Around this time last year I wrote a post titled, Is It Foolish To Plan For 2021? Given how the year turned out, it might well have been foolish! But I still stand by what I said in that post, “Goals keep me showing up and pushing myself to be and do more. Do I fail? Ha! More times than I can count! But then I vow to start again on Monday. And if it means starting again for 52 Mondays, so be it. At least it gets me closer and closer to where I want to be.” Something I didn’t do very well last year though was to check in periodically to see how I was doing. It is so important that goals are reviewed on a regular basis otherwise you lose focus and don’t adjust things in time. I’ll have to remember to check in more this year. Let’s get to it!
Goals For 2022
1: Run A Trail Ultra-Marathon: I’m already training for the Addo Ultra Trail (44km) Race scheduled for 19th March 2022. I’m not at my fittest and training feels really slow and tedious. But the only way I’m going to give myself any chance of finishing this race is to stay consistent. I’m running four days a week and trying to hike up Kgale Hill at least once a week.
2: Complete 10 Items On My 40X40 List: There are still things on this list which are within reach even without the big races. For example, run 1km in 5 minutes, a mile in 8 minutes, a Half in under 2:15, join the Sports Bra Squad, complete a 40 Push-Up Challenge and hold a 40 second Pilates teaser, among others. I’m going to work hard on those that are within my control.
3: Do More Strength And Cross-Training: In 2022, I commit to the following:
- Strength-train twice a week for at least 15 minutes at a time
- Kgale Hill 1x a week
- Pilates 2x a week
4: Eat, Sleep and Drink Better: I need to re-establish healthier habits:
- Drink 1.5 – 2L of water a day
- Sleep between 9 – 10 pm
- Improve my eating habits (less chocolate, healthier snacks, better portion sizes)
- Schedule monthly health check ups, e.g. breast exam one month, dentist the next, etc.
5: Run 2022km in 2022: Similar to 2021, without any guarantee of races, I’m setting a mileage goal again. I failed last year but this time I’m determined not to be defeated! My highest mileage (achieved in 2020) was just shy of 1700km. I believe it’s possible but I have to remain consistent. As part of this I want to sneak in a couple of extra goals:
- Run Every Street Project: Block 3, Broadhurst Industrial and Block 6
- Run all races in Gaborone! (if there are any!)
- Run in 15 new villages/ towns
BONUS GOAL: Write 100 Blog Posts. Last year I wrote 49 blogs (an average of one a week, almost) which was my highest ever in a year. I would like to double this in 2022 to 100 Blog Posts! I have quite a few ideas so I’m hoping I find the time and energy to get this done!
And finally my word for the year: ALIGN – using this definition: “To adjust (parts of a mechanism, for example) to produce a proper relationship or orientation, e.g. aligning the wheels of a truck”. I fell out of alignment last year and I’m determined to adjust things so I feel aligned again. On that note, wishing you all the best year – hope this one is better than the last couple of years we’ve had, and if it’s not, sending you lots of strength and courage to navigate it all. Let’s go get it!
What are you looking forward to in 2022? Any new challenges? Any races on the schedule? What’s your word for the year?
I’m joining Kooky Runner and Zenaida on their link up, Tuesday Topics. I’m also joining the Runner’s Roundup with Mile By Mile, Coach Debbie Runs, Confessions of a Mother Runner, Runs with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running. Be sure to read their blogs and catch up with other runners from around the world.