One word and 2017 goals

I love this time of year when everyone and everything seems full of possibilities. It’s a great time of reflection and for looking ahead and considering all that can be done in the next 365 (ok 362) days!

Looking back I did pretty good with my 2016 goals. Of the 5 goals I set: Returning to half marathons; Setting a half marathon PR; Losing 12 pounds; Continuing my strength program; and, actively managing my recovery – setting a PR was the only area I fell short. (In full disclosure I lost 9 lbs and consider that a win!) Best of all, my love for running returned!

So what lies ahead for 2017? For the last couple of years I’ve picked one word as the theme for my year, and this year’s word is “Belief.” Across all areas of my life, I want to be driven by belief in what is possible, and not limited by fear or self-doubt.

So, now for my fitness/running goals:

  • Mix up the distances — Last year I was very focused on getting back to the half marathon distance. This year, I’d like to mix it up more – training & racing different distances will keep me challenged both mentally and physically.
  • Find some speed  — I cannot expect to PR or just improve my times without pushing the pace. I have given the RC coaches the green light to push me out of my comfort zone.
  • Improve my nutrition —  I struggled with finding the right fuel for my runs. I also often didn’t do a great job of giving my body what it needed both pre or post run. Time to change this!
  • More strength — I love working with Trainer Stacy and made no secret last year that sometimes my time in the gym rivaled my time on the road. I’ve got great momentum here and want to keep it going.
  • Have fun! — 2016 was about recapturing the joy of running and above all else I want that to continue.  More blogger meet ups, more family running, more runs with friends – more fun 🙂
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Have you set your goals for 2017?

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.

Also linking with Rachel, Meranda and Lacey who are talking all about goals for this week’s Friday Five.



  1. Great goals Michelle! I’ve always been one to mix up the distances, mainly because there’s far more shorter distance races around here than halfs and full marathons. So, I had actually been thinking about increasing the number of halfs for this year…that is until my ankle decided to become contrary. 🙂 So, I will continue to do a lot of 5 and 10ks with one or two halfs(if possible)….. most importantly, it’s all about enjoying the ride!
    Teresa recently posted…2017 Goals: Ready, Set, Go!My Profile

  2. Maybe it’s the teacher in me, but I love themes and setting goals! I’m participating in the I Am Empowered campaign because it fit with how I was feeling about my fitness and life in general. Cheers to all of us achieving our goals this year!!
    AmyC recently posted…Happy New Year Workout RecapMy Profile

  3. I love that you’re taking on the challenge of working on various distances…that will definitely keep things interesting! My goal for 2017 is also FUN 😉
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…2017 – Focusing on FUNMy Profile

  4. Congrays on your 2016 goals!!

    Great goals for 2017!

    Speed is one of my goals to.

    Good luck with your 2017 goals! I look forward to following along!

  5. Setting goals is always great and looks like you have given yours lots of thought. PS hope to see you at the coffee date this week
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…How to survive the gym in January-Exercise a little patienceMy Profile

  6. I love that you included having fun as one of your goals, so important!
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  7. Nutrition is a big thing I need to work on. I feel like I have the running down, but if I changed my eating habit I would see a big improvement in my running.
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Things to look forward to in 2017: Friday 5My Profile

  8. I’m with you on having fun. In 2015 I raced — hard. In 2016 I had fun. In 2017 I want to find a balance between both.
    Rachel recently posted…5 Bucket List Races in 2017My Profile

    • Finding the balance is key. I’d definitely like to push myself more this year, but not at the expense of enjoying the experience, know what I mean?

  9. Belief is a great word! Congrats on your weight loss. That’ mission#1 right now for me. Funny, this is the first year in ages I’ll be running the Half distance.
    Coco recently posted…Five Goals On Turning 50My Profile

  10. I love your word!! One of mine is trust – trusting both others and myself.

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