For the past few years, I feel like I’ve set really “easy” goals for myself. Although I still didn’t always achieve them. And sometimes they were too vague to really be actionable, or things changed and I no longer wanted to pursue them.
I recently became an aSweatLife Ambassador, and at our kickoff a few weeks ago, we went through a goal-setting exercise. We were encouraged to set really big goals, goals that scared us, really specific goals that we felt would be hard to achieve or maybe even impossible. We started the exercise picturing ourselves 10 years older, and mentally walking through our perfect day. What did we do, who were we with, where did we live, etc. And then worked backward to figure out how to get there.
I’ve also been doing a lot of reflecting on what motivates me, what I enjoy, what I want to do with my life. I have a lot of interests, and I want to do all of them, but I realize time and again that I only have so many f*cks to give, I mean, there are only so many hours in a day. If I really want to do all the things I enjoy, I need to figure out a way to combine them. I won’t be able to figure that out overnight, but maybe in 10 years, I’ll be there.
Anyway, for the next year, these are some things I want to focus on.
This is a running and fitness blog, so let’s start there. In 2017, I ran my first Spartan Race. You can read about my experience, but the TL;DR version – it was really tough and I was surprised I made it to the finish without dropping out. I’m already signed up for the Chicago Spartan Sprint in 2018 (let me know if you want to join my team!) and my goal is to finish with a faster time (under 2 hours, assuming the distance is the same) and fail fewer obstacles (I failed 4, but there was at least one other that I did assisted that wasn’t supposed to be assisted).
How I plan to achieve that: Keep running. Go to more ninja workouts. (I only made it to one before raceday.) Anyone want to join me for this on Thursday nights?
No Knee Pain
I started running regularly in 2010, and was somewhat consistent until 2014, when I got sidelined with runners knee. I treated it through physical therapy and focused on glute strength, but I also lost my passion for running and didn’t run very much in 2015 and 2016 (I ran fewer than 150 miles each of those years). In 2017, I started running again and logged 583 miles and built up my long run to 10 miles. However, for the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling a little tenderness in my knee, sometimes it feels a little bit painful. Which is no surprise, I was slacking on doing strength training. If I want to keep running, I have to keep doing that. A lot.
For the past year, I’ve been doing analytics and loving it, but I’ve realized if I want to advance in this area or move on to another field, I need some more training and education. Because … deep dark secret … I’ve never taken a single statistics class. Additionally, like many companies, mine offers tuition reimbursement, so why not take advantage? Granted, with the cap on the reimbursement, I’ll only be able to take about 2 classes per year (or pay for more classes on top of that), so it might take awhile, but what else do I have going on … ?
I’m not really sure what form this will take, but I enjoy teaching. I think. So far all I’ve taught is 1) swim lessons to children when I was a teenager 2) The occasional burlesque workshop 3) Digital publishing to my co-workers. I have lots of ideas – keep teaching burlesque, get certified and teach group fitness and/or become a (virtual?) running coach, teach something related to what I do for a living, but outside of work. But, if I find myself running out of time/energy/f*cks to give, this will probably be the first thing to go.
More focused free time
I feel like I haven’t really accomplished much in the past year … or few years. Maybe I’m just being hard on myself. Or maybe it’s that while I’ve accomplished things, they haven’t been the things I really want to accomplish. And I feel like I waste a lot of free time that I could spend focused on things like getting a masters degree or getting a certification so I can teach something and/or find a side hustle and make a little bit more money (and pay off debt quicker). To that end, I’m planning to track my free time to 1) hold myself accountable and 2) see if I spend my time on things that I think/say are a priority.
Here goes nothing. What do you want to do in 2018?