18 months ago, I put my goals out there for all to see, judge and watch me strive for from behind their computer screens. Since some were on an 18 month time frame, it’s time to check in on how things are going.
18 Month Goals
PR in the marathon. Done, 2:54 at Mohawk Hudson in 2014.
Break 1:20 in the half and 37 in the 10K. Not so much, although the first is possible at Philly.
Get a shiny new 5K PR. Done, 18:44 at Champlain Classic in 2015.
Win a marathon. Nope, was 2nd by 20 minutes last fall.
Win a national title. Nope.
Run a beer mile. Nope.
Break 2:45 in the marathon, 1:18 in the half, 36 in the 10K and 17:30 in the 5K. Nope, nope, nope, nope.
Run a trail marathon. Nope. I forgot I even had this as a goal. I actually loathe trail running.
Transition to an excellent masters career. We can give me credit for this, as it’s a process of staying uninjured and stacking cycle on cycle.
Pie in the Sky
OTQ. Not yet.
Elite Women’s Start at Boston. Nope.
Get invited to the USA Running Circuit. Hoping this happens in 2016 after a great Philly.
Get a mention on Let’s Run or Running Times. Nope, but I did post my first ever comment on Let’s Run recently. Does that count?
In all honesty, I’m actually pretty happy with the way I’m progressing towards these goals despite the fact that I haven’t met all my 18 month goals yet. I named those goals less than 6 months out from foot surgery and at the end of my first year of medical school before I knew what my recovery would look like, what studying for the Boards would mean and what clerkship hours would feel like. Despite all that, I’ve made continual forward progress and continue to chip away at these goals.
For the next 18 months (which terrifyingly takes me up to my graduation from medical school and beginning of residency), my goals are to:
Break 1:20 in the half. Breaking 1:18 at Philly would be my A+ day goal.
Break 18:00 in the 5K.
Run a trail marathon.
Win a marathon (perhaps VCM 2017 before we leave Burlington for a while).
What are you short term goals? Long term goals? How often do you check in on them?