As some of you may have noticed, I took the month of January off. I didn’t necessarily intend for a one week break to turn into four, but it happened.
And, as it turns out, I’m okay with that. I don’t feel compelled to apologize (something that I do too often as it is), because it was necessary, though I will explain why I needed that time.
The fact is that I needed a little re-boot. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, somewhat uninspired, and totally worn out. Taking a few weeks for some hibernation was important. None of this is to say that I haven’t missed it around here. Or that I haven’t missed you all, because I have. So, hello again!
I may not have been blogging, but I have been doing things over the last month. The running hasn’t stopped, of course. I’ve been at it consistently and with a relaxed outlook – enjoying the time off between training cycles. I’ve also selected my primary running goals for 2014. They are:
- complete two marathons (Newport, OR in May and Portland, OR in October),
- run at least one of those marathons at a sub 4-hour pace (though I’m really shooting to run both under 4 hours, and I do think that it’s totally possible),
- PR at the 10k distance, and
- run at least 1700 miles during the year.
All of this seems pretty darn exciting to me!
I’ve also been filling my brain with lots and lots of information and stories. I’ve been reading voraciously – 10 books in the month of January! I’ve learned and escaped and laughed and fantasized with these books in the last four weeks and it’s been wonderful.
I’ve been cooking some delicious food. Banh mi inspired noodles. Delicious soups from this book. Cauliflower parmesan. You get the idea.
And finally, I’ve been thinking about what I really want this year to be about. In a few short words, my primary goals for 2014 are about living deliberately and with intention. In the words of my fantasy BFF Bob Harper, I need to remember in any given moment that all I’m doing is exactly what I’m doing. Be present and concentrate on what’s at hand, making choices and plans with intention, rather than constantly battling stress and anxiety about the future.
I hope that this approach will be reflected in my posts this year. I aim to write and share very intentionally and with deliberate thought towards what’s worth writing, sharing, and reading. I hope you’ll join me!
A beautiful post with a amazing intentions! Sounds like you have some amazing goals and I can’t wait to follow along!
Thanks, Laura! I’m looking forward to sharing it all!
Those are fantastic goals! I know you will accomplish them and so much more 🙂
Thank you, Ani!
Gorgeous picture! 🙂
Thanks! I took it at a garden just a few blocks from my home – it’s so beautiful there!
Welcome back! Good for you to see what you needed and to take care of yourself. Looks like an amazing year ahead!
Thank you so much!
Hello again! You sound very focused and I bet that will lead you to have a good year.
Thanks a bunch! I hope so! 🙂
Welcome back! I don’t think you should apologise for taking a break at all. It’s natural and it’s healthy. You do this for fun, for enjoyment of your free time after all. And those are some awesome running goals, best of luck with them!
Thank you! That’s very kind of you!
Welcome back! I am inspired to “living deliberately and with intention!” Thank you! I look forward to more amazing posts. 🙂
Thank you, Lexa!
Welcome back! Those are some great running goals, can’t wait to hear your journey throughout the year!
Thanks so much!
I love the part about being deliberate. I am not very organized, and I find that doing things deliberately, and not getting sidetracked but other tasks, helps immensely.
Great running goals. You can nail those sub-4’s! Both of them.
Thanks for the kind words and confidence in my goals! 🙂
I absolutely love this post. So inspirational – I completely understand about your needing to take a reboot and I admire you for doing so. It’s hard to pull yourself away from the cyber world and from your everyday routine to reflect and look inward. And your goal for living 2014 deliberately and with intention? Brilliant. I am so inspired. So glad I stumbled across your blog, you definitely have a new reader 🙂 Xo, Jordan
Thanks so much, Jordan. I really appreciate your kind words and feedback!
I’m glad you’re back to posting and i love your running goals!! Can’t wait to hear how your marathon training goes!!
Thanks, Joanne! I’m looking forward to sharing about that training, too.
So glad that you were able to take time off and recharge, that is so important sometimes. I am glad that you are back though 😉 Love your goals and intentions for this year, you will be amazing.
Thanks, Anna! The support from everyone feels so awesome!