2014 Goals

Every year I think I should make goals. But then I overreach, and end up discouraged.

This year will be different! (pretty sure I’ve heard that before)

Smaller goals. Goals to keep me on a steady track. No more burning out with goals. And no more crazy end goal, goals. Makes sense to me.:)


  • Take it one month at a time.
  • January: 36 miles.
  • Year: 450 miles (if things are going well that’s 9 miles a week for 50 weeks).


  • Year: 1,000 miles outside. That’s 20 miles a week for 50 weeks. 1 good ride a week.
  • Year: 25,000 feet climbing. With the hills around here, that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.


  • 120 hours of CPE. Yep, I got behind. It was a busy past couple of years.


  • Record one cover a month (open to suggestions!). It’s about time I learned more about my recording set up and got familiar with it. And just perhaps it’ll get my own writing juices flowing again.

Those are the measurable goals. As for the less trackable ones:

  • Be kinder, gentler, and more playful with my kids. Let them lead and let them be themselves.
  • Be more thoughtful, and less judgemental about others.
  • Reflect more on the past and learn from it.
  • Further develop spiritually.

2013 ended great. Such a change of pace from the last 5 years. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings.

Still running

My calf issues have been resurfacing recently. Last week I ran Monday and Wednesday only (and only a bit over a mile on Wednesday).

This week started off better. Monday was 3 miles. This morning I went to the gym and spent 35 minutes on the stationary bike.  Best of all the calf is feeling better.

I had a few ideas as to what may be wrong. I had been wearing some very unsupporting shoes to work. I changed those up. I have been better about stretching and rolling my legs. And let’s not forget strengthening exercises.

Let’s see if I can keep it up!

There’s a chill in the air

Living in the Pacific Northwest means we aren’t having to deal with -40 degree weather right now. But 30 degrees is really cold for fair weather folks. The ground was a bit slick, so shorter, quicker steps were in order. My running buddy and I are both feeling a bit sore (foot and calf, respectively) so the slower pace was welcome.

Should be back to rain and 40 degrees soon

Stats for this run

  • Total distance: 3.1 miles
  • Total time: 31m 21s
  • Calories burned: 529
  • Elevation gain: 180ft

Year to date stats (2014)

  • Total distance: 26.5 miles
  • Total time: 2h 21m 24s
  • Calories burned: 1,834
  • Elevation gain: 1,028ft

Taking it easy

I find myself without any immediate running goals, except for staying injury free. No races in the foreseeable future. I guess you could say that my main goal is to stay injury free, which seems to be quite the feat.

So for now, I take it easy.

Stats for this run

  • Total distance: 3.1 miles
  • Total time: 30m 37s
  • Calories burned: 528
  • Elevation gain: 123ft

Year to date stats

  • Total distance: 23.3 miles
  • Total time: 1h 48m 25s
  • Calories burned: 1,205
  • Elevation gain: 848ft

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