Over the past few weeks I’ve spent a good amount of time thinking about what I want to accomplish this year. However, I try not to put much of a time limit on my goals. After years of injuries then pregnancy and postpartum running, I’ve learned that sometimes things take longer than planned. And that’s ok. My intention for this year is “be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods”.
I actually don’t really plan on sharing my specific goals in this post. In the past, I was all about sharing goals on my blog. I had goals for the year, monthly goals, and I posted check-ins every month to share how I was doing with my goals. I don’t plan on going back to that right now.
Even though I wasn’t in a great place with my running over the past few months, I still felt like I wanted to dream big for this year. And why not??? I’ve gotten so conservative thanks to injuries to the point where I have started to question what I can accomplish. Of course I need to be very cautious to avoid injuries, but I think I am a much different runner (and person) than I was a few years ago.
As a part of my planning for the year I’ve reflected on what I want to accomplish, how I can get there, and what challenges could get in my way. I thought I would share a little bit about this process.
Goal Setting for 2020
I started by just jotting down my dream goals and thinking about what a reasonable timeline is to reach those goals. Some of them don’t actually have a timeline. However, when possible I try to put down something because this helps me develop a plan. For running, I hope to run a strong marathon in 2020, and I usually do the best with fall races. So I started to consider when I should run a marathon and how to structure races and training leading up to that point.
I started to get more specific, thinking about some short term goals for the next few months. This included my base building and training plan for a spring half-marathon. With non-running goals, I tried to identify what I could work on each week or month to reach my goals. There are some blogging things I want to work on so I wrote down what I would like to accomplish in January so I can set aside some time each week to work on it.
A few years ago my life pretty much revolved around running. I had more time than I realized to run, strength train, see the chiropractor, meal plan, etc. Things are much different now. Time is my biggest challenge.
I’ve mentioned this before but lately I have had a really hard time staying focused during my short windows of time to get things done. It really helps me when I have a plan of what I want to accomplish each day. I get up a few hours before Grayson, so I try to plan out how I will spend that time. When I drafted my training plan I tried to include all the little things I should do a few times a week so I can make sure to fit them into my schedule.
Most of all I need to work on being flexible. “Be stubborn about your goals but flexible about your methods.” I love this quote and it’s definitely something I plan to work on this year. Just because a plan isn’t working doesn’t mean you need to give up on your goal. It just means you need a different plan.
When I wrote my training plan I included a ton of things I would like to include each week. I know they won’t all get done. It’s sort of like my “ideal week” with things like yoga, spinning, mobility work, etc. I also considered what my priorities are so that I can focus on certain things first. But I will also have other things I can add in if I find that I have more time or if I can’t get out for a run for some reason.
I feel like I am in a much different place this year (and I am, in many ways) and I am not sure where it will take me. If I can stay focused and flexible, I think I have the potential for a very successful year.
How do you plan to accomplish your goals this year?
What are your biggest challenges in reaching your goals?