It’s that time of year when we all start to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future.
2013 starts in just a matter of days. How crazy does that seem?
Back in my blog archives, I can see I wrote both a general goals posts and a running-specific one at the beginning of 2012.
Today I’ll start by tackling the review of my running goals.
Basically, I wanted to:
- Break 2 hours in a half marathon
- Break 23:00 in a 5K
- Break 50:00 in a 10K
- Try a new distance I’ve not run before
- Find a running partner
- Be diligent about early morning runs
- Start thinking about marathon #2
If you want to read the full 2011 recap with 2012 goals post you can find it right here.
How’d I do?
That first goal is probably the one I’m most proud of. I diligently trained through winter and spring earlier this year and put in the work toward a great half marathon.
I was coming off a 2:12 PR, but I really felt like 1:59 was within reach.
In April I ran the Earth Day 1/2 Marathon, and was basically ecstatic to finish in 1:54. I followed it up 2 weeks later with a 1:55 on a more challenging course, and I basked in my half marathon success.
The 23 minute 5K was an interesting journey. I did a February 5K more as motivation to kick off my half marathon training strong. My PR was 23:58, and I wasn’t entertaining any hopes of besting it on an early February day.
I got off to a speedy start, the course was free of ice and snow, and I just had a magical day. I titled my race report Holy Cow! , as it aptly described my surprise at running 23:10.
Then, the rest of year I just got slower. I did come close with a 23:12 on a hot August day, and my other 5K this summer was over 24 minutes.
While I didn’t break 23, I still set a PR. And I can keep working on this one in 2013.
There’s not much to report for 10K as I simply didn’t run one. I’m certain I’d have had a good shot at my goal this spring, but in my current shape I’m not so sure.
I did succeed at trying a new distance in 2012; I ran my first 10 mile race at the Twin Cities 10 mile from Minneapolis to St. Paul.
It was a very chilly October morning, but I loved the course and was pleased with my 1:27 finish. I hope to run this race again.
As far as a running partner goes, I think there may be hope for 2013. A local friend of mine has gotten interested in running this year, and she’s busily talking about her race goals for the coming year. We’ve even talked about a 2013 marathon…
Mornings are still my preferred time to run, and some days I get up better than others. I don’t think this is a goal I can make or break; it’s more of a continual process of motivation and priorities I need to keep on top of.
This brings me to the marathon. I’m not certain I’m ready for another this year. A summer race that happens to be in Duluth, MN is in the back of my mind. If I do 26.2 soon I think it will be at Grandma’s in June.
Whew — a whole year of running gibberish. Thanks for following along!
Now I suppose it’s time for the meat of the post. My goals for 2013.
Here’s what I’m thinking.
- Break 23:00 in a 5K (still going after it!)
- PR in a half marathon and/or 10K
- Do a race with a friend
- Take a long, hard look at marathoning this year
That’s all she wrote.
I know money will be tight this year, so I’ll likely do even fewer races than normal as I carefully pick and chose. I still hope to put in quality training and see success. Now I just hope the weather shapes up (or I toughen up) so I can get some more miles in right now.
Happy winter to you, and best wishes with your own fitness and health goals.