Out with the Old, In with the New

I’m a little late in getting this stuff posted, but to be honest, I just felt like time has flown too quickly since the holidays. In the last two weeks, I feel like I’ve finally had a chance to slow down, get things back to normal and start planning and preparing for 2014.

Starting with the Old (2013):

I had a lot of lofty goals for 2013 and I’m a bit sad to say that I didn’t meet very many of them.

  • Start trail running – this one was a fail. I don’t think I did a single trail run during the year.

  • Finish a duathlon – I was registered for one, but late snow and a super soggy spring didn’t allow for me to get out on my bike before the date I was registered. So, I deferred my race entry to a fall race and just never found the motivation to get out the bike. Needless to say, I let my entry fee go to waste. At least it was only $20 thanks to a Black Friday deal.

  • Run a sub-30 5k – Nope, didn’t happen. I basically gave up on running completely for most of 2013, so I obviously wasn’t working on speedwork to improve my times.

  • Complete a round of either TurboFire or ChaLean Extreme – Nope. Along with giving up on running, I pretty much gave up on ALL fitness endeavors. I’m still not sure where my motivation disappeared to or why.

  • Exercise five times per week – see above.

  • Visit Sadie (my horse) at least once per week – I’m ashamed to admit that I failed on this one, too. I have no excuse and need to correct this one.

  • Blog three times per week – I just didn’t have motivation to write, either.

  • Read 50 books during the year – I didn’t meet this particular number of books, but definitely had some improvement over the previous year. I didn’t track my books, but I’m guessing I was around the halfway mark.

  • Run 350 miles – Not even close. My total for the year was 199 miles.

  • Run a sub-55 minute Warrior Dash – Mission accomplished! I actually ran a 53:59 Warrior Dash!

  • Family trip to Mount Rushmore – We were too busy moving, making improvements to the house and figuring out our family routine that it just didn’t happen.

  • Pay off student loan – Didn’t even make any extra payments, sadly. Plus, this was a goal that was definitely outside of realistic.

  • Mission trip with church – Mission accomplished! I went to Wildwood Hills Ranch in Iowa with church to service at-risk youth. It was a great experience and I met a lot of interesting and inspiring people. You can read about it here.

  • Sell my house – We took this one off the list when we realized that it made more sense to live there, at least for a while. A decision I’m very happy about.

  • Survive Ragnar Relay – Mission accomplished! Ragnar Relay was a fabulous experience and I got to know my awesome teammates since I didn’t know much about ANY of them prior to agreeing to join the adventure with them. I’m SO glad I pushed outside of my comfort zone to do this and I’m looking forward to Ragnar Relay 2014! You can read more about it here.

In with the New (2014):

  • Remove the rest of the wallpaper in my house and paint – this goal has been on the list since I bought the house in 2006 and only three rooms have been completed.

  • Be more organized at home – I do a great job being organized at work, but need to extend that to my personal life. Along with this comes getting rid of things I don’t need and/or use.

  • Run ‘14 races in 2014

  • Run a sub-30 5k – this will remain on my list until it happens someday.

  • Run a sub-50 Warrior Dash

  • PR in the Half Marathon – I’ve started training and want to break 2:50 (yes, I’m THAT slow!). Mostly, though, I want to not feel like the walking dead when I finish the race.

  • Run 500 miles this year

  • Read 50 books – I’ve been doing a ton of reading in January and really need to make reading a priority because it has always been my favorite way to relax and wind down at the end of the day.

  • Ragnar Relay – Figure out my fueling so I don’t have stomach issues and run faster!

I think I have a good start on several of these goals, but I think I need to check in with them more often to gauge where I’m at throughout the year.

What are your big goals for 2014?

Do you feel you’re off to a good start?

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1 Response to Out with the Old, In with the New

  1. Kristin says:

    We have a lot of similar goals. I want to definitely make a dent in some of my race times although my running lately has been zero. I want to read more in 2014 and I’m hoping to do a monthly book review on the blog at the end of each month. I also have some house projects up my sleeve that are on the list like repaint and redo a spare bedroom into an exercise room, get the garage fixed, and refinish some furniture.

    I hear you on the organizing. That’s what I spent all of XMas break doing. I made a bunch of trips to Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity, and sold some things on Craigslist. It’s funny how much “lighter” you feel when things are organized and you weed through your belongings!

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