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.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.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.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?