Goals for 2017

Happy 2017!!!  Everybody told me that once you add a child to your life that time will fly by faster than you could have ever imagined, and boy was that true last year.  It felt like every time I blinked that my little man grew and that I was constantly racing the calendar in order to fit in as much as I did last year.

Having signed up for the Chicago Marathon back in October, I already know that 2017 is going to be a big year for me.  In addition to running my first marathon, I have several other big goals for myself in the coming year.


1.  Log 1,000 miles.

My 2016 mileage total was 754.7 miles, and that was after not being cleared by my OB to start running at the end of January at four weeks postpartum.  I know that increasing my total mileage for the year by almost 250 miles is a pretty lofty goal, but I think I can do it, especially since my long run mileage will be increasing once I start marathon training in the late spring.

I completed my last run of 2016 on Friday, which brought my mileage total for the year to 754 miles, 532 of which I ran

I completed my last run of 2016 on Friday, which brought my mileage total for the year to 754 miles, 532 of which I ran

Two other things will help me reach this goal.  First, little man loves when we go for a run together, but I wasn’t able to start running with him in the BOB stroller until the end of the summer.  Not having to plan my runs around when somebody else can take care of him will be a huge difference between last year and this year.

Secondly, I’m participating in the “Run the Year” challenge with my father-in-law and sister-in-law.  As a team, our goal is to log 2,017 miles by the end of the year.  I definitely want to make sure that I pull my weight on our team.

2.  Run my first marathon.

This goal should come as no surprise to anybody, but it certainly deserves its place on my list of goals for 2017.  I’m so excited that my friend Kathleen and I will be running Chicago together.  She really wants to break five hours (she was just two minutes shy of doing that in 2016), and I’ll be doing my best to properly train for that time goal.

Kathleen and I before the start of the Shamrock 8k back in March 2015, which is the last race that we ran together

Kathleen and I before the start of the Shamrock 8k back in March 2015, which is the last race that we ran together

3.  Make strength training a priority.

When the time that I had to exercise got tight last year, the first thing to get cut was my strength training.  I need to be better about finding time for strength training, even if its just spending 10-15 minutes in my basement at the end of the day.  Strength training will be even more important this year as I increase my mileage so as to help me prevent injury, especially at the peak of marathon training.

4.  Stay on top of my blogging.

There were times in 2016 when life with a baby got in the way of me being able to stay on top of my blogging, and I’d like to do my best to make sure that I don’t get behind with writing and responding to comments this year.  That means that when I have down time that I need to work on writing drafts of posts.  My Google calendar is full of ideas, and I’m also behind on finishing up my Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend recaps.  Its clear that I need to get writing!

5.  Put my family first.

With my boys on Christmas Eve

With my boys on Christmas Eve

Little man is growing right before my eyes, and I need to savor every moment possible with him.  In addition, I need to make spending quality time with my husband a priority.  He and I are currently working on planning when and where we’ll go for our vacations this year, but I also need to make sure that I focus on spending time with my boys not just while we’re on vacation but throughout the entire year.

2017 is definitely going to be a busy year, and I’m sure quite a memorable year too.  Although having big picture goals is important, I find it much easier to reach my goals by having smaller, monthly goals.  Stay tuned tomorrow for my January goals post.

QOTD: What is one of your goals for 2017?

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35 Responses to Goals for 2017

  1. My major goal for 2017 is to train for an finish Maine 70.3 without any major injuries. Happy New Year!!

  2. You aren’t kidding about time going fast when you have kids. I still look at my boys and think, where did the time go?

    You’ll have no trouble getting to 1000 miles. That’s always mile goal, and I was so close this year, in spite of a lot of time sidelined. You can do it!

    See you at Chicago!

  3. I think the older you get the faster time seems to fly right by. I even think as teachers we are even more aware of time because we live by the calendar, do we not?

    I hope you have a great 2017!

  4. You and I have some very similar goals, lady! How about we become lifting buddies?:) . Happy New Year!

  5. Your goals look great!
    Happy New Year!

  6. Kathleen says:

    I figured out how many miles I’ve run today since I started running and figured out that 2016 was my lowest mileage since 2013! I got a good 10k on the treadmill done today and going to keep focused on our big goal! I raced downtown yesterday and thought the next time I’ll be racing downtown will be in 10 months πŸ™‚

  7. Lesley says:

    I find strength training is easier when I do many sessions that are shorter in time. I do a couple longer sessions, then the smaller sessions are 15-20 minutes. I can get much more done.

  8. I actually almost doubled my mileage in 2016 from 2015 – so you can definitely get those extra 250 miles in! πŸ™‚ I think this is going to be another great year for you!

  9. Hey! Good luck with everything. I’m embarking on a couch to marathon type situation (I’m a fool) so I hope to keep up with you at some point! Follow my personal nightmare here http://anxiousfatty.wordpress.com

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  11. Amber Vesey says:

    you are awesome! being a mommy – still running AND keeping up with a blog? I don’t know how you do it honestly – even if it fell to the wayside a bit, you still kept up with all three and thats something to be proud of – i stopped blogging from august until now- just because of life, not even with a kid in the mix!

  12. Jennifer says:

    You goals are very achievable, especially since you were almost to 800 this year! I am so excited for you and Kathleen πŸ™‚

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