Goals 2019: State after April

Published on 2nd of May, 2019

January, February, March, and now April. Here’s how I’ve been doing regarding my yearly goals.

1. Goal: 1 Marathon per Month. Result: 1 Marathon.

✅ Just two nights after coming back from our 3.5 month trip to New Zealand, I ran the Hamburg Marathon – my home race. I’ve done it many times and it’s very special to me. This time, the 10 degrees and rainy weather made me feel right back at home, but also probably added 5 minutes to my finishing time. 3:36 hours is still my best result in a long time. The day after the race I signed up for Hamburg 2020 – it’s just a must for me! 

This brings my marathon total of 2019 up to 6, so I’m already halfway there. 

2. Goal: Run 2,000 Kilometers in 2019 (166.67 per Month). Result: 202.25

✅ Not as great as March, but still a checkmark. 913.49 is this year’s total after April, exceeding the planned 666.66 total by 27 percent if my math is correct.

3. Goal: Run Every Other Day. Result: 15 Runs in 30 Days.

✅ Barely made it. This task turned out to be not as easy as I thought. It requires a lot of clever time management and I often “have to” run on consecutive days to make it work. I like that, though, and I notice how my fitness and general well-being improves. 

4. Goal: Walk 5 Million Steps (13,700 per Day). Result: 461,820 (15,394 per Day)

✅ As with the marathons, I reached the goal here but not as easily as in the previous month of March. Still well above what’s needed, so I’m happy about that. 

On the way to 5 Million
On the way to 5 Million

5. Goal: Read 12 Books (1 per Month). Result: 1 Book Read

✅ On April 8th, I finished reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, which was a short and easy read. He basically just makes a case for waking up earlier than necessary every day to have some time to oneself and follow a thought-out routine that improves the quality of life. Good ideas, difficult to test with all my kids at home. Although I now wake up an hour earlier everyday, I don’t get the benefits of that because my daughters will wake up just after me and will require my attention. Maybe I should buy the author’s special “parent’s edition” of the book as well. 😉

All 5 goals fulfilled, which is good. Right now I don’t see any need for improvement, so it’s alright to just keep at it like I did so far.

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