Looking back on my 2016 goals, I did great! Here’s a recap before I get to 2017 goals.
2016 Goals Recap
1. Run a full marathon. I’ve mentioned many times that in 2016 I’ll train for and run my first full marathon. While I’ll do a number of activities to meet this goal, this will be my only running goal for the year.
YES! I ran a small local marathon in November.
2. Achieve balance between running and other important areas of my life. My husband likes to say that if I’m not running, I’m thinking about running, reading about running, talking about running, blogging about running, or shopping for running clothes. He’s right. While I met all my running goals for 2015, I can see that I did so at the expense of other things. This year, I want to achieve a better balance between running and
- spending time with my husband, family, and friends
- keeping up with the house
In practice, I’ll be planning each month out so that if I have a very high-volume week, I will likely do less cooking, housecleaning, and blogging and spending my little free time with my husband. In weeks I’m running less, I’ll be able to focus more on all those things.
YES! I was able to achieve this balance so much more in 2016 by tailoring to my training schedule. In the thick of training, I did have to pare down on cooking, cleaning, and blogging but was able to use that time to spend with my husband. And in between training cycles or in light weeks, I was able to take advantage of free time and focus on all the things and not so much running. This worked so well for me that I’ll continue to do this.
3. Achieve an ideal weight based on the way I feel and the fit of my clothes, not the scale.
This is a big departure from how I’ve always thought of weight management. I achieved my goal weight five years ago this month, and since then the number of my goal weight has always been on my mind. In 2015 I made huge strides in having a confidence with my body that I’d never had before and being happy with the way I look. And yet, all year I was over my goal weight and struggled to lose 3-5 pounds. In my mind, if I wasn’t at the goal weight I set five years ago, then I was a failure. I’m stopping that insanity right now. In talking with my sister, who works for Weight Watchers, she made me realize that it’s okay to change, that the goal weight I set five years ago may not be my ideal weight today, especially because it’s harder to maintain weight loss as I get older. This year I’m seeking a new goal weight, where I feel happy and confident with my body and the way I fit into clothes. Whenever that happens, I’m going to step on the scale, and that’s going to be my new goal weight. I can declare a new goal weight at Weight Watchers (as long as it’s in my healthy weight range for my height), so I should then be easily able to keep my free Lifetime Member status and stop the mentality of always feeling like I need to lose a few pounds.
YES! But… I ditched the scale in spring and maintained my weight based on how my clothes fit. I never declared a new goal weight though because I was content with how I felt and the way my clothes fit. I also quit Weight Watchers after more than a decade of being on the program because I feel it doesn’t work well with endurance training. I was able to maintain a good weight all year scale-free until the very end of the year when the weight crept back up after marathon training.
The theme for this year is getting out of my comfort zone. I mentioned last fall that I set a big, scary 5-year marathon goal. To get there, I have to get faster each year, and to get faster each year, I have to get uncomfortable with actually running faster. I keep waiting for the day when my paces drop effortlessly, but that day hasn’t come yet. So it looks like I need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, which plays a role in the following goals.
1. Train to run a half marathon PR in early spring. I’ve already started training, and while my paces right now aren’t going to get me that PR, I’m committed to putting in the hard work to get into PR shape.
2. Train to run a 5K PR in late spring. Right after half marathon training I want to jump into 5K training. I’ve been wanting to dedicate a segment to the 5K distance for a while, and this is the year that I’ll do it.
3. Train to run my second marathon in the fall. Will marathon #2 be my redemption? Will I run it strong and finish strong? A PR isn’t good enough for me because I feel like unless something goes terribly wrong–always possible, of course!–I can’t imagine not earning a PR. I want to run this marathon like I knew I could run the first–smart, in control, and strong. And to continue the theme of getting out of my comfort zone, I’ll be training for the initial time goal my coach proposed to me for my first marathon, the one I found too scary.
4. Race a few non-goal races. This ties back to my lessons learned from 2016 running as well as my theme for the year. I’ve always been scared of racing when I haven’t specifically trained for it. But I know my fitness is there as a result of training for other races, and I’m curious to see what I can do in non-goal races.
5. Get back down to and maintain my ideal weight. Again I’ll be using the way my clothes fit as my definition of my ideal weight. But because it can take a while for the fit of clothes to change, I’ll be initially measuring my progress by the scale.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, and fun 2017 for us all!