Hey everyone! Can you believe that this is the LAST Wednesday of 2018? We’re really in the homestretch and 2019 will be here before we know it!
Today seems like a good time to share my 2019 goals.
But first, let’s review my 2018 goals:
Set A PR in any distance
Although I didn’t set a PR in the marathon, I did set a PR in the 8K distance this year. My first 8K race was the Shamrock 8K in March (day before the marathon), so that was an automatic PR. I also ran the Cleveland 8K in May and got a new PR, beating my previous 8K time by a little less than a minute.
Add 4 more states to my 25 State Challenge
I should actually change this to the “25 states half marathon/marathon challenge”. I ran a marathon in Virginia and half marathons in Ohio, Texas and South Carolina. Originally I was supposed to run in Delaware but that race was cancelled (I’m planning on running in Delaware next Spring).
At least 3 non-running workouts per week
I would say that overall I made an effort to make time for my strength and cross training workouts, but there’s always room for improvement! In March of 2019 I’m going to start taking Orange Theory Fitness classes so I know that will definitely help to ensure I continue with the goal into next year.
Volunteer at a Race
I volunteered at the Cleveland Marathon Expo. My job was to give out the bibs for the kids race and it was super fun! I also volunteered at the New York City Marathon Expo handing our race bibs for a few hours. This was such an amazing experience! I really enjoyed seeing the joy on the runners faces as they picked up their bibs!
Freeze my Eggs
I had every intention of doing this, but I had some unexpected expenses pop up. The lease on my car was up in March. I knew I was going to want to keep the car, but what I didn’t expect was that my monthly car payment would almost double once it was off lease! Instead of a high monthly payment + interest (for getting a loan), I decided to just pay for the car outright. A totally unexpected expense but now I don’t have any monthly car payments, so that’s a win. I also started my Invisalign treatment in April. Needless to say, they just wasn’t an extra $10K lying around to freeze my eggs, lol. But I will re-visit this in 2019 as I’ll be 36 next April.
…and now for my 2019 goals.
Next year’s goals are going to be a little different. It’s not all about PRs and races, but more about setting goals that I think are going to beneficial to my life overall, not just in terms of running. These are the four goals I’ve selected.
Run a minimum of 50 miles a month
I don’t really set a yearly mileage goal, but I think this monthly mileage goal will work better for me. This year I was kind of all over the place when it came to monthly mileage. Some months were over 90 miles and some were around 40. Some of that was due to some aches and pains which is totally fine, but I think having a monthly goal will help somewhat with consistency as well.
Live My Best Life
I know this may seem like a vague goal, but I’m applying “live my best life” to everything – career, nutrition, running, social life, etc. I’m going to try to take steps each and every day to make sure that I’m getting the most out of life and owning my happiness.
In fact, this song will be my anthem for 2019:
Get outside my comfort zone
I’m someone that thrives off of structure, which is fine, but sometimes I think it holds me back from doing certain things. Next year I really want to focus on doing a few things that are outside of my comfort zone. I’m hoping this will be across all aspects of my life – running, training, career, social life, etc.
Educate myself more on running
I have many running related books just sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I know that those books have great information and I’m denying myself that information by not setting aside time to read more frequently. Of course I can always make excuses about why I can never find the time to read, but there’s no excuse to not set aside 15 minutes a night before bed to read. I’m going to make a real effort to read more in 2019.
…and that’s it! Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with me for 2018. Looking forward to a great 2019!
Do you set yearly goals? If so, do you have any goals for 2019?
I’m linking up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama and Nicole from FitFul Focus for Wild Workout Wednesday.
I’m also linking up with Lora from Crazy Running Girl, Marc from Train With Marc and Debbie from Coach Debbie Runs for Coaches’ Corner!
Great job on your 2018 goals! I love the 2019 goals, especially the one about living your best life 🙂 I’m also one that thrives on routine and definitely don’t like getting out of my comfort zone either. I think I need to push myself on that too. Good luck with 2019!
Thanks! I thought it would be good to have some non-running goals for next year 🙂
Pushing myself out of my comfort zone is going to be really hard for me, but it’s about time I try!
You rocked your 2018 goals. I love your new ones.
I don’t set goals but maybe I should.
Thanks Darlene! My goals this year aren’t all running based, which is new for me.
Liz Dexter says
Great goals! I am going to do that non-running workout thing – I’m going to try for three a week, so that’s two yogas and a circuits or a yoga and two circuits, or whatever. I also want to stretch 5 days out of 7. Apart from that it’s do my marathon for the year and do my ultra full stop. And maybe a side-goal to run up every road in my postcode area in the year!
Have a good 2019, I’ll enjoy watching your journey!
Thanks so much Liz. Love that you’re making it a goal to get in a good amount of non-running workouts. It’s so easy for cross training to take a back seat, especially when we’re training!
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2019!
Michelle @ Running with Attitude says
You did fantastic with your 2018 goals! I’m a big goal setter and am working on mine now.
Here’s to a great 2019!!
Thanks so much Michelle! Yes, here’s to an awesome 2019! 🙂
you had a great year Kim! even if a few things were unexpected (and for some reason I did not remember you talking about freezing your eggs) and not attained I’d still say it was a great year. Do you already know which states you are racing in next year by the way?
I love your new goals – I think “living your best life” is SUCH a great thing and, not to sound like a “wise” old lady or something but personally I think the older you get the more quality you want in your life and the less things, if that makes sense? Living your best life is so personal and wonderful and you DEFINE what your best life is, that’s what makes it special!
I am still thinking of goals; I have one already for sure, and I have a word for next year already as well but a few others goals are under the surface brewing 🙂
I’m super excited to possibly see you next year in Chicago! Here’s to a great new year of educated running!
Thanks Renee! The only new states I have for next year are Delaware and Massachusetts, but I’ll also be racing in Pennsylvania and of course, Illinois!
The “living your best life” goal came to me last week. Overall I try to be a happy/positive person, but can things be better? Absolutely! I’m going to really take some steps next year to make sure that I’m getting the most out of life.
I’m SO looking forward to seeing you in Chicago and virtually training together. I think that it’s going to make the training experience that much better.
Marc Pelerin says
I love your 25 state goal! That’s a really great way to see some amazing parts of the country, plus keep you motivated to keep training. That’s an A+ in my book!
Thanks so much Marc! I’m hoping I can finish my 25 state goal in a few years.
50-60 is my monthly goal too – it works well. And why am I not surprised since we end up similar in other facets as well ? 🙂
Invisalign <3 I love the final result but oh did that kill my budget when I started it. Hoping now the root canal won't mean a new retainer
Awesome goals. I love the map you used – used to do that for my 50 before 50
Yeah I think that’s a realistic monthly mileage goal.
I should *hopefully* be done with Invisalign in 3 months. I finished all my initial trays earlier in the month and now I have a a few more to wear for refinements. I’m loving the results but my credit card is not, lol.
Yeah refinement got me too, my dentist who I adore loves tweaking
Debbie @ Deb Runs says
You have some great goals and I like how you’ve set them to expand on all parts of your life. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2019!
Thanks so much Debbie!
You had some great goals this year, and I love your new goals. My goals are the same — get more organized, be more efficient at work, draw more boundaries …. I did make progress this year but there’s room for more!
Great job on your goals for this year! Unexpected expenses are the worst, and it sucks that that’s so expensive!
Best of luck to you on your goals for next year! I need to work on busting myself out of my comfort zone more too, although sometimes I feel like being in residency just does that for me, hahaha.