2014 goal check-in: January

Somehow, it’s February 6, already?! Huh. Anyway, without further ado, I decided to document how badly I have failed so far in my 2014 goals.

  1. Qualify for the Boston Marathon: I’m on the injury list with an angry IT band, and a doctor ordered me to rest it. In the midst of my full-blown endorphin withdrawal, I mentally (and on Twitter, so that counts?) removed this goal from my list. That was a relief.
  2. Set a new personal record in the marathon: That wasn’t planned for January anyway, so no further comments.
  3. Run sub-1:45 in a half-marathon: See above.
  4. Do a century bike ride: I had a spectacular failure of a planned outside ride, in which I gave up less than two miles into the ride and poor Kimra had to do the rest of it by herself. I owe her a drink. However, I did do a 22.8-mile ride outside with Kristen and didn’t fall over, so there’s hope for this goal.
  5. Driest California January on record = outside biking.
  6. Run 1,500 miles: Since I ran a whopping 10.5 miles in January (see number 1), I really doubt I’ll reach the goal this year.
  7. Bike at least 700 miles: Finally! A goal in which I am not failing! I biked 201 miles in January! 174 of those were inside, but that’s fair game in my rules.
  8. Go to the gym at least 150 times this year: I went to the gym 12 times in January, so I’m barely on track.
  9. Read at least one book a month: Fail! I used to read a book a week! Argh.
  10. This book, given to me in early February, is an inspiration for many reasons. And it's definitely one of the most thoughtful, appropriate gifts I've ever received.
  11. Cook dinner more often: I still haven’t settled on a way to quantify this one, though some of you had great ideas. I think “cook a full meal once a week” is certainly reasonable, along with “try two new recipes a month.” I also think this was sort of a fail in January.
  12. Wine in the best glass ever, along with stir-fry.
  13. Go to bed at 10 p.m.: Hahaha! The running failures had a valid explanation, but this one has NO EXCUSE. I even moved my phone’s “do not disturb” mode to 9:30 p.m., but I think I went to bed at 10 p.m. once in all of January. Why?!
  14. Get down to XXX amount of pounds: Umm, let’s just say that I moved in the opposite direction.
  15. Blog an average of twice a week: I wrote seven blog posts in January. Most were simple Tuesday Time-Waster posts, but hey, it’s my blog so that’s OK. At least my “Finding happiness” blog post was thoughtful and made me actually write something of substance.
  16. Find a cheaper place to live: That didn’t happen, but I didn’t plan on it in January, anyway. I did, however, see this list of the 25 most expensive cities in America and found myself thinking of nearly each one, “Hey, that’s not so bad.” Yeah, this is what happens when I live near the second most expensive city in the U.S.

3 Responses to 2014 goal check-in: January

  1. Is that a first edition??!? Or something?

    I have made zero progress on my goals lately too. But other things that weren’t on the list are happening.

  2. I call lies on that San Jose rent stat! Haha. That said, we have low rent that we locked in so I’m ok with it. Sad to see you are still injured, it totally sucks and I’m right there with you. Someday we’ll get to have fun trail running together again. Someday.

  3. Whilst I fully support the resting due to IT Band, I don’t understand if Boston Qualifying has to be done in the first half of the year or could it be a 2nd half goal still, once you’re mended? I’ve never even looked into BQ (slooooow) so I don’t know. But it doesn’t sound like a complete no-no to me?

    The gym 150 times this year? That’s a horrible goal. I hate the gym. And if you’re cycling and (soon) running too, that’s a LOT of exercise.

    Your book looks beautiful though…wow! Off to google it.