As one year ends, a new one begins. Often New Year’s resolutions are made at the beginning of each year in an effort to make break bad habits or achieve goals. Last year, I made a few resolutions myself. Since 2017 has begun, it’s time to look back and see how well I did on my 2016 goals.
Keeping the list simple, I chose only 4 goals although all of them would require time commitments.
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2016 Goals In Review
Hike/Walk/Run 1000 Miles: After completing this goal in 2015, I thought it would be simple to repeat in 2016.
At the end of 2016, I had hiked, walked, or ran 839 miles. I was more than a few miles short of my goal. What happened?
After training and running for my first trail run, I needed a break from running. Since running had become necessary for my training, it was no longer something I enjoyed. I spent the rest of the summer outdoor experiences like mountain biking with the kids, river rafting, and camping.
In the fall, I started working a part-time job. It’s been three years since I worked outside of the home and the adjustment period was a little longer than I thought. My hike/walk/run challenge was not and could not be my priority during this transition period.
Would I change anything I did this year to reach my goal? Yes and no. I do not regret taking a break over the summer months since the challenge was supposed to bring me joy as well as good health. And I love my new job. After a few months, I now have a routine I can stick to and get outside. That being said, I also didn’t focus on this goal in 2016. Since I managed to get to 1000 miles in 2015, I thought it would be easy to achieve in 2016 as I was already training for a trail run. I simply wasn’t focused enough.
Go on a Raft Trip with the Hubby: A yearly raft trip with my husband and some of our college friends has become something I look forward to every year. It has been my favorite trip of the summer and I hope we continue this tradition for years to come.
This year we scheduled two raft trips back to back. One trip included our entire family and new friends we’ve made in Idaho while the other was an adult-only trip with our college friends in Montana. So many great memories from both of these experiences.
Run a Trail Run: For the last few years, I had wanted to run a local trail run. Oddly enough I had only ran a 5k and didn’t enjoy running on roads. I LOVE hiking and though a trail run sounded like a fabulous idea.
Due to my running history (that one 5k), I really focused on accomplishing this particular goal. I had a training plan, cross training regimen, and ate healthier than I have in my entire life so I could finish the race.
I loved every minute of that race. In June, I finished a 35k in 5:37 hrs. beating my prediction of 6 hrs.
Will I do this again? I’ve been looking at a few trail races for 2017. I’ll stick to only a few a year. I want to enjoy trail running and allow time to participate in other outdoor activities, too.
Take My Kids Backpacking: My kids love being outdoors and camping. I’ve wanted to take them backpacking for a while because I truly think they will love the experience.
In 2015, we attempted to take the kids backpacking for the first time. Our plan didn’t exactly work as expected and we ended up having a fabulous camping trip at the City of Rocks National Preserve. In September 2016, we tried backpacking once again. Since we had trouble finding the trailhead in 2015, we decided we would try hiking to the same location in 2016. This year, the mountain was literally on fire! What are the chances?!? To read about our hilarious journey, click here.
While technically, we failed at this goal, it was simply due to circumstances. We were packed and ready, but you simply can’t argue with a forest fire. We’ll try once again in 2017. The third time’s the charm, right?
What I Learned
Choosing to complete four large goals over the course of a year was a big challenge, and I knew it would be difficult to complete all of the tasks. We live your average crazy parent life such as the kids are both in school, the kids participate in extracurricular activities, the hubby has a job requiring frequent travel, and I started a new job. What did I learn about me over the course of the year?
- Just because you completed something before, doesn’t mean it is easy to replicate. – 1000 miles was difficult to obtain in 2015, but I just assumed I could do it again. Since it was my “easiest” goal, I didn’t focus on it.
- Sometimes, things are out of your control and it’s ok. – We were prepared for this year’s backpacking trip. However, Mother Nature had a different plan.
- Practice, practice, practice and you’ll set yourself up for success. – The trail run was my most difficult goal of the year. I attacked this new goal from multiple angles (increased running, cross training, proper nutrition, and practice runs) and managed to finish.
- Have realistic expectations. – I just wanted to finish my trail run, since I had never completed one before.
- Reevaluate the end goal occasionally. – Halfway through the year, I analyzed how well I was doing on my 2016 goals (see my recap here). Six months ago, I didn’t think we would have time to backpack and I thought I was easily complete my 1000 mile challenge. This evaluation allowed us to make time to try to backpack.
- It’s ok if you don’t finish all of the goals on your list. – The goals I made in 2016 were meant to push me out of my comfort zone and to make getting outdoors a priority. I succeeded in getting outside and in doing new things.
In 2017, I’ll make yet another list of goals. I feel like this list pushed me in new ways and helped me to focus on the things I want to do in life. I’m proud of what I did accomplish and what I learned about myself. I think all life experiences should have that kind of end result. Often, the first time we do something, it doesn’t quite work. So why not try again?
Did you have any goals last year? How did you do? How about this year?