It’s that time of year where social media is full of reflections on the previous year (mine is here!) and goals or resolutions for the new year to come. This is not that post.
I don’t do goals. Goals are a 4 letter word in my book, literally and figuratively. When I first joined the blogging world and Instagram, I followed along, all the cool kids were doing it- why not me? I tried, I did. 95% of the goals I set for 3 years were spectacular failures. The more I tried, the more I failed and the more I stressed. It was a vicious cycle.
The problem is that I don’t like goals. They rate up there with the word “potential”. I hate that word. 90% of the time potential is always followed by the word “but”. I’ve told employees over the years that I will never use it in their performance review and so far I never have. But I’ve gotten sidetracked.
Goals don’t work as incentive for me. They work for some people and that’s great, they’re just not my jam. Fessing up to a goal free 2016 took a lot last year, I was afraid of the reaction. That said, I think a goal free 2016 went quite well- most miles run in a year and I ran a freakin’ marathon. 😀😀 Yeah, I’m still on that.
So that brings me to 2017. I may not have goals, but I do have a word.
2017 is all about the challenge. I want to challenge myself, not just in running but in multiple ways in life. 2017 is shaping up to be an interesting year in a variety of ways but instead of letting it push me along, I want to do my best to be driving the bus not just a passenger.
This is primarily a running blog so lets talk about running. In 2017, I want to Challenge myself with some speed. I have never been fast but I used to be speedier than I am now. I’m not putting a number on it, I’m not even putting a finishing time on it. One race finish does dictate speed. I let myself use my health issues as an excuse for far too long, I was too lazy to put in the work, whatever the reason was, it’s time to put in the work and see what I can do.
Right now I only have a few half marathons on the race schedule, Livermore and Destination Races Santa Barbara being the key ones. I do have the crazy desire to run another marathon but the only one that really intrigued me was Revel MT. Charleston. However, it’s April 29 and I just don’t think there’s any way that I will be ready to run it. Plus, it’s in Nevada and well, that’s a drive. 😛 So instead, it looks like I stick with my 1 half a month schedule February to summer and then reassess for a fall marathon. While I am Challenging myself this year, I don’t relish the idea of 20 milers in the CA summer heat. 😛 I’ll do it if I have to; it just doesn’t sound fun.
I want to apply Challenge to more aspects of my life as well. There are so many ways that I need to expand my horizons and step outside my comfort zone but I’m saving those thoughts for later date. The water hasn’t quite boiled yet.
So, 2017- Year of Challenge…
Let’s do this.