Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 Running Goals

Happy New Year!

New year, new running goals, right?  Right!  And since we're also living on a new continent, I've decided to make this year mostly about exploring and discovering beautiful New Zealand on the run.  I couldn't be more excited!  You probably know by now that exploring on the run is one of my absolute favourite things to do, so my head is literally spinning with ideas and plans on how to fit some amazing running expeditions into our schedules (and budget...!) for 2017...  Watch this space!

2017 is also a significant milestone year for me, in that I will, God willing, be turning 40 in May.  And what a journey it's been...!  My goal is to really be present and enjoy and appreciate this milestone and everything that has come with it.  I don't want it to be just another year that whooshes by in the blink of an eye, so grateful, mindful living is definitely at the top of my personal to-do list.

Having said that, here's my list of my running goals for 2017: 

Goal 1: Join parkrun's Club 100 before my 40th birthday

I just can't get enough, can I?!  parkrun is a powerful, life-changing tool that has enriched my life forever and is empowering people to take charge of their health and physical fitness an a daily basis.  I've been a fan from Day I and forever will be.

I have 19 parkruns to go before joining Club 100, which may not sound like a lot, but in practice translates to more or less five months of consistent parkrunning...  Hopefully I'll have that black shirt before I turn 40! 

Goal 2: Complete four new-to-me NZ parkruns

Time to explore!  There are two relatively nearby parkrun venues that I haven't visited yet, so those will be quite easy to tick off.  The other two  will take me to parts of New Zealand that I've never seen before - I can't wait!

Goal 3: Comfortably complete two half-marathons

I know.  People do half-marathons on back-to-back weekends, so what's so special about doing only two half-marathons in a year?  Thing is, I want to do them well.  Prepare properly, train hard, race hard and see what my body is really capable of.  And, of course, I'll be discovering parts of the country that I've never been to - perhaps a half in Auckland too...?

Goal 4: Clock a half-marathon PB

This one ties up with Goal 3: Preparing well and racing hard.  I know I can go below 01:56:12 if I train smart and hard - hopefully race day logistics (like starting pen placement, etc.) will work in my favour as well...!

Goal 5: Find and implement 5 ways in which to do good to others through running

Running is so many things to me: My reset button, my me-time, my sanity...  And the list goes on.  But that's all about me.  And I really feel the need to make 2017 less about me and more about helping where I can.  Why not make a difference while doing what you love, right?  So for me 2017 will be the year of exploring and implementing this a bit more.

What are your running goals for the new year?  Please share, so that we can cheer each other on!

Wishing you a blessed 2017!


  1. Awesome, love them all, go Saartjie! You inspire me and all your readers, I'm sure, in such a beautiful way, thank you and happiest 2017! Keep on piling in the miles and the lovely bloposts xxxxx

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words - I truly appreciate it! Wishing you a 2017 filled with precious, fun and memorable adventures with your three guys! xxxx

    2. Dankie liefste Saar xxx

  2. Great goals! I would totally love to explore NZ on the run!

    1. Thanks, Wendy! In NZ there literally is beauty around every corner - so perfect for exploring on the run! x

  3. Great running goals, volunteering at parkrun (if you haven't already) can be a great way of helping others.

    1. Thanks, Sam! And thanks for the idea - I've volunteered at parkrun many times before, but not yet here in NZ or in 2017, so I'll definitely do that!

    2. Karien is just way too modest. She's done more than volunteer and even started up a parkrun in SA. I owe Karien my new lease on life after 20 years on the couch.

    3. Thanks so much for your kind words, Mark. Honoured to have been a part of your running journey!


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