I set three goals for myself this year. I put them in my blog as a way of having them out in public so that I would have to live up to them – or be willing to write about how I did. So now that 2012 is coming to a close, here is how I did.
Goal #1 – Resolution: Run three half-marathons. I completed two half-marathons. One was in Fredericksburg, Va and the other was the Air Force Half Marathon in Dayton. I decided that my training was not strong enough this year to get a third half marathon in. Not wanting to run a third half marathon simply to achieve this goal, I decided to continue my running by focus on speed work to see if I could get faster. My time dropped for a 3 mile race from the start of the year to the end (December 1). And I got over 1,000 miles in this year for the 11th straight year. I am healthy and my legs feel good. So I feel like I did a good job keeping my running going.
Goal #2 – Resolution: Publish 100 blog posts. This blog is #100!!! (applause, bowing). I have had a great time doing this blog. I have amazed myself that I have come up with something to write about all year. I do not feel like I ever just did a blog post to fill in space. I have tried to write about a variety of subjects. I really enjoy the blog. On an average day I get about 5-10 readers. Since I don’t “advertise” a lot, that is about the best I can expect for a while.
On top of this, I have been active on Twitter. I have over 300 tweets (although most of them are pretty mundane things). I am following a little over 30 people and have gotten some good ideas from them.
Goal #3 – Resolution: Spend five minutes a day in self-reflection. This one is a little tricky to really judge – what really is “self-reflection”? I found that when I go to bed is the best time to do this reflection. I do my best to relax and do a little thinking. I try not to force my mind to think about anything in particular – just let it go. I’ve also tried to incorporate some relaxed breathing to help myself. Have I done it every day? Probably not. Am I able to point to some profound things that came of this? Probably not. But I’ll keep trying.
Overall, I did not do too badly. Probably compared to most people’s resolutions, I did well. But I did not do 100%. I hope you all give it a try in 2013
I’ll have a blog post on my 2013 objectives coming up soon. I am sure you cannot wait! Ha Ha