My Fitness Goals for 2014 #Mamavation

Exactly one year ago, I published a post that had me anxious, my heart beating a little faster, just a little bit scared, and raring to go.

Back then, I was in a place of feeling sluggish and ready to be active again. And, I met all of my goals…officially running an entire 5K, doing to Warrior Dash, and running 500 miles.

You guys. I ran 500 miles AND THEN SOME. Yesterday, while out of town and staying with my in-laws, I ran my last run of 2013, ending the year at 640 miles. I’m ridiculously proud of myself for staying (fairly) consistent, staying active, and kicking that goal’s butt. I had a few weeks (mostly on vacation or visiting relatives) when I didn’t run the 10 miles a week that I planned on, and I had other weeks (mostly leading up to my first half marathon) when I ran 25+ miles a week.

But I never stopped running. I’m not fast, by any stretch of the imagination, but I am stubborn. And every comment I’ve gotten this past year about inspiring some of you to run or be active? Completely made every single step worth it. I inspired myself and inspiring others is the cherry on top. Seriously.


I was ridiculously excited to hit 500 miles in October. Ahem.


After mile 640, on December 30. Also ridiculously happy, but with less jumping.

So, now on to 2014, right?

I know a lot of people are thinking that I should go for 650 miles! Or 700! How about a thousand?!

Um….no. I hit 640, and I’m thrilled about that. But I don’t want to completely overwhelm myself or feel like I can’t do anything else. And if I surpass my goal again? AWESOME. But really, I’ll be happy to meet it.

I also need to continue with some strength training, because I tend to do a challenge, feel stronger, and then….stop.

So, without further ado, my goals for 2014:


For the first four months (through April), do 100 squats a week and 7 planks a week (increasing the time each week). In May, I’ll reevaluate and set new goals.

Go back to My Fitness Pal and start tracking my meals again.

Run three half marathons (I’m already signed up for two-the Disney World Half next week, and Rock the Parkway in April).

I hope to be back on Dec. 31, 2014 with good results again, and eager to get started on 2015!


26 thoughts on “My Fitness Goals for 2014 #Mamavation

  1. Yay! I wish I could participate. I'd love to do something like this, but now I'm told I need ankle surgery. Good news, though, once (IF) it's fixed, I will be ready to go, too. Happiest of New Years, and you will ROCK this, no problem!

  2. This is SO fabulous! I have a really hard time making these type of fitness goals for 2014 because Dan and I haven't yet decided if we'll be going for a third baby yet, and this would be the year if we are. How do you feel as you publish this post compared to last year's? I am SO very glad that you kicked last year's goals in the arse and looked so fabulous doing it. Love you! (AND CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU SOON!)

    • You know I hope for a #3 this coming year, Laura! I can't wait to see you, too!!!! I feel better this year than I did last year, for SURE. Much more confident in my abilities…hopefully, that won't come back to bite me!

  3. You are awesome! I love how you are setting six month goals and setting time to reevaluate. I'm doing something similar. I'll be in touch later this week about the Disney Run!

  4. So awesome. I'm just amazed that you did so well with the running this year. It's really inspiring! I knew you'd make the 500, but to get to 640 is just so cool. I mean, you ran 140 MILES more than your goal! Incredible.

    I need to get on board with this. Or something. This is the first year I haven't felt inspired heading into January. And I really need to do something about it.

  5. Great job on the miles!!
    I think my youngest son and I are going to do Rock the Parkway in April – he wants to run a half marathon to celebrate his 13th birthday and I want to do it with him!

  6. I am ridiculously proud of you, Greta!
    I have no doubt in my mind that you will achieve your goals for 2014, and yes, even surpass them.
    Happy New Year!

  7. I love that you surpassed your goal and was cheering you on from the sidelines!!! Sounds like you set some achievable goals for the new year and I wish you lots of luck in getting there!!! Happy New Year!!!

  8. I am so proud, impressed, inspired, excited!!!! Seriously, thank you for motivating me and all of us. I think I might set some goals for myself for 2014. I want to get back into running races–I love the accountability and the fun of an organized race. Happy New Year!!!

  9. YAY you for meeting your goals, Greta! You definitely are an inspiration and I thank you for encouraging me this past year as I learned to run and was overcoming my doubts about it. I appreciate it so much! I have never done fitness goals before, but I think it is a great idea. I am going to think of a few.

  10. I am so unbelievably proud of you! I remember how freaked out you were when you signed up for your first half, and then you just kept going (when doe of us fizzled out…ahem)! You are an amazing inspiration, and I think your new goals are just enough to reach for without seeming overwhelmed.

  11. Eeep! I've already told you several times how much you inspire me. 😉 You are going to kick 2014 in the keister, and I'm so looking forward to watching you do it!

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  13. I am so proud of you!!! You inspired me to go for 500 next year!! Good luck crushing this year's goals!

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