I’ve gone back and forth with writing this post.
On one hand, I love setting goals (or resolutions—whatever you may call them, I think they’re pretty much one in the same) for my life on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. I am constantly driven by challenges and consider myself a pretty competitive person.
Yet, on the other hand, I find it really difficult to plan goals for the whole year—there is just too much that changes. As much as I want to “run more miles than last year,” who’s to say that I won’t have a serious injury that will derail me for a long period of time. I would also love to run two marathons again, but maybe something will come along that could change that (ahem. . .a future bun in the oven). And frankly I forget about these goals mid-March, except the running-related ones.
So I’m not sure I find much benefit in setting goals for the entire year. I definitely set weekly mileage goals that continue build upon itself throughout the year which in turn leads to yearly goals. And even other day-to-day goals that come up as life happens.
But if everything could go as planned, here are at least a few things I am shooting for this year.
1. Run as much as I can.
This is always a goal of mine. I am driven by beating myself every year in total mileage. I was very close in 2013 to beating my yearly 2012 mileage, which was surprising because I spent the first 4 months injured. So maybe 2014 will be the year I reach a lifetime record in yearly mileage.
2. Set a new PR in every distance.
I think it is a stretch since I’ve set a new PR in every distance the past two years, but who knows. With a solid base of running this winter, I am confident I could give them a run for their money. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t desperately want this to happen.
3. Travel to Hawaii this winter
Not sure if this is a ‘goal’ per se, but definitely something we hope to make happen.
4. Spend Christmas in Minnesota
The last time I was hope for Christmas was in 2009, so I would love to make it there this coming year.
5. Start online running coaching
I have always wanted to be a running coach and definitely want to make this happen—it is just about the logistics at this point.
6. Try a new sport
Possibly rowing?? My sister was on a rowing team last year and made it sound like a lot of fun. And low and behold, Anchorage actually does have a rowing group!
A few goals that I would love to accomplish but am not too sure are going to happen.
1. Do 3 unassisted pull-ups.
2. Read more—this is always a goal of mine.
3. Travel to a new state.
So those are the things I am aiming for this year. I don’t know if they will happen, and as much as I want them to happen, if they don’t, I’m sure there will be a very good reason.