My 2017 Goals + I'm a Newton Running Ambassador!


First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who filled out my reader survey last week. Seriously, your feedback is extremely helpful as I'm trying to figure out where this blog should go. One piece of feedback that came up several times was post frequency/consistency. It sounds like you guys want to know when content is coming regularly. One person even acknowledged that it is hard to be consistent on top of working full-time, but here's the deal. If I'm gonna do this, I should do it right, right?

Here's the goal: I'm going to post three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays). I think that's a super manageable goal. If that frequency doesn't feel overwhelming, maybe I'll add more in there eventually. But I don't want to keep biting off more than I can chew. I'm thinking the first two posts can be topical and then the Friday post can be a weekly recap of life and training. Thoughts?

Again, thank you so much for taking the time to fill out the survey. It means a lot for me to know that you care enough to complete it. Thanks. You da best.

Okay. Goals.

Yeah, I know we're already 4 days into 2017 and I probably should have posted this last week. But I was busy working on Neely Spence Gracey's bad-a** new website! Check it out

Better late than never, right? Here are my goals for 2017, divided into 2 categories.

Health/Fitness Goals

  1. A Sub-1:40 Half at the Woodlands Half Marathon in March.
  2. Actually give the Kayla Itsines BBG a full try. I've started it multiple times before but always quit after like 2 weeks. It'll be tough on top of intense run training, but I think doable, especially since I'm training for a half right now and not a full.
  3. Beat last year's BolderBoulder time of 46:19.
  4. Eat 90% plant-based foods, with the occasional ice cream.
  5. A 5k or 10k PR in February. I need to find a good, flat local race. Ideas?
  6. Fall goals TBD

Being a Decent Human Being Goals

  1. Read my bible every day. I'm following the She Reads Truth Bible in a Year plan with my girl Christy. I'm also trying to do Tim Keller's The Songs of Jesus little daily devotional. It's super short and doable.
  2. Read at least a chapter of a book every day. I found that when I left NYC and lost my hour-long subway commute, I stopped reading. So I'm picking it back up this year. Right now, I'm reading some mega dorky fantasy-genre fiction. R.A. Salvatore anyone? I'm hoping this will end up being around 2 books a month, or 24 in 2017.
  3. Find ways to create an atmosphere of gratitude in my life, instead of an atmosphere of jealousy and resentment. Being really honest here. I can have quite an irrational temper when I'm stressed out about work. And I often find myself overwhelmed with jealous of other people's lives -- of what I see of their lives on social media. I don't want that jealousy to stop simply because I realize that everyone goes through hard stuff. I want it to stop because I become more and more content with my life and with the joy I have in Christ. Not entirely sure what this will look like yet, perhaps a gratitude journal? I'm open to suggestions. Leave me a comment below if you have one.
  4. Call my mom once a week. I used to be so good at this, but working from home often means that I don't take a lunch break. I need to take a lunch break at least once a week to call my mom.
  5. Go out of my way to do nice things for my husband. If you're married, I'm sure you've fallen into the spiral of fairness before. You don't want to do nice things if you don't feel like those nice things have been earned. Well, hey, sorry to break it to you (to us), but that's not love. Love is unconditional and not earned. I know that in my head, but I want to do a much better job of putting that into action, both when I feel like doing it and when I don't.
  6. Cleanliness is next to godliness. This goal sounds dumb, but I want to floss, wash my face, and put on moisturizer every night before bed. I'm so bad about being tired/lazy at night and going to bed with a full face of makeup. Working on it...

In other news, I'm so excited to announce that I've been selected to be a part of the Newton Running 2017 Ambassador Team!! I discovered Newton in early last year, and have done all my races in the Motion V line -- I went through 2 pairs of Motion Vs in 2016. Their support is really spurring me onto thinking big about my running this year.