Ah, New Year’s Eve. Auld Lang Syne and all that. I’m not a big New Year’s Eve party kind of person; I much prefer a movie night with a homemade meal to donning a cocktail dress and making small talk. However, I do like the opportunity it gives us to reflect on the past year. Did it measure up? How will we do it all differently next year? So in the spirit of the New Year, I decided to revisit my 2012 running goals and see how I did before I set new ones for 2013.
First, let’s look back at my 2012 resolutions and how I fared.
1. Continue doing cross training at least twice a week. (i.e. you are 31 and don’t want to get injured!) If I were grading myself, I would give myself a C here, or maybe a C+. Sadly, I got injured less than a month into 2012, and was diligent about cross training during my recovery… and then not as much. I do think I finished the year on a strong XT note, though.
2. Break 4 hours in the marathon. Yep – done!
3. Break 1:46 in the half marathon. Nope. I ran two halves in 2012, one in January and one in May, both in the 1:50s.
4. Mix it up and run some new/different distances. Yes! I did my first 5 miler this year, my second 15K and my second 10 miler. The trick to this one was finding races of somewhat non-traditional lengths! 5Ks are a dime a dozen on any race calendar, but races of other distances aren’t as common.
5. Give back to the local running community. Done, but I could do more. I was an assistant coach for our local Girls on the Run chapter in the spring, volunteered at a few races and spectated at a few others.
As you can see, it was kind of a mixed bag of results on the resolution front. Still, I feel pretty good about my 2012 running year in review. I set PR’s in the 5K, 5 miler, 10K, 10 miler and marathon… and I ran over 1,200 miles in the process!
For 2013, I’m keeping it simple and honing in on just one resolution: take a more holistic approach to my training and stay healthy! Instead of making my training all about the numbers and checking off workouts on my training plan, I would like to focus more on the big picture: getting enough sleep, strengthening my core, cross training and making healthier food choices. Hopefully these will help me improve as a runner in the long run! The results you get in your running aren’t just about the hours you log running. I do think it’s easy to get caught up in thinking that, and when you get busy, to ax the non-running stuff. So my resolution is to make time for all of the non-running parts of running, too.
Now that I’ve achieved a sub-4 hour marathon, like Cilantro, I have my sights set on a Boston Qualifying marathon later this year. It’s admittedly a pretty big goal, but I think this may be the year for it. It doesn’t hurt that I’ll get an extra 5 minutes on my BQ time in the fall! Since the qualifying period for 2015 will begin around September and the age you are on race day is what counts, I’ll be able to take advantage of the fact that I’ll be in an older age group come April 2015. (Can you tell I’ve really analyzed this one to death?) I hope that with a more well-rounded approach, I can achieve a 3:45 marathon this spring, then hopefully a 3:40 in the fall.
Were you able to stick with your 2012 resolutions and meet your 2012 goals? How did your success or failure help you choose your resolutions and goals for 2013?