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Six weeks into 2015: Does your New Year’s resolution need tweaking?

Answers to important questions nobody has asked me yet:

Is it too late to set (or reset) my New Year’s resolution?

It’s 1 1/2 months into 2015 and you’re not alone if the enthusiasm about your New Year’s resolution has slowed to a trickle or even vanished altogether.

If I combined my running, cycling and swimming goals for the year, I’m already more than 500 miles off pace. Oops.

That’s a lot of ground to make up. And a lot of self-induced pressure.

So, standing at this crossroads, I must decide: Keep going or quit? Did I get carried away and set unrealistic goals? Or have I just been lazy in trying to achieve them?

Quitting sounds like the easy way out, but it shouldn’t be. Quitting shouldn’t mean going from trying to not trying at all. It should mean nothing less than trying something else.

Maybe you weren’t realistic the first time around and your health (both mental and physical) benefit from chasing a different goal. And maybe that unrealistic goal becomes a realistic 2016 resolution.

There’s no shame in tweaking your goals. In fact, it shows a level of maturity that will serve you better than the bravado so many cling to as they run themselves into the ground.

But keep some things in mind as you create resolution 2.0:

• Still aim high: Making your goals more realistic doesn’t mean they should be easy. Maybe even set a series of smaller goal that will lead you down the road to your big goal.

• Go slow: Too much, too soon will burn you out. If you’re like everybody else who’s ever exercised you’ve probably made this mistake even though you know better. Create a plan for reaching your goal that gives you the time and flexibility to get there by building slowly.

• Find inspiration: Finding people to exercise with is a great way to stay motivated and even inspire others. If you have the means, a good personal trainer can work wonders. If not, the South Sound is brimming with exercise groups and specialized clubs for activities such as running and biking.

• Choose wisely: Why did you choose the goal you chose? Are you trying to bike 5,000 miles because that’s what a friend is doing? Are you doing a workout because the infomercials made it look so inspiring? If so, maybe you set the wrong goal. Find an activity you really enjoy and a goal you’re passionate about achieving and make sure it’s appropriate for your fitness level.

• Practice good form: Learn the right way to do your activity. Good form is key to staying healthy. And staying healthy is vital for staying on pace to meet your goal. Don’t be afraid to ask an instructor for help. That’s what they’re there for.

• Be honest with yourself: When it comes to setting goals, I’ve achieved and failed enough to know that I’m the only who cares. In fact, in most cases, I’m the only who even knows.

Am I going too hard? Should I be pushing myself harder? Do I really need to reset my goals or have I just been a little lazy?

These are questions only you can answer for yourself.

In my case, I’m pretty sure I know the answer. I’m way behind because I’ve been lollygagging.

My new resolutions: Same as the old resolutions. For now, at least.

Is it the Year of the Goat or Year of the Bike?

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, it is, indeed, the Year of the Goat. But in Tacoma, it’s the Year of the Bike. Mayor Marilyn Strickland recently signed a proclamation supporting Downtown On The Go’s latest effort to promote cycling in Tacoma.

In an email, Downtown On The Go coordinator Matt Newport explained the idea for the Year of the Bike, “If we want to see more people biking to work or to school or to shops downtown, they first need to make some short bike trips, probably within their own neighborhood. Through a yearlong poster campaign and outreach to local bicycle groups, clubs and supporters, we’re asking those who already ride around Tacoma to be Bicycle Ambassadors to the rest of the city.”

For more information on the program go to downtownonthego.com.

Couldn’t Point Defiance use another running event?

Point Defiance Park is arguably the epicenter of South Sound running. It’s home to the South Sound’s oldest and largest race (Sound to Narrows), it’s a training ground for several runners and running groups, and it hosts at least one race every weekend.

But there’s always room for more in the 702-acre park.

The newest race to call the park home is the Univera Serve First 5K, scheduled for May 16 at Owen Beach. Univera is a Seattle-based organization with a goal of feeding at-risk children around the world.

According to an email from Ralph Bietz, president of Univera’s board of directors, all of the money raised at the race will be donated to the FISH Food Banks of Pierce County.

Registration, which gets participants a shirt, is open at servefirst.org and is $30 through April 1. Shorter races for children also are planned as part of the festivities.

What in the world is a Hodge Dodge?

The Puyallup area is rallying around a popular principal who was recently diagnosed with a bone marrow disease that can lead to leukemia. While doctors have said Troy Hodge, principal at Stahl Junior High School, isn’t yet at the critical stage where he needs a transplant, that hasn’t stopped his friends from getting to work.

They’ve planned two upcoming events in honor of Hodge, an avid runner and a regular participant in local races.

The Hodge Dodge, is scheduled for Feb. 26, 6 a.m.-noon, at Stahl’s auxiliary gym, 9610 168th St. E., Puyallup. Visitors 18-44 years old can take a cheek swab and register to donate stem cells and bone marrow. Donors from diverse backgrounds are especially needed. And donors must be willing to help anybody in need, not just a specific person.

On March 1, at 10 a.m., a workout fundraiser called “Tri-Grace” will be held at the Iron Bar Gym, 16719 110th Ave. E., Puyallup. The workout, geared for all fitness levels, will have a triathlon theme because of Hodge’s love for this sport. Participation is by donation. Register at eventbrite.com.

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