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Personal and Professional Goals

It’s good to have goals.  It’s even better to follow through on those goals.  January 1st is usually the time to set a goal (“New Years Resolution”).  This year for a New Years Resolutions I chose to set a personal goal that would take me months to complete.  I want to complete my first half marathon.  Recently I set a professional goal of completing my MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer).  I need a place to track my progress ups  for both goals.  I’ve decided that I’m going to use my blog which usually sits idol for months at a time to share my progress and hold myself accountable.  The first post in this series I want to share where I’m at today.


Complete a half marathon…  WOW This seams like it’s going to be impossible to be prepared to run 13.1 miles.  I’m considering 3 half marathons Lake Country on September 1st, Prairie State on October 6th, and Schaumburg Half Marathon at Thanksgiving time.  

I’m still consider myself a beginner runner.  I’ve run a 4 5k (Sept 2010, July 2011, 2- Nov. 2011) all of which I did very minimal training before hand.  My times were as follows




Time           Pace

September 2010 Lake Villa Township 5k 41:34.7      13:25
July 4, 2011 Antioch Freedom Run 5k 44:11         14:14 HOT DAY!!
November 2011 Long Grove Turkey Trot 5k

41:23.3       13:21

November 2011 Schaumburg Turkey Trot 5k

40:41.9       13:07

February 12, 2012 North Shore Cupid’s Love Dash recovering from pneumonia didn’t run
March 25, 2012 Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8k 2 weeks away

WOW, I finally have all my race times in one place and I can see that overall my pace has been slowly getting faster.  On January 31st I was diagnosed with pneumonia. It took me about 4 weeks to recover enough to start running again.  I have not done a lot of running in the last 2 weeks.  The only consistent thing I have done is hiked 3 for ~3 miles each time. I know I can complete the 8k but I know I will be running and walking.

To track my personal goals I will blog once a week with an update of how my running is going.



On September 19, 2011 I returned to the work force after being home raising my children for 12 years.  Before returning to work I had a goal to pass the Mircosoft’s .NET 3.5 certification test.  I took the test once and didn’t pass.  I never made it back to retake the test as that was the summer my mom sold her house and I had to help her move.  Now that I’m working again it is my goal to to complete a MCPD certification.  The decision I’m still trying to make is what path do I take (Sharepoint 2010 or Web Developer 4).  Part of my decision depends on what’s valuable to my employer, Woodmark Technologies, Inc

Watch for future post to see how I proceed.

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