Goals for 2014!

It’s hard to believe that they holidays have come and gone and that we are 12 days into 2014! Happy New Year everyone! With the new year comes new expectations, responsibilities, and big dreams to chase. I’ve never being a huge fan of resolutions, but I do think it’s important to set goals. I am not an expert at goal setting by any means, but I have learned that most goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, & timely), but some goals should be a reach.

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SMART goals

As they say:

Do your dreams scare you?!

Do your dreams scare you?!

Here are some of my goals for 2014. If I put them on the internet I’ll have to hold myself accountable right? I’ll start with my running goals:

1) Run a sub 1:30 half-marathon. I have been chasing this goal for quite some time and while it is a bit of a reach for me, I don’t think it’s unattainable. I do realize that it might not happen this year, but I will work my hardest to make it happen. My back up goal is to at least run a PR.

2) Break 3:20 in the marathon distance (either in Boston this spring or in a fall marathon). I have also been chasing this goal for years (since 2009), but it is a dream I am not willing to give up on. It will no doubt take hard work and dedication, but I am fully committed to working my ass off. My back up goal is to at least run a PR.

3) Run more races for fun. Before 2008, I would run any and every race I possibly could just because. I was always trying to beat my time, but I didn’t put the pressure on myself that I do today. Nowadays I hesitate to run a race if I don’t think I’m in PR shape. I want to let go a little and remind myself of the reasons I started running & racing so many years ago.

Fun fact: During my senior year of college at Penn State University I won first place in my age group (women 20-29) at the Thon 5k in a time of 22:06 (7:07 pace).

Fun fact: During my senior year of college at Penn State University I won first place in my age group (women 20-29) at the Thon 5k in a time of 22:06 (7:07 pace).

4) Stay injury free. For the past several years I have dealt with more injuries than I care to remember and I’m finally starting to feel like my old running self again (well sort of)! In order to achieve this I am committing to stretching, foam rolling, and icing as often as possible.

In addition to running goals, I also have a few general fitness goals:

1) Lift at least twice a week. In order to be the strongest runner I can be, I have to make my body as strong as it can be. That means I need to strengthen my legs, core and upper body.

2) Do a full push up! I realize this might sound like a silly goal to some people, but I can not get my chest all the way down to the ground when I do a push up and I would like to be able to.

3) Regain some flexibility. Growing up I was always flexible, but that soon went away once I became running regularly. After dealing with a hamstring injury over 2 years ago I lost the ability to touch my toes. Another goal I have is I would love to be able to touch my toes again.

Other goals:

1) Start my health coaching practice. You heard it here ladies and gentlemen! I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) this past July 2013 with a degree as a holistic health coach/nutrition counselor. I have been talking about starting a side practice for months and now it’s time to take action.

2) Cook more frequently. I have definitely been doing this more recently, but I could be cooking even more. It’s hard during the week when life gets so busy, but I really enjoy experimenting with different ingredients and I feel so accomplished when I’m finished. Plus you get the benefit of knowing exactly what is going into your food!

Peanut noodles with a side of butternut squash & chickpea salad. Stay tuned for the recipe!

Peanut noodles with a side of butternut squash & chickpea salad. Stay tuned for the recipe!

3) Read more. I love to read, but I don’t often find the time given my busy schedule. I would like to try to schedule a little bit of time each night before I go to bed to do some reading.

What are your goals for 2014? How do you plan on holding yourself accountable? I wish you all of the best this coming year and I look forward to sharing this journey together!

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4 responses to “Goals for 2014!

  1. Love the blog! My goals are to stay injury free this year too and doing regular strength training is going to be a big part of that. I laughed about your push-ups…KC wants to be able to do 5 pull-ups this year. She can’t even do one.

  2. It’s great to put your goals in writing! I think you have some awesome and achievable ones for 2014 🙂 Now, I need to do the same…

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