Chasing 2018

I love setting new goals for a new year! It motivates me, but I am also flexible about them. If my goals change as the year progresses, that is okay, if I realize something won’t be possible under certain circumstances, that is also okay. Goals help me to be my best self.

Let’s start by looking at how 2017 went!

Goals I accomplished:

  • BQ Marathon – ran a 3:20 and a 3:23
  • Become a certified coach – done!
  • read a book a month – this changed to read 12 books, but done
  • Iceland and Chicago – done and done
  • save money – not much but technically I did this 🙂
  • GOTR- coached two seasons and still going
  • Train dogs to run with me – one is going well the other still needs work haha

Goals I didn’t accomplish:

  • Run the year in miles – realized this would be forced and not natural for me
  • Yoga twice a week – did once a week and worked out well
  • be able to do a pull-up – haven’t attempted this one yet
  • Mt Washington and Mt Katahdin – didn’t do as much hiking as I hoped this year
  • Be Present – still needs work

Goals for 2018, I am coming for ya!:

  • BE PRESENT
  • Add to Run with Jules – strength coach certification, dietitian
  • Volunteer at a race (marathon or half marathon)
  • Scotland (already booked) and a new US destination (solo running adventure trip? I think yes!)
  • Focus on building strength – 1-2x a week
  • Run a trail race – first one!
  • Marathon (3:10) and half marathon (1:30)
  • Foam roll, floss and take my vitamins every damn day
  • read 15 books
  • try a new hobby with Greg – woodworking
  • celebrate the small successes with wine 🙂
  • do something that scares me everyday and gets me closer to my goals
  • find a reason to smile every day
  • five year plan – full ironman

I think one of the most important goals for me this year is being present, that pesky phone can get in the way sometimes. I find myself going into a rabbit hole of other peoples successes and their best life that they put on instagram and wondering if my life is actually that great. Instead I should be just living my best life, with people, not through my phone. True in person connections. First step, get an alarm clock so my phone can spend it’s nights in my kitchen.

Not going to lie, I wrote this post before and it didn’t save and it was really good. Maybe the second glass of wine really helped, but not sure it’s is going to be as good this time around. Anyway, besides being present I want to make sure to celebrate the small successes and each success I make. It is easy to look at social media and think the goals you have been working towards for months aren’t really that great of an accomplishment because someone else did better, whether that means they ran faster, farther, got a promotion, traveled farther, got five puppies instead of one! Literally, anything. We need to stop doing this, but believe me I know how hard it is, I have been doing it all the time lately. Am I really a good coach? Am I really a good runner? Why do I try to do this and that? We all have doubts, but if we don’t believe in ourselves who will?

Also, if we don’t go after out dreams, who will? 2017 I went after my dreams but in 2018 I plan to keep doing just that. I want to constantly reflect and make sure I am on the right path. Does this make me happy? Is this fulfilling? Is this what I want to work towards in life? It is easy to get caught up in the routine of life and before you know it years pass and you are still thinking about that business you wish you started or that race you wish you ran or that class you wish you took. Why not now? Why not just go for it? If you fail or it fails, do you really have regrets? I wouldn’t because at least I tried.

I think I got a little side tracked, but I think you get the point. I plan to chase after all my goals in 2018, even if it scares me, even if I have doubts.

My favorite mantra is “She believed she could, so she did”, so this year I plan to do.

Thanks for following along for my 2017, I hope you follow along for 2018!

Jules

Balance – striving for equilibrium

Do we every really have balance in our lives? Some might, so maybe I should rephrase that. Do I ever have balance in my life? No. I prefer to say I have waves or seasons. Times where I focus more on one aspect and less on another.

When I got a puppy, she was my priority for months. Training her, bonding with her, loving her 🙂 

When I wanted my redemption Boston Qualifier, I put training above everything else.

How do you do it all? I am sure you are involved of so many things just like myself, and you put a part of yourself in it all, but how do you manage without spreading yourself too thin? Or losing time for yourself.

Let’s backup and I will give you a little more insight into my life. I tend to try to keep most details off the internet, but here is a little something.

As you know I am 26 years old.

I live in New England.

I have a year and a half old chocolate lab, who is crazy…CRAZY ADORABLE.

I work at a tech company on the predictive analytics team as a data architect (from 8am-5pm)

I also help manage and recruit for our college hire and intern programs (in my “spare” time).

I volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run.

I started my own coaching business and create plans for people at night or on weekends.

I want to expand my business more but lately I am wondering if I have the time and capacity.

Oh yeah and I run as well. I have big goals for myself and as you all know its not just about running, its about strength training, yoga, eating right, foam rolling, sleeping enough. All of those things factor into those running dreams you have. If you love it, you do it 🙂

I also have other hobbies, surprisingly! I love to read, I love yoga, I used to knit until I no longer had time. I love to try new restaurants and breweries. I love to explore and travel.

To some it might not seem like I do that much, I know I don’t have kids so power to everyone who does, you are all rockstars. However, lately I have been struggling to find a sweet spot (just like with mileage). How much is too much? I tend to take on a lot, so currently I have been having guilt. Whether it’s guilt for sleeping in and not knowing when to get my run in during the day. Guilt for working 8-5, running before work and not having time for my pup. Guilt for working on coaching after work so my boyfriend has to cook dinner AGAIN. Guilt for not having time to expand my coaching business and build new ideas like I want to. Guilt, guilt, guilt.

New years resolution, lose the guilt. Do what I can and own it.

Steps I take to stay on track.

  1. Prioritize
  2. Plan out my day and week (meals, workouts, my pup’s schedule)
  3. set my early morning wake up
  4. Lay out my running or gym clothes the night before
  5. Leave work at work, when I am home, I am home. It can wait until tomorrow.
  6. Have a plan for my pup, so one way or another she has a good day whether it is with me or not
  7. Remind myself the importance of recovery and rest (in sports and work)
  8. Step back and look at the bigger picture, what am I working towards? what are my goals? what is important to get there?

With everything I am a part of, I strive to do well, but sometimes I do some aspects better than others. I remind myself that this is normal. Sometimes I might be a better runner and sometimes I might be a better coach. Other time I might be better at my data architect job than my recruiting role. It depends on the season, it depends on the current priority. Regardless, when I get stressed out and feel overwhelmed I force myself to step back and make myself answer the question why? Why am I doing this? Is this important to me? Do I love it? If the answer is yes, then I know I will find a way, if I am unsure then maybe it is something to reconsider.

 

This also might explain why I haven’t posted a blog in over a month!