Friday, January 4, 2013

Fitness Friday: 2013 Goals

I honestly wasn't going to write this post and I've restarted it multiple times over the past few days.  I guess if you're reading, I actually hit publish.

For me, 2012 was sort of the *anti* goal year.  I didn't set specific goals, but I wrote this little Dear Me letter last January from the perspective of me today congradulating my 2012 self on all the goals I accomplished.  Needless to say, they were pretty much all a bust.

  • Weight back under control - Nope, I'm just as heavy as I was last January, if not up another pound or two. I'm not unhealthy, but I'm not at a happy weight for me.
  • Run 12 races - Nope.  I think I ran 8 plus a few non-official, virtual ones.
  • Sub-30 5k - Yep! 28:15 on Thanksgiving Day!
  • PR the 5/3 River Bank Run 25k - Nope, I spectated it in an aircast. My first DNS.
  • PR the Grand Rapids Marathon - Nope, I ended up running the marathon relay. Didn't even try the half marathon there this year.
I only went 1 for 5 last year, which is really pathetic, but since they weren't set as official goals, does that make it less bad?

In 2013, I want to keep it simple and I'm putting these out there, even though a couple (ok all) of them scare the hell out of me and I don't know that I have what it takes to get there.  Here we go.
  1. Run a 27:xx 5k
  2. Run a sub-60 min 10k
  3. Run a sub-2:15:xx half marathon
  4. Complete and Olympic-distance triathlon
  5. Get and stay healthy this year.  This will probably be the hardest to keep.
Basically, this year I want to get faster and not hurt myself doing it.  Running that 28 min 5k and having some 5 and 6 mile training runs near the 10 m/m pace lead me to think the first 2 goals might be achievable.  I was supposed to hit that 2:15 half at Disney in November and it was not in the cards.  Maybe I'll have better luck in Traverse City at the Bayshore Half.  I figure, if the conditions are right and I show up to the starting line healthy, I might have a chance.

I'm also starting the year as a Mentor for 2 great ladies as they embark on the Shrinking Jeans Couch to 5k Virtual program. I can't wait to see how these gals will rock their 5ks in a couple months!!

What about you?  Any fitness goals for 2013?  Have you ever mentored another runner?  I'd love any advice you could give.