Looking Back at 2014, Ahead to 2015

I know that we are now into February 2015 already, but I wanted to take a moment and look back at 2014, and to look ahead at 2015.

Looking back at 2014

I had some goals or maybe you could call them resolutions going into 2014. I never really wrote them down or said them out loud, but I did think about them almost everyday.

Really there was one major resolution or goal. I wanted to make 2014 the year of me. Now that may sound bad, but let me explain. I wanted to do things and set goals for myself that would make me a better person.

The first part of that resolution was that I knew I needed to get in shape and lose weight. I was at least 320 pounds (possibly more). I was not healthy and was not happy with myself. As of today, I have lost 120 pounds and I am probably in the best shape of my life.  So number the first part was a success.

The second part of the resolution was to spend more time with my wife and kids. I accomplished this by taking far fewer jobs with my photography business (and in fact I officially closed it at the end of 2014). Previous years found me busy every weekend with weddings and working on the pictures from those weddings. It just got to be too much and I did not want to miss my kids growing up. We got to do more camping and more fun things (like the kids did a bunch of fun runs and other things when we weren’t camping or spending time up north). I feel like I was successful with the second part.

The third part was that I wanted to grow my beard out for the entire year. Now to be honest, part of this was tied in with part number one. I looked at my beard as a visual reminder of my commitment to workout and eat better to try and be healthy. My wife however, hated it. I ended up making it into July before I shaved it off. Part of why I did that was to make my wife happy, but also I felt like I had made a good habit of working out and eating better, and that I wanted to try without the constant visual reminder. I succeeded on the second part of that, because I continued of course to work out and be healthy, but I failed in that I didn’t make it the full year.

So overall I think I did ok with my goals for 2014. I feel like 2014 was one of the best years of my life. Lets take a look at the stats for my workouts.

2014 Stats
2014 Stats

Now I started wearing a GPS watch on June 12th, 2014 so I missed a few months of run tracking before that.  According to my logs though, as you can see I ran 577.82 miles in 97:13:21. I think that is pretty amazing for me! Being a guy that couldn’t run for a full minute even, it has been a great year.

Looking Ahead To 2015

So what is in store for me in 2015? Well, as you can see above, I ran 577 miles in about 6 months. If you double that for the whole year, it would be about 1100 miles or so (I did NOT run 1100 miles last year, I know that for sure!). So I guess my first goal is to put on at least 1200 miles. I think that is something I could do considering I have over 160 miles in January alone. I just need to average 100 miles a month to hit my goal. I think that is doable.

My second goal would be to continue my weight loss. I have lost 120 pounds, but I am not quite where I would like to be. If I could lose another 15 pounds, I would be great with that. Not only losing the weight, but really working on build more muscle and getting more fit. I think this is something that will be a lifetime goal, but I would like to accomplish losing the 15 pounds in 2015 at the very least.

Third, I would like to run a bunch of races in 2015. I only did one event in 2014, and it was fun. I am hoping that in 2015 I get a chance to run a lot more races. I have already signed up for 3, but there are a lot more on my wishlist to sign up for. There are some trail races that I am especially looking forward to. As far as distance goes. I want to do at least 2 half  marathons this year (I am already doing one for sure in May). If those go well, I would consider doing a full this year, but that may need to wait until next year. I am not sure how the half will go yet and I do not want to commit to a full until I have some experience doing a half.

I think 2014 was a great year, and I think 2015 will be even better! What are your goals for 2015?

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