At the end of last year I wrote a post about my 2012 goals and whether or not I accomplished them. I also set some new goals for the upcoming year. I am naturally a reflective person and a big goal-setter, so I decided that I wanted to do it again this year.
So let’s review what those 2013 goals were:
- Run (at least) 1 race every month of the year. I accomplished this and really enjoyed this goal, because it gave me something to work toward and look forward to each month. Here are the races I completed in 2013.
- January: Frozen 5K
- February: Sweethearts 4 Ever 4 Mile Run & Myrtle Beach Half Marathon
- March: Rock & Roll USA Half Marathon
- April: Nike Women’s Half Marathon
- May: Civitans Memorial Day 5K
- June: Springfield 15K
- July: Biggest Loser 10K
- August: Hartwood 10 Miler, ROC (Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge) Race
- September: Light the Way 5K Walk
- October: Falcon & Bruin 5K
- November: OBX Marathon
- December: VA Runner Blue & Gray 5K
- PR in both the marathon and the half marathon. This one didn’t happen. I decided shortly after the new year to change my goals to PRing at every distance before baby #2 [we aren’t sure yet when that will be], not necessarily before the end of 2013. So far since having Kevin in September 2012 I have gotten a new PR at the 5K, 10K, 15K, and 10 mile distance. All that’s left is the full and half marathon, so that will definitely be one of my 2014 goals.
- Re-commit to strength training. Yeah… this didn’t really happen. I had good intentions, really I did. But I got so busy with marathon training and work that when I had the time, I only wanted to run and not do anything else. This REALLY screwed me over in the end. I think that the reason why I kept getting injured and didn’t recover quickly because of my lack of strength training, which left my body unbalanced. However, I did start back up just this month when I started training for the Myrtle Beach Marathon. I’m going on my 4th week of consistent strength training and cross training, so that’s a start. Hopefully I can continue with that trend! I know it will pay off and improve my running and overall fitness.
- Be smart with money. We did really well with money this year. We set a budget and really watched where our money went. We were able to afford trips and races and dinners out while still saving and paying for daycare. I call that a success!
- Floss every day. LOL. This one makes me laugh. I wasn’t perfect but I did floss more than any other year. And I didn’t have any cavities at my last appointment in October!
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. This one was a bit of a roller coaster. I am a type-A perfectionist, so it is very hard for me to NOT worry, over-analyze, and sweat the small/big/important/unimportant stuff. There were times this year that I impressed myself with my ability to go with the flow and not worry about things that I couldn’t control or that didn’t matter in the big picture. But there were also times that I lost it over things that weren’t really a big deal, now that I look back on it. Hindsight is 20/20 I guess. A family friend (who I am pretty sure reads the blog sometimes- Hi Colleen!) said something to me a month or so ago. We were in the midst of dealing with the flea situation and I was super stressed out about it. It was so frustrating and seemed like we would never get rid of them. She just simply said to me, “Katie, this too shall pass.” I know that phrase has been around forever but it just hit me hard in that moment and I realized she was right. It wasn’t the end of the world. It happened, we just had to deal with it and move on. The end. I remember that whenever I feel myself getting overly anxious and it does help to calm me down and keep things in perspective.
- Focus on family. This is a big CHECK! I really tried my best to leave my stress and work issues at work, and enjoy time with my family once I got home at night and on the weekends. This current school year has been especially nice so far. I am enjoying my new position as a reading specialist and have been so much less stressed as a result, which carries into my home life. I feel like I am a much better mom and wife compared to before when I hated what I was doing at work each day in my old teaching position.
Now moving on to my goals for the new year.
- PR in the full and half marathon distance. Like I said earlier, my goal was to PR at every distance in between baby #1 and baby #2, and the half and full marathon are the two that are left. I ran 3 halfs in 2013- my first one ‘back’ at Myrtle Beach where I came very close to my goal, a bad experience at the overly crowded and poorly organized Rock & Roll USA Half that led to one of my slowest halfs ever, and the Nike Women’s Half which I ran with a friend. I was supposed to run the Wilson Bridge Half in October but it was postponed due to the government shutdown and I couldn’t make the new date. I ran my one and only marathon without a watch and with no time goals due to lingering injuries, and actually came within minutes of my PR. So needless to say I have some unfinished business to take care of in 2014! I know I can do it, so now I just need to DO IT.
- Do more than just run! [Strength training and cross training]. This is so important, like I said earlier. I’m off to a good start with strength training and cross training 3x a week, so now I just need to keep it up. I love Body Pump and Cycle but I want to branch out and do some new classes and really try to incorporate more yoga too. I know this is what is right for my body.
- Get my running coach certification and start using it to help people! I am SO EXCITED about this one. I recently signed up for an RCAA Running Coach Certification Course! I have been trying to do this for a couple years now, but the classes around me always fill up super fast. I received an email that one opened up an hour from where I live in Richmond, VA, and I literally pulled off the side of the road to sign up for it. It takes place over a weekend in April and I can’t wait! I’ve been helping my friends and family with running and training plans for years now, but this will give me the credentials I need to officially coach others. I also hope to learn things that will improve my own running.
- Spend quality time with my husband. I’ll be honest, Kevin and I rarely spend a lot of quality time together anymore as just the two of us. From talking to my mommy friends I have noticed I’m not alone in this. When you have a baby your life starts to center around your role as a mother and father, and the husband and wife roles get pushed to the back burner. This is especially true when you co-sleep (we did for the first 8 months), breastfeed (still going), and parent the way we do, where we always want to be with our baby and not necessarily leave him with a sitter. Life is so busy that by the time I nurse him to sleep, we clean up from dinner, and finally sit down, we’re both falling asleep on the couch. Romantic, huh? On our anniversary in November we talked about how we’re going to make more of an effort to have date nights and just spend more quality time together- even if that means watching a movie, going for a run, or just talking to each other. Now that Kevin’s older we are more comfortable with leaving him for periods of time, and we welcome a ‘break’ from our mommy and daddy roles. I’m so ready to reconnect as husband and wife!
- Disconnect more. This goes along with the one above. I think in this day and age, we are all technology obsessed- myself included. I am always on my phone texting, looking at Facebook, taking pictures, and things like that. In the evenings I hop on my laptop to do blog posts or look at random things on the Internet. I read blogs and check Instagram on my phone while I nurse Kevin. I admit- I am a bit addicted. But I don’t want Kevin to think of his mom as always being on her phone or computer, and I know I need to disconnect more and focus on being in the moment. It’s just such an ingrained habit at this point, it’s really going to take effort!
I honestly can’t believe that it’s almost 2014. That number just sounds crazy to me. I have a feeling it’s going to be a memorable one 🙂
What are your goals for 2014?