One Word and Goals for 2016

As I mentioned before, I’m not much for resolutions, but I do like to set goals. So in and around the fun family time of the holidays, I did find some quiet time to reflect on 2015 and set some goals for 2016. I even got my boys in on the act, as each of them wrote out some goals for the year!

And, as I did last year, I’m once again picking one word…kind of a “theme” to tie the many goals for the different areas of my life together. This year my word is “Progress.”

Progress word cloud

So, now for my fitness/running goals:

  • Return to half marathons — Thanks to injury and generally my body having other plans, I haven’t run a half marathon since 2013! I’ve already got two halfs I’m registered for and am eyeing a couple more for the fall.
  • Set half marathon PR  — I figure since I am returning to this distance, I might as well go for a PR, right?
  • Lose 12 pounds — there I said it! With the running hiatus that dominated last fall, more than a few pounds have happened – if being fitter and faster is the goal, then these pounds need to go.
  • Continue my strength program — I had started a great program with the trainer last year that  got sidelined with my surgery, but I’m back at it now and know how important it is to stick with it. I need to give as much attention to strength work as I do to logging miles.
  • Actively manage recovery – This was a goal on my 2015 list that I think bears repeating – I cannot just run and then rush off to the next thing. I need to give time to rolling, Epsom salt baths, etc.


Have you set your goals for 2016?

rp_Tuesdays-on-the-run-150x150.jpgIf you need inspiration, check out today’s Tuesdays on the Run link-up with Erika, Marcia and Patty and see what others are planning.



  1. Progress is a great word and I love the goals you set for yourself! I think 2016 is going to be wonderful for you!
    Marcia recently posted…Stop the Presses!My Profile

  2. That is the perfect theme for you. I hope 2016 is a healthy and injury free year for you. Looking forward to reading about the halves you have in mind 🙂
    Jennifer @ Run Jenny Run recently posted…Gate River Run 15K Training Week 1 – 12/28-1/3My Profile

  3. These are great goals! I need to keep up my strength exercises and injury prevention too. What races are you planning to do this year? Hopefully we’ll cross paths soon!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…New Year’s Resolutions for 2016My Profile

  4. I really like your word “progress”! That is fitting for me too as I have been rehabbing most of 2015 to prepare for my marathon coming up. I am not completely back where I want to be but I want to keep making progress for 2016! Great word!

  5. ah, wonderful! Love the word progress. These are great goals and can’t wait to see you knock them out of the park! Here’s to 2016 🙂
    Mar @ Mar on the Run recently posted…2016 Goals & an Inspiring WordMy Profile

  6. I love that word “progress”. Now you kind of make me wish I had picked that for myself! LOL!

    Good luck on your goals this year!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…It’s a wrap!My Profile

  7. Progress, not perfection is one of my life mantras so I am loving this goal!
    Abby @ BackAtSquareZero recently posted…My Journey To Become a Run Coach – Part 6My Profile

    • I think it can be really easy to get caught in the trap of chasing perfection – as cliched as it may sound, I really want to remind myself to enjoy the journey and celebrate the small wins along the way 🙂

  8. LOVE the theme!! Perfect!!

    Great goals also. Which halfs are you running? I need or want to add a late fall one to the schedule.

  9. Progress is a great word and you have great goals to go with it. I am such a slacker on recovery because I am always squeezed for time — or eager to get my shower and coffee!
    Coco recently posted…Renew Your Vows In The New YearMy Profile

  10. Great word choice! I’m still trying to figure out my one word for 2016, and I’m feeling like progress is a pretty good idea! Good luck!
    Kristen recently posted…2015 Goal Check-InMy Profile


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