Yep, it’s that time again. Damn Melissa at The Valentine RD keeps forcing me to check-in with my New Year resolutions! It’s actually a great thing and, in 2015 I’m making a goal of ‘setting better goals.’


You see, my first go-around with this, way back in January 2014, all I could think about was my big race in Spain. Who can blame me? Well, you totally could because really, let’s not be so short sighted and put all our eggs in one basket. However, that was exactly what I did so, I had to revamp my goals for the last check-in, and I have to say that I think I’m doing pretty well. Let’s take a closer look:

1. I Will Not Worry About Workouts

Just stop laughing please because I’m actually doing this! That’s right. Of course, I’m still training like an animal but I’m not tied to a strict training plan, nor do I have lofty PR-setting goals going into my half-marathon. Now, if I happen to run the hell out of that race, and end up with a PR, then so be it. I think that will only prove I should train like this more often.

I even brought my kids to the track for a few of my workouts. Let me tell you, there is nothing more distracting, interruptive, and less serious then bringing your 5 year-old twin boys to a track. My speed work quickly turned into intervals, with too much ‘recovery’ in-between. Especially when Miles found a path into a cornfield! #countryliving

Yes, that's my husband photobombing. I guess I should have said I brought my triplets to the track...

Yes, that’s my husband photobombing. I guess I should have said I brought my triplets to the track…


2. I Will Not Be A Slave To Cleanliness

I’m a super type-A personality and I can’t stand for the house to be a mess, for any laundry to not be done, and for things to generally be out of place. I started to realize how much of a time suck this was, and I just need to get over it.

I am definitely trying to relax a little on this one, but my OCD usually gets the best of me. And, if I’m being completely honest, then I have to admit I did a HUGE toy clean-out in the kids playroom. And if I’m being really, really honest then I have to admit to cleaning out the playroom so I have room for my bike trainer because winter is coming!

As a testament to my craziness type-A control freak nature, I took the below picture for the babysitter, who was helping with the boys, while I was out running all over New Hampshire. I thought she would need a visual on exactly how to pack their snacks for school. Please also notice how sparkling clean my counter is. #issues


However, keeping the house clean and the laundry done has not stopped me from doing all the things I enjoy, both by myself and with my family. I’m going to call this a win, but has a lot of room for improvement.


3. I Will Not Play It Safe With My Life

By this I mean taking more chances. After competing in Spain, and traveling there (and to Portugal) with my entire family, I was changed. I started to believe that I could do anything, and that there was so much more to see and do, if I just took more opportunities, even if my instincts were pleading with me to play it safe and stick to what I know.

Exhibit A: I ran the Reach The Beach Relay race having no clue who my teammates were (save for two!) or how I would fare during the two-day experience.

Don't worry, these were the two people I actually knew. And yes, that's me buried under the Oiselle hat!

Don’t worry, these are the two people I actually knew. And yes, that’s me buried under the Oiselle hat!


Exhibit B: I swam in open water with zero fear, and actually really enjoyed it.

The actual lake I swam without fear!

I made this lake my bitch. Well, not really, but I did have a lovely swim.


Exhibit C: I’m setting some lofty goals, race-wise, for 2015 and I cannot even wait to start training!

I declared 2014 to be the Year of the Bull and I have to say, that I have taken it seriously. I’m inspired (and reminded of my accomplishments in Spain) by my bull tattoo, and I love that one word, one image, can have such an impact!

Horns down and charge!

The mark of the BULL!

The mark of the BULL!


Do you remember your goals for 2014?

Do you set new goals quarterly, yearly or at all?

Did you have a word or phrase for this year and how has it impacted you?