Hi everyone! Welcome to the new and improved 2016 version of Run Away With Me! I’ve got a shiny new layout to go with the shiny new year and I hope you like it! And speaking of the new year, now that we’re already almost halfway through January (what!) I’m finally feeling ready to sit down and come up with some goals for 2016. This was actually tougher than I thought it would be. If you want to see how I came up with my goals and why I’m doing goals vs. resolutions, check out this post from earlier this week!
As I was writing my 2016 goals, I was tempted to keep many of my unfinished goals from 2015 on my list. But after thinking about it for a while, I decided to lose some of them. Specifically, I decided that I would NOT include PR-based running goals. Why? Well honestly, I failed at my PR-based goals last year for reasons beyond my control, and felt terrible about it. I ran 3 half marathons and was injured either before or during each one of them, which made chasing my sub-2:30 goal dangerous and stupid. I had fun at each one, but my goal wasn’t fun – it was speed. This totally effected my feelings about each race which upsets me now that I look back on those races. I know it’s a goal of mine, but it might not need to be a goal for 2016 – it will happen when I’m strong and healthy, and if that’s not at a race this year that’s okay with me. I want to fully enjoy each race that I run this year!
I take goal making seriously, and have spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to get out of 2016. So I’m excited to announce my five goals for 2016, starting out with the biggest goal ever:
- Run the Philadelphia Marathon. This is my big, scary, nearly impossible goal that I’ve been thinking about for years now. I said that once I could run a half marathon without wanting to die at the end, I’d feel more ready to sign up for a marathon. And I did that at the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon last October, so I guess I’m ready! I know if I’m going to run a marathon that it’s going to be Philly. So as long as my injury keeps healing and I keep getting stronger, look out for news of my registration in the spring! Ahhhh!
- Run 500 miles. I was so close in 2015 even with my injury, so I know I can do this in 2016 with a marathon in the mix!
- Hike 100 miles. Last year I realized that I was using some of my long hikes as replacements for long runs because they were such high milage, but they weren’t counting towards my running milage goal. This year I want to keep track of my hiking as well. Hiking is my favorite thing ever and I want to explore so many more trails here in Alaska.
- Cross train three times a week. I’m taking my PT’s advice to do more strength training at the gym, and I know my body is happier with yoga and spin class instead of just running. This can only make me stronger and healthier in 2016! Plus, I can use this cross training time to do more fun Alaskan things, like learning how to ski and ice skate.
- Do a 30 day yoga challenge. I’m going to leave this open to any 30 day consecutive period in the year, and it will be either at home or in the studio or a mix of both. I want to get more serious about yoga this year and know this will help!
In addition, I plan on spending time this year figuring out how to best fuel my body (sugar free feels so good!) and creating a mindfulness practice that I can actually stick to. And one last thing that I want to do is create monthly goals. I find that there are a few things that help me grow as a person, stay healthy, and become stress free, and I want to make sure I continue doing those throughout 2016. So each month, I plan to:
- Read one new book
- Cook one new healthy recipe
- Try one new class at the gym (or new teacher)
- Run or hike one new place/trail
- Work on one goal that changes each month
Each month I’ll give an update on what I did! These monthly goals will keep me on track with my big goals for 2016. And finally, I wanted to keep up the “one word” challenge that I started last year! I’ve seen so many amazing words from other bloggers and I’m so excited about mine. My one word that I want to use to describe, motivate, and drive my year forward in 2016 is:
I’ve chosen this word because honestly, I need more of it! I could use more confidence in my daily life, as well as before I do new things or take on big goals. It was a tough call, but when I read the definition of confidence I immediately decided that I had found my word. I’m going to need a lot of belief in my powers and abilities this year if I want to reach all my goals, so I thought it was perfect. I’m looking forward to using this word as my mantra in marathon training this year!
What are your goals for 2016? Anyone else running a marathon this year? If you could choose one word to describe your 2016, what would it be?