2019 Goals

By | December 27, 2018


Chess, running. What’s the difference?

As has become custom, I’m writing up my 2019 goals before I’ve hit my 2018 totals.

Prior Goals:

As I mentioned somewhere, I’m simplifying them. Last year was way too crazy and ultimately frustrating. So building on what I started:


  • Mark two years running in some fun way: January 6
  • Run 800 miles.
  • Run the NYC Marathon
  • Don’t get injured
  • PR in the Half Marathon: 2:34:35 (Brooklyn)
  • PR in a 10K: 1:10:11 (Women’s Mini 2018)

Even though it’s six goals, definitely simplified. 2,3 and 4 are really related. 800 will be an increase of approximately 125-130 on 2018 depending on final numbers. That should represent the increased mileage in training for my first full marathon (eek!) hopefully without getting injured. I should finish 2018 ~ 200 miles more than 2017.

The plan element is why I’m not including 5K PR in this. I have only one in the hopper and it’s early Feb and I’ve done no speed work, so it’s not happening. The 10K will probably also be the Women’s Mini, as I rarely do a 10K workout and if I do, it’s avoiding hills so doesn’t count. Half may be Florida as I’m undertrained for Lebow and want to just enjoy my first NYC Half.

I’m doing Run the Year for the 3rd year, tracking only running mileage.


  • 5.75m steps on the year
  • Run/Walk 2,600 miles
  • Do the Great Saunter?

I’m doing #GoTheDist again in 2019. Here’s the link if you want to sign up as well. I realized that February 2019 will mark four years of Team Fitbit. What an amazing motivational tool as was the Jawbone before it. Prior to that I only tracked intentional mileage, I think. As of December 26, 2018 I’ve walked 21,319,116 steps according to my Fitbit. Whoa. Last one is a question mark only as I’m not sure whether schedule will have me in town on May 4.


  • I can’t count the number of times I’ve said that the coming year was the last I was going to start overweight. I’ve failed each time. But I’m happy with what I did this year even if it wasn’t perfect. I can do way more than I ever thought my body could and the scale is headed in the right direction. So keep it up, and buckle down a little.


  • New states. None new in 2019 but 50 before 50 still a possibility. Maybe my old southern road trip that hasn’t happened for three years running.
  • Read 100 books again. Probably not doable as I don’t have two beach vacations in the plans, but it’s something to shoot for. Mid 80s would be acceptable. I’ll finish 2018 with 105, probably.
  • Upgrade my wardrobe. I have some pieces I love, but also many I don’t and some that don’t love me. Bless Poshmark for this.

Do you set yearly goals? If so, do you have any goals for 2019?

Running Coaches’ Corner

I’m also linking up with Lora from Crazy Running Girl, Marc from Train With Marc and Debbie from Coach Debbie Runs for Coaches’ Corner!




15 thoughts on “2019 Goals

  1. Darlene

    I don’t have any real goals but I do have things I hope will happen. I will post them soon.

    I think you can accomplish all the goals you mentioned. They are doable barring injury. I am excited about your first marathon.

    1. cari Post author

      Me too. And I’m determined to keep up the prehab to avoid some of the random injuries I seem to attract
      Have you decided officially no on the marathon?
      Looking forward to doing the Half “together”

      1. Darlene

        Actually I think it’s a yes as of today but that could change. It’s scary.

        1. cari Post author

          It is– and having so long to decide doesn’t make it any less so. Originally I was glad to have my 9+1 done in July and have seven months to decide. Now I think it’s six months too long.

  2. Liz Dexter

    Great goals and I will be cheering you on for NYM. I will try to run alongside you from here as I’ve said before. My goals are to continue running 20+ miles a week as that suits me (as soon as those miles got lower and then the runs erratic days, I picked up a cold), to not overwork and to complete my first (only) ultra. After that, nothing!

    1. cari Post author

      And wear a mask on germy buses? 😉
      Would be fun to simultaneous run. I forget when we did that this year, don’t think it was my Half. I can’t wait to follow along on your Ultra, especially since I’ve been to Avebury.

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  4. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    You have some great goals for 2019! I look forward to seeing how it goes! And over 100 books? Wow! My goal for this year is 30, then I was invited to a 52 book challenge haha…it’s exciting!

    1. cari Post author

      100 has come on a decade of increase. Public transit is a huge help for me, as was some beach time in finally crossing that barrier. Enjoy the challenge if you opt in. I’ve discovered some fun, new to me, authors through those. Unfortunately I haven’t quite grown out of my “I don’t want to read that and you can’t make me” phase, so I sometimes struggle with assigned reading

  5. Shathiso @thegaboronerunner.com

    100 books! Wow, wow, wow!! I’m just trying to get to 20 this year and I may not even manage that! That’s amazing!
    I am so excited about your running goals, especially the NYC Marathon! About your weigh goal, I am in the same boat. But keep buckling down, every loss counts and even if it takes us longer than we would like, we will get there.

    1. cari Post author

      Yep exactly on weight loss. I will inch toward goal if it means I get there.
      I read a lot on my commute and don’t have kids. I can’t imagine how parents find reading time

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