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Over the past couple hundred miles, I’ve had a lot of time to contemplate what I wanted to write for my first blog post of 2015. First, I hashed out (in my mind multiple, multiple times) what happened to each and every one of these failed goals from 2014:

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Nope! I didn’t accomplish a single one of these! I know exactly why I failed, and I’m committed to setting new goals that I know I can achieve for 2015. Part of my problem was that I fell head over heels in love with the 26.2 distance. I wanted to run ALLTHERACES, so I signed up for as many as I could fit into my schedule without having to rely too heavily on the graciousness of my sister’s and mom’s help with watching my girls. For someone who, at the time, had only run 2 marathons, I had no idea what the mental toll would be as I scheduled in marathons so close to goal races.

I learned that if I want to achieve my goals, I cannot set out to train for or run a PR at every single race! I cannot tell you if I was physically capable of achieving my goals only because my head game (re: burnout) got in the way.

With that said, I am taking a new approach to 2015. At the risk of alienating myself from the general public (re: non-Type A-ers), I have created a pared down outline of my hopes and dreams for this upcoming year.

My focus in 2015 will be on:

I. having fun with these guys:

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A. by spending more time at the beach

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B. by taking more fun trips

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C. by trying new hard things

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PS: Ice skating is HARD!!!

D. by just enjoying time doing nothing

IMG_2316<-Ruth does nothing really well. And you know what? She’s the happiest lab I know! Maybe she’s on to something!

II. setting realistic running goals

A. Run a 3:25 marathon (not going to name names on when/where it’s going to happen until I feel like I can dedicate enough time to train for this)

B. Run a 1:36 half marathon (aiming for Santa to the Sea, but I might look for something else because Santa to the Sea is such a fun race that should be run in good company! Maybe Lexus LaceUp Ventura?)

C. Run a 45:00 10K <-Channel Islands 4th of July. Unless my kid wants to run with me.

D. Run races I can be proud of at Boston and Big Sur (my first attempt at two 26.2s, 6 days apart).

E. Run with friends more!

IMG_2492<-Running with Eddie is way more fun than flying solo!

IMG_1502<-TSA, I cannot freaking WAIT to run Phoenix with you!!!

me and v gr14<-Must run with my running bestie turned Texan again! Miss her SO MUCH EVERY DAY!!!

III. balancing work and non-work life

A. Write/blog more

B. Go out with friends more (Allison, do you hear me?) (J-Facetime-ing can count for going out, right?)

C. (GASP!) Have a couple date nights with the husband

IV. practicing gratitude

A. towards everything and everyone

1. Especially these four people:

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I know this is a hasty list, but I thought I needed to get it out there for the whole wide world of the Internets to see so that I at least TRY to hold myself accountable to these goals for 2015. Resolutions are hard to keep, but I’m hopeful this year. Mostly, what I have learned in the past year is that I worry too much, take life a little too seriously, and, therefore, miss out on really rad moments because everything needs to be perfect. Obviously, I crashed and burned in 2014, so here’s to 2015: My attempt at chilling the eff out and both appreciating and enjoying what I have. And not being shortsighted in my running goals.

Happy new year!

What are your best goals/resolutions for the new year?

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