6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Goals for 2012

It is that time of year when (most) people think about the year to come and what they would like to achieve. Last year we suffered the unexpected loss of my Father in October and come January I was not ready to commit to GOALS. This year I NEED to get back to Goal setting and achieving, it is the core of who I am, the person that my Dad knew me as...

I love the format RacingWithBabes took last year checking in monthly on her Goals, thanks T for the inspiration!! I plan to check in monthly to give progress on my Goals.


1- Set new PR's in at least 2 distances and run more than 1,200 miles for the year.

2- Run new races. Ideas- 1 mile, 10 mile, trail race, ultra, obstacle course/mudder, etc.

3- Earn Half Fanatic Status


1- Try 5 or more new (to me) forms of Cross-Training. A modified version of the AWESOME challenge set out by Kim HERE. Ideas- Jillian Michael's videos, Triathlon (SHHHHH), Yoga, Zumba etc.

2- Work on overall Muscle tone. I plan to take body measurements EEEK to get a baseline to start with and take new measurements throughout the year. If I am not going to lose weight I may as well lose inches :)

3- 1-2 days EVERY week I will lift with Muscle Man and/or do Pilates or another cross-training exercise for 30-45 minutes.


1- Help Muscle Man reach his goals, which includes getting him across his first Half Marathon Finish Line.

2- Focus on the Little Studs education and fitness. Teach Little Stud #1 to read, register him for his first official race. Spend alone and focussed time with Little Stud #2.

3- Find ways to inspire and work with my extended family on their fitness. I would LOVE to see my Tall Brother, Mom and in-laws work toward a 5K walk or fun run at some point this year.


1- Keep a food journal to record what I am putting in my mouth and how it impacts my energy, mood and overall health. Use this journal to create a healthy and balanced diet and to cut out the foods which cause issues.

2- Monthly diet challenges, starting in February, each month I will set a challenge for myself to cut out or add something to/from my diet.

3- Learn more about the best foods to feed my family and move the kids away from the standard kid foods.

There you have it. Lots to focus on, but all attainable with focus and dedication.

Quotes about Goals:

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
~Author Unknown

How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?
~Anthony Robbins

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.
~Marie de Vichy

We're still not where we're going, but we're not where we were.
~Natash Jasefowitz

  • What are your Goals for the year?

  • Did you write a Blog post about it?? Link it in your comment, I would love to see what you have planned


Unknown said...

Great goal! I have yearly goals, but I also do monthly shorter term goals to help me reach my end game. Here are my 2012 goals - http://www.runnermaybe.com/p/2012-goals.html

Tasha Malcolm said...

You have some pretty fabulous goals. Anyone that can run an ultra is my idol. :-)

I didn't set a ton of goals for the upcoming year, but listed a few simple ones. I accomplished so much in 2011 that I actually almost didn't set anything for 2012.

Here are my 2012 goals:

EricaH said...

Great goal list I really love your family section I think i need to make one of my family goals this year is to work out some kind of schedule so i can spend time alone with each of my girls with 4 kids i am very rarely alone with one at a time.

Jamie said...

Nice goals! I love that you want to get your family to do a 5K walk or fun run! I would love it if more of my family ran. My mom does and she is racing with us for the first time in April and my dad tried to run to surprise me at Christmas (to do a virtual run with us) but he hurt himself. No running for him!

Here is my post about my goals for 2012:


Anonymous said...

Just discovered your blog a few weeks ago (after the Santa Run), but already you have been a tremendous inspiration to me! Thank you! I loved your goal of running at least one mile a day in the month of December. I've made that one of my main goals for the year (so far, so good). Thank you for sharing your goals for 2012 - love them! Here's my blog post with my simple, but attainable goals: http://sweetmomentsintime.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/happy-new-year/.
Blessings, Marci :-)

Miriam @ Sometimes Sporty said...

I especially love the goal of getting your hubby to finish his first half marathon.

I have some pretty decent goals (posted here http://sometimesiveg.com/2012/01/pomegranate-maple-syrup-and-looking-forward-to-the-new-year/)but my favorite is my 12 half marathons in 2012 (that I created a separate website for http://12half12.com)


Your BQ shows what you can do when you have clearly defined goals. I'm excited to see what you accomplish over the next year.

I did notice one goal missing from your list - Visit Amanda and Tonia.

I mean we are only like 3 hrs from each other ...

Miss you!

Kortni said...

I love the monthly food challenge idea! I may have to steal that one from you!!

abbi said...

You have great goals for 2012!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

You've got quite a list girl, but I know YOU can make it happen in 2012!

Rachelle Q said...

Sorry about your dad:( Your goals sound great and attainable! Nice work!! I did set some goals for 2012 and I posted about them here

TNTcoach Ken said...

2012 - To be the Fittest on earth! Okay, maybe the fittest on my block........

MCM Mama said...

Great goals. I need to add more weight training to my goals as well.

Here are my goals for the year... http://mcmmama.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-year-new-me.html

Laura Boll said...

Great goals! I'm planning to check in monthly as well, it's so much easier to keep on track that way. And I hope to try some new cross training as well! Listed my goals here, http://mommyrunfast.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/2012-goals/

Rena said...

It's awesome that you're helping your Muscle Man reach his goals. I am currently in the process of convincing my bf to do our first ever marathon together.


Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Glad to see you setting those annual goals! Your Dad is so proud that you are bettering yourself (and your family) by doing it.

Marriage needs support on both ends. Love that you include Muscle Man's goals in yours. You two are a great team!

I haven't formally set year long goals or posted about them aside from knowing that the "plan" has me attempting a 100 in May. Maybe this weekend I'll actually write some goals and share.

Marlene said...

I caught that... triathlon?!?!?!??! :D

Unknown said...

These goals are great. I've set my fitness goals and am blogging about them this weekend.

I love the way that you also included your goals with your family and food. It's too easy to forget that we need to make a determined effort to achieve those too, rather than just focus on our own individual goals.

I can't wait to see yours month by month.

pensive pumpkin said...

Your goals would totally qualify as dreams for me. Wow.

I posted my 2011 wrap up and my 2012 goals together, here: http://pensivepumpkin.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-year.html

My other goal: smile more! Look at you, girl! Maybe if I smiled like that I wouldn't be so dang pensive...

Kristin Miller said...

Great goals! Teaching your little guy how to read, even letter sounds, and sight words are so important! Start with letter sounds with a song, and move to sight words from there. (sorry, kindergarten teacher here!) Here are my goals: http://kristinmcauliffe.blogspot.com/2012/01/2012-goals-makeitcount.html

Michelle said...

One of the things that I love about the blogging world is how we all evolve. I remember when I first started reading blogs, you had just completed Eugene. Last year I completed Eugene and you were such a HUGE part of my success.
I love following you as a wife, mother and runner. I look forward to supporting you in your goals and watching you achieve them! And geesh...next time I'm in Seattle, I'm giving you a call so we can go run!

Heather said...

I love that you added family goals as well. I get so focused on my athletic roles I sometimes need to step back and think about mommy/wife goals too.
Here are my goals this year: http://diaryofarunningmom.blogspot.com/2011/12/goals-for-coming-year.html

Cynthia said...

Love your breakdown of goals and the quotes!
Can't wait to continue reading how this year goes for you, I know it will be awesome and maybe I'll get to see you at Seattle RnR again this year.

Here are my 2012 goals.

Margie said...

Good goals! I think a triathlon is a great idea- even though I'm a horrible swimmer, there's something really exhilarating about multi-sport competition. Here are my goals: themarathonyear.blogspot.com

Christine said...

After 2011's goals were trashed by an unplanned pregnancy and complications, I'm so excited about my goals for 2012:


Heather Forcey said...

I love your goals. I am trying to set a small goal each week and build from there. I wrote a basic goal list here:

Amy said...

I like your goals. I especially like how you have goals to get your family involved in fitness. I want to do the same for the BF, but it's hard to know where to start!

Lala Mama said...

My goals are in my blog post here:


I love how you set goals in all the major areas of your life, that's awesome!

SimplySoleSearching said...

Special thanks to you Mel, for inspiring me to even set a goal!

Christine said...

Great goals!!! This will be a fantastic year for you :)

Marissa said...


Especially the one about inspiring other family members...I'd LOVE to organize a walk/run with lots of family members that are totally anti-healthy living and change their perspective and lifestyle once and for all :)


Laura said...

I like the monthly food challenge idea! I'm working through steps towards eating a paleo diet, and I'm still on #1 which is eat more fruits and veggies. I think its easier to add in good foods then take away "bad" foods.

I have a bunch of goals for 2012! Actually crossed one off the lest yesterday (giving blood). Here they are! http://www.undeterrable.com/2012-goals/

Run with Jess said...

Love your goal about migrating kids away from "kid foods"... look forward to reading more on what you come up with on that one!

A-yes, my goals! Here... http://www.runwithjess.com/2012/01/2012-goals.html

Michelle said...

Great goals! Hope 2012 is a fantastic year for you! I've got my races worked out but still mulling the goals.

Suzy said...

You have lots of goals there, but I know you can do it! 2012 will be a wonderful year for you.

Kendra said...

My goals I put right on the top of my new running blog, Mama Loves Medals! Come visit me:

Your goals are much more in depth though! Good luck in accomplishing all of them! :)

Unknown said...

Great goals! What is half fanatic status? I'm shooting for 1200 this year too. My local running club has a 1200 club, and I totally want in!

Anonymous said...

Love these, and can't wait to watch you accomplish them!!! And go Muscle Man! Would be awesome to see the hubs run his first half.

Kendra said...

@Yo Momma Runs: Half Fanatics is a club of people who love Half Marathons!

And after reading this post and a few others, I made an official goals post on my blog.


Thanks for the inspiration, TMR! :)


Anonymous said...

I haven't quite gotten a grasp on what all my goals are going to be this year, but the big one is a Swiss Marathon - up a mountain ... again. I don't know what it is about me and mountains, but what the heck, they are challenging.

Here's the blog post: