Aside from freezing my butt off (#packingfail) while running around Michigan over the holidays, I had some time to think about goals for 2015.
2014 was pretty epic. It would be hard to top, and to try would likely be setting myself up for trouble. So, in light of my evaluation of last season and my “train smarter, not harder” mantra for 2015, I’m on a mission to build a solid foundation for a further (50M?), faster (sub-4 marathon?) 2016.
My 2015 goals are as follows:
1. Seek Balance. One of my goals for 2014 was to race roughly once per month, and while I enjoy motivating and challenging myself this way, I want 2015’s racing schedule (still TBD) to be based on quality, not quantity.
2. Train Smarter. I sound like a broken record with this one, but I want to take 2014’s lessons and apply them in 2015 — namely, building an aerobic base using heart rate, continuing strength training and pre-hab to activate glutes, along with regular cross-training for flexibility and functional fitness.
3. Face Fears. 2014 was the year of #bikelove — I went from never having clipped in to competing in an Olympic triathlon to completing a 50-mile solo ride and loving.it. — so I want to make the same strides as far as swimming goes. Gulp.
4. Push Myself. Nothing’s set in stone yet, but I’m tossing around a few ideas for challenges to keep me stoked and give me something for which to strive in the New Year, including a duathlon, another 50K and a century ride.
5. Give Back. It’s easy to get lost in your own little training world each season, so in 2015 I’m leading the Team LUNA Chix Portland Run crew in order to help inspire and encourage women to get outside and play, all while raising money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Fund.
Good luck with your 2015 goals. I am in the train smarter camp this year as well. Pushing too hard without the foundation leads to injury, and a bunch of wasted time.
The struggle is real, but worth a shot – right?! I just want to progress forward – not one step forward, two back. And I would love your advice on the swim stuff – there’s a specific post about that coming next week 😉
Love your goals!!! They are amazing and perfect!! I know you’ll rock 2015!! My motto for 2015 is less is more! Less clothes. Less makeup. Less shoes. Less stuff. As far as exercise goes, I guess my motto is more is more 🙂 because I want to keep it amped up!! Happy Friday!! XOXO
I love that “less” focus for 2015 – you’re inspiring me to weed out a bunch of that extra stuff, too; thank you! And I have a post coming next week about swimming that I could totally use your advice on…stay tuned!
Great goals! I LOVE that picture at the top of you running. Great shot!!!
Thanks so much! I should add that another goal is to play with my new GoPro…so stay tuned for more photo fun 😉
Those are some amazing goals!!! Mine are pretty simple this year. Run…eat right…and keep writing more recipes! ❤
Thanks – those are excellent ones, too! And the last one gives me another to add to my list…to make & EAT some of those new recipes you create, haha! Happy 2015 🙂
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Awh thanks hon! I’d love for you to give one of my recipes a try! ❤
Love it, quality is ALWAYS better than quantity. 😉
Yes! And I forgot to add – #NoExcuses for this year, as well!!
Great goals! I’ve been toying around with the idea of a 50K myself, but want to see how the next marathon goes first. Looking forward to hearing about your race schedule! Try to get a race in SF if you can 🙂
Lake Chabot is a great option if you want to work up toward the 50K – I did a 30K there first to test the waters. Great venue/course!
Great goals! Quality over quantity is a great goal.
Thanks! Now the real trick will be sticking to my words 😉
What an excellent list of goals! The key to liking swimming better is to do it more 😉 I hope you find #swimlove soon!!
Thanks! I was thinking of your SMART goals as I made ’em. Not all are super quantifiable, but I will be able to look back in 12 months & evaluate progress. And, yes, I need to get my butt back in the pool 🙂 I set a swim date for next week, which is a start!
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I can’t wait for a progress report on the swimming. 😉
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Quality over quantity always 🙂 Awesome goals! Excited to see you crush them this year!
Thanks, as always – and likewise!!
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