I’ve been really, really, really giving this a lot of thought the past few days. (I’ve been laid up with what I’m quite certain is the flu for a few days, so I’ve had a lot of time to think.) Here’s what I’ve come up with.
- Get faster. Period. In all distances from 5K to 13.1. And I plan to do this by …
- Quality over quantity. I hit my 1,000-mile goal in 2012. Unlike most folks, I’m truly not interested in going longer or farther, and I won’t be racing as much this year. Other than what will hopefully be my marathon redemption in February and a 10K in May, I have nothing on my race schedule. I MAY run a half in April just because it’s local and I feel like I should support it. Otherwise, I don’t plan on any more distance races until the fall where my goal will be…
- A half-marathon PR. It scares the shit out of me to say sub-2, but that is the number lurking in the back of my head. I used to literally laugh out loud at the notion of me running a sub-2, but I’m starting to think that with the right training and right attitude that I could pull it off in another 11 months.
- Get that damn sub-60 10K. Third year’s a charm, right? I missed it by 34 seconds in 2011 and didn’t run a 10K in 2012. Actually for 2013 I feel like 60 minutes is too conservative, so this year I’m shooting for sub-58.
- Get stronger. Like I said, I’m not interested in running just to rack up miles this year, so some of those just-for-numbers runs will be replaced with strength training this year. My motives here are twofold. First, I’m hoping stronger legs will lead to a stronger, longer stride, thus helping with speed. My second reason is pure and simple vanity. I want a leaner, more muscular physique.
- Declutter this damn house. My plan of attack is one room at a time, one room a month. This is more of a goal for my husband. I wouldn’t have a problem backing a dump trailer up to the house and loading it up right now. Getting him to part with anything will be the chore.
- Have a will drawn up. Yeah, that’s a morbid thing to put here, but it needs to be done, and I’m more likely to do it if I put it on a list.
- Get involved on some level with local rescues.
- Just DO more. Sometimes I feel like all I do is work, run, eat, sleep, and clean. I’ve been making a more concerted effort to do more fun things in the past few months (as part of my whole 33 before 33 thing). I want to carry that over into the new year as well.