Happy New Year!!
I love the start of the New Year. There is something so exciting and invigorating about setting goals for the next 365 days and hearing about all the goals others have set.
13 has always been a lucky number for me (it was my high school basketball number for a few years), I decided to create my #Lucky13 Fitness Goals. Some of them are the same goals as I had for 2012…I found out I was pregnant only a few weeks into 2012 and so almost all of my fitness-related goals had to be postponed until post-baby.
1. Complete 50 miler: JFK 50 miler (Nov 16) This was one of my 2012 goals but pregnancy put it on hold. The JFK 50 miler is the largest 50 miler in the world (over 1,000 finishers) and I have heard nothing but amazing things about the entire race experience. I ran my first ultra distance in 2010 and my first ultra race in 2011 and have been itching to do another one. Current distance PR: 60k (37.2 miles) in 5:41 (Knickerbocker 60k, 2011)
2. Sub-3:10 Marathon: NJ Marathon (May 5) I was able to defer this race last year when I found out I was pregnant. Taking 11 minutes off my previous PR may seem a bit of a stretch – but I haven’t actually “raced” a marathon since 2009 – between training for my first ultra, two pregnancies/childbirths, and the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge, racing a marathon never seemed to be in the cards for me. Current PR: 3:21:32 (Boston, 2009)
3. Sub-1:30 Half-Marathon: Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll (Sep 15) I am running the NYC Half Marathon in March and as much as I would love to run sub-1:30 at that race, realistically it is too early for me to run that time right now. My goal for the NYC Half is sub-1:32 (which would be an over-2 min PR). Current PR: 1:34:31 (Queens Half, 2007)
4. Sub-41 10k: Brooklyn Hot Chocolate (Jan 26) My goal for the Jan 10k is sub-42. This is the required time I need to run to make the cutoff for the Saucony Hurricane Team. It’s going to be a tough race for me and although I know I can run a 6:47 pace for 6.2 miles, I’m not sure I can run that time right now. By the end of the year, however, I’d like to take at least a minute off of that time and run a sub-41 10k. Current PR: 40:51 (Not Certified – treadmill, 2011)
5. Sub-20 5k: TBD I don’t know if I’ve ever actually raced a 5k. To be honest, I tend to shy away from short races because it just doesn’t seem worth all the hassle. I’ve never been a fan of a race where it takes me longer to warm up than it does to race. Plus, there aren’t a lot of local 5ks on Staten Island, so I’m stuck traveling if I want to race one. Current PR: 19:51 (Not Certified – treadmill, 2012)
6. Sub-5:45 Mile: Forest Avenue Mile (Mar 3) This will also be an automatic PR for me. I’ve never raced a mile before but since there is one so close to where I live (~20 min away), I definitely want to give it a try. Current PR: 5:56 (Not Certified – treadmill, 2012)
7. #RunThisYear (Run 2013 miles in 2013): I saw this on my friend Pavement Runner‘s blog a few days ago and immediately accepted the challenge. 2,013 miles comes out to roughly 5.5 miles/day, 38.7 miles/week, or 167.75 miles/month. Part of the reason I love this idea is because I know it will force me to keep track of my mileage. This is something I haven’t been the greatest at and I always regret my lack of documentation as each year winds down. For more information on this awesome challenge, check out Pavement Runner‘s blog!
8. Weekly Mileage of 90 miles: I’ve gotten into the 70+ mile range a few times and have always wanted to see 8’s and 9’s for the weekly mileage. Since I’m setting some pretty big goals for myself for #Lucky13, I decided to skip the 8’s and go right to the 9’s. 90 miles. One week. Comes out to about 14.3 miles/day. Dream Big, right? =)
9. Complete Century Bike Ride: I was extremely disciplined with my cross training a few years ago – after 2-3 runs/week, I would hop on the bike for 30-60 minutes. It made me a stronger, better runner. And in the process, I developed a love for the bike. Since the birth of my two boys, the amount of time dedicated to working out has understandably decreased – and the first thing to get cut was the cross training time. My plan is to find a spring or early summer century ride so that I can train for it concurrently with my spring marathon – it will force me to ride a few days a week.
10. Scratch the triathlon itch: Completing a triathlon has been a HUGE dream of mine for years. I’ve been signed up for two in the past two years (Syracuse 70.3 and NYC Ironman in 2011 and 2012, respectively). Pregnancy prevented me from completing both of them. While I’d love to say 2013 is going to be the year I become an Ironman, financially, I don’t think we can swing it this year. I need a new bike (as well as new gear) and the cost of that plus cost of the actual race is more than I’m willing to dedicate to one race. There are a few short (sprint or Olympic distance) triathlons close to where we live and I plan to compete in as many as I feel I can handle this summer.
11. Make it a family affair: Go for a run with my husband (at least) once a month and run a race with my youngest sister – Scotland Run 10k (Apr 6). My husband I used to run almost every day together when we were both deployed to Iraq and then a few times a week when we lived in NYC. Even though we wouldn’t talk much during the run, it was SUCH a bonding and intimate time for us. I can’t even remember the last run he and I went on alone. Maybe 2011? We have made a pact to find the time at least one day a month to run together. My youngest sister has signed up for her first half marathon in May (GO Nicole!). I want to run her first race with her – tentatively planned to be the Scotland Run in April!
12. Have fun while being competitive: Compete against (and beat!!!) my husband in a half marathon -> Brooklyn Half Marathon (mid-May) My husband and I enjoy a little friendly competition every now and then. I hold the household marathon PR. He holds the household half-marathon PR. We’ve decided to sign up for a race together – but instead of running it together (which we almost always do), we have decided to have some fun and race one another. He’ll agree with me on this – in terms of pure speed, he has me beat every day of the week. But, I tend to be more dedicated when it comes to following a training plan. So it’s a pretty even matchup. You better believe that this is going to be what pushes me on my speed workouts and long runs in preparation for the half marathon =)
13. Do 10 unassisted pull-ups: A few years ago, I was able to do 6 or 7 unassisted pull-ups. I would do them every single day after finishing my workout at the gym. I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t done a single pullup in a few years.
What is one of your fitness-related goals for 2013?!
Will you be at any of the races I plan to be doing?