2016 Goals Evaluated

Hi all,

I do still exist ๐Ÿ™‚

My blog has been living a silent life for most of this year but as we draw to the end of 2016 I wanted to go back and look at those goals I set at the start. I mean what’s the point in setting goals if you don’t go back and evaluate them right?

I wrote about my goals for 2016 back in January, you can read it here.

But below is a list and an answer to whether I accomplished them or not.

Pbs in every distance; 5km, 10km, half marathon and marathon

-20:30ish for 5km

-Sub 43min for 10km

-1:33 ish for half marathon

-3:25ish for a marathon

Soo my 5k time ended up being 20:38 so you could call that as being achieved. I never raced a 10km. Half marathon pb was 1:34:14 so I would say that was ticked as well. Marathon, well unfortunately I never raced one. I was too injured in the spring and in Berlin I decided to just run 39km instead of 42 ha! You can read about thatย here.

Linking with the injuries, my other goal was to stay injury free and that didn’t happen either. I guess I didn’t have any major injuries but still I did have to take few breaks from running.

ย Get a new degree-related job!

I did land myself a job in February. Not exactly a psychology related job but a job that required a degree nevertheless, and one with great opportunities and career progression.

Write an amazing dissertation.

Well. I haven’t got the grades yet but not gonna lie, I think it’s safe to say we could take the word “amazing” out of there and just call it dissertation. I left this very late and ended up having to rush it so I’m glad it’s done but I definitely didn’t give it as much time and effort as I should’ve.


I did travel but again, not as much as I would’ve liked. My plan was to do a longer trip somewhere further than Europe but I ended up just doing few trips here. I was lucky enough to visit Dublin 3 times, twice with work. I also saw Berlin for the first time and then visited Amsterdam once again. Sooo could’ve been better could’ve been worse ๐Ÿ™‚

Brush up on my Spanish.

Haha. This one was a total failure. I’m not sure I made one attempt at this over the year. That’s quite disappointing and definitely something to remember for next year.

Spend less time on Social Media.

Hmmm. I’m not too sure this happened either. I think I’ve made a reduction in the time spent there but not enough yet.

Read more books.

Yeah no. Again, disappointingly, I think I read one book all year. It was an amazing book but still, not an excuse.

Be present.

This one is hard to evaluate really. I’d say I tried occasionally but there were definitely times I was more focused on the past or the future.

Word for the year: Ambition

Was I ambitious? I’d say I was in some circumstances but not all. I definitely haven’t reached as high as I could’ve.

Overall, I think I managed some but not all. Ultimately, I don’t think they all have to be accomplished perfectly anyway. I’ll probably write about my goals for 2017 later on but it’s safe to say that a lot of these will have to be shifted to the next year as well. That’s totally acceptable right ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great new year! <3