December 17, 2013

Training Tuesday: 2013 goal recap

In 2013, I had one specific goal in mind. Simple enough, my goal was to run a sub 2 hour half marathon. Except that is not a simple goal. There were quite a few opportunities for me to attempt this, with a number of halves scheduled on my race calendar.  My first half of 2013 was part of the Goofy Challenge and this actually was my slowest of the year.  There is no surprise there, since that was the plan so I could complete my first full marathon the next day.  Who else is smart stupid enough to run their first full marathon as a back to back? My time for the Donald half marathon was 2:24.49.

Starting line for Donald and Christine did run a PR!

Next up was the Princess Half Marathon in February with very little training after a 17 day trip to Africa.  A PR was surely not in the cards, especially since the weather was hot and humid.  Christine and I decided to run a decent race, but frankly we got through it and that is about all....it was not a fun race day for either of us! Our time was 2:18.43

Glad to be done!

Next up was my first ever local half marathon, the Quintiles Half Marathon in Wilmington, NC.  I was so excited to be able to cook my own dinner the night before the race and most of all to sleep in my own bed!  Due to some family circumstances, I was not as well trained for this race as I would have liked.  The weather and flat course made race day conditions perfect and a little over halfway through the race I decided to try for a decent time!  I did get a PR by just over a minute running a 2:02.05.


A new medal and a shiny new PR!
Next up was the Dumbo Challenge in California and this was going to be another chance to try for a great half marathon time while running with my best running buddy Christine.  We took our time during the 10k and then planned to attempt a good race for the Disneyland Half.  Sadly for Christine, I was the one that did not have the confidence/strength that day to make it a great race. The weather was not ideal, and some days are just not your day. I encouraged Christine to go ahead knowing she had a sub 2 in her that day, but she stuck with me like glue and we finished the race in 2:03.19. I'm still a bit sad that she did not go ahead on her own, but it was awesome to have someone to keep me company during a tough race.


Tweedle Mom and Tweedle daughter stuck together like glue!

As soon as I returned from California, I was anticipating my next race the Baystate Half Marathon in Lowell Ma. My sister would be running with me and she is super speedy and I knew I could count on her to keep me at a great pace. This race lived up to the online hype, a great course with plenty of aid stations, beautiful scenery and perfect weather.  Finally I had the perfect day for another try at the elusive sub 2 goal. To say I was nervous would be an understatement, but it helped to have Alison with me for the wait at the start.  The final time was 1:59.49 and I was absolutely thrilled.  Checking that off my list was huge and now I have an even bigger goal for 2014....but that is another post!

And yes I did wear my medal to lunch with my Mom and sister!

Did you have any specific goals for 2013?  Please do tell!

28 comments:

  1. Congratulations on achieveing your goal! I really appreciate this post as my goal for 2014 is running a sub 2:00 half marathon as well. My PR stands at 2:15:16. This is a great reminder to me that chasing this goal isn't going to be easy and it might not happen right away (realistically I know it won't!). I've signed up for a few races already but plan on adding a fall half marathon as my BIG race to achieve this goal.
    I can't wait to hear what you have planned for 2014! :)

    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Thanks so much Karen. I learned this year that the mental toughness during a race is critical. Challenging myself more during training runs also helped alot. You will get there!

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  2. You both did awesome this year...congrats on your sub 2 hour half! You worked hard for it and totally deserved to wear that medal around the rest of the day!! :0) Here's to an even better 2014!

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    1. Thanks Karen. I did work really hard and I hope to do the same in 2014 towards a much more lofty goal!

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  3. Whether you felt you had some great race days or not, ALL those finish times are awesome and you both should be proud! Good for Christine for sticking with you like glue at DL! I'll be running with my mom too and regardless of our speed, i'll want to finish with her. Pam, that is a great picture of you after the Bay state half, your sheer joy definitely comes across in your beautiful smile! Congrats!

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    1. Thanks so much Meranda. I had that silly smile glued to my face after that Baystate Half. It was fun celebrating with my family too!

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  4. Congratulations on achieving your goal! That's amazing! And a goal I would some day...in the distance future...I hope to achieve as well. All your times are fabulous and doing so many races in general is an accomplishment! Can't wait to read what the 2014 goal is!

    Btw, I am going to be that crazy person doing my first full marathon as part of the Goofy next year (2015) too :)

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    1. Kellie, You will be fine running your first marathon for Goofy, but be sure to follow a training plan that will work for you. I followed Jeff Galloway's and it worked perfectly for me.

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  5. Congratulations on getting that sub-2 hour goal!! In fact, all of your half marathon times are incredible!! Any new goals planned for next year? My big goals this year were to complete 2 half marathons and get a 10K in under 55 min which I just barely did a couple weeks ago!

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    1. Lauren, Congrats on going sub 55 min. in a 10k. That is a great time! I do have a bigger goal for 2014 which I will share sometime early next year! Stay tuned!

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  6. My goal was to PR my half in Oregon, and I did it. I may have killed my leg that day, but I did it!

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    1. Lesley, It is always so rewarding to reach a goal. I hope your leg is doing better.

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  7. Way to go sub-2! That's awesome! I had some lofty goals this year... and accomplished some, but not all. There's always next year!

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    1. Thanks Lora, I have a very lofty goal for 2014, but plan to have a B and C goal too!

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  8. Congrats on the sub-2!! That was my goal for 2013. I only had one attempt, which was a disaster. So my PR still stands at 2:00:30. You bet that shaving off those last 30 seconds will be my goal for 2014!

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    1. Thanks Karla. You were so close, and hopefully you will smash that PR next time.

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  9. Congrats! That is so awesome. I too was going to run a sub 2 half this year until I got injured. Oh well. Next year.

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    1. Injuries stink, but hopefully you will come back stronger. Good luck in 2014!

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  10. Sounds like a great 2013 to me! And you managed to get that sub-2. Really awesome.

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    1. Thanks Frank. My only regret is that Christine ran with me at DL. I know she had sub 2 going that day.

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  11. I love that you accomplished your goal for 2013! Congratulations! I love your spirit and want me and my daughter to grow up and be just like you both!!!

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    1. Aww. thank you. It really is fun to have a running partner for races and sometimes training runs, and especially a daughter!

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  12. Thanks so much Kimberly. We do have alot of fun together!

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  13. Simply Amazing! What an achievement! You just make me want to go go go! Thanks for posting, you both inspire me so much!

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    1. Thanks Deb. It was alot of hard work to get to that goal! Can't wait for 2014 and our WDW weekend. Hope to see you there!

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  14. Awesome! Congrats on meeting your 2013 goal of a sub 2hr half! My main 2013 running goal was to complete my first half marathon. I did that in November and now I've 3 half marathons on my calendar for 2014. :) My goal then will be to do a sub 2:30 half marathon since my first I did 2:41 but I also ran with an injured ankle so I know I can do better. Good luck in 2014!

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    1. Thanks Maria, I hope you have success in 2014 with your half marathon goal. Also a big congratulations to you on completing your first marathon! That is a huge accomplishment!

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