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2013 Running Goals

20 Mar

Right, so it’s March. Already. I actually wrote these goals not long after the New Year with every good intention of sharing before the first month of the year was out. And now it’s March- but, better late than never, right? Right??

If I’m being wholly honest, I lot of coffee drove the writing of these goals and I may have been slightly overambitious (run 1,000 miles?!). Hopefully, the perfect trifecta of motivation, energy, and determination will occur, and I’ll breeze through these goals. More likely, I’ll experience the imperfect trifecta of apathy, lethargy, and avoidance and will wheeze through these goals. But you know, one can always hope.

1) Beat my half-marathon PR. This is doable. Tots doable. As long as I actually make a plan, follow it, oh and sign up for a race. But in all seriousness, I love the half distance, it’s my favorite race to train. I can easily beat my PR by the end of the year. Probably.

2) Run my second marathon and beat my previous (crappy) PR. So anyone who has followed my humble little blog for awhile will now that I went into my first marathon in 2011 having just come off an injury that included several weeks of no running. My first marathon was not pleasant (not that any marathon is “pleasant”), and long story short, I walked away with an awful finish time. I’d love to run my second marathon and beat my crappy finish time, but my body does not care for 26.2 beast and I’m not certain I’m ready to tackle running another marathon this year.

3) Run a second relay-race. I loved Ragnar. Such an awesome time. Except the whole sleeping in the dirt thing. I don’t camp. Ever. That’s why we invented houses and indoor plumbing. But, otherwise, love Ragnar. Maybe I’ll just sleep in the van this time around.

4) Run 1,000 miles. Pretty sure this is not going to happen for 2 reasons a) I have not been accurately tracking my running (I’m sorry DailyMile that I’ve been neglecting you) and b) I just did not run enough in the first 3 months of the year. Oh well, there’s always 2014.

5) Run a 5K. This will happen as I’m volunteering as a race director for a local 5K.

6) Run a race with the pups. This could be a lot of fun or a complete disaster as my dogs are currently going through a phase of “let’s bark at every dog we see and try to pull mommy’s arm out of her socket while we chase down the dogs and make them be friends with us!” Common sense, is not my strong suit, so I’ll convince myself it will be find and will immediately regret my decision as soon as I get to the start line. I make good life choices!

7) Don’t compare my running to anyone else. Truth moment: I’m competitive. I like to win. I like the teams I support to win. I’m also not very fast. And I cheer for teams that tend to be very hot/cold (I’m looking at you New York Giants!) Comparing my running abilities to others always results in me tearing myself down. By just focusing on my abilities without the comparison factor, I notice my improvements more vividly and I feel like I take more care of my running because I’m no longer expanding energy thinking about others. It’s a win-win!

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Mini-me Goals for the Week

12 Jul

What a week! And it’s only Tuesday. This week has been crazy so far, but in a good way, I’m hoping it stays that way through the rest of the week.

Mini-me Goals

I tend to be great at setting long-term goals for myself, but I’m often not so great at establishing mini goals to help support my long-term goals. In an attempt to improve my short-sightedness, I’m going to start making “mini-me goals” at the beginning of every week. I’m hoping this helps me to focus on areas that need improvement (hello core work and foam rolling). We’ll see how it goes for the next couple weeks and if it reaps any sort of benefits, otherwise I’ll be dropping the plan like so much garbage.

Since this is the first week, there’s way too much for me to choose from. A few of the key things I really need to work on:

Do core work religiously. I suck at core work. I always say I’m going to do it and then never do. Also I failed at the 30-day Ab Challenge this weekend, so I’m starting it today. Let me know if you’re in so that I can tweet you and complain about how badly my abs hurt.

Be in bed by 10 every night. I’m pretty good about getting to bed at a reasonable hour, but my sleep schedule has been a little wonky as of late so I’m trying to get back on track.

Start swimming again. I was doing so well there for a while and then I just sort of stopped. I really enjoy swimming and I’d like to get better at it, so it’s time to re-incorporate some swim workouts. For you swimmers out there, if you have any recommendations for swim workouts I’m all ears. At the moment I mostly just get in the pool and swim until I’m tired.

Actually follow the NROLFW plan. I’ve been on and off with this.  Some days I’m great and bring the book with me and stick to the workouts. Other days I totally slack off and just go to the weight room and lift. I need to start following the plan.

Menu plan and grocery shop accordingly. I did the grocery shopping this morning and planned out my eats last night. Now, I have to stick to the plan. Usually, I get lazy and then just make whatever is easiest and least time-consuming. I’m a mean baker, but I’m still mastering the art of cooking and I don’t always enjoy the cooking process. Maybe it’s time to discover the glory of cooking with alcohol.

That’s probably enough for one week. Too many goals and I’ll feel overwhelmed and quit on the spot.

In other news, I’m trying to plan my fall race schedule and I’ve given myself a massive headache. All I feel like doing now is banging my head on my desk repeatedly. Between Ragnar Relay and the Marine Corps Marathon and the necessary taper time in between it’s going to be difficult to fit in many other races. That fact is making me upset. I really love racing and it’s too damn hot in the summer to race. We’ll see how this frustratingly annoying process progresses. I’ll post my racing schedule once I actually have one.

Also, I realize I have now gone three blog posts without posting any ridiculous pictures. This fact is making me very sad. I promise to include some un-necessarily ridiculous photos in tonight’s blog post.

Questions

Any exciting races on the fall calendar?

What’s your favorite distance to race?