I’m not exactly sure how it’s 2016 already, but it is. I like January because it gives me a reason to set new goals for myself. I constantly set new goals throughout the year, but January is always when I set the year long ones. This year my goals are big. I love having something to really work towards. They say if your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough. And I couldn’t agree more.
So, here they are. My goals for 2016:
- Run 1,350 miles
- Half Marathon Personal Record
- Marathon Personal Record
- Move to the city
- Run 1 race a month (at least)
- BBG 1.0 (again)
- Watch at least one documentary a month
- Add 2 new states to my 50 state goal
- Run Streak – Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day
- Incorporate more yoga
- Go on two vacations (hand-in-hand with the 50 state goal)
- Be able to do 10 unassisted pull ups
- Write a new blog post every week (for work & personal)
- Read 20 books
- Strength train twice a week
- Make a Boston Qualifying attempt
My goals are mostly running related, but there are a few others mixed in. I never call them resolutions because I don’t think of them that way. I’m not necessarily working on changing myself, just working on getting more out of my life. I think that’s what goals do. They help us strive to enjoy life more.
Getting a Boston Qualifying time is my ultimate goal for this year. Many of my other goals will be helping me work towards this one thing. It will be okay if I don’t. I know this is no easy task and it might not happen this year, but I want to at least make an attempt. I feel like I’m the strongest I have ever been and I want to really test myself. My motto for this year is “Well Why the Hell Not”. That is the attitude I have decided to have. Want me to do extra tasks at work? Why the hell not. Spontaneously go on a vacation? Why the hell not. Try to run a marathon at 8 minute pace? Why the hell not.
I’m going to say ‘no’ as little as possible this year. I want to try new things. Get out of my comfort zone. And attempting a BQ will definitely push me out of my comfort zone.
I have high hopes for this year. I’m ready to put in the work and become the best version of myself. 2015 really will be a tough year to top, but I want 2016 to be even better because…well, why the hell not?