A few weeks ago I got myself a nice Christmas present: a boot. What a shitty Christmas present!
After getting into the Boston Marathon, I decided I better see a doctor about my mystery injury so I could be sure I'd be able to run the marathon without needing an amputation after.
Turns out I have a coalition -- aka a couple bones in my foot are fused together. Fun! Not what I expected at all, but sometimes that happens. Gotta roll with it I guess.
The end of this year really did still really throw a wrench in my plans, but life goes on...so...Happy New Year! Let's set some goals :)
So I realize it's been about 100 years since I last wrote a blog post. My bad...my bad. I'm here.
It's a new year and so they say...it's time to get organized and think about what I want to accomplish in the year to come.
Last year was the first time I wrote out fitness goals...actually it was the first time I wrote down ANY goals. But after being a blog reader and seeing other people think and plan a bit, I decided to follow along and make some goals of my own. So around this time last year I sat down and jotted down my goals for 2015:
They came to me pretty easily, I took a minute to Google search some images and made this quick collage to display for myself.
It turns out that these goals really helped me this year! Months when I hadn't run at all I would show up on race day to get that one race per month in. Even when I had been slacking a bit my goals were printed out and in front of my face, reminding me not to slack TOO hard.
I'm really glad I followed along and wrote out some goals, because they honestly helped me this year.
2015 Fitness Goals = SUCCESS! ....mostly
- Run at least 1 race each month -- SUCCESS
- Complete Reach the Beach -- SUCCESS
- Run Rock n Roll Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon with Team Challenge New England -- DEFERRED (running Rock n Roll New Orleans 1/2 Marathon in February)
- Coach Girls on the Run -- SUCCESS
- Hike a mountain -- SUCCESS
- Run a 25 min 5K -- FAIL
- Earn a Millennium Running Series Jacket -- SUCCESS
Since having goals written down helped me so much in 2015 I felt like I should outline my goals again as we start 2016. I don't know why, but creating my goals for 2016 really gave me trouble. I didn't have a clear vision on what I wanted and what I should focus on this year.
But after some thinking, I've decided to on these:
I have a couple of races on there (big ones!) but I think I'm going to be more low-key on the race side of things this year. I really love races, but they are kind of expensive! I have been enjoying aerial silks and yoga so much lately that I'd rather spend my fitness fun money on that right now :)
Yes that small child is me attempting pull-ups at the age of probably 3.
"Finish what you start" is to encourage me to complete my at home fitness programs. Lots of times I will start one, then decide to switch to another, but this year I am focusing on finishing what I start! Right now that is PiYo, which I am on schedule in and not behind by one workout on Day 17! (Woo!)
After some soul searching for what I really wanted to accomplish this year I'm happy with this fitness goal/vision board. I hope it inspires you to make one if you haven't yet. It's really nice to print it out and stick it somewhere you will see it often to keep these goals and desires in your mind.
On to crush 2016!
This year I am making a point to write out my goals. One of my favorite sayings/lyrics is "If you don't know where you're going/you might end up somewhere else." So I am writing my goals to know where I am going! I am sharing them with everyone so that they are published and I will be more likely to stick to them!
Here are my 2015 Fitness Goals:
Run at least 1 race each month
I almost completed this in 2014. I only missed running a race in June, but I DID volunteer for a race that month, so I kind of did this in 2014. It wasn't planned though, so for 2015 I am making it a point to run a race each month.
Complete Reach the Beach
The Reach the Beach course runs right through my neighboring towns. There is even a stop at my old high school! I never realized before this year when I got into running. I drove through town as everyone was running and I beeped at people to pump them up a little. That 1 minute of beeping made me so happy and excited for them. Ever since then I have been dead set on running Reach the Beach in 2015. I am already putting together a team and plan to be registered in January.
Hike a mountain
All through the summer I saw so many local friends posting hiking pictures and I was so jealous! I am going to hike at least one mountain in 2015.
Earn a Millennium Running Series Jacket
I intended to earn my Millennium Running Series Jacket in 2014, but once May came around I missed one race and completely quit! Not this year! My goal is published and I am going to do it!
Run Rock n Roll Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon with Team Challenge New England
My first half marathon with Team Challenge New England was so fun! I can't wait to join them again for another season and do it for the Rock n Roll Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon. Everyone from the team who has done this race tells me it is AWESOME! This is a very flat course like my second half marathon, so it should be comparable. I didn't train for that race at all and really started to struggle during the last 2-3 miles. Following through on training for this race I should be able to grab a new half marathon PR.
Coach Girls on the Run
Coaching Girls on the Run in the Fall was amazing! It was so fun and my sister is going to join me for coaching the Spring 2015 season. TBD if I will coach Fall 2015 since I will be training and fundraising with Team Challenge New England.
Run a 25 min 5K
This was something that I wanted to accomplish in 2014 but I didn't commit to my training for it. I run a lot of 5Ks but my times don't vary much. I need to push myself for speed this year!
What are your 2015 Fitness Goals?
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance