On the basis that a goal without a plan is just a wish, I’ve decided to set some goals for 2020…

When I was reflecting on 2019, my instant reaction was to consider it a year where I didn’t achieve a lot in relation to my personal fitness. Then, I took a moment to rethink and remembered that I had taken 3 months off exercise to recover from surgery. I then set an 18-minute Open Water Swim PB – I returned to Park Run – I even went climbing for the first time in 18 months – Hiked in Alaska – Ran 5km on a cruise ship(!) – Yoga on the beach and so much more.

This might not sound like a big deal, but I want you to join me in reflecting on the little things that are actually the big things. I am far from peak fitness, but I’m appreciative of that fact my body allows me to move. It’s incredible how easy it is to be thankful when you stop to appreciate each small achievement.

My 2020 goals are:

Running Salcy Forrest Park Run

*Improve my 5km time – I’m currently sitting at around 30minues and I’d like to finish the year at around 28/27 minutes. I’m sure with some training and determination I can get back to this sort of pace. My Park Run PB was set in 2016 (25.02) and with my realistic head, it’s unlikely I’ll smash that, so I’m keeping my goals sensible and achievable.

*Complete another Half Marathon – It’s been a few years since I ran 13.1 miles and I’m going to enter at least one(!) Half Marathon in 2020. In relation to timing? I’d be pleased with around 2hrs 10minutes.

*Keep mixing up my training – I’m going to make time to spin, climb, swim and try new classes. My core focus areas are running and “Bardio” which is a lovely term I learned from a friend (Bardio – is cardio and weights). But by keeping a varied routine, I’m less likely to get bored and lose my focus.

Climbing at Pinnacle Northampton

*Set a new Open Water Swim PB – I’m planning to enter 1Mile and 2KM events this year, with a view of setting at least one shiny new PB. I’d also love to try wild swimming and will definitely make this happen within the next 12 months.

*Stretch and care for my body – One of my greatest faults is not stretching or foam rolling post-workout. The only way I can expect more from my body and reduce injury, is to care for it. That means making time for rest days, more stretching, plenty of sleep and water.

Overview

My goals are low key and sensible, and there’s a good reason for that. I believe that by setting achievable goals, we’re more likely to reach and exceed them. I’m a big believer in aiming high, yet on the other hand, I strongly feel that small steps make a huge difference. It’s such a thrill to tick something as “Completed” and I can’t wait to reflect positively on my year.

Katie x