Happy New Years everyone! Even though it’s technically 2015 now, I am working on this post on New Years Eve- so it only seems appropriate to look back on the goals I set a year ago and see how everything unfolded. I have already posted about my year in running and then looked back on my running and races this year…so perhaps at this point I am overdoing it, but I just have a lot of thoughts about the past year!
The first part of this will be my thoughts about how I did with my goals for the year, and then I’ll include some stats at the end. I figure since this was such a thought provoking topic I’ll also link up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud. Honestly it took me so long to write this (and I’ve still been dragging my feet on writing goals for 2015) and its really been on my mind quite a bit lately. There’s no better way to process your thoughts than to write them out!
A year ago at this time I feel like I was such a different person. But at the same time it feels like it was just yesterday. This year has been filled with learning, accomplishments, and growth. I remember when I made my 2014 goals I was very cautious. My most challenging goal was my one running goal: to run a sub 3:50 in the marathon. I knew I could do this, but I was also very aware that there could have been a million factors that prevent this from happening. Since I only run ~2 marathons a year, I only had 2 chances to achieve this goal.
So, let’s look at each of my goals in a little more detail:
-Run a marathon in 3:50 or less: Done. I managed to run a 3:46 at Philly, but by that point I was actually aiming for an even faster time. I think that this was a fair goal to have set at the time, as my marathon PR in 2013 was 4:05. If anything, 15 minutes seemed ambitious to cut off in a year. However, I think when it comes to running goals you need to just know yourself and what you are capable of. Even though race predictors told me a year ago that I could run a 3:40 I knew that I needed a lot of work for that to happen. Now I am where I wanted to be with my marathon time and can keep working to achieve new goals!
-Try 1 new recipe per month: Done- I think. I didn’t keep track of this but I know I made well over 12 new recipes this year. I have been tracking my meal plans for about 6 months so I could probably look back and get a better idea, but that sounds like a lot of work for something that I am not too concerned about! More than just simply trying new recipes I am more proud of trying new ways of eating. By learning about paleo and trying it for a few months I have mostly adapted to that way of eating. It’s become a habit to generally eat natural foods and it was such a beneficial change to make in so many ways!
-Save more $ towards house: Done. And we bought a house:) Yup I just slipped that in there like that. I didn’t want to say anything until I had told most of my family and friends (and if you are finding out on here for the first time my apologies!) We ended up deciding to buy new construction and signed everything at the end of September. The house is coming along great and we are looking at a move in date around March or April!
-Put more $ towards student loan: Done. This became a huge focus for us earlier in the year before buying the house and managed to pay it off. It is such a good feeling and I really have Rob to thank because he has really helped me a ton with money management over the years.
-Improve blog: Done, I guess? This one was pretty arbitrary but my blog has definitely grown over the past year and I have put a good amount of work into it. I went self-hosted last spring and revamped the website. Over the past year I have met SO many new bloggers and it has been wonderful! But I am also grateful for those of you who I met early on and stuck around this long:)
-Take steps to pursue passion in health and fitness: Done- I become an RRCA certified running coach! I am hoping to further develop this passion in 2015 but I’m not sure exactly how at this point.
So I pretty much achieved all of my goals, which is great- but I can’t help but feel like maybe they were too easy. However, a year is a long time to think about on January 1st! I was really glad that I set these goals last year as it gave me some things to work towards and offered a means of reflection at the end of 2014. Now I am trying to process everything that happened last year and figure out the best way to move toward into 2015!
So now for some stats:
10 milers: 1
12 milers: 1
1/2 marathons: 2
Miles run: 1907
Shoes worn: 10
Highest monthly mileage: January (227)
Lowest monthly mileage: April (90)
Posts written: 233
Most viewed post: What I Ate When I Thought I Was Healthy
Highest referral source: Peas And Crayons
Pageviews: I don’t do much analyzing of my stats, but after a quick glance comparing November 2013 to November 2014, my page views have tripled. That’s not too surprising, since my blog was still relatively new last fall!
Trips taken: 10
Weddings attended: I think just 1, which is crazy to think about after having 7 in 2013.
Books read: Not enough. I think it was 5, and 3 were running related.
Did you achieve any goals you set at the beginning of 2014?
What are some of your 2014 milestones?