My 2013 Running Timeline: Starts with 3.1, Ends with 13.1 and Lots of Fun In-between!

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Wow!  Where has the year gone? Did I really run a half marathon?!?! That was my biggest goal of the year and one of my proudest accomplishments.

In retrospect though, perhaps the goal I am most proud of is finishing my first 5K. There was a very high probability, given my history with running, that it would NEVER happen in a million years.

Crossing that first finish line wasn’t just about running a 5K… it taught me a whole lot of life lessons about dedication, perseverance, confidence, self-reliance and so much more. It’s amazing what 3.1 miles can do to change a person’s outlook on life.

January – March

  • Ran my first 5K
  • Ran my second and third 5K
  • Decided I wanted to run a half marathon
  • Started obsessively reading blogs about running
  • Started my blog about running
  • Got fitted for running shoes for the first time

April – June

  • Ran my fourth 5K
  • Started increasing my distance beyond 4 miles
  • Found that I kept hitting a mental roadblock at the 10K mark
  • Hired a running coach (who is awesome) to help
  • Got to run in Jamaica, Haiti and Cozumel 
  • Read “Eat and Run” by Scott Jurek and become obsessed w/ultrarunning
  • Decided I am going to run a 50-miler before I turn 30 

July – September

  • Started half marathon training 
  • Turned 27 years old
  • Got to run in the dessert in Nevada 
  • Took a cross country road trip and mentally noted all the states I want to run in someday

October – December

  • Ran my first double digit run
  • Ran my first HALF MARATHON 
  • Started training for my second half marathon
  • Started speed work for the first time ever
  • Registered for my first FULL MARATHON 
  • Eliminated walk breaks from my runs (mostly… still working on it!)

Honorable Mentions

Before I started half marathon training I was lifting heavy and ended up squatting 150lbs and deadlifting 190lbs (only 1x each at those weights but hey, it counts).

I stopped lifting heavy early in my half training because it was making my extra legs sore on running days. Maybe someday I will get back to it and finally deadlift 200!

Reaching My Goals

I reached pretty much all of my 2013 goals. I COULD cross off that last item (run a 10 min mile) but I am not sure if I should…

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It really only happened one time and it was anything but comfortable. I almost feel like it was a fluke and that I need to do it again before I can cross it off the list.

I was planning to do it before the end of the year actually but the last two days I have not run at all. Maybe it will be the first thing I tick off of my 2014 list : ) I do have a speedwork day coming up.

Actually it’s kind of funny to look at this goal list and remember that I used to run/walk a 17 min mile. I was so out of shape despite tons of hours on the stationary bike and elliptical! Hah!

I’ve got some pretty big goals for 2014 on the horizon, and I’m pretty excited about them!

… so I guess I could call this post a #HumbleBrag but it’s not really humble at all (is any humble brag really humble though?). Instead this is my OMG YOU GUYS we did it post. We made it through 2014 and along the way achieved some cool things.

Cheers t0 2014!

PS: What is your #1 resolution NOT related to running? Do those kind of resolutions exist?! : )

8 comments

  1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    First of all, CONGRATS on going from basically zero to sixty in just one years of running! You seem really determined and disciplined, I have no doubt you will reach your ultra marathon goal in the next year! It was fun to read all your accomplishments broken down by month since I am relatively new to your blog. BUT CROSS THAT 10 MIN MILE OFF YOUR LIST!!! You did it right!?
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  2. Karen

    I always enjoy reading about your journey. I can’t wait till you run that marathon!! You have made amazing gains this year – Congrats on the half marathon. Keep at the speedwork, I believe intervals helped me this year and I know the hard work will turn into muscle power 🙂 Happy New Year!
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  3. Ali K. @ Hit the Ground Running

    My non-running resolution is to live this year with positivity!

    You had such a great year. I’m so happy I found your blog and started following you this year!!
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  4. Amy

    Looks like you have had a fantastic year, lady! Keep up the good work and I am sure you can crush a 10 min mile this year and accomplish all of your other goals just fine 🙂
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  5. Kyle

    You had a very exciting year. Here’s hoping 2014 is even better for you!

    One of my non running goals is to pay more attention to my blog and expand my reader base. Good luck with your goals!

  6. Jennifer @ The Final Forty

    AWESOME! You killed it in 2013 — WTG! It’s always so much fun to look back at where you started and see everything you can accomplish in a year, running and otherwise! 😀

  7. Karla @ Run, Karla, Run!

    Kristina, you had such an amazing year! It’s been such a pleasure to follow you and see your enthusiasm and always upbeat attitude. Can’t wait to see what you do in 2014~
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  8. Lou @ Running Through China

    What an amazing year you’ve had Kristina! Awesome! Really glad to have met you and looking forward to reading all about you crossing off / completing / KILLING those 2014 goals! 🙂

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