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2013: Year in Review

I recently re-read a post from early last year with my year-end totals for running in 2012. I ran 924.35 miles, and I made a goal to run at least 1,000 miles in 2013. I'm happy to say I've exceeded that goal by 288.59 miles! And there are at least a couple more runs that I didn't record on my watch, so they aren't included in this total.

That's a lot of time spent pounding the pavement!

This looking back reminded me that I'd also set some goals for 2013. Let's see how those panned out:
  1. Run a sub-2:00 half marathon.
    Done and done! I first met this goal at the Gasparilla Half, and then topped it at the Nike Women's Half (and still ran a sub-2 at the St. Pete Women's Half at the end of the year, though not a PR).
  2. Train for a marathon without getting seriously injured (i.e., don't overtrain).
    Check!
  3. Appreciate the diversity of friends I have and don't be overwhelmed by them :-D
    I admit I fell short of this at one point in the year when I had a lot going on, but I tried to remain aware of it and address it as best I could.
  4. Keep my home, car, and office clean. 
    I definitely improved on this compared to years prior, and it made a difference in my inner-peace
    .
  5. Keep one eye open for new job opportunities but the other focused on current job(s). 
    I in fact kept many eyes open for opportunities but still feel I kept my focus on the jobs at hand. This isn't to say I didn't overwork myself at some points during the year. Perhaps that's a goal for this year.
  6. Enroll in yoga teacher training. 
    Nope. Not even close.
  7. Practice playing piano. 
    Negative.
  8. Meditate, or at least try to. 
    Does once or twice count?
  9. Watch less TV and read more (I'm cheating with two in one, I know).
    I did not watch less TV, but I did read more. 
  10. Don't hesitate to make time for family. 
    This was an easy yes.
Not listed here are the significant gains I made with my race times. I PR'd all the distances I raced: 5k, 5-mile, 10k, half, and marathon. I ran 12 races (the Turkey Trot 10k isn't officially timed and therefore doesn't show up in my Athlinks profile):



That's seven more races than I ran in 2012; granted, I got injured in September of 2012 and didn't race the rest of the year. But still, it's my biggest race year yet, and I'm proud of my hard work and super thankful for all the support I received. I just hope I can keep up the momentum for 2014!

I didn't make any explicit resolutions or goals for 2014, but this exercise has sort of made me want to. It's a good way to measure progress. Plus, I love making lists. So I just may post one such list while it's still early January. Stay tuned . . .

Comments

Congrats on so many 'green' updates for your 2013 goals!
Lee Davidson said…
Hah! Thanks for detecting my code ;)
B.o.B. said…
LOVE seeing those PR's and yay for green! (I cheated and red the abovie comments.) Here's to a kick ass 2014! (Hope to see you more!)

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