Goals for 2016

Happy New Year!

Does anyone else get really excited when January 1st rolls around and you’ve got a blank calendar/planner to fill in with all the important dates of the year?

By the end of the year, the calendar looks messy and tired. I like the freshness of a clean slate. A place to plan. A place to set goals to hit throughout the whole year.

Be confident in your ability as a runner and watch your dreams soar!  happyfitmama.com

In years past, I’ve shared my running goals for the year. Now that I’m back to running, I’ve got tons of ideas swirling around in my head. Lots of dreams and aspirations. But there’s one thing holding me back from putting it out into the universe.


I’m so afraid that I’m going to end up injured yet again. My injury at Boston completely took me by surprise. I thought I was doing every single damn thing right. Cross training. Strength training. Yoga. Foam rolling/The Stick. Everything.

And then BAM!! I’m injured. For 8 months.

I completely abandoned all my goals for 2015 after that. My new goal was to return to running.

Thankfully,  I did!

Now I’m looking at 2016 and scared of the possibility of having a repeat year of heartbreak.

Never doubt your power.:

I’ve thought of not setting any goals for the year. Maybe I should choose One Word to guide my year and then let it pan out as it may? When I started to think of One Word, I kept going back to Confidence. Confidence in myself and abilities has taken a nose dive. It drives my fear.

I don’t want to live in fear.

I want to find my confidence in myself as a runner again.

Ever since April, I’ve had one huge goal on my brain – Redemption Marathon.  I need to show myself that I can run a marathon. It’s been eating at me for 8 months. With the start of the new year, I’ve had thoughts of going goal crazy – PR in the 5k, 10k, 10 mile, half marathon, 20 mile, marathon.

The reality is that I am nowhere even close to being in the shape to do any of that right now. I’ve got a lot of base building to do before any of that is written on paper as a goal.
"Confidence is like a muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets." #confidence #quotes #inspirational:
I need to regain my confidence before I can focus on specific running goals in 2016.
That’s cool. But what does that mean and how do I get there?
My goal for the first quarter of 2016 is to continue to build a solid base. I will do that by:
  1. Continue to gradually increase my running time. No mileage goals.
  2. Introduce specific running workouts  – speed, tempo, etc – slowly back into my routine.
  3. Continue to strength train 2-3x/week. Don’t slack on PT exercises!
  4. Establish a schedule of massage work every 4-6 weeks to work on my pesky calf.
  5. Run a 5k or 5 miler race in March.

Above all, I will:

  1. Find joy in all my running.
  2. Be thankful for every run.

The big lesson learned in 2015 was that every run is a gift. Never take that for granted.

Now that I’ve let go of the pressure of setting major goals for myself at this time, I’m feeling a little relief. I need some more time before I can think of PR’s. If the first quarter goes well, then I will let myself go there. I want 2016 to my marvelous year in running.

Stay tuned to see how the story unfolds!

What are your goals for 2016?

Do you have a One Word?

22 comments on “Goals for 2016

  1. So we need to get you a “believe in yourself” momentum bracelet ASAP! I love that your word is “confidence” and I cannot imagine how the fear of injury must sit in the back of your head like a very unwelcome guest. BUT, you have been there. You survived. You have lived to run many more days and this is your year mama. Fear be damned! 26.2 here you come!!!
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  2. So clearly you and I are on similar wavelengths!! I love your word. Confidence is a big part of my vision and word for this year too. I tried writing running related goals and they became more process-oriented than specific goals if that makes sense. I keep reminding myself that there’s a lot of base building that needs to happen before I can even start to think about races. Yes to running for time and strength training and all of it. Here’s a a confident year!!
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  3. I love your word and your smart plan for returning to marathon form. I have no doubt you’ll get back to where you were. Facing your fear is the first step, right?

    I switched to running by time 2 years ago and I love it. There’s less pressure, I find it an easier way to quickly gauge progress and once you get into training for a race, it’s way easier to schedule your life around your training because you know exactly how long you’ll be out running.
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  4. Love love love that quote – how true it is! I think you could also substitute the word “believe” in there and have it work the other way – when you believe in your power, you give power to your belief – or something like that.
    Your goals are so smart and process-oriented and I especially love your emphasis on finding joy and gratitude in running. I think that should be a goal for all of us! I’m excited to see what 2016 brings for you!
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  5. I do really like the feeling of a new agenda and starting off fresh – I even get this feeling when a new month starts!

    I particularly like your goal of finding joy in all your runs. This is something that I want to add to my goals and apply it to all different aspects of my life! Exercising, work, or even everyday routines and errands.
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  6. I love that quote! This is a wonderful post and you are such an inspiration! Same idea we share, I would definitely start working out (the right way) this 2016. December had been a rough month for my liver and tummy lol and I promise to avoid alcohol from this January onwards. Thanks for sharing your own goals Angela! Cheers!

  7. I love these goals Angela! And your one word for this year. I know you’ll get back into running — we all get injured at some point, and it sounds like you took the time to recover properly.
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  8. I am so excited for you!! It is a brand new year and you are running again!!
    I love that you are going to find joy in your running and be thankful for every run.
    You are going to kick butt this year! Cheers to joyful running!!! xx

  9. I love this post! I think that “confidence” is such a big and important thing and it’s going to be a great goal for 2016! I’m also coming off an injury so I feel you on this. I love the last two mini-goals that you have on here, I’m hoping to remember those during each run too! Good luck!
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