On the outside, I'm still struggling with weight and appearance. That's been ongoing since I've been like 12 years old, so I'm not expecting 2013 to magically give me any peace there. Nevertheless, I continue the battle in the Run Your A$$ Off weight loss challenge. The goal is to lose 4% each month January through March. That would put me in great shape for my spring races. Weight loss right now signifies faster race times and less stress on my body with each run. That is what drives me the most to keep pushing the weight loss. But I refuse to call this a "resolution," because then I'd be repeating the same resolution for nearly 20 years and that just sounds like failure.
Last year, I had a lot of fitness goals. For 2013, it's pretty simple... few in numbers, but large in the amount of work that it will take to attain them.
1. PR at Eugene Marathon... beating a 4:18, ideally coming closer to the 4 hour mark. This won't be easy; marathons never are. This is my #1 driving goal for the next four months. Everything I do for the next 118 days will lead me here.
2. Complete a Century Ride. I really fell in love with cycling last year, and would like to explore this sport more. (The only downfall is that it cuts into my running time... but I enjoy the mix.) A 100-mile ride is a big feat for any cyclist, comparable to a runner's marathon I would assume. I've got my eye on the Door County Century Ride (Sept). I haven't been to that area of Wisconsin since I was a little kid, but remember the pretty scenery well. A camping/cycling weekend there sounds just dreamy to me.
3. Step up the TRI to the olympic distance. Last year, I finished my first sprint triathlon. In 2013, I'd like to challenge myself with the olympic distance. Essentially that forces me to spend more time in the pool. Swimming is such a great cross-train, and I found it really helped to widdle my middle. I enjoy it when I force myself to do it. So much room to grow...
In general, I just want to keep doing what I'm doing...
• Maintain weekly run mileage around 30 miles or 120 per month. Hit 1500 again for the year.
• Always be half-marathon ready. A long run (10+ miles) every weekend unless I'm recovering.
• Train smart. Do whatever it takes to stay healthy.
• Race 8 more states in my goal to Race All 50.
Outside of my fitness world, I have work to do in other areas of my life. Call them resolutions if need be, but I highly doubt they will ever be a one-year kind of goal...
• Spend less time on the computer and more time being in the moment with my kids. Sigh, they are growing up so fast...
• Go to church more and grow my faith. Busy family schedules have really disrupted this for me.
• Give my husband more. More gratitude. More time. More patience. More hugs. More attention. More forgiveness. And that will all add up to more love.
What are your goals or resolutions for 2013?
And what's your PLAN to get there?