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!)
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…
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?! : )