What’s In Store For 2022?

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:

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 MileCoach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running. Be sure to read their blogs and catch up with other runners from around the world. 

37 thoughts on “What’s In Store For 2022?

  1. Kgale Hill will serve you well for Addo, Shathiso! Doing that once a week is excellent training.
    I also like your other goals – they complement each other very nicely.
    For example, after Addo, you can focus on your speed with the 5-minute kilometre and the 8-minute mile – which will serve you well for the 2:15 half. Very well thought through!

    100 blog posts for 2022 would be a great goal to achieve. But it is also a lot. If you find that you start to struggle for time, don’t hesitate to cut this goal to fewer posts. As blogging runners, we understand how hard it is to fit everything in!

    Wishing you the very best for your 2022 goals!

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    1. Thank you Catrina for all your support and encouragement as always! I remember you said Kai had to navigate two big hills on his 44km Addo run! I’m really looking forward to focusing on speed and less endurance. I miss just training for a Half! LOL.

      100 blogs is so tricky! I already struggle with half that amount so it might be a bit of a stretch! In fact, I’m already behind, LOL! But I’ll see how it goes and if this doesn’t work out I won’t stress myself. It’s so important to remember that all this is meant to be fun as well!

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      1. Yes, exactly! Even reaching 50 blog posts is a great achievement with your full schedule.
        I like your attitude – there’s no need to stress about it if it doesn’t work out.

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  2. Wow. That’s quite a few goals and many are challenging.

    Good luck. With those extra blog posts, I will get read more about your progress lol

    My word is Intentional and I also have many goals… I think they are almost ALL doable. We’ll see. I do plan to continue running races. That makes me the happiest.

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  3. Align is an interesting choice! I hope that your year aligns with your goals, but of course, that is one thing that is at least somewhat in your control.

    You are a strong and determined person, and I know you can achieve your goals if you put your mind to it. Best of luck, Shathiso!

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  4. Looks like you will have an exciting year! I agree, it can be hard to plan when things are still unpredictable. But its good to have something to work towards!

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  5. Oh, gosh, you have some awesome goals. I should borrow a few. Especially the health appointments. I did schedule one today but I am still behind from 2020 ….

    If you want to try the Peloton app for strength workouts, I think I can email you a link for a 60 day free trial …. You know how much I love it!

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    1. Please borrow away! For some reason I keep postponing health appointments, I guess because I “feel” healthy. But it’s so important to be proactive!

      Thank you so much for the Peloton offer! Sadly, I’ve just googled it and it says “The offer is only available in the U.S.”


  6. I love “align.” Great word for the year, and not one you hear often! It’s funny how, once you pick a word to focus on, examples of it suddenly come up in your life constantly.
    You have some big goals! I love it. I can’t wait to hear how they all play out, and I hope you achieve 100 blog posts! I enjoy reading along.

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  7. Love your goals! I am excited for your 100 blog posts. You know i love reading your blog. You got me thinking that 2022km is 1256 miles which is close to my goal. Hmm, something to think about. I am excited to following along!!

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