Happy New Year everybody! A new year of course means a fresh start, and time to set new goals. As I reflected back on 2017, I realized that I want to challenge myself even more in 2018. But I don’t just want to challenge myself when it comes to fitness, I want to see how I can improve myself in multiple aspects of my life.
1. Log 1,200 miles.
My initial 2017 mileage goal was 1,000 miles. Back in October when I knew that I would easily meet this goal I modified my goal to 1,150 miles. My 2017 total wound up being 1,108.8 miles (818.5 miles run, 161.4 miles walked, and 128.9 miles on the elliptical). Even though I didn’t quite reach my modified 2017 goal, I’m more than okay with what I did accomplish.
Naturally, I want to increase my mileage in 2018. Logging just under another 100 miles, for a total of at least 1,200 miles, should be manageable.
2. PR in all race distances.
In 2017 I ran one marathon, four half marathons, three 10ks, and one 5k. I PRed in the 10k distance and since I ran my first full marathon got an automatic marathon PR. Although I do not have many races on my 2018 calendar yet, I want to push myself to PR in all race distances that I run this year. Let me be clear though, not every race that I run will be a PR attempt. Some races that I run will be just for fun, like next month’s Enchanted 10k and Princess Half Marathon at Disney World.
3. Lose 5 pounds, and keep it off.
Last year I faced a couple of health challenges that resulted in some changes to medication that I take, which consequently led to some unwanted weight gain. Now that those health issues are under control, I want to focus on losing the weight that I gained. The weight gain was far from intentional, but unfortunately resulted in some of my clothes becoming tight and affected my fitness overall. Five pounds might not seem like much, but five pounds will make a huge difference for me.
4. Focus on self care.
Part of why I faced some of the health challenges that I did was because I frequently put everybody and everything ahead of taking care of myself. Work, chores around the house, blogging, you name it, I spent more time and energy focusing on everything but taking care of myself. I cannot let that happen again this year.
5. Keep my family as a top priority.
This goes along with self care, but other than self care my little family needs to be my top focus this year. I did a good job in 2017 of prioritizing my family, and as little man continues to grow and thrive I need to maintain my family as the center of my attention.
Just like in 2017, I plan to not only set monthly goals to help me stay on track with my goals for the year, but I will also do quarterly check ins to monitor my progress. I’m looking forward to the year ahead and seeing what I’m able to accomplish!
QOTD: What are your goals for 2018?