Before listing my 2014 goals, I wanted to address my 2013 goals and review how I did with them.
First of all, here they were:
1. In regards to running 1,000 miles, I did not. However, I ran 852 miles, and I was out of running for several months with a stress fracture. I’m going to consider this goal an overall success because of the time that I was running. Here’s my running graph from DailyMile for 2013.
2. As for the other running goals:
Sub4 Marathon: I hadn’t run a marathon when I made that goal last year, so I didn’t understand the distance and the race. I know I’ll run a sub 4 hour marathon one day, but that won’t even be in my goals for 2014. A sub 4 hour marathon is something that, for me, will take intense training and focus on only that goal, and I won’t have a chance to focus on that for a little while.
1:50:XX marathon or below: I think this goal was a little out of my comfort zone when I made it, and I did train hard to run a half PR in March, but it wasn’t what I knew I could do. Two things threw me off this year and into a completely different world: a stress fracture and getting into triathlons. Had I not gotten the stress fracture I could have continued training hard to run faster, and that time off threw a wrench in my running plans and set me back a little bit. Starting triathlons led me to a new and amazingly wonderful place, but it shifted my focus from accomplishing faster running goals in the fall. I think I’m capable of a 1:50 half marathon sooner than a sub 4 full, but again I don’t know if 2014 will be my year.
Set a new 5k PR: Believe it or not I didn’t run a single chipped 5k in 2013…I’m a sucker for the longer distances when they’re offered at the same races where there’s a 5k. I ran one beach 5k at the end of a 14 miler, but it was all on sand and there was no chip timing so I don’t even know what my time was.
3. New gym/regular cross training: Major success! I’d say getting into the world of triathlon was the best way to incorporate cross training. I’d like to find a gym and start weights more regularly this year, though.
4. Cleaning schedule: Let’s keep it moving…
5. Savings: 2013 could be called the year where I finally became budget conscious! I am pleased to say that I saved 10% or more each month in 2013, and it’s all a credit to my husband’s continued patience in, let’s say, emphasizing unnecessary spending.
6. Change my name: Success! It only took me 8 months, but I did finally change my name this year! Now I just need to change my name on all my other stuff…that’s the not fun part…
7. Date Nights: I didn’t track this well, but we were definitely more intention this year about spending time together. It’s still an area that needs improvement, but we’ve got a lifetime to work on it.
8. Goal Weight: I laugh. Nowhere near it. I had a hard time this year figuring out healthy eating and limiting myself while also training for and participating in endurance sports for the whole year. It’s something I hope to figure out more in 2014.
9. Meatless Mondays in January: I can’t remember, but I did go meatless a lot more frequently this year than ever before. I don’t feel like meat is a necessary part of a meal, which I think is a big realization for me.
10. Learn about and transition to clean eating: I learned about it! I was slower in transitioning to it. It continues to be a work in progress for me as I work on balancing time, training, and (just being honest) laziness surrounding meal time.
I feel like my 2014 goals are more thought out and better suited to what 2014 holds for me.
There are a lot of goals on this list, and I don’t feel like I need to go into explaining them all, as they’re mostly self-explanatory. The two biggest I think are finishing IM Chattanooga and also successfully balancing life and 140.6 training. I can’t list how I will balance life and the training, because I don’t know yet, but I do know that I will be able to look back at the end of the year and know whether I have or not. It’ll be similar to know I looked back and 2013 and just knew that I wasn’t successful in transitioning to clean eating.
I don’t know if running a half marathon PR will be possible this year. This year is about triathlon, without a doubt, but I’m thinking there’s a chance I can squeeze in a half PR somewhere.
And as far as blogging more regularly, I just mean that I need to standardize my posting frequency. Sometimes I’ll post 5x/week and other times I’ll post 1x/week. I need to get to a comfortable number that I can sustain regularly.
What is your biggest 2014 goal? Did you put anything on your list that you’re particularly nervous about accomplishing?