Goals for 2013

I’ve been really, really, really giving this a lot of thought the past few days.  (I’ve been laid up with what I’m quite certain is the flu for a few days, so I’ve had a lot of time to think.)  Here’s what I’ve come up with.

Running/Fitness:

  • Get faster.  Period.  In all distances from 5K to 13.1.  And I plan to do this by …
  • Quality over quantity.  I hit my 1,000-mile goal in 2012.  Unlike most folks, I’m truly not interested in going longer or farther, and I won’t be racing as much this year.  Other than what will hopefully be my marathon redemption in February and a 10K in May, I have nothing on my race schedule.  I MAY run a half in April just because it’s local and I feel like I should support it.  Otherwise, I don’t plan on any more distance races until the fall where my goal will be…
  • A half-marathon PR.  It scares the shit out of me to say sub-2, but that is the number lurking in the back of my head.  I used to literally laugh out loud at the notion of me running a sub-2, but I’m starting to think that with the right training and right attitude that I could pull it off in another 11 months.
  • Get that damn sub-60 10K.  Third year’s a charm, right?  I missed it by 34 seconds in 2011 and didn’t run a 10K in 2012.  Actually for 2013 I feel like 60 minutes is too conservative, so this year I’m shooting for sub-58.
  • Get stronger.  Like I said, I’m not interested in running just to rack up miles this year, so some of those just-for-numbers runs will be replaced with strength training this year.  My motives here are twofold.  First, I’m hoping stronger legs will lead to a stronger, longer stride, thus helping with speed.  My second reason is pure and simple vanity.  I want a leaner, more muscular physique.  
Life in General:
  • Declutter this damn house.  My plan of attack is one room at a time, one room a month.  This is more of a goal for my husband.  I wouldn’t have a problem backing a dump trailer up to the house and loading it up right now.  Getting him to part with anything will be the chore.
  • Have a will drawn up.  Yeah, that’s a morbid thing to put here, but it needs to be done, and I’m more likely to do it if I put it on a list.
  • Get involved on some level with local rescues.
  • Just DO more.  Sometimes I feel like all I do is work, run, eat, sleep, and clean.  I’ve been making a more concerted effort to do more fun things in the past few months (as part of my whole 33 before 33 thing).  I want to carry that over into the new year as well.
Overall, 2013 is gonna have a hard time topping 2012, but hey… HERE’S HOPING!
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