It’s hard to believe that we are already more than a quarter of the way through the year. It seems like just yesterday I was waking up stupid early to start my year off right by putting on my big girl panties and driving in DC. While not an official goal, I’ve now done it twice and lived to tell about it. I still don’t like it, but I know I can do it.
But the big question is “How are the other goals going? And does it still make sense to have them be goals?” Join Patty, Marcia and I for Tuesdays on the Run and fill us in on how you are doing on your goals.
- Finish 7 half marathons in 7 days. I have now run three Mainly Marathons series: Center of the Nation Series in 2015, Riverboat Series in 2014 and the Dust Bowl Series in 2013. CON was 6 states in 6 days. Why not up the ante one more time? This year Beer Geek and I will be heading to the New England Series. I’d be lying if I said I was trained for this trip which is less than a month away. I am, however, mentally ready for the time away with Beer Geek and a chance to reconnect with so many friends.
- Run my first ultra. Yep, I’m going over to the dark side. My plan at this point is Across the Years in December where I’ll see how many miles I can run in 24 hours. I make no promises that I won’t find one to do before then… This goal will need to be adjusted. I’m not giving up on an ultra yet, I just can’t run this particular race. It’s just too darned expensive to fly our whole family out there. Since I got into MCM again this year, I do plan to be in a mileage place to run one though.
- Pick up the pace. I have really slowed down in the last few years. I don’t know if I can get back down to a sub-2 half, but I’ll be spending the first few months of the year trying to push the pace again. I’m a long way from a sub-2, but I ran one of my fastest half marathons in the last two years this past weekend. I have a goal of a 4:30 marathon, so after the New England Series, I’ll be focusing on speed.
- Moon up in Half Fanatics. This is really iffy. To get to Mercury, I need 23 half marathons in 23 states in 365 days. I’ve got 7 already (CON + RW) and I’ll get 7 more at NE. That leaves me with 10 states. 3 are easy (MD, DC, VA), 3 are relatively easy (WI, WV, MI) and that leaves me with 3 more to figure out. I’m torn on whether it is really worth the time and money investment for basically nothing but bragging rights (and only a small number of people actually care.) And I’d kind of like to do another Ragnar or other relay race and I can’t really justify both. Oddly (or maybe not), this somehow became a real goal. I’ve now done 11 states with DE and NJ coming up. Then I’ll hit the New England Series (7 states) plus Michigan and Wisconsin this summer. (If you’ve done the math there, you’ll see I’m one state short. It WILL happen – somewhere, somehow.)
- Continue to try new things in the kitchen. My “Cooking with Beer” series will help me with this, but I also want to get less meat centric. We’ll see how that goes. Doing ok here. I could always be better though.
- Figure out how to use the weight machines in the gym. I’ve joined (and am good at using the cardio machines), but I need to actually figure out the weight machines as I used to enjoy those more than free weights. Oh, and then use them at least once a week. (I’ve figured them out and actually used them a few times. Still need to make weights of some sort more of a priority.)
- Drink more water. ‘Nuff said. Some days are better than others.
- Follow through on my new work schedule. I’ve set it up to have one full day off to run errands and such. Now I need to actually get my work done on my work days. I’m doing pretty well with this. Some times my schedule is not under my control due to client meetings, but I’m getting in all the hours I’m supposed to and most weeks I have one day where I don’t work much if at all.
- Blog/use social media more efficiently. I often get sidetracked. I’ll go to find one link and end up wasting 20 minutes on one of the platforms. While I realize that social media is important, as is being engaged with my readers and other bloggers, I need to figure out how to set parameters and find some balance. Ugh. Too many social media options.
- Do something social at least twice a month on my free days. It can be a run, coffee, lunch, whatever – I just need to get out of my house and out of my head on occasion. Only averaging once a month on this. I need to run with my peeps more.
- Take a trip with Beer Geek. New England Series here we come! Less than a month!
- Read more but not binge read. I love books and I tend to not put down a good book once I start. I need to get better about putting down a book and going to bed. I also need to occasionally read books that do more than entertain. I’m better at putting the books down, but I still need to read something besides mind candy…
- Make a master To Do list. I’m carrying a lot in my head. I need to just get it down on paper and start knocking off things bit by bit. I use a daily to do list and generally get 80-90% done each day, so I think have a master to work off of would be useful. Meh, this is overrated. ;o) I just keep plugging away at my daily lists and slowly things get done that are on the mental list.
- Get more sleep. Said every mom everywhere. Occasionally this happens. More often I doze off at my computer.
In some ways, I feel like I’m making good progress on my goals, but in some ways I’m feeling like my goals are frivolous. Part of the reason I’m struggling to train is that I have way more demands on my time with working extra hours and Shoo’s soccer (although the boot did free up some time for me, but he goes back to practice on Tuesday). Then I remind myself that I’m pretty frugal in general, so if I’d rather run races than update my kitchen, that’s ok as long as it makes me happy. And running races makes me happy.