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.
2) Run a 1.52 half-marathon
3) Run a sub 52-min 10k
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.
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.
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!!