2016 Goals

This post took me longer than it usually does. I am doing something new this year. I have given up Daily Mile. When I started running, my mom told me to use Daily Mile to log my runs to track my progress. For 2.5ish years, I faithfully logged every mile on DM. But I still logged everything on Garmin. And this year I decided to go back to a paper log, so that I can journal a bit as I go. So I got one of these bad boys…

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Mine is signed on the inside by Lauren Fleshman. Yes, I get giddy knowing this journal that I hold in my hands daily was once in the hands of Lauren Fleshman.

Logging runs in three places isn’t something I want to spend my time on, so Daily Mile had to go. So for all of you on facebook who are worried about me because I’m not sharing my runs, never fear, they are still happening!

The front of this book has a place for four goals. It took me a while to write them down. Writing them down is so permanent. It took some guts to write one of my 2016 goals down.

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This one. I think I’m finally ready to tackle this. It’s going to hurt, but I will get faster in 2016. WAY faster.

So here’s the rest of them.

Running/Fitness goals for 2016:

  1. Run a sub-2hour half marathon. I’ve got two fall races that I will attempt this at.
  2. Run 1000 miles. Third times a charm, right?
  3. Four summer triathlons. This is to encourage XTing more than anything. And because that BASE tri kit needs to get some use!
  4. Abs and Strength training. The weight room is intimidating.
  5. Food is fuel. I need to readopt this outlook.

Life goals for 2016:

  1. Relax. Destress. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  2. Meditate. I bought a year of HeadSpace a while back and don’t use it nearly as much as I should.
  3. Do one thing fun as a family per month that doesn’t involve running.
  4. Money. I’m going to be a little vague here, but we made some big progress in 2015 with our spending, saving, and paying down debt. I want to continue that trend.
  5. Catch up on all the little projects. I will make a list soon.

So there ya go. Life is a learning process!

Bye Bye 2015

2015

I had this horrible feeling that 2015 was a complete flop and that I achieved none of my goals. It was very reassuring when I dug back through my posts and realized that I was dead wrong. So here’s 2015 in review.

I ran 9 races, including 2 half marathons, 1 marathon, and 1 triathlon. I set a new PR in the 10K and an automatic PR in the marathon. I ran a total 841 miles.

And here’s a look at my running goals that I wrote on January 7, 2015.

1. Run a full marathon. Prairie Fire…here I come! I’ve already registered for October 11th.
Yep! It may not have been pretty, but my first marathon is under my belt.
2. 1000 miles. I’m gonna do it this year!
No! Third time’s a charm? I ran almost 100 more than 2014, so I’m making progress.
3. Sub 1hour 10K. It’s gonna happen!
It happened! I kicked the Easter Sun Run’s butt and ran a 57:58!
4. Half Marathon PR. As much as I’d love to run a sub-2hr half, I’m not sure that’s entirely feasible just yet. I at least want to PR and get as close to 2 hours as I can.
I didn’t have a half PR in 2015. Racing in the spring is not my forte.
5. Focus on XTing. Swimming and biking, for sure. But I also want to figure out some kind of strength routine. I also want to take some classes from our Y. I’ve highlighted a spin class, muscle pump, and intermediate yoga to start with.
I did well the first half of the year, but then fell apart in the summer when I switched to my full time position at the library.

And now for the general life goals from 2015.

1. Less screen time. I am so guilty of just staring mindlessly at my phone. I’m not proud of it.
     I’m going to call this one a flat out FAILURE.
2. Downsize. I want to declutter our house and get rid of stuff. Stuff we don’t need. Stuff we don’t use. Be more efficient.
This is happening. We have decluttered about a third of the house and are making big gains every free moment we have as a family to go through things and toss, donate, or rehome what we don’t need.
3. Learn about wine. Maybe even take a class?
I read a couple of books about wine. And I drank a lot of it, so I’m going to call this one a WIN!
4. Be more present with my children. This one definitely ties in with no. 1.
Parenting is a process. Sigh…
5. Blog. Twitter. Facebook. ALL. THINGS. RUNNING. Ha!
Hmm…I had my moments. I did really well with Instagram!

Alright, 2015…you were a challenging beast. There were ups and downs, but I’d call it a good year. Stay tuned for my 2016 goals!

2015 GOALS!

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Yesterday I reviewed 2014 and how well I met those goals. Today is the day to look ahead. I gave myself a week to ruminate on the past. Now it’s all about the future.

2015 is going to be a BIG year. 15 is my lucky number. I just feel like this year has big things in store for our family. My husband and I will celebrate ten years of wedded bliss this coming summer. The boys will turn 8 and 6. And I will run a full marathon this year.

So without further ado, here’s the goals.

Running:

1. Run a full marathon. Prairie Fire…here I come! I’ve already registered for October 11th.
2. 1000 miles. I’m gonna do it this year!
3. Sub 1hour 10K. It’s gonna happen!
4. Half Marathon PR. As much as I’d love to run a sub-2hr half, I’m not sure that’s entirely feasible just yet. I at least want to PR and get as close to 2 hours as I can.
5. Focus on XTing. Swimming and biking, for sure. But I also want to figure out some kind of strength routine. I also want to take some classes from our Y. I’ve highlighted a spin class, muscle pump, and intermediate yoga to start with.

Life:

1. Less screen time. I am so guilty of just staring mindlessly at my phone. I’m not proud of it.
2. Downsize. I want to declutter our house and get rid of stuff. Stuff we don’t need. Stuff we don’t use. Be more efficient.
3. Learn about wine. Maybe even take a class?
4. Be more present with my children. This one definitely ties in with no. 1.
5. Blog. Twitter. Facebook. ALL. THINGS. RUNNING. Ha!

So there they are in black and white. Now to get to work on them. I’ll start with a 4mile run at the YMCA. On the TM. Because it’s COLD outside. Negative wind chills and all that jazz. I miss spring!

2014 – A Look Back

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2014 is in the books, people. It’s over! And it was GOOD. 2014 will always hold a special place in my heart because it was my first full year as a runner. I conquered lots of challenges. It was a banner year.

I ran 14 races. I wish I could say I planned that, but I didn’t.

Frosty 5K
Easter Sun Run 10K
Prairie Fire Spring Half
River Run 10K
Couple’s Classic 4mile
Firecracker 4mile
Titan 10K
Rock N Route Triathlon
Tiara Tri
Run for the Roses 1mile
Prairie Fire Fall Half
Mustache Dash 5K
Turkey Trot 2mile
Resolution Run 5K

One 1mile. One 2mile. Three 5Ks. Two 4miles. Three 10Ks. Two half marathons. Two sprint triathlons.

I PR’ed at every distance. My current PRs are…

1mile 8:10
5K 27:19
10K 1:01:24
Half Marathon 2:13:25

I ran a total of 766 miles give or take a bit. I need to keep better track. Daily Mile does a decent job, but it rounds up. I haven’t gotten my year end report from them yet, so I might update this once I know my true number.

I went back to my old blog and found my list of 2014 goals. I was surprised at what they were and how I did. You can look at the link here.

I made running goals and non-running goals, so let’s check out the running ones first.

  1. Run 1,000 miles.
    Nope…didn’t quite make it. But I more than doubled my 2013 mileage, so I’ll take it!
  2. Run two 10Ks and two half marathons.
    DONE! I ran three 10Ks and absolutely fell in love with the distance!
  3. One indoor and one outdoor triathlon.
    I didn’t do an indoor triathlon, but I did do two outside, one of which was done in a pool. I call that a HUGE win!
  4. Bike 500 miles.
    Not even close. I don’t think I even did 200 miles, but I did bike A LOT more than previous years. I love my road bike.
  5. Continue the hunt for the sub-30 min 5K PR.
    I blew this one out of the water and PR’ed by over 3 minutes!

And now for the non-running ones…

  1. Be happy with what I’ve got. I have enough stuff.
    I think I did better here. I hope. I’ve got a big goal in 2015 to downsize our stuff. We are so close to buying a bigger home and I’d like it to be much less cluttered than this one!
  2. Try new foods. Quinoa and spaghetti squash are both high on my list.
    I didn’t try spaghetti squash, but I did fall in love with quinoa, couscous, raw tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.
  3. Read 75 books. I fell 5 books short last year.
    I only read 66. Oh well.
  4. Become a LunaPads Ambassador.
    I gave up on this one. I don’t have nearly enough time between the husband, the kids, the house, the job, and the running.
  5. Get a puppy…maybe.
    This one made me laugh. I forgot I put it on here. I don’t even think I was that serious about it. But we did get a puppy! He’s definitely one of the best things to happen to our family in 2014. He is a much loved member of the family.

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I’ve got big plans for 2015, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to read that!!