2015 = Big Dreams

2014 was a great year. If I had to pick a highlight, I’m not sure I could narrow it down to just one. And that is a great problem to have. I started a fantastic graduate program, traveled to Ireland by myself for 12 days, met a great guy, set PRs at almost every distance (10k, half marathon, and marathon), and qualified for the Boston Marathon! I’d call it a great year.

2015 is full of big dreams and I am so looking forward to it. Boston is in April, I’m hoping to travel somewhere exciting this summer, and I should graduate in the fall.

I did not make any resolutions for this year; rather, I made goals.

In 2015, I plan to:

1. Run a sub-3:28 marathon, ideally at Boston. It’s a totally random, totally arbitrary time goal, but it sounds like a good time, so I’m gonna go with it. I am basing my training plan on the one provided on the BAA website with the addition of Crossfit and a few other minor tweaks.

2. Run a sub-1:40 half marathon. I’m aiming for a race in August.

3. Do a pull-up. Just one. Seriously. I have yet to do a real pull-up. It’s both depressing and hilarious all at the same time. I would consider myself reasonably athletic and yet I cannot do a pull-up. I’d like to get this sooner rather than later, but marathoning is my priority right now, so it will be a summer project.

4. Graduate! I am on schedule to finish school in December. Which means that I will be defending my thesis in October. Which is both exciting and terrifying. And it means that I need to start reading and writing. A lot.

5. Travel somewhere exciting. Either this summer or right after I graduate. I think a vacation/adventure would be a great way to celebrate either my birthday (June) or my graduation (December). Or both. I would be okay with both.

6. Blog more consistently. The last 6 weeks have been nuts. Between end-of-semester projects, finals, holidays, and driving all over the state, I have been busy! I can count on one hand the number of times that I have slept in my own bed since Christmas. Not that I am upset about it at all. It’s been great fun and I loved every minute of it. But I also love cooking and running and blogging about it, so I am going to get back on a regular blogging schedule.

What are your goals for 2015?

Why you aren’t reaching your goals

How are those New Year’s Resolutions going? It is actually amazing how many of them fall through before we reach the end of January.

Why do we fail to meet our goals?

1. Too general.
So many people resolve to “get healthy” in the New Year or “get in shape”. But how do you quantify those things? What is your definition of “healthy” or “in shape”? I have been complaining about being “out of shape” when I really mean that I’m not in marathon shape and I am actually reasonably fit. It’s all subjective. What do you want to do? Lose 5 pounds? Get rid of some belly fat? Run a 5k without stopping? The more specific and measurable, the easier it will be to track progress towards your goal and actually reach it.

2. Poor Planning
Now that you have determined your goal, your next step is to figure out how you are going to get there. Sometimes this means meal planning or developing a training schedule. Maybe it means calling in an expert to help you map out your path to your goal.

3. Unrealistic expectations
Is your goal physically attainable? Is your goal attainable for you? Everyone is different. I once went on a crazy quest to get to my “goal weight” and when I got there, I was sick and unhealthy. Sometimes a goal is feasible, but it doesn’t necessarily work with your schedule or your timeline. It’s crucial to be realistic.

4. Prioritization
Life gets busy. How are you going to make sure that you have time to work towards your goals? I recommend scheduling it in like any other appointment. Do it first thing in the morning. Making time to chase your dream is critical for actually attaining it.

5. Lack of Accountability
You can’t dream big on your own. You need people to keep you encouraged and on track. There will come a point where you will lose steam. You need to make sure you have a “safety net” to fall back on, whether that is a friend, a training partner, a coach, or a family member.

6. What is your big “WHY”?
Why did you start chasing this dream in the first place? What inspired you? When you want to quit, remember why you started.

And remember, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Dream big! It’s scary, but so worth it!