I had big plans for 2016! It was going to be my best year yet. I was going to run, bike, yoga, and save money my way through the year. Yet, 2016 had a much different idea of what the year was going to be for me.
I have been putting off this 2016 goals check in because 2016 fell apart in regards to goals. I had no idea how to even get back on track. However, after much thought, I realized there was no need to get back on track instead I needed to create new goals or modify the existing ones.
When I look back at my original post, My Goals for 2016, I cannot get over the enthusiasm I had for the upcoming year and my goals. However, little did I know there was going to be a huge wrench thrown into the plan. On February 2nd while out on my first training run for the Esprit de She Lakeville Triathlon I would slip and fall and sustain a concussion that would result in a traumatic brain injury (read about it here). That would in turn derail just about everything I had planned for the year.
So, here are my modified and new goals for 2016!
2016 Goal 1: Run 850 miles
Pretty straight forward goal. I just picked a random number that I believe is doable based on my training and race schedule.
Goals Check In: Um, yeah, this isn’t happening. In fact, my love of running was damaged in the fall along with my brain. I want so badly to get back to loving running like I did prior to the fall but it’s taking some time. There are glimpses here and there so I know there is a possibility of it coming back. The new goal for 2016 is to Enjoy Running Again.
Goal 2: Ride 1000 mile
Again, very straight forward goal. And again, I picked a random number I believed I can achieve based on my training and race schedule.
Goals Check In: Here is another one that isn’t happening. However, not because I don’t want it to. I was not allowed back on my bike until just recently and if my doctor had it her way I would never be allowed back on it. Obviously, I understand why, it is dangerous for me to be on a bike (falling again and hitting my head – yes, I wear a helmet) but I am not willing to change everything in my life. So, I will be getting some riding in before the snow falls and then she will be put on the trainer in the house. No, it won’t be a 1000 miles but I will be riding.
Goal 3: Get to 28% body fat
I am still working to losing weight but as time has gone on I have realized that I don’t care for the scale. I much prefer measuring body fat which is why I have started relying on BodPod tests as opposed to the scale. In my most recent test my body fat percentage was 36.2. I think based on that and recommendation from professionals, that is a great number to work towards.
Goals Check In: There was a delay and even a real big set back in this goal. However, I am back working on it! I put a lot of weight on due to forced inactivity and medication which in turn made my body fat percentage get up to 43.5. With a lot of hard work I have it back to 37.8! I may not make 28 but I will get close.
Goal 4: Race Personal Records (PR’s)
I sat down and closely looked at my race schedule for 2016 and based my PR’s on the races, when the the races are, previous PR’s, and my ability in each distance.
- 5K – 33:30 (my fastest 5K to date is 34:17)
- 10K – 1:09:45 (my fastest 10K to date is 1:11:23)
- 15K – 1:46:00 my fastest 15K to date is 1:57:10)
- Half – 2:34:00 (my fastest half to date is 2:46:41)
Goals Check In: This goal is completely scraped. I am not going to hit my PR’s due to the lack of running or interest in running. As I mentioned in goal one the revised goal is just to get back to a point of enjoying running. And if that doesn’t happen either the world will not end.
Goal 5: Commit to a yoga practice
Clarifying detail to this is, in order to successfully meet this goal I need to be practicing yoga on the average of once per week. I know based on my schedule it might be hard to always fit it in but I want to. Here is the thing about yoga, it scares me. That right there is exactly why I want to commit to practicing it. It scares me because I don’t know it well and my perfectionism makes me worried that if I am not perfect then I shouldn’t do it. And there you go, a perfect goal!
Goals Check In: I have made progress here! It may not be as much as I wanted but it is progress. Along the way I realized I really enjoy yoga! It would be nice to practice more in a studio but due to work and Farrell’s (more to come on this) I don’t have a lot of time. So I am getting it in when I can and loving every minute of it.
Goal 6 (a fun goal): Save $1 for every mile I run in 2016
This one is just for fun, but how fun will it be if I have $850 at the end of 2016! I cannot touch this money until January 1, 2017. I plan on achieving my mileage goal but say I don’t, the money is still going to be nice. Maybe, it can pay for races in 2017! Thank you to Jill from Running With Police Escort for the idea!
Goals Check In: I have succeeded at this goal! I have saved a dollar for every mile I have ran this year. However, it isn’t much over $65. But I have done it! ;o)
New – Goal 7: Attend 100 Farrell’s Classes
While being laid up for three plus months I had a lot of time to figure out how I would get back into fighting shape for the rest of 2016. Every time I went to Target or Chipotle I would see Farrell’s, finally one day I had to figure out what it was. Upon some research I found out it was a 10 week program that was 45 minutes a day, six days a week that alternated kickboxing and strength training with nutritional coaching. It was exactly what I needed! After completed my initial 10 weeks I loved it so much that I because a Farrell’s Infinite Transformation (FIT) member. I am about 68 classes in so 100 is definitely doable! (Did you catch the play on words in the first sentence? I didn’t until rereading but I am impressed with myself ;o)
Though 2016 hasn’t been the year I planned it has been a good year! I fought to get back to a good place even with the TBI, my TBI taught me a lot about myself, my TBI helped me change a few things about myself, and I got married! So, it may not be exactly what I planned but I am really happy with where I am!
Do you set yearly goals? Have you had a set back in your goals? Are you achieving your goals?