The 2012 Goals Post

Holy crap, it’s winter. Like, 13 degrees out this morning winter. It’s also back to the daily grind after two completely glorious weeks of vacation, so I was up by 5:30 a.m. and out the door for an early and freezing cold 7 miles.

Luckily I was not the only crazy one out in Central Park, my hands didn’t freeze (thanks to Hot Hands) and I even remembered what subway stop to get off at when I went back to work yesterday.

The goals
I don’t think I did a post on my 2011 goals, but I’m feeling more organized this year (which I guess was one of my goals. Heh, achieved!). I have a lot of them, non of which I think are unattainable or too far-fetched.

Running

  • Run a sub-3:50 marathon – this was my goal for NYCM 2011, but that didn’t happen. If all goes as planned, I’ll have two shots in 2012 and I’m confident I can do it!
  • Set new 10K and half marathon PRs - I don’t really like 10Ks, but think it’s a good distance to try and work on my speed. NYRR always has a bunch of 10Ks throughout the year, so hopefully I’ll have a few opportunities to kick some butt. I’m also overdue for a half marathon PR, but have no idea when or where to run one – suggestions welcome!
  • Set a new NYC Marathon course PR – my current course PR is from my first marathon in 2010. After last year’s experience, I would like to show NYCM who’s boss.
  • Train smart – looking back at my last marathon training plan, I don’t think I took enough cut-back weeks or rest days. This probably played a big role in my IT band injury and overall feeling of yuck when race day rolled around.
  • Keep up with swimming and Bikram – I’d like to do each of these once per week as cross training until I get deep within marathon training to help with strength and give my legs a break from running.

Grad School

(this is the library)

  • Work my butt off and get A’s - This spring semester is the most important one of my career at NYU, I want to learn a lot and won’t accept anything less than an A in all three of my classes. Period. (I got two B+’s this fall semester, and can confirm I am much happier when I get A’s)
  • Get to know my classmates more - We’ll be spending a lot of time together this semester, so it’s important to form good working relationships and maybe even new friendships.
  • Take it slow - This is a work and school goal – sometimes I rush through projects and assignments to get them done and forget to go over my work and double check to make sure it’s high quality. Taking an extra 5-10 minutes to proof stuff will benefit me greatly, I think!
  • Be more flexible - This semester is going to be BUSY, and I need to learn to deal with things not going exactly as I want or plan. This could mean more late nights, missing a.m. runs or working through lunch (HA. I do this every day). I just have to keep my eye on the prize and know it’s all worth it.

I also have some non-running/school-related goals that I wanted to jot down – I’m feeling very goal-oriented lately.

Cook more new things
I’ve been baking up a storm, but when it comes to cooking I’ve been in a little bit of a rut when it comes to trying new recipes. One new recipe a month sounds like a good start!

Step it up
Identify where I can step up my performance at work and be accountable for my responsibilities. My PR career isn’t my forever career, but it’s my right now career and I still want to put forth quality work and be proud of what I do while I’m there.

Date more
Fact: I’m busy, and finding time to date is pretty hard. Truth: It’s also a great excuse as to why I don’t date very often when people ask. So this year I need to sack up and just try.

Get renter’s insurance
I’m embarrassed to say I’ve lived in my own apartment for more than three years and I have no renter’s insurance. Must. Change.

Save more cash money
I’m going in to extreme savings mode and would like to deposit a certain amount into my savings account each month. I also need to cut out extraneous expenses – my New York Times weekend delivery (sadz), dinners out (more sadz), and cable (not sure if I can do this…)

Have fun
This seems kind of like a “duh” one, but when I get really busy, fun is the first thing to go. I would like to achieve more of a balance with work and play, and keep building on the great friendships I made in 2011.

Improve my posture
Because I’m becoming a slouchy hunchback.

One more…
If there’s one thing I want to do (or continue to do) in 2012, it’s actually none of these things above. It’s not really a tangible or measurable thing, but more just how I conduct myself every day. When it comes down to it, I just want to be someone I’m proud of.

That’s all :)

Question: If you could pick one thing, what do you want to achieve in 2012?

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  • http://secondcityrandomness.wordpress.com/ Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    I’m working more on the whole “dating” thing as well. I’ve really got to learn to be more open to new guys. I seem to use guys from the past as a crutch to fall back on when I’m lonely. Not my best attempt, clearly…

    • http://thenchangeit.com/ Kace

      Ummm…. holler. There’s one I just can’t quit no matter how badly I want to / know I really need to. But its just SO MUCH EASIER.

  • http://aliontherunblog.com/ Ali

    This is my favorite Kelly post ever because I just nodded along the entire time. I don’t have renter’s insurance either and sometimes it freaks me out but I never just suck it up, make the call and throw down the $10 or whatever to have it. Silly, really, because if a tornado hits the Upper East Side we are all screwed. I also think the posture goal is GREAT. I should do that too, but I’m lazy, so you go be upright for both of us and I will cheer you on.

    Your running goals are awesome and totally attainable. I am excited to train with you for all these things. And then you can practice your “cook more things” resolution on me. I’m a REALLY good taste tester.

    You are going to dominate 2012, my friend. I’m excited to watch. And brunches to discuss the dating will be mandatory throughout the year.

    • Kelly

      thank you!Let’s get renter’s insurance together. I look forward to cooking for you, training with you and sharing dating stories over mimosas.

  • http://twitter.com/annemoffatt Anne Marie Moffatt

    I love love LOVE your goal about wanting to be someone who you are proud of. That totally resonated for me and now I want to ‘borrow’ that goal, thanks!! :-)

  • http://thismouseruns.wordpress.com/ Jen @ TMRruns

    One thing to achieve in 2012: I would say toeing the line of my first half marathon HEALTHY with no IT band issues and no ancillary b.s. running injuries.

    • Kelly

      YES. I like this goal!

  • http://sometimeshealthylivingblog.com/ Jamie “Sometimes Healthy” Girl

    These are great goals! I still don’t know HOW you do it alllll. It amazes me :-)

    I’d like to get organized in 2012…I’m quite a long way from achieving this one!

  • Christine @ these happy miles

    love your goals! you have so much on your plate, yet always get everything done and accomplish so much! share your secrets please :)

    also what are hot hands???

    • Kelly

      oh, hot hands are those little beany type things that get hot when exposed to air. You hold them and they are warm. Home Depot sells them! And running stores.

  • http://www.lindsayruns.com Lindsay Runs

    Yay, I love these goals! You have so much to look forward to achieving in 2012. I think it’s going to be a great year for you, especially come spring. And yes to the dating- if anything, makes for great stories :)

    PS- Are those Brooks gloves you got at Secret Santa warm?! I am in the market for a new pair since my current gloves aren’t cutting it for this weather!

    • Kelly

      ha, hopefully I’ll have some stories… The gloves are pretty warm, but are no match for cold like this. Still need two pairs and hot hands.

  • http://www.susanruns.com/ Susan- Nurse on the Run

    I’m excited for your 2012, so much big stuff to come!

    Let me know if you need any help with running (I’ll try to accompany you at 6am, gah!) or if you cut out cable and need to head over and watch some here…just bring cookies! Betsy has Netflix instant ($7/month?), and she says it has a lot of stuff, so maybe you could consider that?

    • Kelly

      oooh, that’s a great tip! I’ll have to check it out. or just come over with cookies. :)

  • Runthelongroad

    Wow, your 2012 is going to be busy! I don’t know how you fit it all in with working FT and going to school (and training for marathons). It’s really impressive!

    I’m also watching my posture. Between being at a computer all day and being on my cell phone, my neck and shoulders are always down and slouched. Ick!

  • http://twitter.com/traceyleffler Tracey Leffler

    I love these! Your 2012 sounds busy, but so exciting!

  • http://twitter.com/SweatPassionNYC Katherine Hefter

    Have fun is my favorite :-) (it’s on my list too)

    Thanks for the Hot Hands tip btw, I’m going to have to try those after near frost bite the other morning

  • http://www.onemoretime-withfeeling.com/ Kristy

    I loved this post! My recommendation for a half marathon would be the Fitness/More Magazine Half Marathon on April 15th. I believe registration will open shortly. Also, I cut out cable a few years ago and I don’t regret it. I watch Hulu or Netflix. Honestly, I didn’t watch TV enough to justify the cost and that is why I decided to let it go. You can watch so many things online now. Good luck with all of your goals. I would like to start running in the park in the mornings too. I need to just make it happen. Thanks for the motivation.

  • Anonymous

    I like these goals! Especially the one about renter’s insurance (and freak accidents CAN happen – ask Sofia about the tornado that took the roof off her BK apt omg).

    Also, I volunteer to be your dating yenta. a.k.a. proofread any and all online dating profiles and be your wing lady at bars.

  • http://thenchangeit.com/ Kace

    “Date more” is one of my secret resolutions, ha. I’m with you – I feel like, at least during the school year, I have no time. And when I do have time (weekends), I have no energy. But then I look at engagement rings and wedding magazines and babies and want all that too…somethings gonna have to give. We should support each other on this, haha.

  • http://fitnessclassfanatic.wordpress.com/ Allie

    Love the goals. And you can totally live without cable – Amazon Prime for $79 a year gets you tons of stuff, or Netflix, or the TVs at the gym – many options! One thing I want to achieve – to reach all my (current) fitness goals!

  • http://collegegirlontherun.wordpress.com/ Sarah

    I like your last goal! I think that’s what’s most important at the end of the day. At the most basic level, that’s my New Years goal too. I just want to be able to look back at 2012 and think, “I’m really proud of what I did this year.” All my other goals are just a means to that end. And especially if the apocalypse happens this year, I think it’s important to live life to the fullest!

  • http://amandarunsny.com/ AmandaRunsNY

    First of all, you don’t need cable. Invest in an hdmi cord and you can watch everything online on your TV. I love it…and two of the other girls I work with (of four!) also don’t have cable.

    Second, if you figure out a way to date more let me know! I’m not a fan of online dating so where do we meet the men?

  • http://thethinksicanthink.wordpress.com/ Meggie

    You’ve got sub-3:50 in the bag. If the IT band hadn’t ruined NYC, I’m 110% certain you would’ve had it there.

    Oh, guess what, I’m TA-ing a course at NYU (downtown campus) — BOBST BUDDIES!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I love your life goals. I could use them all too. I can’t believe I still don’t have renter’s insurance!!

    You should do the Brooklyn Half!! it is a good race and cheap :)

  • http://runningonsmores.wordpress.com/ Sarah

    Yes! These are great goals! Your running goals are awesome obviously. Sub 3:50 marathon PR? Dang lady you are speedy! But I also really am liking the additional goals at the end. Having fun sounds so simple but I for sure need to include more of it in my life.

  • http://www.susanruns.com/ Susan- Nurse on the Run

    I love your goals, and I’m so excited for 2012 for you! Here’s to a new career and some awesome running. :) I think I emailed you this, but Betsy has Netflix instant for $7/month, and she says it has tons of stuff on it. I’m never up to date on shows anyway, so I’m convinced everything is new.

    Excited for next week…yay for couch potatoes or rich jerks!

  • http://findingblissforme.wordpress.com/ Emily

    GREAT goals!!! On the dating note. I am ‘too busy to date’ too. Online dating is actually pretty okay for me… but I even got ‘too busy for that’ : ) Over Christmas I was visiting my grandpa and he was talking about his bladder and diapers (he’s a sport about it so I feel okay writing that) and suddenly, mid story about frequent urination, he turned and looked at me and asked why I didn’t have a boyfriend. I’m not sure I want to know how he related frequent urination to his boyfriendless granddaughter.

  • http://www.healthontherun.net Lauren

    I think these are great goals! Excited to see what 2012 has in store for you! I have also made a goal to save more money this year. I need to start actually putting some aside instead of just spending money on every race that looks interesting.

    I also tried to cancel cable a few weeks ago and it didn’t work – I forgot to read the fine lines of the contract (oops). So now I’ve downgraded my cable, but am still stuck with that huge monthly fee. I think it would be pretty easy to go without it, though. With Netflix and/or Hulu plus (which are both cheaper than cable) you can watch pretty much any show online these days.