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!