Goals Across the Board

Yesterday flew by for me like most Mondays do! When I got home I decided to go for a nice long walk. With surgery looming in the near-ish future I really want to keep my 60 minute+ walks up until I have to take a break.

I know immediately following the surgery I won’t be walking too much, but I do hope to to build back up to 60 minute walks as quickly as possible. I definitely won’t rush the process but I hope to heal quickly! Everyone says that positive thinking can be powerful so I am thinking positive.

I’ve started getting race signup emails for the fall and that hasn’t been fun. All the positive thinking in the world can’t totally cure FOMO. I’m sure all of the local races are going to be awesome, just like they always are, and I hate that I’ll be sidelined.

Ultimately though this time away from running has really helped me put the rest of my life into perspective! Last year when I turned 30 most of my goals had to do with running, although buying a house was a big goal that I am glad I was able to check off the list.

This year I am able to think big picture about the goals I want to achieve over the next 365 across the board – including with my career.

If you’re also currently thinking through different areas of your career, I can highly recommend the Career Talk podcast. The episodes are short and easy to follow along with.

Whether you’re happy at your current job but hope to negotiate a higher salary with better benefits, or you’re thinking about changing jobs, this podcast has episodes that you will find interesting. Not all of the episodes resonate with me, but the titles are clear so it’s easy to pick and choose relevant episodes.

Some of the more recent episodes include: 3 Ways to Get a Raise, More Responsibilities No Perks, How to Maximize Your Annual Performance Review and Should I Stay or Should I Quit.

Of course I’m also taking control of my health in all areas. The transition to non-dairy life has been going well.

I’m still enjoying rice milk and I’ve found substitute butter and substitute cream cheese that I like as well. That’s important to me because I like to have a piece of toast with my eggs for breakfast and I don’t like topping it with PB or avocado. They’re both too heavy for me at 5am.

I was really hoping that I wasn’t allergic to milk proteins but it really seems like I am because my bloating has almost totally gone away since I made the switch.

I guess I’ll be living the dairy free life from now on. The good news is that I don’t have to give up Dunkin’ Donuts coffee because they now offer almond milk! πŸ™‚

What non-running goals are you hoping to achieve this year?



  1. August 15, 2017 / 5:36 am

    Fall is such a hard time to be injured when there are so many good races happening! Rob made his race plans for the next few months and its definitely made me jealous.

  2. August 15, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Hi Kristina!

    I was actually commenting that on my post from yesterday. I had achieved all of my non-running goals for the year. I’ve worked really hard for them, so that’s something I’m pretty happy about. Now, my running goals are the only ones I haven’t accomplish just yet. So I’ll be investing a huge amount of my time and effort on those.

    I think the best attitude is not wasting your time/energy on feeling bad or frustrated for the goals you haven’t accomplished, but getting proactive instead.

    I really admire that facing the difficulty of not being able to run, you still go out and walk for 60 minutes. That’s being proactive and having the right attitude for facing adversities.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your day, Kristina:)

  3. August 15, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Hmmm. my goal for next year is to cut down my hours at work! So maybe I can pick up some good tips from that podcast. I was listening to the Running For Real podcast and Tina’s husband mentioned that he had surgery for compartmental syndrome. Now I feel all educated in the topic! He mentioned how it was one of his happiest running days when he was finally able to run post surgery. The surgery was very successful for him. I have great hopes of it working for you too!!

  4. August 15, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Fall is a hard time to be out, I have missed out during the good months and is does inspire FOMO – but it will be better for your future and give you many more years to enjoy races.
    I am impressed going dairy free is helping, that is great news! makes me wonder if I should try again. I did it ages ago (like 20 yrs ago) but I found it to be difficult but there seem to be a much better variety of things to choose from now…or maybe I just didn’t know??

  5. August 15, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    While not being able to have milk is not ideal, the good news is that there are now a ton of other alternatives!!

  6. Susan
    August 16, 2017 / 11:26 am

    I love that so many places now offer dairy free milk. We popped into a random coffee shop in Denver and they had it so I was able to enjoy a lovely iced coffee! This was after I was able to have a gluten free/dairy free pizza! Then I don’t have to have FOMO when it comes to food πŸ™‚

  7. August 16, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    This year I want to NOT get stressed out from work and keep a positive attitude. It’s so easy in the beginning of the year but then it starts to get rough. I feel like if I were just better, I could control that more. Oh well, here’s to a new beginning and maybe I can keep things in check!