Well, it’s that time again – to look ahead and decide what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. I have a few things in mind; all of which I feel are doable.
First, I need to increase my running mileage. I tried this last year based on approximately 25o miles run the previous year. To say I came up short is an understatement, of the 500 miles I wanted to complete, I ran a little over 190 miles. Well, at least I’m consistent in my running year on year. This year, I’ve set the bar high, but I also have races in sight – the Galveston Half-Ironman Relay (I’m doing the running portion), is one that I’m looking forward to.
Since we have added cycling to our routine, I really want to complete a triathlon. I will probably start with sprint or olympic distance. The objective is to get myself familiar enough with triathlons that I can then move on to the big ones – a half Ironman and then (eventually) an Ironman.
My reading goal last year was to read 14 books. I finished my fourteenth book a few days ago. I want to expand on this and read 20 books this year. I enjoy reading and get out of the habit sometimes, so I feel the goal will keep me using my brain.
Nick and I enjoy traveling and over the last couple of years have been planning a trip to France. One of my bucket list items is to learn a new language, and for Christmas Nick gave me Rosetta Stone French. I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to set a goal for the year as well as knock off an item from my bucket list. Plus, if we take our trip at the end of the year, I can put into play what I’ve learned throughout the year.
I’ve been interested in crafts this past year. I taught myself to crochet and tackled a few sewing projects. Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea (thanks to my cousin and my friend, Kellie) of making my own Christmas cards. Since we moved to Wisconsin and will soon experience a winter wonderland this year, I want to use the pictures I’ve taken and create Christmas cards for 2016.
Finally, I <3 to Run had a Facebook challenge in 2014 called 100 Days of Miles. It’s pretty straightforward, essentially you have to run 100 days in a year. There are a few other rules, but I won’t go into the details. This is also something I attempted in 2014 without success; I only ran 60 days. They are repeating the 100 Days of Miles Challenge again this year. I plan on surpassing the 100 day challenge with runs to spare.
So that was the long explanation, below are my goals for 2o15 in a compact view. I plan on providing status updates quarterly.
Emily’s 2015 Goals:
1. Run 500 miles
2. Complete a triathlon
3. Read 20 books
4. Learn a new language
5. Make Christmas cards
6. 100 days of miles (running)