Sunday, January 12, 2014

Week 2 of 52: Now what do I do? Top 5 goals for 2014

So it's a new year, which means time to come up with some goals. No I did not mean resolutions, those things that no one ever does for very long (January gym goers I’m looking at you!). I meant goals. Goals you work at and eventually you accomplish them. So now that we are clear here are my top 5 goals for 2014!

1. Run a Successful Half Marathon
I know you are thinking “but Andrea you have run a half marathon, I don’t understand this goal!” So let me explain. Running a successful half marathon is not the same as running a half marathon. I get that for a lot of people success is just getting out there and doing it but I’m not a lot of people. I’m me and I’m a bit more fucking specific than that. So success will be defined as giving my all while running a half marathon AND being in good health. Basically I want to run a half marathon without being in the throws of an iron deficiency or any other health related nonsense that my body wants to come up with during race time. So yes, last year I ran two half marathons but one was in the midst of the iron deficiency and the 2nd was on the tail end of the iron deficiency. So I would like to not have that happen this year. My next shot at this goal is the Comox half marathon on March 23, 2014. I’m just hoping my depression lifts in time for that.

2. Run a race, not PR and be happy with that
Yeah, it seems like a strange goal unless you have had to listen to me over-analyze a race I wasn’t happy with. Just try saying the words “Cedar 12K” to some of my run friends and you will see what I mean. Yeah last year’s Cedar 12k was a disaster but only because I let it. It really could have been a success if I just defined success a bit differently. So this year I would like to try working towards being less obsessive when it comes to my “failures”. First way to do that I suspect is create reasonable expectations or no expectations when it comes to racing. So to have some fun with this I thought I would create a very low expectation and that is run Cedar 12k and not PR. Or run a 10k and not PR. Basically I’m going to run a race and not PR and then I’m going to be bloody happy about it!

3. Run 2000k this year.
Chris (@TheCesspit) my blogger challenger came up with this one. His idea was to run 1000k this year and get other people to join in the challenge and see if enough of us can run across Canada (6000k). I said I would run 2000k because I figure that is 40k a week and I was doing that before my foot started seriously bothering me. So I’m a bit behind this goal this year but I also have the whole year ahead of me. So I feel optimistic that I will catch up and make this goal.

Week 1 = 25k
Week 2 = 33k
Total 2014 KM = 58k.

Also Wendy (goal 1000k) and Kim (goal 2000k) have joined the group so assuming none of us sustain any crazy injuries we should make it to the East Coast by New Years Eve!

4. Blog once a week for 2014
Chris and I competed against each other in the 2013 blog a day ‘til Xmas challenge and both won. So since having a draw is such a foreign concept to me Chris and I came up with a round 2. This time we have to blog once a week for the whole year. That’s 52 blog posts that need to be posted by the end of each week (Sunday).  Chris is a worthy opponent and is unlikely to miss a post so you can expect at least 50 more posts from me this year. Damn you Chris!!

5. Sew my first running dress
If you have been following my blog then you know I have no idea how to sew (see The Sociologist Learns to Sew Part 1 and Part 2). It is always a good idea to learn something new and this year it is going to be sewing! Yeah I’m totally putting my Suzy Homemaker Hat on this year. But seriously it is better than that because I really want to learn how to sew. Meaning I want to eventually be able to make my own running dresses without having to use a pattern. And I really want to understand the difference between different types of fabrics and stitching. Yeah, I know it is quite an ambitious goal as it involves a lot of steps starting with the basics such as being able to read a pattern! But I’m looking forward to accomplishing it, whether it is this year or next!

So there we have it my top 5 goals this year.  Leave a comment and let me know what your goals are for the year.


  1. Sew your first running dress - how domestic, jk.

  2. Blog, Run and also go outdoors every month.

    I am not sure the last is a good idea, but doing it anyways!

  3. I ran a 1000ks last year. You can do it!

    1. Yay! Good for you :) How much are you aiming for this year?