Well, well, well.  Here we are again with Melissa from The Valentine RD with our quarterly goal check-in.  I have to say that I really screwed the pooch on this one.  ALL of the “new year” goals I set were incredibly short-sighted as I couldn’t really see past my big race in Spain.  Who can blame me?  However, I’m now suck in a bit of a quandary with these updates since I really have nothing to report.


My goals for the New Year were based about running the NYC half (check), getting through and enjoying the World Championship Duathlon (check), turning 39 without freaking out (check) and learning Spanish (FAIL!).  At this point, I’m throwing this baby in reverse and creating some “new” resolutions – three things I’m not going to do for the rest of 2014.  I’m pretty sure I can stick to these…

1. I will not worry about workouts

After being a slave to my training program for the last 6 months, I’m ready to just take each day as it comes.  Now, if you know me then you know this is not going to be an easy thing to do.  I like to have a training plan and challenging goals BUT I promised myself I would take a little break after Worlds and I need to keep it.

I’m not saying that I won’t be training and racing – I absolutely will be, but it won’t be so hard core with lofty goals that require a ton of focused training.

I made a promise to do more yoga after Spain.  I started on the beach in Portugal.

I made a promise to do more yoga after Spain. I started on the beach in Portugal with Crow’s Pose. Ahhhh.

2. I will not be a slave to cleanliness

Don’t worry, I’m not going to stop showering or brushing my teeth, but I am going to stop worry about how clean the house is.  It’s summer and it goes by super fast in the Northeast.  If there’s dirt laundry – so be it.  We joined a pool club this year and I intend to take FULL advantage of sitting in a beach chair and gossiping with my friends.  I’ve earned it.  Oh yeah, and I’ll watch my kids too.  A drowning would put a real damper on things.


3.  I will not play it safe with my life

Ok so this is a really broad goal but hear me out.  After I traveled to Spain and Portugal with my family and raced in the World Championship, it changed me.  I was never one to not try new things or shy away from challenges but, in 39 years I managed to never get a tattoo.  And then this happened:

The mark of the BULL!

The mark of the BULL!

I was scared and not sure if a bull was something I wanted on my body for life, but then I decided it just wasn’t that big of a deal.  And you know what?  I absolutely love it, I’m so glad I did it and I need to do more things like this that make me wake-up and say “Yep.  Life is awesome.”


What goals are you still trying to achieve?

What makes you stop and say “Yes, life is awesome!”?

Head over to The Valentine RD and link up your #14in2014 goal post – it’s never too late!