2011: the year of dashed expectationsPosted: 31 December 2011
I say “dashed” because the things I wanted to achieve in 2011 from this time last year didn’t really happen. I was technically employed for half the year, but in temporary roles. I didn’t run a marathon this year due to an overtraining injury. As a result, I fell short of matching my running mileage (1,324 km / 823 mi) from 2010. In short, it wasn’t as tough a year that 2010 was, but it wasn’t a smooth ride either.
I don’t want to dwell too much on that, as that’s about to be in the past. I’m hoping 2012 becomes a shake-up year for me personally, just as 2008 was in some ways. To that effect, I came up with four words, each of which starts with the letters of my name:
I wish to elevate my game if I want to get to my various goals for 2012 (more on them later). This means being more proactive and assertive, among other things.
I want to redeem myself from the injury that prevented me from running a marathon in 2011. Finishing a half in under 2:00 in the fall of 2011 was part of it, but I want to make sure I train properly for the 2012 Vancouver Marathon and get to the start line.
I would like to continue meeting people outside of the social-media realm; I believe making that connection in real life improves the interactions that are made online.
My goals, therefore, are exactly the same as what I put down at the beginning of 2011.
- Find a job
- Run my next marathon (Vancouver) in 4:20
- Run at least the same distance as I ran in 2011
- Meet more people
But I’ll add one more, which is related to but distinct from #4:
- Start dating again
That’s one that has always been there (in my head), but now it’s public. Certain events in 2011 have just made this concept a little more pressing than before. It’s time to shake the fear and get out there, and that applies to all five!
I wish all of you a happy and terrific 2012!