2017 Goals Reflection

Where has 2017 gone?!?  It feels like just yesterday that I wrote out my 2017 goals, and it feels like its way too soon to be looking back and reflecting on them.  But with only five days left in the year, its now time to do so.

1.  Log 1,000 miles (modified in October to 1,150 miles)

Grade: A

As of today, my 2017 mileage total is 1,096.8 miles.  So while I reached my original mileage goal, its unrealistic to think that I’ll be able to log another 53.2 miles in the next five days.  Earlier this month I was initially disappointed when I realized that I wouldn’t reach my modified goal, but after some self reflection I’ve decided that I need to celebrate my accomplishment instead of focusing on the few miles that I did not log this year.

2.  Run my first marathon.

Grade: A

Even though the race didn’t go as I had hoped it would based on my training, I still crossed the Chicago Marathon finish line back on October 8th.  Despite how challenging of a day it was for me, I didn’t give up, and I still earned the title “Marathoner.”

3.  Make strength training a priority.

Grade: C

As the weather has gotten colder and the hours of sunshine have become fewer, I’ve been slowly losing my drive and momentum for working out.  I’m not happy about that, and need to figure out how to change that going into the new year.

4.  Stay on top of my blogging.

Grade: C-

As the year has gone on, I’ve struggled more and more with keeping up with my blogging.  Initially, I was disappointed in myself.  But after some reflection I came to the realization that there are several things more important than blogging, and I need to keep my focus on those priorities when my time becomes limited.  As I shared last month, part of me finding a healthy life balance has meant removing the self-imposed pressure to keep up with a rigid blogging schedule.

5.  Put my family first.

Grade: A

One of the reasons why I am okay with not being able to stay on top of my blogging is because of the time and energy that I have been able to devote to my family instead of spending additional time sitting at the computer writing.  My family is much more important than blogging, as well as other things, and will continue to remain one of my top priorities going forward.

On Christmas Day with my boys

Overall, 2017 has been an incredible year.  In the next couple of days I will be finalizing my 2018 goals.  I cannot wait to see how next year goes!

QOTD: How was your 2017?  Did you meet your goals for the year?

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16 Responses to 2017 Goals Reflection

  1. That is awesome that you ran the entire marathon! I’ve only done a half marathon, but it did feel good crossing the finish line didn’t it? You did amazing with the miles too! Your family is beautiful and I hope you guys enjoy the next week of 2017 and are blessed in 2018 as well.

  2. Rachel says:

    You had an incredible year. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2018 for you!

  3. You really did have a stellar year for the things that really count! Happy new year

  4. Great job accomplishing your goals. Family time is soooo much more important than blogging, so good job with that!

  5. Wendy says:

    What a great year and I can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for you! Happy New Year!

  6. kookyrunner says:

    You had an awesome year and you’ll always remember your first marathon!

  7. I think your year played out well….hello? A marathon!! 😉 Your mileage was impressive as well, and your devotion to your family is on point. Your little guy will not be little for long, and doing fewer blog posts in exchange for time with him is something you will not regret (nor will he).

  8. agsignor says:

    Aw, I love these reflections. As long as putting your family first gets an A, I’d say you met and exceeded your goals.

  9. chrissytherd says:

    Strength training is always tough for me. I set a similar goal and also fell short there, but I want to try that again for 2018.

  10. Lesley says:

    My one goal was progress, so I’d say I hit that goal with success. It’ll be my goal for 2018 too, and I’m doing a new-to-me distance with a 12k.

  11. Chaitali says:

    Glad to hear you had such a good year! 1000 miles is definitely impressive 🙂

  12. thefauxrunner says:

    Great scorecard at the end of the year! 1000 miles is no joke!
    I’m with you on the blogging score – I try really hard but there’s other things that take priority sometimes. Maybe next year!

  13. tonee78 says:

    Looks like you had one amazing year and really found where your priorities lie, with you r family….right where they should be.

  14. angela@marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    This is a great post! I love how you graded yourself and so glad that FamilyFirst got an A!!! Also, congratulations on your marathon and that huge mileage goal!! 🙂

  15. Clarinda says:

    Congrats on earning that Marathoner title! It’s a great accomplishment and brag-worthy – even if it wasn’t the race you hoped for. Hitting the original 1,000-mile goal is very impressive, too. Definitely focus on that instead of the modified goal. 🙂 Cheers to 2018!

  16. Pam says:

    I had no idea you had run so much this year. Over 1,000 miles running is huge. Great job Kathryn.

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