Goals For 2014

by Sarah on December 27, 2013 · 9 comments

in Advice,Life

There’s something about the promise of a new year that makes me inspired. A fresh start comes with so much hope and excitement. But it’s also a time to reflect on the year that’s about to end. 2013 was a huge year for me. Let’s look back at how I did against the goals I set for myself almost a year ago.

Goal #1: Have an injury-free year of running.

  • I call this a success. Yes, I was out for about 6-8 weeks in January/February/early March from my Rhabdo hospitalization and my weird foot injury, but there was nothing that physically kept me from running for any extended period of time. I trained and completed my marathon with 0 injuries, so to me, that’s a check in the box.

Goal #2: Run a marathon.

Marine Corps Marathon

Goal #3: Step out of my comfort zone.

  • This was on both a superficial fitness-level and a personal level. I definitely broke out of my comfort zone by training for a marathon, that I cannot deny. But I also surprised myself this year by falling in love with yoga. When I was injured and couldn’t run in February/March, I went to yoga at least once a week and fell in love. I really think that yoga was a big reason why my marathon training cycle was so successful and injury-free. I also ate my pride and went to physical therapy when my doctor told me to (even though I didn’t 100% agree with the reason why she wanted me to go). That also ended up being one of the best decisions I could have made, thanks in part to my PT having my same mentality on injuries, running, and training. Erin is my soul sister.

On a personal level, my theme of 2013 was “Always say yes.” If an opportunity arose where I could go somewhere, do something, or meet someone new I jumped on it. I am a big time introvert (shockingly, I’m totally okay with sharing my life and awkward photos on the internet to strangers) so it’s difficult for me to break from routine. It’s really easy to get comfortable with the day-to-day, but who wants to live that way! When Sara from Eventbrite reached out about being their Boston Blogger last winter I said yes, and had a blast. I tried to force myself to agree to weeknight plans and new adventures with friends. I traveled to visit friends in other cities. I feel like I did a lot this year and made myself get uncomfortable. Uncomfortable is good — I need to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Boston College Tailgate

Harpoon Brewery | Blonde Bostonian

50 on fire

Goal #4: Make time for me and reflection.

  • On the flip side, I realized that I needed more time for me in 2013. Well, if you’ve ever trained for a long-distance race like a marathon, you know how much 1-on-1 time you end up spending with yourself. I say I definitely accomplished this. My solo long runs and early morning runs in my neighborhood this summer was my me-time. I learned a lot about myself this year and what I can really do when I set my mind to it. I’m stronger than I thought, more driven than I thought, and crazier than I thought. ( ;) )

reservoir

So with that look back, let’s talk about 2014. My goals are similar, with some tweaks.

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Goal #1: Develop myself professionally.

  • Believe it or not, I’m going to be 26 years old in a month (crazy!). I’ve had the same job since I was 22 and while I love it, I feel like I need to work harder to set myself up for success at my current job and in the future. Not 100% sure how I’ll do that, but it’s a goal, right? Gonna work on it.

Goal #2: PR in the marathon.

  • The marathon bug bit me and now I’m hooked. I know I can break 4:26:02, and 2014 will be my year to do it. Not sure on the race yet, but I’m thinking fall again. I liked training in the summer, despite some hot days, and I want to do it again.

Goal #3: Increase my physical strength.

  • I did a pretty good job maintaining a strength routine while I was training for the marathon, but I lost a lot of strength this year from my Rhabdo incident and just running a lot. Yoga helped a ton and my weekly boot camp class does as well, but I want to up the ante in 2014. A marathon PR requires some physical strength along with all the running. I want to maybe try some personal training sessions to get me on the right foot…more to come I’m sure.

Goal #4: Continue to say ‘yes.’

  • This is a continuation of 2013′s goal of breaking out of my comfort zone. A new opportunity arises at work or in life? Say yes. You never know what is on the other side.

Goal #5: Let the little things go.

  • Along with my introvert nature, I also tend to worry. A lot. I’m like a little less neurotic Woody Allen. I stew over the tiniest little details, and inadvertently end up ruining my day, week, or month. I need to stop that. All it does is mess with my mood, my skin, and my home life. Bernie thinks I’m going to send myself to an early grave if I don’t lighten up. So in 2014, I vow to chill out.

 

Readers: Did you accomplish everything you set out to do this year?

What are your 2014 goals?

PS: Happy New Year!

{ 9 comments }

1 Matt @ Runner Savvy December 27, 2013 at 8:36 am

Great goals! I’m after a marathon PR this year too :)
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2 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life December 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

Love these goals! I’m naturally an introvert and a worrier too, so I’m 100% with you (especially on the somehow being ok sharing your life on the internet part!). One of my big goals for 2014 is doing at least 1 thing every month that scares me. Like stepping out and joining a new group in the community, or going on a run with my local running club. Not only will that hopefully help break me out of my comfort zone, but will also hopefully help me chill out a little with some new outlets or hobbies!
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3 Anna December 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

Those are some great goals! I can especially identify with that last one. I worry and over-think and over-analyze everything and end up on edge way more often than is healthy. Calming down is one of my goals for this year, too!
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4 Melissa December 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Your year sounds like it was a huge success for you! I also feel like 2013 was a year of learning to say yes in situations I’d normally want to run from. Congrats on the marathon! My goal for 2014 is to run my first :)
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5 Stephanie @itrainthereforeieat December 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Awesome goals!! I’m a lot like you — introverted and get very comfortable in my day-to-day. But I too need to get out and do some new things, that’s definitely on my list this year! I know you can break your marathon PR, especially if you can stay injury free. I had an injury filled year last year but still managed to make some awesome progress on some of my strength goals, so I think this next year can be even better!
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6 Sarah January 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Totally agree. Here’s to 2014!

7 Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run. December 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

2013 sounds like it was a great year for you! I like the goals you set and have set for 2014. I think you’ll be able to do it! I especially liked your introvert goals…something I’ve worked on as well. I’ve never set a personal goal for it, but considering I teared up at my first race because I was so nervous to go run by myself with all those strangers to then running in 15 races, including 2 obstacles courses…I’d say I did OK.
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8 Sarah January 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

It’s definitely something I try to work on every year.

9 Jen@PregnantDiabetic January 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Great goals! I have a few things I’m working on this year, but one of my biggest goals is to focus on the positive…it’s going to be tough. Happy 2014!
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