 pounds. 2. I want to run a sub 9 minute mile. 3. I want to beat my 5k time. 4. I want to run a 10k.

  11. Whitney says:

    My goal for 2015 is for a strong & injury free half marathon

  12. Rebecca says:

    I really want to break the 4 hour time in my marathon in March. This will be my 4th marathon and there’s no reason I can’t do it!

  13. Kim says:

    I’ve done two half marathons and want to set a goal for a full marathon in 2015!

  14. Nicole c says:

    1) Lose 15 pounds before my wedding in April. Somehow I put on 15 this year in a six month span!
    2) Run an 8:00 mile
    3) Complete a 10K
    4) train myself to recognize healthy portion sizes! Is it hunger or brain??

  15. Tammi says:

    My 2015 goal is basically go from couch to 1/2 marathon. My 1st half at my favorite place in the world disney world! On week 3 of running got 332 days to go! 🙂

  16. Anne Marie says:

    i have a few goals for 2015! My main goal is to lose enough weight to enlist in the US Army! Other than that I’d like to complete at least 2 5Ks without walking and workout 6 days a week!

  17. Kayla says:

    My goal for 2015 is to stick to a fitness plan! I always start off with the best of intentions and never seem to make it past just a few weeks. I also would like to run a couple more half marathons this year and would love to have the dedication to train maybe even for a full marathon!

  18. Vicki Cavazos says:

    My main goal is to remain consistent and not go more than one week without getting in some kind of workout. Also want to get back to a sub-30 min 5K.

  19. Susan York says:

    I need to get back in shape. I only have about 30 lbs. or so to lose, but I can’t seem to get motivated. I started a new job in October and went from retail where I was walking 10,000+ steps a day to a factory job where I am lucky to get over 5,000. Then when I get home I am way too tired to work out. So my 2015 goal is to get motivated to start walking or running to get back in shape! A new heart rate monitor would help!

  20. Natalie K says:

    My goal is to do my first triathlon, run the Broad St. Run in Philly, and do my first half-marathon! Big dreams!

  21. Em says:

    I’m signed up for my first full length Ironman and plan to do a half sometime this summer as well. So excited!

  22. Caroline Earls says:

    I have completed some 5ks this fall and winter, so I’m looking forward to completing some more running goals! I’d like to PR a 5k, and run both a 10k and a 15K this year.

  23. Sarah says:

    My goal is to do another half marathon and work towards taking 10 minutes off my current time. (I’ve run one half so far and it was really windy that day, I know I can go faster!)

  24. Jen B says:

    my goal is to workout consistently and build my running back up to complete at least a 10k.

  25. Mary Ellen says:

    I started 2014 as an overweight 53 year old with very little running experience.
    But I end 2014 having met my goal of 12 races in 12 months. Two of those races were half marathons and three were 10Ks.
    I ran with 14000 people along Lakeshore Drive in Chicago and less than 200 people in Hinesburg, VT. I ran in heat, in mud, in rain and in snow. I ran with family and friends, with strangers, my dog or all by myself.
    I just ran.
    So what is on tap for 2015? I am still considering my options, but this I know for sure: I plan on running three half marathons, one with my older brother and one in Ireland! I plan on working towards my first full marathon at 54 years old. And I plan on approaching each day believing that my best mile still lies ahead of me!

  26. Lucy Davison says:

    In 2014 I made a commitment to get back in the gym and concentrate on my health. To date I have lost a total of 30 pounds. My goal for 2015 is to stay healthy, reach and retain 23% body fat and be able to do 10 (in a row) clean pull ups.

  27. My Goal is to first prove to 2 teenagers girls that even their 40+ mom can walk/jog/run for better health and stay consistent to run a full mile without having to stop, to run a full 5k and walk again a half marathon while preparing to walk the full one. I’m determine to get my speed up and take my fitness to every next level possible. The ultimate goal for 2015 is to Believe it can be done and Do It!!! I’m excited about my 2015 fitness future

  28. Liz says:

    I’m planning on running my first marathon in May!

  29. jules says:

    My 2015 Fitness goals – work my way back to running a 5k (broke my ankle in Oct), workout 4x a week, add yoga classes to my workout, work back up to the body pump class too. Breaking my ankle really sucked!!

  30. Karli Prime says:

    My goals are to run a 5k & get my bmi under 25%.

  31. Theresa says:

    My healthy goal is to try to build upon my new love of running in a smart way. It is very important that I learn to hold back, yes, that sounds counterproductive, but I tend to just go for it and pay later. I want to learn more about nutrition to fuel longer runs and have a goal of competing in trail runs in my area. I also want to try a new activity like martial arts and definitely try a few new classes! I love body pump, so I’m excited to try others!

  32. Olivia says:

    My goal is to commit to using a fitness journal to track what I eat and how I exercise each day. I want to be more aware of how I treat my body and find what things work for me.

  33. Jenn says:

    The lucky winner of this amazing giveaway is Em with comment #21! Congrats! Emailing you now to get your info. A huge thanks to all who entered and TomTom for sponsoring!

    —FBG Jenn

  34. Nora says:

    My main goal for my running is to maintain a healthy program that will help me improve my distance and my time in a safe manner. I would like to do a few more half marathons in preparation for my first full marathon.

  35. Rachel says:

    My goal for 2015 is to FINALLY shed the excuses and get rid of the baby weight (my baby is 5!!) as well as challenge myself to do scary things with my fitness and running goals. 🙂

  36. alana says:

    My goal? To fit in some sort of exercise, whether it’s cardio, yoga or strength training, 3 times a week!

  37. GMTB says:

    My goal is to Not Be A Fat Gamer by Gen Con, to defy the stereotype and show that it can be done. I did a great job this year of weightlifting and eliminating my back pain, and now I want to deadlift 200# and reduce the flappy triceps.

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