My 2014 goals and resolutions – how they went :)

A few weeks ago, I revisited my 2014 goals and resolutions…and kind of giggled inwardly. Let’s have a look at what I vowed I’d do…and what reality looked like.

1) Run a race every month

I ran 9 races in 9 months. I would have run 10 if I hadn’t done my ankle in before Summit Rock! However there was a fairly long stretch over the summer where I didn’t race and two of these races were relays. I definitely need the focus of races to motivate me so this is something I want to improve in 2015. More racing, even if it’s just for fun. I did place (in my AG obviously) three times this year and that was SUCH an awesome experience.

RWC Dude Me Stroller

2) Run a 1.52 half-marathon


Hellyer PR me

3) Run a sub 52-min 10k


Me bay BreezE

4) Fortnightly yoga

Hahaha. So it turns out that even though I know yoga is good for me, I just don’t like it.

5) Read 12 books

I did this. I actually read 27 books and am likely to have read 29 by the year-end. 2014 was the year I got back into reading and it has been a joy. I’ve discovered four amazing authors this year who have rocked my world. They are: Margaret Atwood, Chaim Potok, Muriel Barbery and Marilyn Robinson. My book of the year was ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog‘ by Barbery, very closely followed by Robinson’s ‘Gilead‘. This has been an absolute delight in 2014. I suspect that I’ll struggle to read as much in 2015 when I go back to college, but I know I’ll keep reading – it’s back in my blood.

6) Less time on the iPhone

Total failure. If anything it’s got worse. However next year, with college and everything, I suspect this will take care of itself. No more time-wasting on social media. Well…less time-wasting, hopefully.

7) Learn to swim

No. Didn’t even try. I DO want to do this and I think it’s a worthwhile goal so I’ll be carrying it into 2015.

8) Get back into cycling

I failed to do this. I LOVE cycling, I really do, but I haven’t found (or made) the time to get back into it seriously. This is something I DO want to do, so I’ll be carrying this over into 2015 as well.

One of my best bike rides this year
One of my best bike rides this year

9) Lose weight

I didn’t lose weight but I remained the same. My weight fluctuates by a few pounds but I’ve been basically the same all year and I’ll take that.

10) Be outdoors

We did this FAIRLY well. We did very little hiking and very little camping this year, mainly due to Ironman training, so hopefully we’ll do more this year. We’ve already hiked twice since Saturday with two hikes planned over Christmas week, so we’re getting back into it.

More time outdoors, please
More time outdoors, please

11) Live bravely

This one gave me cause to reflect. I don’t think I have lived in a shrinking violet fashion but I was hoping for some change in my approach to fear, and I haven’t managed that. I am running early in the morning in the dark, which was something I used to be too scared to do (for no reason, my town is very safe) so I’ve made some progress but overall…still chicken.

Despite my mixed success in terms of these goals, it’s been a great year and I am so grateful. It’s been a lot of fun!

I won’t be posting now until after Christmas so HAPPY CHRISTMAS, GORGEOUS PEOPLE! And if you’re not a Christmasser, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TOO!!


11 Comments Add yours

  1. That is a great reflection. I have to look back and see how I did!

    1. Cathryn says:

      I worked out that I failed half and nailed half with a ‘kind of’ for the last one. So I call that a win πŸ™‚

  2. Happy Christmas to you and your nice family πŸ™‚ It was a pleasure to meet you all in 2014. I hope we’ll do that again in 2015. Enjoy Christmas πŸ™‚

    1. Cathryn says:

      DEF seeing you in 2015! Happy Christmas x

  3. Grace says:

    Books – I love Marilynne Robinson! I wish she wrote more.
    I think you’d like Muriel Spark and the short stories of Deborah Eisenberg, too.

    As for learning to swim – it is definitely worth investing in a few proper lessons; they’ll teach you good technique. It’s really all about getting the right movements locked in to your muscle memory πŸ™‚

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks for the author recs, I’ll def look into those. And yeah, I need to learn to swim properly. The Husband and I might share a private lesson or two.

  4. Simon says:

    Well done you big Boast! I think you really need to concentrate on weight loss next year. I would guess you need to lose three or four stones! Not. Martin Ogbourn is also into running – and is running half marathons. I lived for a year in Cardiff with him and Alun (you know who) before I married Bec. Martin would sometimes come for a run with me then – I was training for the police fitness test. Martin would often have his usual ailments – ‘ooh, it’s my knee mate. Orr me back’s real sore etc etc!’ I asked him how he is managing to run with his usual ailments the other week. I think he is complaining less now!

    1. Cathryn says:

      I remember Martin! How great that he’s into running as well – he seems better built for running than you and me! Where is he now?

      My knee hurts too. Ask Martin what I should do πŸ™‚ And I def need to lose my Christmas weight…a bit of extra padding round my hips to keep me warm on this cold, COLD Winter…oh, yes, California.

  5. Jen says:

    Well done! I don’t even want to think about my resolution fail rate. πŸ˜‰

  6. I think you did great! Seriously 27 books! I beat that slows down with school too! πŸ™‚

    1. Cathryn says:

      I think it’ll have to, realistically. But the good thing is that the book bug has bitten again and I know that I’ll keep reading!

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