My One Year Runaversary + Year Two Goals!

My one year run-aversary is coming up! I don’t remember exactly which day in June 2012 I started the Couch to 5K program, but it was sometime in the beginning of the month.

The past couple of weeks I’ve been really bummed about not reaching my training goal of seven miles, but I have achieved so much in the past year that I really can celebrate.

Running: Year 1 Accomplishments

When I was out on my run tonight I actually started thinking about my run journey so far. I like to say that I got serious about running in October of 2012, but the truth is what I mean is that I got committed to running in October of 2012.

From June through October I did Couch to 5K at least one day a week, but sometimes ONLY one day a week. In October I started running at least three days a week on a consistant basis. This is mostly because I signed up to do a 5K and knew I better get my butt into gear!

I realized recently that while I am committed to running I’ve been very casual about my training. I feel like within a year I should have been able to bring my mile time down to under 11 minutes. Especially considering I can only run an 11 minute mile when I’m only running one mile. That time gets considerably longer as my route gets longer.

This second year of my running journey will be dedicated to getting serious about running.

Running: Year 2 Goals

My second year goals are to:

  • Run a mile in less than 10 mins (9:59 would work!)
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a half marathon at a 13 min/mile pace
  • Get serious about my running nutrition
  • Consistently incorporate speed workouts into my training

While I’ll always be a casual runner I really want to be a serious casual runner. I know I’ll never be elite, but I do want to see how far IΒ can push myself.

I’m excited about the things I will accomplish in my second year of running … and yeah … I’m kind of proud of the things I accomplished in my first year!


  1. Ali Kearney
    May 30, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    Happy Run-aversary! I think your goals are realistic and smart. It’s always amazing to look back and see what you’ve accomplished.

    Don’t beat yourself up over the 7 miles. We all struggle with some mileage that becomes almost like a mystical force, and once we conquer it, we’re unstoppable! Once you do 7 miles once, you’ll be set to go for the rest of training!

    • Kristina
      May 30, 2013 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks so much for the encouragement, Ali! The seven mile thing is absolutely driving me crazy. I feel really confident that I’ll tackle it this coming weekend just because I HAVE to stop obsessing over it! haha

  2. Lori
    May 30, 2013 / 5:08 pm

    Woohoo, congrats on one year of running! You’ve got some great achievable goals for the coming year πŸ™‚

    • Kristina
      May 30, 2013 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you, Lori! I’m trying to keep my expectations in check. I just started talking with a local running coach who I hope can help me reach my goals faster/better than if I stayed on my own!

  3. organicgirlstyle
    May 30, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    Congrats! I started running at the beginning of June too, we share a runaversary πŸ™‚

    In order to get faster you need to incorporate at least one day of speed work & just stay consistent with your 3x a week schedule and you will accomplish your goals. Which half marathon will you be doing?

    • Kristina
      May 30, 2013 / 9:24 pm

      Yay, congrats on your runaversary as well! πŸ™‚

      I am signed up to do a 10-miler in October called RocktoberFest in Naples, FL. For my first half marathon I am planning to sign up for the Disney Princess Half!

  4. Karla Bruning
    June 6, 2013 / 8:38 pm

    Congrats on your first year and good luck as you work toward your year two goals! I like that they’re really specific and achievable. You’ve got this!