Today I tweeted to Oiselle my goals for 2016:

  • Run Goal: run a 1/2 marathon in under 1:45:00
  • Personal Goal: stay injury free in 2016
  • Professional Goal: Be Principle Investigator on a project

Its good to have measureable goals that you can communicate in less than 140 characters, but I want to dig a little deeper into what each one means to me.  2015 was a year of change.  Our family moved across the country, back home to California.  This is where I feel in my element.  Life is easier, and more importantly, happier.  We are all set up for success, with a lifestyle that is easy to relax and be happy while we do it.

Run 1/2 Marathon in less than 1:45:00 – Pretty self explanatory, SMART goal for running.  I have signed up for the San Diego Craft Classic in July. Plenty of time to train, plenty of time to try again. This goal has been eluding me since 2012.  I know I can do it.  I am going to do it this year.

Stay injury free – This sounds easy, but while chasing my running goal it has a lot of small implications. I have to keep up with my PT exercises; I have to consistently do boring prevention strength training for core, hips, hammies, and glutes; I have to consistently stretch and do mobility (this is where I have consistently fell short in the past); I need to fuel and hydrate properly; I need to sleep enough.

Be PI on a project – This is ambitious. I am just starting a new job. I am not ready for this year’s internal funding competition.  I can either take over as technical lead on an ongoing project or pitch to outside funding sources.  Given that I have 6 months of projects before I can start my own work, it is a reach. But if I have this goal in my head, I can work towards it and be much closer than I have been to do this.  This is the scary one, the one that will really force me to step out of my comfort zone.

In addition to these goals, I have auxillary intentions of how I would like to shape my life and my being.

  • Spend time with my family
  • Be open to makeing friendship and put in effort necessary
  • Try new things (I want to skate in parks, ride a motorcycle, stand up paddleboard, surf, become a dog trainer, volunteer at an animal shelter)
  • Keep/get my family healthy

Onward & WomanUP!

I Made It! I will run Nike Women San Francisco

I Made It! I will run Nike Women San Francisco

In a few short months, I will be putting my 2015 goal to the test!  I will be running the Nike Women’s 1/2 Marathon, San Francisco with two of my best sisters in sport.  

We entered the random draw as a team back in May, and found out a few days ago that we were selected. I’ve ramped up my base training and will begin race specific training next week. Stay tuned for updates on my journey!