I know it’s the time of year when everyone comes up with their list of New Year’s Resolutions, but I’m a little bah-humbug on the whole resolution thing. Why do I have to wait until January 1st to commit to something? The statistics are not great when it comes to successfully achieving your resolutions. By June about half of resolutions have been kept and by December only ten percent of people have kept their New Year’s resolutions. Not great odds if you ask me. I prefer to set goals. You could say that is the same thing as a resolution and maybe it is, but to me it just sounds more doable. Resolutions sound like something meant to be broken, goals sound like something inspiring to work towards. This, of course, is just my crazy opinion. If you like making resolutions, go for it!
At the beginning of January 2012, I wrote down a few running specific goals for the year that I hoped to achieve. While I didn’t reach all of them, I did have my best year of running, so I’m happy with that. Here are my 2012 goals along with how I did:
- Run a minimum of 4 times per week, working up to 5 times per week – Prior to this year I had never run more than 4 times a week (and most weeks were only 3 times). My running history is filled with injury, so I got in the habit of only running every other day, never 2 days back to back. This year I was able to cautiously and carefully start running multiple days in a row, and I am so thankful to be able to do that, it has both improved my running and my spirit!
- Run a 3:40 marathon – I did not meet this goal, but came close with a 3:42 at the Foot Traffic Marathon in Portland. This will remain a goal of mine for 2013.
- Qualify for Boston – Boston has been a dream of mine for a years. Unfortunately the years of off and on running due to injury always prevented me from really working toward this goal. However, in 2012 my running slowly started coming together and after a string of missed marathons, I finally qualified for my dream race!
- Run NYC Marathon – This was added to my Goal List after I ran a guaranteed half marathon time in December 2011, that I could use to register for the NYC marathon. While the race was cancelled, I did get to run 26.2 miles around the amazing city of New York. I still have hopes to run the official NYC Marathon some day, so this will stay on my list.
- Run smart, stay injury free – I have done a pretty good job of this, as I have thankfully had no major injuries this year. I think a few things I have done that seem to help are that I don’t run hard workouts back to back, giving myself recovery time. Also, I have worked on switching my running form from heel striking to a mid foot strike. This will remain a life long goal for me.
- Work towards 2012 miles total for the year, but don’t kill yourself with injury trying to get there! – I’m a bit of a numbers person, so I thought it would be cool to run 2,012 miles in 2012. It averages out to about 39 miles a week, which I thought was doable, since when I’m in marathon training some of my weeks are around 50. I ended up 170 miles short, mostly because I missed 3 weeks of running last February due to having pneumonia and then missed another week and a half while suffering from an intense spinal headache after having a lumbar puncture done during testing for my eventual MS diagnosis. I am not at all disappointed with the 1,842 miles I did run. I know how blessed and fortunate I am to be able to continue to run any amount of miles in light of the news I was given about my health this year.
- Run a 5K 22.5 minutes (7m 15s pace) – I had hoped to run a 5k this year, but it never happened. I honestly don’t even know the last time I ran a 5k. Since falling in love with the marathon distance, I’ve ignored the shorter distance races, although I know they are good to do, so I’ll have to keep this one on my list for 2013.
- Run a 10K, break 48 minutes (7m 43s pace) – See 5k note above.
All in all 2012 was a great year in running for me. Here’s to hoping that 2013 will be even better.
Do you set New Year’s Resolutions? What are some of your resolutions or goals for 2013?