I cannot believe it has already been a year since I sat down and wrote my 2015 goals. I remember writing these goals and thinking they would be a stretch but that goals one and two shouldn’t be too terrible to achieve and that goal three would be way outside my comfort zone and possibly unattainable. Well a year later, I really only completed one of the three. However, I am extremely proud of what I did this year.
2015 Goal 1: Getting to a comfortable weight (for activity/running).
-I would like to put a number here but I really don’t know what that is. I am thinking it is somewhere around 140-150 pounds. However, I really don’t care for the scale, it is more about how I feel, both when I am being active and in my clothes. So this one is not a great SMART Goal because it is not very measurable but for me it is a great goal.
Goal 1 Mid-Year Update: Since January 1st I have lost 18 pounds which puts me at 156 pounds. I am feeling much better and it has improved my ability to be active. I don’t get winded as quickly and I have so much more endurance then I did before. I am down to my lowest weight as an adult and I am getting close to where I would like to stay. I am comfortable with where I am and if I don’t lose another pound I would be okay with it. However, losing a few more pounds may help me improve my running even more. But for now my focus is training for my first triathlon and the TC 10, if I lose weight during that great! If not, then I will focus on it after the races are over.
Goal 1 Three-Quarters-Year Update: I feel amazing! I am preforming wonderfully in my training and races! However, I haven’t lost any more weight or at least I don’t think I have. I haven’t stepped on a scale in almost two months because, like I mentioned in my mid-year check in, my focus was on training for the YWCA Women’s Triathlon and TC 10 Mile. They are both over now, but I moved right into training for the Monster Dash 10 Mile, which is this upcoming weekend. I am going to spend some time between now and the end of the year really thinking through how much more weight I want to lose verses gaining more strength and toning up.
Goal 1 Final Update: I want to be able to tell you I am where I was or even better then the last check in but I can’t. In fact, I am my not weigh close to what I weighed at the beginning of the year but I feel worse than I did then. This fall, I went on medication for my anxiety and I had gained about 12 pounds. I have lost four of those 12 pounds but my running has been very impacted by the weight and medication. I have struggled with my heart rate and when I ran TC 10 Mile, I finally had it at a point my coach and I were happy with it. However, due to the weight gain it is back to where I started and running is a struggle. So how do I feel about this goal? Do I feel I achieved it? No, but yes. I was there and would most likely still be there if it wasn’t for the medication. I have since went off the med and know I will get back to where I was when I was feeling amazing. I am a work in progress.
Goal 2: PR’s (Personal Records) in my races.
-I would like to see myself get the following PR’s and to get them it mean I will really need to focus on cross training and being consistent with my running:
5K – 0:32:00
10K – 1:06:30
15K – 1:47:30
Half – 2:33:55
2015 Goal 2 Mid-Year Update: I haven’t hit the PR’s listed above but I did PR my half marathon time this year (2:46:41 – I cut 1 minute and 45 seconds off). I am extremely happy with the PR, but do hope to get to closer to my goal above. I have started heart rate training and I believe this should help me to achieve the PR’s I am shooting for. My new coach found that my heart rate was running too high and because I was maxing out I had no more room to get faster so I hoping this will be the solution! We will see when I check in again at the end of the year.
Goal 2 Three-Quarters-Year Update: Well this goal is not going as I had planned! Between the tendonitis and the heart rate training, I haven’t had any PR’s since the mid-year check in. However, the TC 10 went amazing and I far exceeded my expectations. I was hoping to finish in 2:07:00 and finished in 2:02:20. When I finished that race I had a lot left in the tank so I believe I probably could have really knocked down my PR for my half. I will be running the Monster Dash 10 Mile this weekend and if I finish close to my TC 10 Mile time I am going to see what that would equal if I ran a half, it is not the same but I have made progress this year and I am really happy with that!
Goal 2 Final Update: I didn’t achieve any of those PR’s… As I mentioned in the three-quarters year update, had some set back with tendonitis and heart rate training. I am not upset I didn’t achieve these specific PR goals because my running improved ten-fold this year and I have gain skills and mechanics that will help me achieve PR goals in 2016. Had I not done heart rate training, I would have no chance at all of achieving the personal records I set out to achieve. I may be struggling right now due to the weight gain but I know deep down that I can and will achieve the PR’s and that is because of all the work I put in this year.
2015 Goal 3: This is a stretch goal! Complete a duathlon and/or triathlon.
-I am pretty sure I want this goal more than any of my other goals! However, I want to be realistic so that is why I am making this one a stretch goal. I need to purchase a new bike for this and that could be more money then I want to spend on something I am not sure I will love. Therefore, I need to do more research on Du’s and Tri’s but I think I will find a way to make this work!
Goal 3 Mid-Year Update: I am so excited to say that I have completed my first duathlon and am registered for my first triathlon! This was a great stretch goal because it re-introduced me to biking. I didn’t realize how much I loved biking! Training for the triathlon has been so much fun, I can’t wait until I get to compete!
Goal 3 Three-Quarters-Year Update: GOAL COMPLETE! I not only did I complete a duathlon, I completed my first triathlon! Both were super outside my comfort zone but I learned a lot about myself while training for and completing them! My next years race schedule already has a duathlon and a couple of triathlons on it, one them being an Olympic!
Goal 3 Final Update: I DID IT!!! I COMPLETED THE ONE GOAL I DIDN’T THINK WAS 100% ATTAINABLE!!!! (Sorry to yell, I am super happy about this one!) I will start training for my first 2016 triathlon next week! I bought a bike trainer so I can ride even though the Minnesota winters want to keep me off my bike. Also, I start swimming lessons next week so I can feel more confident in the water!
So, yes, I didn’t officially achieve all my 2015 goals but I really could not be more proud of myself for what I accomplished in 2015. I have learned even more about myself, I pushed myself out side my comfort zones, and got to places I never dreamed I could. 2015 was a success!
How did you do with your 2015 goals?