2020 did not turn out how any of us had planned for it. Many of us updated and changed our fitness goals over the year, but now that we are entering a new year, it’s time to reset our goals.

I’ve got some big goals for 2021, but I’m not depending on races to get me going.

I don’t think races will be back in 2021 any more than they were in 2020. I’m planning my goals around challenging myself differently, much as I did in 2020. I think the different challenges I did in 2020 were great for my mindset, and I want to continue challenging myself in other ways this year.

This year I am doing a team run across Mexico (go team Taco and Trails!). It’s a total of 1850, so we are each responsible for 925. In 2021 I only ran 740 miles (my goal was 800), so I need to step it up. I figured out I need 78 miles a month and about 20 per week. It’s totally doable.

It just means I need to be consistent.

Then I agreed to do the Yeti 24 hour challenge. So I will be doing 5x4x24 in March. I still haven’t quite figured out how I am going to train for this. It will involve many back to back runs (Friday night, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning). I also think I need to do a good mix of early morning and late evening.

I will finally get my ultra!

Granted, it will be spread out over 24 hours, but I hear it still totally counts. I’ve already started planning the logistics in my head. I will be doing it simultaneously as a friend so that we can commiserate by text. LOL

I’ve got some big running goals, so hopefully, that will help with my other goal(s). I still need to lose the weight I meant to lose in 2020. So lose weight and body fat are on for 2021. I also want to get back to consistently doing strength work and yoga.

I guess that makes my word for 2021 consistency. I need it.

How do you stay consistent? What are your goals for this year?


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.