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Obligatory Post About 2014 Goals

Hello Dear Readers (Wow I have Readers!):

I’m about four weeks into 2014 and already I can tell it’s going to be challenging, Polar Vortex aside. Between life, work, and run-ventures I’m going to have a full year. I have a lot to look forward to and much to stress over as well, which makes every day an odd mix of excitement and anxiety. Below I’ll try to make sense of the days that lie ahead in 2014 by outlining my two major goals for the year:

1) Live on my own and enjoy it: In a month or so I’ll be moving in to my own place, all by myself, for the first time, EVER. I’ll only have myself to depend on financially and all the bills I’ll be paying out of my less-than-stellar income sure have been a wake-up call. I’m not afraid to work two jobs if need be but I’d also like to be able to enjoy time out with my friends and my hobbies. Finances aside, the freedom involved in living alone will be fun. I can run when I want, watch what I want, cook what I want, or just walk around in my underwear with the radio on full blast like I usually do when I have to house to myself.

Speaking of my less-than-stellar income, part of this goal is to make myself more marketable, whether by new certifications or by working towards a new degree. First I need to figure out what I’m good at and what I’d enjoy doing for the next 30+ years. I’m getting by, but I’d love to get ahead, and I doubt “Really good at music trivia” is a plus on a resume.

2) Finish four marathons and a 50K: Holy shit what have I done?! Marathon #1 for the year is on Sunday, the Ohio Northern University Polar Bear Indoor Marathon. You read that correctly, 211 laps around an indoor track (I can’t wait to write a race recap!). Marathon #2 will be the Salt Lake City Marathon on April 19th. I’ve pegged this one as my PR Race, and I really hope to finish in 4:15 or less if the elevation doesn’t kill me. Marathon #3 will be the Charlevoix Marathon, which is tradition. If anything I’ll look at it as a training run for my 50K. Speaking of that, I’ll be running the Woodstock 50K on September 6th. Why? I figured if I’m going to run 31+ miles, I might as well do it the year I turn 31. And last but not least, I’ll be running marathon #4 in November, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. If I don’t meet my time goal in the mountains of SLC, there’s always flat Indiana.

Thanks goodness I’ll have my favorite training partner Mary Beth to join in on the pain in Salt Lake City and Indianpolis. Why have I signed myself up for such madness? Well, I like the discipline of training for one. Secondly, it gets my mind off of my implosion of a personal life. Thirdly, I love running adventures with friends. The memories and laughs they create are priceless.

I’m thinking these two main goals will be enough to keep me occupied through the rest of the year. There are other smaller goals I’d like to accomplish if I have the time, such as volunteering at some races, swimming and biking more, maybe even completing another sprint triathlon. I’d also like to read more and am toying with the idea of not having a television in my new place (I doubt I’ll be able to afford cable anyway). Despite my whining about money, I am truely rich in love and support from my family and friends. No goal would be possible without them.

What are your 2014 goals? Anyone out there as crazy (or crazier) with their race schedule than I am?


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A Warm Place


Confession: I strongly dislike New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. First of all, there’s the hassle of having to pay a cover to get into your favorite bars, which will be overflowing with novice drinkers who can’t hold their liquor. Then there’s the big come down of counting down until midnight, when the crowd erupts despite nothing at all changing, except having to write a new year on your checks (yes I still write checks sometimes).

I will confess, however, into buying into the fervor of making goals for the new year. As someone who views most of their life as a failure to live up to expectations (sorry, I’ve never been known for my optimism), the promise of new beginnings and opportunities is exciting. This past year I met my main goals of finding a house and finishing (barely) a full marathon. And now, since I know you’re all on the edge of your seats, I present to you my goals for 2013:

1) Study for and *hopefully* pass the Series 7 exam: For those of you not in the financial industry, the Series 7 is a license that essentially allows you to buy and sell securities. It also means earning more money in my current position. I’m kind of fond of money. I’m not fond of studying, however, and the Series 7 is on par with the Bar Exam in terms of difficutly.

2) Run another marathon, break five hours!: Not just break five hours, smash it to pieces. My Detroit finishing time of 5:20 will shit it’s pants when it sees the new PR that 2013 is sure to bring. I’ve already registered for New York’s Wineglass Marathon in October. Debating on running a spring marathon as well.

3) Stop being such a pussy: It should be evident from reading this mess of a blog that fear and anxiety run my life, especially the social realm. It took a lot for me to show up to my first day running with Your Pace or Mine. I did put myself out there though, and was able to meet an awesome group of people (some of whom I’m running with at the Wineglass Marathon). I’m not saying that being an introvert is something that needs fixing, but being timid and scared of perfectly nice people does. Last night I went to a party thrown by some YPOMers. It was akward and I didn’t talk too much, and I also tossed and turned all night worrying about what I did say, and whether or not I embarrassed myself. WHAT A BLAST! Being confident in social situations has been a life-long struggle, so I don’t expect it to be resolved by the end of the year. I just need to keep taking more risks.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m super happy the holidays are over and I actually have some time to myself to plan and scheme. I’m excited to be running a half marathon in January, appropriately titled the Snowman. Winter can kiss my ass! You will not derail my running!

Enough about me though. What are YOUR goals for 2013? What would you like to do more of (or less of)? Make me a happy girl and leave a comment below.

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