Goals for 2017!

I’m a huge goal person and a true believer in writing them down. Last year was a big year for me, and I felt like I tackled a HUGE amount of personal run-goals. With that being said, by the end of the year I was ready to be goal-less for the remaining few months. This really made me realize that, while 2016 was big for me, I was constantly looking ahead and saying “what’s next?” instead of taking it one race at a time. So as you can guess, I know I want to focus on one step at a time this year, which has left me struggling to figure out with what I really want to ACCOMPLISH on the whole for 2017…

“Goals are what take us forward in life;

they are the oxygen to our dreams.” ~ unknown 

So I took the first step and bought another Believe Training Journal (I used it last year and loved it), and asked myself “WHAT DO YOU WANT RUNNING TO DO FOR YOU THIS YEAR?” And I thought about it for a while, and realized I want it to do the two things it’s always done for me:

  1. Give me strength, self-confidence and self-esteem
  2. Make me happy:)

Then I asked myself “HOW CAN IT DO THOSE THINGS FOR ME THIS YEAR?” And I came to the conclusion that in 2016 I pushed myself FURTHER than I once thought I could; and for #1 to happen in 2017, I needed to push myself FASTER than I once thought I could. Fear of speed, fear of failure and fear of feeling really, really bad has been haunting me for a while now and I think now is the time to conquer it!!!cropped-img_0023.jpg

Then for #2 to happen, 2017 has to be less about GOAL RACES (don’t get me wrong, I still plan on having some) and more about GOAL PLACES. Because my favourite thing about running is the places it takes me to and the opportunity to see and explore new parks, mountains, trails and cities on foot.

So now that you know my thought process, here are my goals:

  • Run a sub 1:30 half-marathon: I think this may take a few races to dwindle the time down from my current 1:35:04 PB, so my plan is to aim in the ballpark of 1:32:xx for my first HM of the year on Feb 5 and go from there.
  • Run a sub 3:20 full-marathon: I’m 99% sure that it will be the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 7…I just have to click register!
  • Sea wheeze August 12: no time goal here, just FUN!
  • Run the full Howe Sound Crest Trail
  • Run a race or a self navigated route: I’ve been wanting to run in some of the US parks in either Utah or Arizona for SOOOOO long! My list includes (and doesn’t end with): Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion and the Grand Canyon. I’m hoping that a group of us will go down and run the Grand Canyon this year rim-to-rim (50miles)…planning and logistics is just in the works!

I know I still want to add a few trail races into the mix, but the objective stays the same: build confidence and run happy….It’s all about quality over quantity this year!

What are your 2017 goals?

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5 thoughts on “Goals for 2017!

  1. These sound like so much fun! I love the idea of goal PLACES versus races. Running in Arizona and Utah are also on my bucket list! The Howe Sound Crest Trail would be so beautiful.

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  2. There is so much about those goals that go beyond just the words, a little bit like the iceburg where 90% is below the surface, having said that, there is no doubt in my mind that you will accomplish them and I shall look forward to reading about how you met them in 2017.

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  3. Your goals are an inspiration I know you will fulfill them all Hope we get to watch some of your races.Love you ,Mom ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. Huge fan of your Goal Places > Goal Races theory. The first time I ever visited the Grand Canyon was to run the R2R2R – stoked to see it on your list! One run on my 2017 list is the Zion Traverse (50 miles)… we should talk about potentially collaborating trips! 🙂 love following your stuff on IG. Much love, @rachydavy.

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    1. Thanks so much Rachel! And I definitely will be hitting you up for tips when I run R2R2R!!! Zion is totally on my list too, it looks amazing there! And that would be amazing if we could make that happen… I feel like we would have more than just running in common xoxoxox

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