2020 goals: taking on the new year

It’s kind of hard to think about 2020 goals, especially from where I’m sitting with an ankle full of metal and a walking boot. However, ’tis the season, and I think having some clear-cut goals will be beneficial to me.

2020 goals

Lose the Boot.

First and foremost, I have to get out of this boot. My goal date is January 20, and I am doing everything in my power to to accomplish this task. I know I’ll be much happier in a lace up brace, than clomping around in this awful apparatus.

2020 goals

Relearn How to Drive.

This isn’t a fitness goal, exactly, but this girl needs her independence back. I didn’t mind not being able to drive in the early days of my accident when I didn’t want to go anywhere anyway, but now it’s starting to grate. Mr PugRunner has been a freaking rockstar as far as handling everything, but having to ask for rides and making sure it meshes with his schedule is demoralizing.

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Maintain my Weight Loss.

I told you that dropping some weight was an unexpected side effect of my accident. Well, losing weight has never been a hardcore focus of this blog, nor has it been a primary goal, but I may as well capitalize on the natural consequence. Since November 23, I have really given up most snacking, and I haven’t even been super into dessert. I used to eat ice cream every night, but I can’t tell you the last time I had some. Am I missing it? Not really. No point in reintroducing habits that are no longer in my regimen.

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Run a Half Marathon.

I haven’t run a half marathon in a while, and obviously any plans for an early 2019 race were pretty quickly dashed. One of my friends suggested I join her for the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon and I think that’s going to be the one. I have until December 2020 to train, it’s in a new (to me) state and it’s for a great cause. Mr PugRunner said that when I talk about this race, my face lights up, so I know it’s a great goal.

2020 goals

Run 500 Miles.

While it’s a huge setback, from my days of 1000 mile goals, 500 seems reasonable. My PT team seems certain that I will be back to running so I am going to old myself accountable to that.

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Reach 200 9Round Workouts.

This one is actually a little scarier. The idea of slamming my leg into a heavy bag fills me with dread. However, I love and miss kickboxing and how strong it made me feel. I want to recapture that feeling and get myself back.

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Pay It Forward

My family has been the recipient of so many kindnesses and blessings since the day I fell. Sometimes, it’s overwhelming to even think about it. In 2020, a big goal is to pay all that kindness back and forward. Giving of ourselves to others is truly the heart of humanity and community, and I hope I am worthy of the task.

2020 goals

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16 Responses to 2020 goals: taking on the new year

  1. Catrina says:

    I really hope you’ll reach your first goal on 20 January! What a relief to kick the boot!
    I think it’s very wise to aim for a half-marathon towards the end of 2020. That way, you have enough time to train without overdoing it.
    And as for your last goal: love it. I have never heard the expression to pay it “forward” – it’s a great way of thinking about showing kindness to others.
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  2. Wendy says:

    Looks like all attainable goals to me! After my prolonged RA flare last spring I never thought I’d run a distance race again. That’s what made this fall’s half marathon so sweet. And that I finished faster than last year… :p

    You got this! And it sounds like you already pay it forward–look at how everyone around you is helping out!
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  3. Kim G says:

    I’m actually considering running the St Jude Half Marathon in 2020 as well! It’s a super hilly course which I’m not a fan of, but I would love to do it because it’s for such a great cause.

  4. Darlene says:

    You got this. No doubts.

  5. You have a great 2020 ahead of you! My primary fitness goal is to be grateful for each and every step that I take and to approach each workout with an “I get to do this” attitude. And run All The Races.
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  6. Good luck with all your goals! Not being able to drive would be really, really limiting. Mr. Judy has talked about being a one car family & I’ve always said no way jose.

    I have consider the St.Jude’s half, but not next year. Pretty sure it just wouldn’t fit in the schedule. That’s also a great way to give back!

    • runswithpugs says:

      “limiting” is not the word. Hold tight to that second car with both hands. I HATE not being able to do the things I want to do when I want to do them. It’s making me hideously unpleasant, although I’m trying to be gracious as I know I’m not the only one inconvenienced.

  7. Cari says:

    Your face lighting up when you talk about the race is a great sign that it’s the right one for you. So glad to hear that.
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  8. I know these aren’t the goals you expected to be setting for the new year, but I know you’re going to crush them! Hope you’re healing is coming along well!

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