I wanted to take a look at my goals this year for 2015, indulge me for a minute...please do not take this as a "pea-cocking" blog post but rather a true look at what I wanted to do, what I tried to do, what I trained to do and what I actually accomplished. I figured out in doing this that 2015 was a pretty great year, the training and hard work I put forth led me to many goals and just short of others. Can't believe that a mom with four kids and a crazy schedule was able to focus on all this and get it done. If I was able to pull this off and keep pushing through...you can too!
Training began December of 2014 with the goal of completing my 2nd marathon in May of 2015. I started the year with my first race, a half marathon in the freezing cold month of February. My amazing Ragnar team completed our second relay in Cape Cod Massachusetts in May 2015. Started my triathlon season with a sprint distance in July, I then completed my first ever Olympic Distance Triathlon in August, wow was that a HILLY course. Finished my triathlon season with a half iron distance in October. I coached spring and fall running
|Running Club 5k|
|Ragnar Cape Cod|
|B2B Half Iron Distance|
Now to the mileage challenge. This goal kills me as I know I am not going to make it. With all the running I was doing for my marathon training it was looking like a no brainer but then came the triathlon training and less running, added biking and swimming. I will not make the 2015 goal but I will get as close as my legs will carry me. Running more than a hundred miles a month is pretty awesome...as of today I am at 1365 miles this year. First time I have ever tracked, 2016 will be a great running year I can just feel it. I am not bummed out on missing that goal...too many other awesome things came out of it. This is not failure even though a goal was not met.
So why am I sitting here writing about these accomplishments and near short falls...why do I do these monthly challenges and show you pictures of my success, why do I share with you my failures and my triumphs?!?! I do this because I have never done this before...I am just like you, a parent and a spouse and in high demand from every angle. I try my best to stay the course but sometimes that course is crowded with legos thrown everywhere, a barbie mine field, rainbow loom explosions, dinner to prep, laundry to put away, kids to bathe and maybe a vacuum to push around the house once in awhile. I have chosen me as of January 25, 2014 when enough was enough and a change had to happen. I have worked for this new me every single day since then. I am just a girl from Jersey who decided her will HAD to be stronger than her won't.
So did I hit every goal this year....nope. But missing those goals was so much fun I think I'll try them all again!! I may have learned more about myself in this past year than I have in the past 37 years of my life. I am capable of many great things, I can do this on my own, I can do this with support, I can and will continue to be strong for myself and for those that I hold so very close to my heart. They are watching me every day...they watch, they learn, they set their own goals because I do too.
|the reason...not the excuse|
Embrace the suck, choose you....I promise you...you CAN do this!!