As I look into the coming year, I would like to begin thinking about what I want to accomplish. I have 3 big goals that I want to accomplish.
Goal 1: Qualify for Boston.
This past year I ran 2 marathons and surprised myself in both. On a non stop hills course in Canton in June, I broke 4 hours, taking 35 minutes off my first marathon time. In October, I came close to a BQ, with a time of 3:42:59 taking almost 15 minutes off my time from June. I never thought I could ever come close to a BQ. After October, I was determined that I will take that 3 minutes off that I need in order to BQ. I can do it! The training has already begun, and I am feeling good! The next opportunity is April 7th in Xenia. 3:39...here I come!
Goal 2: Do a Half Iron Man.
I was a swimmer in high school. I love being in the water. I discovered my love for running about 3 years ago. I am learning to enjoy cycling. Put these together, and you have a desire to do a triathlon. In 2012, I participated in a mini-triathlon in July and had a blast. This led to doing an Olympic distance triathlon in September. I had such a blast and I developed the desire to challenge myself even more. A woman from my running group and I are going to do Rev3 at Cedar Point in September. I'm totally excited about this! I would love to say I don't have a time goal in mind, but I do. I won't reveal it right now, but I can't wait to see what my body can do.
Goal 3: Run 13 Half Marathons in 2013.
This idea was inspired by another member of my running group who ran 12 in 2012. I thought it would be very cool to say I ran 13-13.1's in 2013! I will need to do one or two virtual races, but I am totally confident that I can achieve this goal! I'm looking forward to tracking my progress here, and I can't wait to look back in a year and reflect on each race! There are a couple of bloggers that are helping me with this goal. Jill and Sandra. I want to thank them in advance for the support that they are giving and the encouragement!!
I am excited to see what 2013 is going to bring. I can't wait to sit here in a year and reflect on what I have accomplished. Cheers!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
As I reflect on 2012, I can honestly say I am proud of what I have accomplished. I ran my 2nd and 3rd marathons.
I got to run with my daddy. He ran about a mile with me in my marathon in June,
and we ran the Jingle Bell Run (sorta) together, as well as with many other members of my family!
I PR'd at every distance, except that illusive half-marathon. I fought and won against PF. I have stayed healthy.
I have run alone....
I have run with friends. I have paced friends. I have had friends pace me.
I have run with my girls...
I competed in my first triathlon (Olympic distance).
I met my running goal for the year. Even with set-backs,
I have fought through and I came out stronger.
It was a good year.