With 2013 just a weekend away I figured it would be a good time to take a look back at the goals that I had set for myself in 2012. This was actually the first year that I’ve ever set a list of goals like this for myself – let’s face it, in the past I’d come up with some grand ideas of things I wanted to do, but that’s about where it ended. That changed though when I decided to run my first half marathon in memory of a friend who lost her battle with Leukemia, and this time I actually did it!
So, let’s take a look back at 2012 and see how I did!
Last year I broke my goals up in to two categories – Running / Fitness Growth (which I rocked if I do say so myself!) and Personal Growth (ummm…didn’t quite stick to the plan here).
Running / Fitness Growth
Complete a Marathon
When I posted my 2012 goals on New Year’s Day I was scheduled to run my first marathon in just over a week so this may seem a bit silly to have had on my goals list, but I really was legitimately nervous about finishing the race since my 20 mile training runs were miserable! It was a busy time of work for me and I was overwhelmed and exhausted and had basically come to terms with the fact that I might not make it through the 26.2 miles…but I did it!
Run 700 Miles
I officially hit 700 miles with my last Goofy back to back long runs this past weekend!
Begin Doing Yoga Regularly Again
Ok, totally rocked this one! Not only did I start doing yoga regularly, but last week I completed my Yoga Teacher Training! I’m loving the effect yoga has had on my running and can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with other runners and athletes!
Visit Italy – not yet. This one is hard because of our work schedules, but definitely stays on the list for next year (or until it gets checked off!).
Begin to Learn Italian – not even a little bit. Oops.
Volunteer – not a good effort here. I volunteered for 2 days after Hurricane Sandy but definitely not what I was hoping, also staying on the list!
As I wrote when I posted these last year, I didn’t want to consider them resolutions or goals so much as “growth”. ”Goal” can be a scary word because if you don’t meet that goal did you fail? Looking at the review above it looks like I failed my 2012 personal goals with flying colors!
But, while I didn’t accomplish the personal goals I thought I wanted to a year ago, I did make some major personal growth decisions this year…in fact it was a pretty big year for me!
I left my full time job in a field I’ve been in since an internship in college and decided to go back to school for something I really think I am going to enjoy – AND it’s going to take my 5 years! It’s scary. I’m nervous, I’m excited…but it’s something I had to try. As far as I’m concerned even though I didn’t accomplish a single thing on my original list I give myself an A+ on personal growth for 2012!