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?