I’ve never actually taken the time to write down yearly goals. I think about goals and what I want to accomplish during the year, but sitting down, putting them on paper is something I’ve never done. Going into 2015, that is going to change. For the first time, I am going to put down my goals and hold myself accountable. No more coming up with excuses. One of the best parts of having this blog is that by using this to put out my 2015 goals, I know all of you will help hold me accountable as well. Sometimes you just need that extra kick in the butt to make sure you stay on the right path.
So here they are. Here are my 2015 goals:
1) Run 1,030 miles. This is big goal. In 2014 I ran just over 600 miles, so running another 400 miles right now seems about impossible, but I am going for it. I am sure training for a marathon will help with this number! And why this number? Well, I want to have a 1,000 mile year and since I turn 30 next year.. why not tackle on another 30 miles.
2) Run 30 races. I will admit this now. I am completely taking this idea from my amazing friend Lauren. The year she turned 30 she celebrated by running 30 races. Sounds amazing, right? Well, as you just read in goal #1, I turn 30 in 2015, so I am going to do the exact same! (Thanks Lauren for letting me steal this idea!) I have about 8-9 races confirmed for next year so far, but the rest I will pick up and take on as the year goes on.
3) When I started running, the idea of running a marathon scared me (OK it still does). However, as I found my love for running, I told myself I’d run the whole 26.2 miles when I turn 30 (do you see a theme here?). So since I signed up for my very first marathon, the Pittsburgh Marathon, my third goal for 2015 will not just be to train and start the marathon race but to finish! I’m going to need help on this one. I know that already and I can’t wait to take this journey with so many of the wonderful running friends I connected with this year.
4) Finish a half marathon in 6 more states of my 50 state + DC quest. I know 2015 is going to bring so many great adventures with my love of travel, so I think knocking 6 states off should be pretty easy. One of the biggest states is already on the list: ALASKA!!!! Yes, you read that right! My good friend, Mike and I, are planning a 2-week trip to Anchorage and I talked him into doing it around the time of the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Marathon. Other states on the list so far: DC, MI & OH. I’m looking at tackling NJ and DE as well, but if I can get more than 6 states, I will go for it!
5) Run new race distances. It’s so easy to sign up and bang out a 5k, but I want to run 2-3 new distances this year. I think this is a pretty random goal, but I want to go out there and try something new. From goal 3, hopefully I’ll get to count a marathon in this goal as well, but other distances could be a 5 miler or an 8K. Both races I see offered sometimes but never have done. If you have a new race distance I should try and something I can easily get to, please let me know!
6) Incorporate speed training. I have to chuckle when I write this goal. When I was young I ran track. I kicked butt in the 100m run for my age group (remember, I was young) and loved to sprint. Anytime we would have a workout and I was going around the track more than once, I’d kick my feet on the track and pout. And wow have things changed now. I’d rather go run for miles than sprint around a track, but that has to change. I need to incorporate the right speed work into my training. Maybe I’ll rekindle my love for some short distance sprinting.
Maybe my 2015 goals are lofty, I’m not sure. The only way to find out is start chipping away at them one mile at a time, so here goes nothing!
What are your 2015 goals? Do you find by putting them on paper you hold yourself more accountable to them?