Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Year End Review - 2014 Goals

So a quick year end review first.  2013 was not an easy year.  It was full of hard work and seemingly little pay off.  Of course I'm saying that in my whiney voice.  This last 6 months have been very hard but I survived and I'm better for it.  Here is a list of victories for 2013 (not bragging just reminding myself that it wasn't all bad)
1. I have a 4.0 in my doctorate program after 5 classes (Fall 2013 had me taking 3 classes so I'm very surprised by the 4.0)
2. I completed my first 10k with a time of 83:30.  I set the goal at the beginning of the semester so it was a good end to the whole thing.
3. DH has an ownership stake in the local coffee shop.  Never saw that coming.
4.  Ravebaby is alive and well!  Not always an easy thing to do with an active pre-schoolers who also has a wheat allergy.

2013 was okay but I'm ready to kick 2014 in the ding-dong (Per Max Reynolds of Social Bliss).  I'm setting just a few fitness goals and keeping myself flexible since the 10k was a mid-year goal.  I don't want to focus on my weight.  Honestly I'm so sick of that shit!  I'm a big girl and I'm beautiful.  Fitness to me is about being and feeling stronger so that is what I want.
Goal 1 - Complete at least one Mamavation 2-week bootcamp.  This will push me to do some strength building workouts with accountability.  I hate weights but I got to get stronger for goal #2.
Goal 2 - Work my mile time down to 12min miles. I think this is modest and do able.  Right now I'm at 13:30/mile.  I'm at a loss how to do this but I'll get there.
Goal 3 - Run another race.  The weekend doctorate classes have kept me out of most races this last semester but I want to keep completing races.  I think it will keep me running since I"m goal oriented and it will keep me working toward Goal 2.

Goals not set - weight.  This just doesn't seem like a good measure of anything so why bother focusing on it?
Distance - I want to run a marathon at some point but I just don't want to go there yet.  I want to run faster maybe I'll end up running a half-marry or full marry who knows at this point.

So that is the year-end review and where I'm thinking of going.  Let ring in the new year and then kick in the ding-dong!


  1. Love your goals! I will cheer you along the whole way!

  2. Congrats on a wonderful year! A are rockin' that!!!!!

    I love that you've set a speed goal. During the winter months I run on a treadmill and I've noticed that when I do hill runs ( I like to put the treadmill on "random") it increases my leg strength, endurance, and overall speed. YOu may want to try it. I'm also working more on strength training to increase my strength as a runner. :)

    Here's to a great 2014!!!

  3. I'm sure 2013's been hard - but being a mother, wife, runner and student all at once . . . that's a ton and from where I sit, you did a bang-up job! Cheers to achieving what you set out to do in 2014!

  4. great goals!!!! A suggestion to help you run faster is doing tempo runs.... it's helped me shave about a minute off my time :)

  5. The more you run the faster your times will get!!! I just keep plugging at it - you got this!

  6. Heck YEAH a 4.0. Way to go! You can totally meet that 12 minute mile goal. Just keep truckin'! :)

  7. A 4.0!!! WHOO HOO!!! Way to go!!!

  8. One of my goals is the two week challenge. Can't wait! Are you signed up for the next one already?

  9. Wow! A 4.0 is AWESOME!!! I have a 10K on my list of goals this year. I haven't run in the last 2 years and probably couldn't run for more than a minute right now if my life depended on it, but that's about to change! Looking forward to seeing your progress in 2014!

  10. Great goals for the New Year…I love that you didn't set a weight goal for yourself-I am really trying to focus on health not weight either. ALso congrats on that 4.0

  11. Happy New Year
    Look forward to reading about you rocking those goals

  12. Awesome job on your 10k! That's one of my goals for 2014. :)

    Looking forward to cheering you on this year!