Goals to Finish Up 2016 (TOTR)

Welcome hoppers! If you’re stopping by from Kristy’s Blog Hop, I’m glad you’re here! Technically I posted this yesterday (Tuesday) but a small thing about me is that I work two jobs at the moment, and was unexpectedly called into work Tuesday evening, which didn’t leave me much time to edit posts. Retail life! Anyway, I’m happy to be participating in this blog hop! You can find more information on my About Me page;  I’m really into racing (obstacle racing, trails, roads, I love em’ all!) and I’m looking forward to getting to know all the hoppers in this group! Enjoy! 🙂

Looking back through my Believe Training Journal, I had a lot of goals this year. Some of them were realistic, some of them weren’t. Some are still important to me today, some aren’t. I’m the type of person I’ve come to know is called a ‘multipotentialite,’ or someone with more than one calling. I read this in a Ted Talk transcript about why some people don’t stick with one passion, career, or hobby. It makes sense to me- personally I will be obsessed with something for a bit and then back off for a while. It doesn’t mean when I back off that I’m no longer interested in the thing I’m backing off of- it just means I need some space and separation from that part of my life for a while. Inevitably, if its something I’m truly passionate about, I will return to it in my own time. Today, I’m linking up with Erika, Patty and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run. So let’s take a look at my goals for 2016 and see what happened!

Goal #1: Qualify for OCR Worlds

Well, this didn’t happen for me this year, and I think it was for a few reasons. First of all, let me get the good part out of the way: I came really close a lot of times. At Battlefrog last year, Spartan Miami & Warrior Dash, I was very close to qualifying for the age group division at OCR Worlds. However, two things stopped me from going. 1) I didn’t want it bad enough. Instead of treating this like the be-all-end-all of my season, I tried a little and when it didn’t work out, I pretty much stopped putting in the effort to get me there. I also severely underestimated the amount of competition I was up against. 2) There were other things that were more important to me. I don’t think I would have been able to afford the trip, even had I qualified. This year the OCR Worlds were held at the Blue Mountain Resort in Canada- which would have been an awesome trip, except I had already planned a 30th birthday cruise with my family. So I probably wouldn’t have been able to swing the finances for both trips. And, to be honest, you only turn 30 once. The OCR World Championships are growing in popularity, and will be there again next year.

Is this goal still important to me? Not at the moment. I’m not super concerned with qualifying this year for 2017. If it happens, great, but I have some other goals that are taking precedence.

Goal #2: Beat 29:50 for my 5k PR

I did this in training (current PR is 29:31!) but not in a race setting. Granted, I didn’t race that many 5ks this year. I’m aiming for this for next spring.

Goal #3: Beat my 10k PR (1:07:56) 

Yes, I did this! At the Best Damn Race Orlando back in March, I came in at 1:06:22, taking a little over a minute off my PR time. I was hoping for a better PR, but a fall mid-race stopped me from getting the PR I wanted. I’m planning a few winter 10ks this coming season, so hopefully i will get a “redemption” run at one of those.

Goal #4: Get closer to a 2:30 1/2 marathon (2:36:22) 

I was disappointed that I didn’t have a better race, but the truth is its hard to PR at Disney. Between the bottlenecks on course and the people slowing down in the middle of the course and all the distractions, it’s just not a place one goes to have a PR. I’m not expecting a PR at the half I’m running in a few weeks because it was kind of a last minute decision. If it happens, great, if not I won’t be disappointed. I’m aiming for a PR on my Gasparilla half though. That’s in February, so hopefully I will be able to nail it!

While this was a PR, it wasn’t what I was hoping for. It was still the experience of a lifetime though!

Goal #5: Place top 20 in my age group at an OCR

Technically I did this as I was around 13 or 14th at Warrior Dash in February, and 8th at Bonefrog Challenge last month. But neither one really felt like a victory to me. Warrior Dash only counts the top 10, so the only reason I know what my place was is because I asked one of the people at the finish line how many people had come in before me and they told me. So there’s no official race result to determine that. Bonefrog doesn’t feel like a victory at this because I actually had a pretty horrible race and walked the majority of it- so I don’t feel like I earned a top 10 spot. Granted, only 13 people in my age group raced so there’s that too. However, I feel like I can have a better performance and get this goal within my sights. Possibly at one of the Spartan Races I do this coming season, but I’m not aiming for that. This goes along with my OCR World Championship qualifying- I think 2018 will be the year I really go for that one.

Goal #6: Race Competitively

I did this at Warrior Dash and man was I surprised! I wasn’t prepared for how many people actually race competitively, or what it took to get there. When I found out, it kind of stopped me in my tracks. However, I’m glad I had the experience. I’ve learned that competitive racing just really isn’t for me. I don’t like that type of pressure, nor do I enjoy not being able to enjoy myself on course. I think I’ll stick to racing for fun and just trying to beat my own times.

Despite the smile, I have to say this was one of the coldest and most miserable races I’ve ever done…it was 33 degrees!

What’s left in 2016?

Well, I have two Spartan races, a 10k and a 1/2 marathon. For the Spartan races, I’m just going to go out there, do my best and see what happens. No pressure. In the 10k, I’m supposed to race with a friend so I have to find out what her race plan is and see what that means for me. However, I’m being selfless with this one, so really it’s about what she wants to do. My time will come in January or February of 2017. As for my 1/2, as I stated before, this was a totally impromptu half, so it’s not like I had any goals for it. I’m just going out there to have fun and we’ll see what happens!

How have you been doing on your goals for this year? Have you had to revisit a big goal and revise it? Have you ever realized that a certain goal just isn’t what you thought it was going to be?


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45 thoughts on “Goals to Finish Up 2016 (TOTR)”

  1. I had never heard of the term multipotentialite before. It makes a lot of sense in context though. And congrats on those 5k and 10k PRs! I agree, it’s hard to PR at a Disney race. I always kind of feel at those big expensive and crowded races, I just want to enjoy myself anyway 🙂
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    1. I think what bugged me so much about the Disney one was that I didn’t stop to enjoy myself…I wanted so badly to PR that I skipped several characters I wanted to stop for. I was afraid stopping would mess up my rhythm but when I finished I was disappointed that I didn’t have a great PR that I had hoped for. I’ll go back one year to do Princess the right way though 🙂

  2. I like your term “multipotentialite”! I think as we get older time is more valuable and we seem to have less of it. This means only fully concentrating on one or two other activities outside of work and family. I get it, it’s hard!

    Good luck as you go after those PR’s next year!

    1. Oh is it ever! I’m finding that the older I get the more packed my schedule is. But its also a matter of changing priorities. When you’re younger, fun tops the list and as you get older, settling down, buying a house, getting married, starting a family…all those seem to take precedence. For me, my career is taking the spotlight right now, so it’s hard to focus on the other things while I’m working hard at moving up the ladder!

  3. Hi!
    I have a lot of respect for people who push themselves to running, so good job.
    Goal setting is something I live by. I like to have short term and long term goals. Easy to reach and more challenging goals. Because to me it’s really important to cross out something on my goal list and feel a sense of achievement. For this year I have a running ’32 birthday goal’ list and I want to finish it before I turn 33!

    See you later @ Kristy’s hop.

    1. Hi Mandy! That’s a good approach. Sometimes its easier to go for bigger, long term goals when you can check off smaller milestones along the way. I’ve always thought of doing a birthday to birthday goal list, but haven’t yet! Maybe next year I’ll try that 🙂

  4. Hi from the blog hop!

    I am almost afraid to look at my posted 2016 goals as I know I have totally falling off but that’s for the reminder to do so.
    Biggest goal that I haven’t achieved -studying for and taking my personal trainer exam….uuugh:(
    Congrats on your goal achievements! Getting those race PRs feel so good don’t they? I know you will get you PR 1/2 soon.

    So nice to meet you on this blog hop!

    1. Hi Tamieka! Thanks for stopping by! I’m sure that studying for the exam is a HUGE time suck, so I can understand not having done that yet. Sometimes its hard to start something when we know how much time it will take away from our other activities! I would love to be a personal trainer though, so congrats on going for that goal!

    1. Thanks Deborah! I agree, goals check ins help me determine where I’m at compared to where I was at the beginning of the year.

  5. Congrats on your 10K PR! If you broke your 5K PR in training, you will totally break it in a race.I have a few more 10Ks and 5Ks on my 2016 calendar and am getting really excited to start thinking about my 2017 one!!!!! I always love planning my race calendar for the next season. I’ve already got 2 halfs and a tri scheduled in 2017 as well as a long list going to debate and decide on. Good luck with all the rest of your 2016 races!
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    1. Haha yes, you are like me, I’ve already planned much of the spring season for 2017. But the good thing about planning ahead is the sooner we get those races on the calendar, the cheaper the costs associated with the racing and traveling will be 😉

        1. I will always buy new gear if I have the ability to lol. And yes, early bird prices are a must. I couldn’t afford to race as much if I didn’t!

    1. Haha yes, I much prefer that description. I just don’t like to limit my focus to one thing! Not when there’s so many things to explore and experience in life!

  6. I haven’t heard that ted talk yet but I definitely feel like I fall under that multipotentialite description as well! I like + want to do wayyyy too many things!

    Great job on beating your 10k PR, and best of luck to you on your remaining goals for the year! I definitely fell off the wagon in terms of my fitness goals for the year, but…I’m doing what I can, haha.

    1. You, my friend, are entirely too busy for your own good! Haha- I don’t blame you for falling off the wagon! You have excellent time management skills from what I’ve read on your blog though, so I have no doubt you will be back on track soon. 🙂

  7. Look at you Ms Awesome! Obstacle races, you rock! I was talking to a friend who does them a while back and we both agreed that those who compete in obstacle races have to really condition and get their bodies in overall shape lots of different types of workouts to avoid the injuries, I really admire those of you who do them.
    I’ve never tried one, but they do look fun!
    Look at all your PR’s this year too, to get a double you rock!!!
    Thanks for joining us in the hop!
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    1. Thanks! It does take a variety of training to get in shape to really compete in OCR. I always encourage everyone to try one because they are a ton of fun. Thanks for hosting! I love this hop!

  8. Great to meet you. I’m visiting from the blog hop.
    I talk a lot about goal setting and achieving and a few days ago, I posted my 3rd Quarter check-in.
    I have had to revise a lot of my goals – things that seemed probable and/or exciting in January just don’t mean the same to me now, or are no longer achievable for one reason or another.
    It’s so important that even as we create targets, we leave room to grow too.
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    1. That’s very true. As the year progresses our situations change and what was once important may not be anymore. I like being able to admit that to myself and admire others for being able to as well!

  9. I’ve never heard of multipotentialite before either, and that definitely is what I am! Very cool! I love your goals, and I’m definitely revisiting my goals for 2016. Having a baby caused me to derail severely, but I’d like to at least be able to finish out the year in a push to work toward a few of them. I’d like to put a Disney race on my list for 2017, so thanks for the tip of running for fun and not for a PR. 😉

    1. Disney races are great, but yes they are crowded. And honestly, you will have more fun if you stop and take character pictures! It’s just an all around awesome experience! Congrats on the baby!

  10. Oh, I’m bookmarking that TED Talk to read later. I absolutely love TED Talks, and I feel like I might be able to relate to that one.

    I think being able to admit when a goal isn’t super important to you is a great thing. Too often people try for something that they don’t love and end up being miserable while doing it.
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    1. This was the first time I’d read through a TED talk, but the title really spoke to me so I checked it out. I’m glad I did because I learned some valuable information from it! As for my goals, the idea of the championships sounded awesome, but I have a long way to go before I get there and putting that much pressure on myself might make me hate the sport. I didn’t want to lose my love for something because of pressuring myself to compete.

  11. Congrats on the PR’s!! Personally, I set goals for races (to participate in) on my bucket list, but seldom ever set yearly goals as far as speed. Like you, I’d much rather enjoy the course than be constantly “monitored” by what my watch dictates. I’ve done enough races, I know what my PR’s are, and if the circumstances allow it, I may (or not) go for it. Happy (blog) Hopping 😉
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    1. Thanks! I’ve always felt that if I set certain speed goals I would be too disappointed if I didn’t hit that number. That’s why I always just try to focus on being better than my last race! 🙂

    1. This is so true! I find my goals constantly changing, which keeps me on my toes! And it means I never get bored 😉

  12. I love goals and I love hearing others goals! Congrats on getting your 10K PR! My goal was to really focus on my running this year and PR’ing all my race distances. However, life had a different plan. I love your race competitively goal! Great goal and wonderful progress!
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    1. Thanks Missy! It’s been a whirlwind of a year, that’s for sure. I know those PR’s are waiting for you- you’ll get them soon!

  13. I totally get Life getting in the way! Two jobs?? Hats off to you friend.
    I’m the type of person where once I make up my mind I have tunnel vision to that goal, Good in some ways bad in others cause I can get obsessed.
    Ohhh you did Best Damn Race! I tried to get in for $10 I failed but I still may pay the price and sign up later. I always love a trip to NOLA.
    So thanks for letting me join you for spotlight day! I hope you had a great day despite being called into work last night! 🙂
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    1. It’s been a crazy busy week! Hopefully I’ll be making an official announcement on the blog later this week, but I’m about to go back down to one job, so things should be less crazy and I should have more time for blogging again! And for running! I hope you enjoyed your week! Sorry I was late responding!

  14. I am so intrigued (from an armchair perspective) by obstacle/ mud run races! I only recently learned that there is a competitive aspect to them (e.g. nationals or worlds), as I had always thought it was just a team/participation type of event. I personally hate the idea of getting muddy! So I’m intrigued on these and learning vicariously through you! Have any posts on tips for obstacle events/mud runs?

  15. Omg that word, the big one I’m not gonna try to spell, that’s amazing! I plan to research that a bit after this comment! I’m in Florida also, you are picking awesome races with good weather! You will get those goals!

    1. I thought it was cool! I’d never heard of it before reading that Ted talk and now it explains a lot about me in my opinion.

    1. Sometimes I think I push myself too hard and then get burnt out! So yes, relaxing and enjoying myself the remainder of this year will be key. Then I’ll start fresh in 2017 and hopefully nail some PR’s 😉

  16. Hey girl 🙂
    Good to see your face in blog world!
    I hear ya about working a lot!
    Great job on your races and goals! Keep up the good work and I am sure you will crush your half in Feb!

    1. Hi Esther! Yes, I was absent for a little while, but you know, life. Thanks for the confidence!

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