EDIT AND OVERHAUL 12/29/15: It's hard to believe that it's been three and a half years since I took up running. I somehow felt that I might fall off the wagon at some point. I was very excited to have run as much as I did but of course, other priorities (school, life) got in the way. I'm back in school full-time and this upcoming semester should be a little less stressful than previous ones. I'm hoping that it will be the perfect time to pick up where I left off, with a few tweaks. I'm not sure now that I actually want to train my body to endure 26+ miles, but I would at least like to eventually work up to a half-marathon or more in distance running. My focus right now, however, is different. As much as I love cardio, I also want to exercise anaerobically and build a firm body with more physical strength. I'm a bit gym-averse and I like to work out at my own pace. I also want to maintain a healthier diet this year and sleep well. My biggest issues have been deciding on a routine instead of being overwhelmed by the wealth of options available online. I want to find something that works for my schedule and is simple enough to follow and sustain. I finally feel ready. Fortunately, for Christmas, I was able to get my sister to compose such a plan. She's really into fitness and wellness, and it was easy to have a conversation with her about some of my quirky preferences. I'm planning on cooking in batches, consuming lots of nutrients, building my frame, and tightening my core safely while still fulfilling my love of cardio (maybe starting the C25K over; it was so fun). This will serve as my workout journal; I'm want to try to maintain it at least once a week, maybe more often as time allows. This post can be considered a "pre-journey" report of sorts. Thank you to everyone who's been following the thread and offering encouragement! My friend and I will still be keeping in touch, and I've contacted a few other friends to get involved this time too. They've been working on their own resolutions. I just turned 30 and hoping there's still time to look and feel fabulous in 2016! And just maybe, by this time next year, I'll finally be able (after 7 years) to draw the other pupil on my Epcot Daruma doll to mark the completion of my goal. Fall seven times; stand up eight! ______________________________________________________________________ My friend and I are holding each other accountable long-distance. We are starting with the Couch-to-5K program and my goal is to eventually work up to run the Walt Disney World Marathon! Then I can finally complete the other pupil of my Daruma doll from the Japan pavilion at Epcot (Anyone know what I'm talking about?). I've tried this before and fallen off the wagon, but I am determined to follow through this time! Week 1 begins tomorrow. Hopefully posting this online will hold us accountable too. Here we go!