Normally come January 1st I’m so ready with my goals and dreams for the upcoming year that I’m shouting it all out from the rooftops. But this year, not so much… Moving (very) unexpectedly at the end of last year, settling into a new (American) life and surviving Christmas (for the first time) without my husband was hard, so I guess my brain had other things to focus on…
But the more time that goes by without goal setting for me, the more anxious I feel, it’s almost like defeated feeling. I haven’t mentioned this in detail before but I have ADHD, even with medicine it can be difficult. It’s really hard to explain what it feels like but sometimes I can’t stand still and other times, I can’t make a decision. Even more weird for a person as determined as myself, I have no drive at all. And that lack of focus and drive is a very scary feeling for me.
Combine all of this with the added stress of Type 1 Diabetes and things can spiral downward quickly. Thank goodness I recognized this feeling quickly and didn’t let that happen. My husbands arrival was perfectly timed as well, he’s my biggest cheerleader and supporter. So, while in Vegas I thought a lot about what I really wanted to go after this year. Instead of just picking races and hoping for a PB, I wanted to choose races that I really loved in the past. I also wanted to pick one huge goal for the summer and work toward it, kinda like I did last year.
1. PB my Half Marathon – After my knee setback in December, I’ve had to adjust my half training so I don’t plan on setting any personal best records on Saturday. But I will PB in the half this year and I’m willing to work very hard to make that happen.
2. PB my 5K – I realized that Ive never really tried to work on this goal so I figured I’d add it to the list for fun.
3. Race another Ultra – If you’ve read my blog before you know that my all time favorite race is the Spitfire Scramble. It’s a 24 hour race in Essex England and it’s a blast! Runners can run in relay teams of 8 all the way down to solo teams of 1. This will be my 4th year in a row running (team of 8, team of 6, team of 2). This year I will be running it solo and the goal is bigger than last year too. It will be a couple weeks before my 6 year T1D diagnosis anniversary so my goal is to complete 60+ miles. Last year I managed 50 miles and I know I can run further this year.
4. Get my A1c below 7 – This is a biggie, I’m trying each day to keep my blood sugar in check but sometimes life gets in the way. I’m trying to keep my DEXCOM alarms on (even when I wanna sleep), staying hydrated and keeping my daily stress to a minimum. I have a little reward gift to myself once I get a number under 7…a new tattoo. #motivation
5. Volunteer for at least 2 races – I’ve never volunteered at a race and after 8 years of running, it’s about damn time! Have you ever volunteered at a race?
6. Run in London with my ASICS Front Runner family – I finally decided what race to run with them and it happened to be the very 1st half marathon I ever ran in the U.K. – Hackney half marathon. I’m super excited to be running it for the 3rd time and hopefully can nab my PB there… #fingerscrossed
RACE SCHEDULE (so far…)
Best Damn half marathon – Feb 2 – USA – FL
Trout Creek 15K trail race – March 25 – USA – FL
Earth Day 12K – April 7 -> Lake Minneola half marathon April 8 – DOUBLE RACE CHALLENGE – USA – FL
Hackney Half Marathon – May 20 – UK
Spirfire Scramble – July 14-15 – UK