Taking a look at our successes and challenges from the year can teach us many things and help us to create a different outcome in the coming year. Sometimes it’s much easier to dwell on the negative things and the disappointments from the year before and my suggestion is to acknowledge these as well but to release them to truly give you a fresh, clean start to 2014.
Julie offers three great tips on how to do this, one of which I unconsciously do through my blogging, which is why I'm writing this post. By sharing and journalling my goals, my ups and downs, the how's and the why's, I hope to be more successful in attaining my goals.
A new year brings with it new opportunities and a new chance to commit to new goals. I don't resolve to do anything. Instead I set goals – things that require the cumulation of progressive steps to make them happen. Thigs that require a deep commitment, things that I value. I know that I will never become a neat freak, so resolving to “keep my house” cleaner will never work for me. As well, a clean and neat house is not something I want or value enough to make it happen.
So without further adieu, I present to you my goal:
Qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon
Yes – you're probably well aware of that macro goal of mine, but what I haven't shared with you are my micro goals, the small goals that will help me to qualify.
- Chilly Half Marathon – I run this race every year because I absolutely love this race course, the organization of the race and the timing. It's the first weekend in March, which means the training is cold and full of weather challenges (though I'm not sure of any race that's without it's weather challenges during the training period). I feel really bada$$ training through the winter and running a winter half marathon. Being an early race when I'm the most motivated to lose the Christmas layer means this is usually my most successful race of the year. My goal is beat the 1:52 PB that I set at this race two years ago and not to repeat last year's disappointing 2:09 finish which was the result of a sever lack of training.
- Mountain Equipment Co-op Half Marathon – Held twice a year, once in early May and again in October. this is an inexpensive, low key half marathon. There are no medals, and no cheering crowds – the perfect kind of race for pushing yourself hard and building the mental toughness that I'll need to qualify for Boston. I ran this race in both the Spring and Fall last year and thoroughly enjoyed racing it without the crowds. I'm hoping to finish this flat race in under 1:50.
- Toronto Monster Mortgage 5k – I run this race every year because it raises money for the charitable organization that my dad is involved in. My dad drives Senior citizens to their doctor's appointments through this organization. My plan is to set a new 5k PB, perhaps to finish in under 24 minutes.
- Canada Day 5k – My friends run this race with their kids every summer, and this year I want to join them with my daughters.
- An Olympic distance triathlon. I'm not sure which one yet. A group of my friends are looking to do a tri-a-tri (super-sprint) triathlon together, and we're trying to find one that also has an Olympic distance for me to do. It would be super exciting to have my friends cheer me one through the finish line as I have never had a large crowd of people I know cheer me on. On the other hand, it would also be nice to do the super-sprint with them, and then to do an Olympic distance at another race later in the season. My Olympic distance goal is to beat my finish time from 10 years ago (3:08) and to not finish last in my age group like I did back in 2003.
- Warrior Dash – My friends make a fun weekend out of doing this race up at Blue Mountain every year. I'll be joining them this year.
- Iron Girl Triathlon – I greatly enjoyed this triathlon last year, though I really hope that I do better now that I have my own bike and know how to change the gears.
- A 30 k race in August – I think my friend Emma did one last year, and it will be the perfect motivation to build up my distance/endurance in anticipation of my first attempt at qualifying for Boston in the fall. I think this was the Mid-Summer's Nights Dream (a 30k night race).
- Ontario Women's Triathlon – Last year I was on the organizing committee, but this year there is a new group organizing it so I want to do the race to experience all of the changes/improvements that the new organizers have planned. The race is no longer on the Labour Day weekend which I love because this leaves me free to help my daughters do the Kids of Steel triathlon. My goal is to enjoy the experience of this race.
- Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon – this is the #1 Boston qualifier in Canada. They say that this race is flat and fast, I hope they're right!
While my ultimate goal is to qualify for Boston, the full marathon is not my favourite race distance to race nor train for so it would be REALLY nice to qualify on my first attempt. The more work I do in my training this year, the more likely that is to happen. I'm keeping that thought in my head on every training run, swim, cycle and strength session. This year I am committing fully and completely to my 2014 goals and will have a lot of fun along the way!
I hope you have a healthy and happy 2014!
Are you a goal setter? What are your 2014 goals?