My Annual Non-New Year’s Resolution Post: 2014 Goals

Me at the top of Haleakalā in Maui in March 2013

Me at the top of Haleakalā in Maui in March 2013

Has it seriously been 365 days since my last non-New Year’s resolution post? It felt like 2013 flew by in a blur of awesomeness. A lot of wonderful, fun and challenging things happened for me in 2013, including getting a full-time, permanent job with the government (medical and dental FTW); going on vacation with my boyfriend to Maui;  celebrating my grandma’s 90th birthday in Oyama with my whole family (before she passed away less than month later); watching my best friend get married; completing my first 50 km trail race in one piece; and running a super fast marathon time without training.

Even though I did all these awesome things, I accomplished NONE of the goals I set out in last year’s post. I didn’t do another triathlon as I said I would, but I did an ultra, which is more badass in my opinion. I missed the BMO Vancouver marathon in May, but kicked butt at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon in October. And as for a sporting a six pack… well, I’m still working on it. I kind of have a one pack, that looks like a cell about to undergo mitosis. I have a six pack in there somewhere, it’s just a matter buckling down to reveal it (you know the saying, abs are made in the gym, and revealed in the kitchen? Yeah, I like my food. Chocolate, in particular. So the whole “revealing” part has been a challenge).

Trail running buddies!

Trail running buddies!

I also started studying for my certified strength and conditioning specialist certification (CSCS) late in 2013, a step in the right direction towards helping others reach their health and fitness goals. I’m about half way through, so as you can probably guess, my number one goal for 2014 is to pass my CSCS exam, start training a few clients and get my own little personal training and coaching business started (and by started, I mean building a website and getting a business license. Small goals, remember?). Another professional goal for 2014 is to actually pitch an article to a magazine and have it published. I was fortunate enough make some great connections in 2013 and got the opportunity to write for the website of a syndicated fitness columnist, which I’m hoping will help push me to actually reach out to editors and get my stuff published.

Enjoying a piña colada in Maui

Enjoying a piña colada in Maui

Fitness wise, I have one goal: qualify for the Boston Marathon. I came within 6-7 minutes of qualifying this year, without training. I thought about attempting it at BMO Vancouver, but after hearing how hilly that course is, I think Victoria will be the race.

What are your goals, fitness related or otherwise, for 2014? I would love to hear them!

My Granny and me at my graduation in 2010. Miss you xo

My Granny at my graduation in 2010. Miss you xo.

My boyfriend and I at my bestie's wedding in July 2013

My boyfriend and I at my bestie’s wedding in July 2013

My bestie and I at her bridal shower!

My bestie and I at her bridal shower!

Ultra training. Had dirty, tired feet most days of the week during the summer of 2013!

Ultra training. Had dirty, tired feet most days of the week during the summer of 2013!