January 1, 2014

2014 Goals - Christine's Version

Ah yes, goals for the new year.  It's a cliched, non-unique post, but alas I like goal setting and I've always been a fan of the turn to a new year.  I like the idea of a clean slate, a blank canvas, a fresh start.  There's something about it that's a little cathartic.  My goals this year are a little different than last year.  You won't find any goals about a number of races to complete, mileage to run and the like.  You will find some goals that will (hopefully) make me a more-rounded athlete and person.  So voila!

1. Run a PR in a half marathon.  More specifically, I'm targeting the Shamrock Half Marathon in March for this PR attempt.  Given that my mileage base is strong, I'm planning to add structured speed work to hopefully meet this goal.  I want to go sub-2 and I'd like to do that by a long shot.  We're talking somewhere in the 1:52-1:55 range, but I haven't settled on a specific time goal just yet.  I just want to get to ONEderland people!

2. Join a running group.  Remember my fear of running groups?  Well after I realized that they weren't so bad, I committed that I would join one once I was past the pressure of hitting specific mileage in preparation for Dopey.  

3. Take a break.  In 2013, I never really took a break.  I promised myself I would after Dopey but then got a little greedy with the idea of a spring half PR attempt.  Don't get me wrong, I WANT to run Shamrock, but I also want a break too.  

4. Get back to the pool.  Every single year that I've been out of college (and out of swimming shape), I've resolved to get back to the pool.  Given that I spent years soaking in chilly, chlorine-filled water, I find it to be a slice of home...a friendly reminder of the past if you will.  It's also a great total body workout.  Last year, I was pretty diligent about it but then broke my streak in the springtime.  And the biggest reason I need to do this...

5. Try a tri!  A triathalon that is.  As a former swimmer, I feel it's my calling to try this just once...pun intended har har!  I figure I'll start with a small one to decide if I want to invest in the gear as I only own a mountain bike. 

6. Find balance.  You probably don't know this about me, but I used to charade as a 1950's housewife - I cooked a lot, baked treats for friends and coworkers, sewed some cool things, and planned and hosted some pretty fun parties.  I want to find this person again.  She's gotten a little lost in the running chaos over the last few years.  I don't want running to be all consuming like it has been at times; and I only have myself to blame for letting that happen.  I don't regret some of the all-consuming nature of running, like training for a marathon.  I wouldn't trade my successful first marathon for the world!  But I want 2014 to be the year that I find balance between the other parts of me.

Cheers to the new year!  What are your 2014 goals? 
{Christine}

27 comments:

  1. Great goals! I'm finding it hard to balance fitness, distance running, eating healthy, parenting, home life and a demanding job. I'll be following along in 2014 to get some tips and advice. Happy New Year!!

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    1. Thanks April! It is definitely challenging to balance it all.

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  2. Woohoo! I'm so excited for your goals! I think all of us need a break after the fall marathon and Dopey training. I'm super excited to follow your triathlon journey - it's been in the back of my mind as well! And I love that you are secretly a 1950s housewife :)

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    1. Thanks Megan! Yes, a break is totally in order :)

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  3. Great goals! I love the beginning of the year and a clean slate, lots of possibilities lie before you.
    I need to find balance as well. My life either seems to be all about running or all about something else (work, wedding, etc.). Finding that happy balance isn't easy but I hope I find it this year :)

    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Thanks Karen! Yes, balance is so important and oh so easy to misplace

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  4. Sounds like some great things to accomplish this year! I think achieving balance is always a biggie, especially when you are training for certain events. I'll be sure to follow your progress! -M

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    1. Thanks Meranda. One of my other goals is to meet your sis :)

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  5. Ok, I'm using you to keep me accountable for doing a tri this year! It was on my 2013 goals list and CLEARLY did not happen...oops! Honestly I am most nervous about the biking...I hate biking on the roads so where the heck am I going to train?!? Let me know when you pick one out...I'd love to do my first one with someone!

    And I LOVE that you used to charade as a 1950's housewife that is too funny! Definitely not me, I totally wish I cooked and baked more! Love your goals and so glad we became friends in 2013 so I can follow along in 2014!

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    1. Yes! We will totally be each other's accountability buddies for the tri.

      Come visit...I will put on my apron and cook you a feast :)

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  6. Great goals Christine! My goals are to stretch and roll every day and to run 14 races in 2014! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Mindy! Oh, I can always get better at stretching. Working on that before marathon weekend.

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  7. Awesome goals for 2014!! I did my first sprint triathlon in 2013 and it was hard, but it was SO fun!

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    1. Thanks Lauren! Oh that's exciting. I'll be on the lookout for race recaps once I start getting a little more serious about what length and type of event to pick. Do you have a recap?

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    2. I sure do! Here it is:

      http://laurensglassslipper.blogspot.com/2013/07/race-recap-cooper-sprint-triathlon.html

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  8. Yay for a running group!! They are great...I've made some really awesome friends because of mine! :0) Great goals, Christine! Happy 2014!'

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    1. I'm coming out of my shell this year. I've always been so nervous about running groups...no more!

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  9. OOH You can TOTALLY do a tri! I can't, but I WILL Cheer you on! A half PR is totally in your sights and you've got this in the bag!!

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    1. Aw thanks Kat! Yes, I am so ready for a one-something half PR. :D

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  10. Awesome goals! I too will be attempting my first tri this year, and I'm always attempting balance in this overly chaotic world we find ourselves. Here's to 2014!

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    1. Thanks Jewell! Would love to trade training tips, advice, war stories, etc. on the tri front - totally new to me!

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  11. Great goals, Christine! Best of luck in reaching your goals, especially reaching a new half PR! You've got this!

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  12. Love all of your goals! I don't think I'm cut out for a Tri, but can't wait to read about your experiences.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I have no idea what to expect with a tri but I've always been interested so figured I should give it a whirl.

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  13. LOL...I'm totally in the 1950's housewife club with you. I've found that getting away from baking has turned out to be a good thing. If I don't make it, I can't eat it!

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