Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Goals

Yep - you read that right.  I found my '2013 Goals' post still in draft mode.  Oopsie.   Blogging & serious racing/training took a back seat this year.  I think I really just needed a year to not take things so seriously & truly enjoy the social side of training.

I saw a post on Facebook a couple days ago - 'If you don't write your goals down they are just dreams'.  I thought that was kinda funny because apparently I have a lot of dreams.  Guess I was just a dreamer in 2013 & if I don't get with it I will be a dreamer again in 2014.

Regardless, I thought it would be fun to see how I stacked up against my unofficial 2013 Goals, I mean 2013 Dreams.

My goals for 2013 are pretty simple.

Nutrition Improvements - Coming off the holidays this is an obvious one for me.  I plan to give Optimum Nutrition for Life & SwimBikeMom's 3 week metabolic boost a go.  My hope is that this will get me back on track to eating better.  Oh geez - Seriously, this could be a <insert the current year> goal as well.  I did do this in April & it was great but didn't last.  I do feel good when I cut my sweets & carbs down but I just love them so, especially in the colder months.  I just need to try for moderation.  That's the best I can ask of myself.  

Fitness Goals - This year I signed up for the 13 in 2013 challenge hosted in part by Jill.  This challenge is to complete 13 virtual or real races during 2013.  They can be of any distance 5K to a marathon.  Most likely I will keep it at 5Ks but hope I can get some longer races in too.   That will really depend on how my hip feels. Yeah I lost sight of this one too.  I competed in 2 triathlons, 4 - 5Ks & 2 virtual 5Ks.  

Speed Goals - I have 2 speed goals for the year.   A sub 20 minute swim at the Tri for Sight & a sub 30 minute 5K.   I will continue with Sunday masters swim.  I will also get back to swimming 3 times a week.  I have been consistently swimming 2 times but the 3rd day should help to make some speed improvements.  Regarding the sub 30 minute goal - this one should be easy to achieve provided I can stay healthy.  The 13 in 13 will definitely help too!  OK so this one I did pretty good with.  Although the sub 20 minute Tri for Sight swim technically did happen but was not how I intended it to go.  The Tri for Sight course was moved to Spindletop after several years at UK.   This meant that the swim went from 800m to 400m.  So yes, I swam a 10m02s T4S swim but it was half the distance as previous years. 

I did officially meet a sub 30 minute 5K though!!  It even motivated me to write a blog post

Health - I would really like to get my right hip back to normal.  I plan to go back to my ART guy in January to see if we can finally get to a pain free state.  I did go to my ART guy all year.  My hip isn't totally pain free but I can consistently run which is all I ask for.  I have purposely kept my runs in the 3-4 miles range - I would rather run short & be healthy than get injured training for a longer distance.  

All in all 2013 was a good fitness year even without any goals.

Here is the year in numbers:

Swim - 61 miles
Bike - 833 miles
Run - 449 miles
Walk/Hike/Paddle - 83 miles

2013 Total Miles - 1426 miles

I also completed, well I will complete tomorrow, the 2013 Runners World Run Streak.  I will have successfully run every day between Thanksgiving & New Years Day.  If I successfully complete tomorrow's New Years Resolution 5 miler I will have run 75 miles in the last 35 days.

My first goal for 2014 is to write down some goals.  No more dreams for me!  :-)

I wish you all a Happy, Healthy & Safe New Year!  Happy 2014!

December Fun Runs

West 6th Run Club
Becky's awesome depiction of the West 6th Run Club 
Wet & Cold Reindeer Ramble - Me & Shannon
Wet & Cold Reindeer Ramble - TNT crew
West 6th Run Club - Ugly Christmas Sweater
West 6th Run Club - Ugly Christmas Sweater
Ruth Chasing a 300 mile Goal for 2013
Ruth reaches her goal of 300 miles in 2013 - Audrey, Ruth & Me


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