Thursday, December 5, 2013

Start Thinking About Your 2014 Goals

Can you believe that 2013 is just about finished? I know people say that a lot, but really think about it...a lot has happened this year and the year has just flown by! I am never one for a New Year's Resolution, but what I do try to do is consider the activities and actions that are occurring in my life at any given time and evaluate how to enhance them or remove them. Given that my birthday is in 4 days, I think this is the perfect time to start to reflect and I would love to share some of those thoughts  with you.

2013 has been a spectacular year for me. You (my readers and social media followers) have embraced me and encouraged me to continue to blog and share my stories and adventures with you. For that I am grateful. I have run five marathons this year, including the Chicago Marathon...each marathon was a different experience. I have made some of the most incredible running friends a guy could ask for. I became a brand ambassador for the always awesome INKnBURN and EnergyBits brands. I will have run 16 half marathons by the time the year is over. I have traveled to Nevada, Illinois, and Florida for races. I have had a truly blessed year.

So what's next? 2014 I want to focus on realizing my dreams. It's about being consistent, and keeping focus on the dreams. I was to be able to run a consistent half marathon with a finishing time of 1:45. I want to run a marathon and do it with a sub 4:15 time. Given that I am really not that far off, these goals are just aggressive enough to keep me focused and challenged. I want to continue to blog and make you laugh and inspire you. When I have someone stop and tell me that I made them believe that running a marathon was possible...that makes doing this worth it. If this blog touches one person, then I have done my job. I want to focus on quality posts you want to read, I want you to share them with your friends so they can be inspired. In my next post, I will be sharing one of my favorite books of all time with you...and this post may make a bit more sense. At the end of the day, I just want to be happy. So I will do what needs to be done to ensure that continues to happen.

All in all, life is about growing, learning, and sharing. I grow everyday when I learn something new about someone/something, or even myself. I grow when I share my thoughts or experiences, through which I actually find a sense of fulfillment. So that is what I shall continue. So, what are some of your goals for the following year? What are you looking forward to most?


  1. Love it! I'm with you. Not big on New Year's Resolutions. I do love to do Year End Reflections though (have an entire post about it!) and make sure what I'm doing on the daily is still consistent with what I want out of life.

    If I hadn't gotten injured this year, I would've spent my time similarly to you - running all over! While I mourn the lack of running in 2013, I do celebrate the new things I've been able to spend time on that...let's be honest...wouldn't have happened if I had been training for all the races I had planned to do.

    In 2014 I pray I can get back to running, at least my sub 2 hour half which I was >THIS< close to in 2012.

    I also look forward to reading your running adventures!!!! Maybe...just maybe...if I'm healed up and ready...we'll see each other on a trail run in 2014. :-)

  2. Awesome... my goal, and what I'm looking forward to the most is a first 50K Trail in May... I want to know how far I can run, and this is the next distance on my list :-)