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

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Failing to meet my GOALS

 This is what not meeting your Goals looks like!!  Just kidding.. But this year has been a great year in running for me, I am enjoying the time with my husband and kids..  I started the year with some lofty goals, below is how I am doing.  I will be modifying going forward due to life and priority changes.  


1- Set new PR's in at least 2 distances and run more than 1,200 miles for the year.
*I have not been training for PR’s and I was super speedy (for me) when I set those PR’s so I doubt this will happen.   I am at 460 miles as of 7/11, so 1,200 is going to be a stretch.  These goals are not realistic this year.

2- Run new races. Ideas- 1 mile, 10 mile, trail race, ultra, obstacle course/mudder, etc.
*Ran the Rainier to Ruston Relay in June, which was new for me.  We plan to run a 10 miler in August.  I hope to run a trail  too.   I am scared of mudders due to past knee injury and an ultra is not in the plan for a while.

3- Earn Half Fanatic Status
*After our Half on July 15th I will earn Neptune Status with 3 Half Marathons within 90 days.- Capital City May 20, RNR Seattle June 23 and Fueled by Fine Wine July 15th (TBD).  If my math is correct that is 3 in 56 days.


1- Try 5 or more new (to me) forms of Cross-Training. Ideas- Jillian Michael's videos, Triathlon (SHHHHH), Yoga, Zumba etc.
*We have done Jillian Michaels a few times and we did Windsor Pilates once.  I need to focus on this with 4 left to try.  I would like to do Yoga soon.

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 :)
*This is a total fail, although MM and I did do the measurements,  I have only lifted a couple times, but my overall fitness is horrible.  Time to focus and make a plan that I can follow with short-term goals, etc. 

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.
*Hmmmm not every week, every month so far this year.  This is a GREAT goal, and I need to create a plan to get on track.  When I get home I am tired and LAZY on the couch. 


1- Help Muscle Man reach his goals, which includes getting him across his first Half Marathon Finish Line.
*Half Marathon #1 done and he has become a RUNNER!!  Half Marathon #2 is this weekend.

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 focused time with Little Stud #2.
*Little Stud #1 did great in Kindergarten.  I read to the boys week nights.  I need to make more time to work site words and have him read to me at night.  While he is not registered for his first race he does ask to run more often with us.   Little Stud #2 and I need to have a `“date night” soon.

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.
*Not luck with this so far, but I have not really tried.   


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.
*This lasted 2 months.  Need to get back to it as my food choices have been horrible

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.
*FAIL.  For whatever reason I am having a hard time committing to any “Dieting” activity.

3- Learn more about the best foods to feed my family and move the kids away from the standard kid foods.
*We started a garden in the back yard which I think is a great step in the right direction.  Our boy enjoy fruits and veggies but prefer the KID foods.

  • The year is more than Half way through.  How are you doing with your GOALS?


Anonymous said...

I think you did pretty well this year! You might have not reached the goals you wrote in January, but you had an amazing time with your husband training for the race and still continue to run with him. You sound happy and I think that's the most important thing!

Ricole said...

I think you are still doing GREAT. I also kind of feel like a failure because I highly doubt I'm getting any new PR's this year. The marathon was my one big chance and I BLEW IT! :-) I feel like I'll never get another half PR. Whine whine whine. :-) GOOD JOB!

Anonymous said...

Seems like you're doing great with your fitness goals! One of my goals at this point is to do Tough Mudder, but I don't think I'm quite there yet physically.

However, I was a little saddened to see you've been struggling with food. It can be really hard to commit to better ways of eating if we've been stuck in bad habits for a while. Check out this video: http://bit.ly/MGFm2Z It goes into some of the reasons we get caught up in those habits, and how you can breakthrough them.

Best of luck! Hope you hit all your goals this year. :)

Laurie said...

Love the honesty - it's good to set lofty goals, and also good to recognize when to step back! I'm doing ok on some of my goals this year, but struggling with others. I will work on staying positive and knowing that even getting to a goal late is getting to the goal :)

Marissa said...

I think you've done great with your goals and I love you wanting to help your family reach some fitness goals of their own too!

I can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings for you!

Christy H. said...

I think it takes a very strong person to be so truthful about everything you are so truthful about. Bravo.

I had 2 big goals for 2012: run a half and run 1000 miles in 2012. I ran my first half in April and by the end of 2012 should have finished 6 if all goes well. I also signed up for the Tough mudder which will be my biggest challenge in 2012. My goal for 1000 miles probably is gone. After too many injury filled months I don;t know if I can make it, so re-adjusted goal timeline and am aiming for 1000 miles from 1jul - 1jul.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I think the whole point of goals is to have a place to "aim." Simply taking aim and working towards them is success (in my mind). I know you will keep pushing to reach them...and beyond!

Michelle said...

You have had an amazing year! I have loved watching you change jobs, run with MM and having more balance. You are a great mom and an inspiration to many! Keep it up Mel!

Sue's Ramblings said...

It's more important to reach those goals rather than a time specific goals. You'll eventually hit those goals, whether it is in 2012 or 2013 or 2014. Keep your chin up.

Devon @ CrossTraining said...

You know, this got me thinking of my goals for 2012 too... I have met some, and some are still sitting there. BUT, what I notice about you is that you're LOVING your family, running, and inspiring. PR's are never as important as all of that! Love reading about your running adventures! Wish I could run w/ you, we'd be 12 feet of TALL RUNNING MOMS! :)

greg at dazadi.com said...

These are all amazing goals. Great job setting them, and getting as far as you have so far. I personally have tried the keeping a log of what you eat and doing the garden things. Both of which really help. All of your goals are inspirational and I hope you keep it up. Watch out for that tough mudder though, that thing looks pretty nuts.

Greg at Dazadi.com

Fun Mom On The Run said...

You are doing awesome. I love watching your blog and dailymile log. You are very inspirational. I did the Go Girl 10k Trail run in Portland, OR this past weekend and it was AWESOME. Definately a great first time trail run. It was a ton of up hill and a ton of down hill, so I wouldn't say it was an easy course, but it was beautiful, the people running were a really neat group of people and all I can say is I can't wait to do it again next year!! Just in case you decide to do the trail run next year, this would be a great one!! Keep up the awesome running! I love hearing all about it!!