TT: ’21 Goals Update and 22 Goals for ’22

At the end of 2020, I set 15 goals for 2021.

Let’s see how I did:

1.Run at least 3 miles twice during the week.

Yes. And for the most part, THREE times a week ALL year. And always outside.

2. Go for a walk or hike on non-running days.

Yes. This is how I spend almost all of my rest days.

3. Run long on the weekend (10 miles if able).

Yes. Pretty much every weekend, I ran 8-12 miles with my friends.

4. Continue to connect safely with friends on runs, walks and hikes.

Yes. As often as possible, my runs, walks and hikes were done with my friends (as soon as everyone was vaccinated.)

5. Go to my gym (when it opens) once a week.

No. It never opened.

6. Sign up for in-person races (once they are scheduled).

Yes. I ran 21 22 in-person races. Many were even new ones.

7. Do some speed work (on a track) to prepare for shorter races (once I sign up for some.)

No. I did run on the track a few times early in the year, I think, did some speed drills as part of the Freihofer Challenge but this definitely needs improvement.

8. Add some strength training somewhere somehow (LOL)

No. Again there was some biking here and there especially early in the year and 1 minute planks in November but not enough to give it a YES.

9. Go on a race-cation in February (if race is still scheduled).

Yes. I went to Florida, visited with friends and ran a half marathon.

10. Plan a race-cation for the Fall.

Yes. We rented a house in NH and ran a race together (among other things).

11. Once I start traveling again for work, run in NYC (for the sunsets and friend connections).

No. I never started traveling for work.

12. Continue to blog at least once or twice a week.

Yes. I blogged each week on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.  I even now host a link-up (FIT FIVE FRIDAY) on Fridays with 4 other bloggers.

13. Run 1000 miles for the year.


finished on 12/26/21. ended the year with 1,018 miles

14. Complete more challenging hikes.

No.  Most of my hikes are solo and my hiking friends go during the work week so there hasn’t been that much opportunity.  As a result,  I did not do as many harder hikes as I had hoped.

15. Stay healthy!!!!!

Yes.  No flu. No colds. No fevers. No COVID. No sick days!!!

No injuries!! Never had to skip a run!!! HOORAY!!

So what about 2022?

2022 New Year Goals Checklist. Future Goal And Plans. 3435777 Vector Art at  Vecteezy

I do not think I would change a thing!!!!

I’d be very happy if I was just as successful.  And even happier if some of the NOs changed to YES.

But don’t forget that I did add one BIG goal…

16. Run a Sub 2:27 Half Marathon.

qualifying times for 2023 NYC full and half marathons

Why not add some more?  22 for 2022?  Cool. right?

17. Volunteer at two or more races.

Races will not happen without volunteers yet most of us do not volunteer often.  Then we may complain that there were long lines at packet pick-up, not enough water stops and confusing turns on a course.  I volunteered twice last year and it was very rewarding.

at Mohawk Hudson HM

18. Return to mentoring in the STEM program.

I did mentor runners for a few years but life got in the way the last few years and I stopped.  I did attend one of their races (check out the news coverage here). I hope to fit it in this spring.

21. Buy less and Donate more.

I have enough running clothes. In fact, I have too many skirts and tops to wear. That doesn’t mean I will not buy anything new.  But I need to donate those I do not wear/need anymore.

20. Run a NEW race.

I have my local favorites.  I know what to expect regarding logistics and courses. But it’s always fun to try a new one.  Sometimes a new race becomes a favorite.

21. Run a Trail Race.

 I love trails. I walk them. You know how scared I am that I will fall if I run a trail race. Let’s see if I can take the plunge in 2022?

June 26, 2022 – it’s flat but you have to start somewhere

22. Run at least 22 races in 2022.

I accidentally ran more than 21 races in 2021 so I guess it is fitting to try to run even more in 2022.


Happy Running! Did you set and/or achieve any goals for 2021? What goals do you have for 2022? Do you have any of the above as your goal(s)? Please share.






Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

I’m also linking up here:

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.


36 thoughts on “TT: ’21 Goals Update and 22 Goals for ’22

  1. You achieved most of your goals and stayed healthy and had fun doing it — that’s hard to improve on. I like your reminder about volunteering. I’m less into racing these days, but I could still give back to the running community that way.

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    • Yes being healthy was the most important and still is. Without that, most other things are not possible.

      Once the COVID situation improves, you will probably get your racing mojo back.


  2. Wow, you did great. A lot of your “no’s” were beyond your control, and for the strength training… well, it’s hard to argue with success. You may be the only runner I know of who NEVER HAD TO SKIP A RUN in 2021- that is a HUGE accomplishment! I think I would have a hard time convincing myself to do strength training if I were you- if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

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    • I know I should ST but it’s hard for me to get the mojo by myself at home. If my gym EVER opens, I will try to use the machines there.

      I was not sick, not injured and did not have to leave my home to go to work. Those 3 things made all the difference. Even at the beginning of 2020, my foot hurt and I was working on the road… many runs missed.


  3. I have to thank you for your previous post regarding volunteering at a race – something I have never done. Last week I heard that the Houston Marathon/Half-Marathon was is serious need of volunteers, and I volunteered at a water stop. It was so much fun! I will continue to do that in the future, for sure. So, thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Your goals look very much like mine, Darlene! Running and hiking outdoors and doing as many races as possible is exactly what I love doing, too.
    Well done on your goals for 2021 and great goals for 2022!

    I have decided I’m not going back to the gym this year – I’m quite happy with the strength training program that I do at home. For free and I can do it when I want. 🙂

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  5. Wow, what a year you had and I especially like that you stayed healthy and injury free and missed no planned runs as a result! I can’t believe that you gym still isn’t open. I’ve been training and teaching classes at the 55+ gym since June.

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  6. Well done on your 2021 goals but the most important achieved one was: “No flu. No colds. No fevers. No covid. No sick days”. And great goals for 2022: good luck.
    Here the gyms are open but the in person races cancelled.

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    • most gyms here are open too but this is a small one.

      I agree. I hope we both stay healthy and injury-free in 2022. Makes it a lot easier to achieve our goals.


  7. Way to crush your 2021 goals!

    i love your goals for 2022 and definitely can identify with the buy less, donate more concept. I donated a bunch of stuff to various non-profits right before the new year and plan on being more intentional with items I buy this year since I honestly don’t ‘need’ anything.

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  8. Amazing.
    100% on buy less. Well really 100% on donating more. I’ve done a lot of that, but I still have bought too much. Some was needed, but other is “ooh shiny”
    First year here too where I didn’t need to miss a run for injury. In some cases I took two days between runs but that was usually schedule/weather, not injury.

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  9. What a wonderful year you had! I am in awe that you blog 3 days a week. I don’t do my Sunday post and Friday is a hit or miss. Yikes! Proud of you for everything you achieved in 2021! You are strong and dedicated and I know you will succeed in your 2022 goals. I also do not need any running clothes – I do want them! 🙂

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    • Thanks. The year turned out pretty good despite how I thought it would it.

      That goal is probably the hardest. I’ve already bought some things. Boo .


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