My Funny Running Goals From This Time Last Year

Yesterday my mouse was hovering over THIS button all day:


I am thisclose to registering. The only reason I haven’t yet is because October 5, 2014 sounds so far away! It’s hard for me to even think 3 months down the road let along almost a whole year.

I know this race sells out fast so I really need to make a final decision. The RD recently said they expect the full marathon to sell out in March or April.

I was reading through some of my older blog posts yesterday and read something that made me smile:


On Nov. 25th of last year MY GOAL was to be able to run 2 miles in 35 minutes.

What does this mean? Almost exactly one year ago today I was really, really slow! : ) I’m glad I went and looked at old posts because it made me pretty happy to see what I’ve accomplished since last Nov.

Back then I really couldn’t even imagine running a half marathon. I was only thinking “how the hell will I ever be able to run 3.1 miles and finish a 5k?!” It was really stressing me out! That seems kind of funny now.

It’s a good reminder to always set big goals that seem unachievable because we can most definitely achieve them!

What were your running goals this time last year?

What are your running goals for 2014?



  1. November 23, 2013 / 11:12 am

    Go for it! I have heard amazing things about the Portland Marathon…if you like the rain, that is!

  2. November 23, 2013 / 9:54 pm

    SO true Kristina! We can always do those hard things, that to our former selves (even if ourselves from only a few months back) seemed impossible. Nothing is impossible, everything is achievable, and I think you should sign up before it sells out! πŸ™‚

    So true though hey – last year I thought the Great Wall Half Marathon would be near impossible and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it. This gives me great confidence now, as, I WAS able to in the end, and now I have a FULL marathon that I’ve signed up for on January 2nd. Again, this seems very daunting and near impossible today, as half marathons are my comfort zone and the race that I love to take part in, but I know that really, if I can do the really hard thing that I thought I never could this year, then what’s stopping me from doing the hard thing next year? and the year after that, and so on… (btw, this will be my 2nd ever full marathon, after vowing I would never do that again in 2008, so it will def be a challenge.)

    Great post Kristina! (go on, hit the register button! You know you want to!) πŸ™‚

  3. November 24, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    I really love looking back on old goals. It’s why blogging is so amazing. It really does help you realize that you’ve come SO far, and even small progress ends up making big strides!

  4. November 24, 2013 / 8:16 pm

    That’s so funny! They run a cheap deal for like four days right after the Richmond Half. I didn’t do it this year because the fee for the half is $110 that’s just too much in my mind. But it was less than half if you sign up for Nov. 2014 (for those four days) so after hovering for three days I finally did it! Who knows what will happen lol you are right I can hardly think about things more than a week at a time lol

  5. November 26, 2013 / 3:49 pm

    I love looking back at my old training and race times. When I get down on myself, it reminds me just how far I’ve come. I haven’t made my goals for 2014 yet. I’m still deciding what I really want to accomplish next year.